Finweek English Edition - - TECHNOLOGY - Value: Price: Also con­sider: Si­mon Din­gle

As­peaker sys­tem pack­aged as a jar of jam. I sup­pose that’s one way to stand out on the shelf at mu­sic and elec­tronic stores where sound gad­gets for mo­bile phones and tablets are a dime a dozen. Jam speak­ers from HMDX take things to the nth de­gree, how­ever, by even hav­ing dif­fer­ent “f lavours” of their tiny Blue­tooth speak­ers – and a map on its web­site that shows which flavour is cur­rently most pop­u­lar, com­plete with a jam-cov­ered map. Straw­berry is the cur­rent f lavour of the month, in case you were won­der­ing.

It’s all a bit silly. But the speak­ers them­selves are great and de­liver sur­pris-

Sur­pris­ingly awe­some wire­less speak­ers in­gly large sound, con­sid­er­ing their minis­cule pro­por­tions. They’re also com­pletely wire­less and can pretty much go any­where with you. So while I started out mildly amused with the lit­tle Jam speaker, it soon be­came some­thing I liked hav­ing around.

Con­nect­ing your favourite mu­sic­play­ing gadget to the Jam is easy enough. It uses Blue­tooth tech­nol­ogy to stream sound wire­lessly within a range of about 10 me­tres or so. I tested them with an Ap­ple iPad and had ev­ery­thing set up in less than a minute from re­mov­ing the pack­ag­ing

he speak­ers are recharge­able and in­clude a mi­cro USB ca­ble for charg­ing them from your com­puter, any USB


Sony SRS-BTV5 port or you could use the charger from a mod­ern smart­phone, ex­clud­ing the iPhone. With the bat­tery fully charged, the Jam will play for up to four hours over Blue­tooth or 12 hours us­ing the stan­dard au­dio-jack and ca­ble.

It’s sur­pris­ing how use­ful a lit­tle wire­less speaker can be. It’s great for pre­sen­ta­tions and meet­ings where you want to play a video and the speak­ers on your lap­top or tablet aren’t quite up to it. It’s also awe­some for braais, in the kitchen or loung­ing around the pool.

We were sent a Blueberry-coloured Jam to play with, but also the Jam Party Stereo Boom­box, which de­liv­ers a far big­ger sound and has a pop-up han­dle to carry it around.

The Jam makes an awe­some gift – es­pe­cially for.kids – and is one of those things that you wouldn’t or­di­nar­ily think of get­ting, but are very happy to have when you do.

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