More and more, it's hard to go anywhere without seeing the word Bluetooth plastered up everywhere. From headsets to cars, it's pretty much everywhere, but honestly, that's because of the convenience and simplicity it offers. The most frequently sought after Bluetooth technology that we see growing non-stop are speakers. Today we'll be looking at one set of Bluetooth speakers, with a bit of added functionality, the Xtream S3 from Adesso.
Right out of the box, the Xtream S3 is built with a long, stiff rubber base, it comes equipped with a bar in the back to stand it up and a notch to slip in your iPad or phone and two speakers on each side to boost the volume of whatever you're doing. Equipped with three simple buttons, a micro USB for charging and mic for calls, you shouldn't have to tackle much of a learning curve.
First Hand Experience
I am a fan of Bluetooth speakers. They're portable, super quick and easy to use, and honestly, they don't use much power. Using this one wasn't any different. Once synced, everything worked exactly as you'd expect it to.
Syncing it was a little awkward however. You hold the power button for three seconds to turn it on, then you hold it for six seconds to pair it. The only problem is, you hold the power button for six seconds to power it off. So you need to play with this a little bit to get it to power off. I also presumed that the two buttons, plus and minus would control volume, but they actually moved the songs forward and back while listening to music. This wasn't an issue, but it felt like it was poorly labeled.
The construction however is very solid. The base is non-stick rubber, and will hold an iPad in its clip. This space is very tight. So if you have any protective case on your iPad, you'll need to remove it. The sound quality was also good for the size of the speakers. You won't get the bass out of them that you'd get from a larger powered unit, but for use around the house, it was more than enough to make me happy.
The controls were a little clunky, and if the clip was a little more open, you would have better use with an iPad, phone, or any other table, but overall, it works exactly as advertised. The construction of the Xtream S3 is very solid and the sound is more than enough for daily use. This is great for listening to music around the house or giving you a bit of extra volume while streaming your favorite TV shows.