The Boombot REX Ultraportable Speaker seems very well thought out. While we can’t comment on the sound yet (because we have not heard one in action), it would seem to tick all of the right boxes. The manufacturer bills it as smallest “2.1 sound-system in the world”. The “.1″ being the component that is missing from so much of the REX’s direct competition – so we are really looking forward to putting it to the test.
The form factor makes the REX a very interesting device. It comes with a noise canceling microphone. In the past we have found microphones in portable speakers to be a thoughtful, but for the most part impractical afterthought. The REX, however, looks like it is set up to handle handsfree phone duties in a variety of settings. It can be clipped to just about anything, including sun-visors in cars, and the water resistant casing is designed to take a beating – which makes it suitable for use outdoors.
Most of the buttons are double-function. While I would generally prefer single-function buttons, with a device of this size, it comes down to size restraints in the ultraportable speaker form factor: if you want more buttons on something this small, you are going to have to make them all tiny; and if you want big buttons, there are going to have to be less of them. The REX looks like just about everything would be accessible with gloves, and the layout is simple and intuitive, so it is a worthwhile compromise. It even allows you to access Siri.
The Boombot REX looks like a more-than-welcome addition to the rapidly growing ultraportable speaker market. Of course, the big test is sound – which we will be able to tell you about as soon as the first production run rolls out.
POWER OUTPUT: 3W x 2
DRIVERS: 36mm x 2
IMPEDANCE: 4 Ohm
RUNTIME: 4-8hrs depending on conditions
BATTERY CAPACITY: 1000mAh
MICROPHONE FIELD: 60 degrees
WEATHER RATING: IP53
WIRELESS RANGE: 25-40ft
DROP TESTING: Up to 2.5m
INDICATOR: Tri-color LED
FIRMWARE / SOFTWARE
Fully customized sound profile
3-button interface for all commands
Bluetooth v3.0 +HS
Battery indicator displays on most mobile devices
Option to set as favorite device
Price: An $80 pledge will land you a speaker. At the time of writing, the Boombot REX has been successfully funded, with $58,686 pledged of its $27,000 goal.