Small and por­ta­ble. Able to gen­er­ate large sound. Sound breaks up on both ends of the spec­trum. Com­par­a­tively pricey.

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The Beats Pill 2.0 is a re­freshed ver­sion of their highly por­ta­ble speaker. Ob­vi­ously named af­ter its shape, the Pill 2.0 re­tains pretty much all as­pects of the first ver­sion, but adds the abil­ity to act as a por­ta­ble bat­tery for charg­ing your mo­bile de­vices via USB, plus a range of new col­ors to choose from (black, red, white, sil­ver, pink and gold). Made of plas­tic and metal com­po­nents, the Pill 2.0 show­cases four speaker driv­ers un­der­neath that front grill and the rub­ber base be­low helps to keep it in place when you’re play­ing mu­sic at full blast.

At just 310g, the Pill 2.0 is cer­tainly por­ta­ble, and a soft pro­tec­tive pouch is in­cluded to keep your speaker safe from scratches when you tuck it away into your back­pack or suit­case. What’s more, at just 7.5 x 1.8 inches, this is a speaker that fits com­fort­ably in one hand. We were cu­ri­ous to see how the Pill 2.0 would hold up against the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion, given how much smaller it is, but this lit­tle speaker more than held its own in terms of sheer vol­ume.

Un­for­tu­nately though, louder doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean bet­ter. As with the orig­i­nal Beats Pill, the thump­ing bass that is such a trade­mark of Beats by Dre head­phones is non-ex­is­tent here. On the con­trary, bass was lean with lit­tle to no de­cay to speak of.

Dis­tor­tion can also an is­sue here as we found the sound broke up some on both ends of the tonal range – squeaky on the high notes, and a bit strained on the lower end. Keep it on tracks that stay within the midrange; pop tracks that fo­cus mostly on vo­cals per­haps.

The Pill 2.0 does take the orig­i­nal Pill’s abil­ity to daisy­chain speak­ers an­other step fur­ther though. If you get an­other Pill 2.0 and tap the speak­ers to­gether twice, you’ll get au­to­matic stereo sep­a­ra­tion - one will play the left chan­nel, and the other the right. Some­thing to con­sider if you’re plan­ning to get more than one set per­haps?

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