Speedo Aquabeat 2
The Swimmer’s Rhythm
There was a time when athletes wanted to take their music with them into the gym. Today, they want to be able to take their music with them into the pool. With the waterproof Aquabeat 2 MP3 player, swimmers can now take their favorite tracks into the water with them, which is great for practicing those synchronized routines or just enjoying a casual soak. We check out Speedo’s successor to the Aquabeat.
The compact and lightweight Aquabeat 2 is an oval-shaped device that’s designed to clip onto your swimsuit or goggles. No bigger than your palm, it features a small functional display that makes it easy for navigating playlists and music, which is done by using the six buttons located on the top and bottom of the device, as well as on the left and right of the screen. Our review unit came in a lime green, although the player is available in two other colors - pink and black.
Navigating the Aquabeat 2 is easy; users can easily skip tracks or enter menus with the left and right buttons, as well as adjust volume or select different menus by using the switches on top of the player. Packed with a pedometer, stopwatch, fitness tracker and FM radio, this device has an array of functions for different activities; all of which can be easily set up within minutes.
For connectivity, this device relies on a single audio port, which is shared by its headphones and USB jack. Users can simply plug the player directly into any computer to drag-and-drop their favorite tunes without the need for installing any additional software. Playlists can also be assembled on the computer, which provides users even more control over their music.
As a waterproof MP3 player, the Aquabeat 2 can be submerged up to 3 meters underwater, so users can take it deeper with them into the water without worry. What we liked best, however, is the fact that the device is so light that should it become detached from your goggles or swimwear, it will simply float to the surface.
Shipping with the device are plastic waterproof earphones, which we found a little tight and slightly uncomfortable. These earphones comprise three-tier rubber plugs that are designed to go into the ear canal and a clip structure that goes behind the ear; the latter which is somewhat complex to wear. Rigid in design, the clips prevent the rubber tips from fully fitting the ear canal, but this can be easily remedied by removing the clip and wearing the buds by themselves. The rubber tips, however, can feel a little penetrative, although users can easily swap them with other rubber inner-ear adapters for better comfort.
With a charge time of just 3 hours, the Speedo Aquabeat 2 can deliver up to 20 hours of play time, which makes it a good MP3 player in and out of the pool. With a variety of functions including an equalizer for different audio settings, this device works for swimmers and casual users alike.
The Speedo Aquabeat 2 comes bundled with waterproof headphones