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Af­ter a trendy take on head­phones built sig­nif­i­cant pres­ence in the per­sonal au­dio mar­ket, Beats moves into portable au­dio with their Pill wire­less NFC-en­abled speaker. Shaped like a cap­sule, the Pill is stur­dily built, and comes with a recharge­able lithium-ion bat­tery with a stated op­er­at­ing life of 7 hours.

Like the UE Boom, the Pill em­ploys a cir­cu­lar de­sign. How­ever, the for­mer doesn’t uti­lize 360 de­gree sound pro­jec­tion, as it can only be used in the hor­i­zon­tal ori­en­ta­tion. One in­ter­est­ing fea­ture we liked about the Pill was that one can daisy­chain mul­ti­ple Pills to­gether, via the 3.5mm jack at the rear, to re­sult in much big­ger sound.

The Pill has four full-range driv­ers and is also equipped with Beats cus­tom Au­dio al­go­rithms. In prac­tice, the speak­ers are sur­pris­ingly loud, given the small size. Un­for­tu­nately, the re­ally strong bass re­sponse has a ten­dency to over­power ev­ery­thing else. If you try hard enough, you can still dis­cern some tre­bles, but the mid-range was al­most non-ex­is­tent.

You can daisy­chain mul­ti­ple Pill speak­ers for big­ger au­dio.

The Beats Pill has a rub­ber foot to keep sta­ble in its des­ig­nated hor­i­zon­tal ori­en­ta­tion po­si­tion.

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