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.