Sounds really good considering the price point. Volume is loud as well, I can hear it over my shower running. The cradle really adds no value for me, but it's functional. It works only when the speaker is laying down, so having it at all is of little value.
The speaker is overall a pretty decent sounding speaker. It isn't comparable to a Bose by any means, but for what I paid for this compared to a higher end manufactured product it's truly magnificent. So if you're to put those two price points into perspective, I definitely got a heck of a deal. The bluetooth speaker does exactly what I want. It's pretty loud for the size, it's not the smallest speaker in the world and I thought it would be a little smaller, but it's not annoyingly big - just don't expect to put this speaker in your pocket. It's almost the size of an iPad mini I'd say. It's pretty clear over all, but there's no full mid range or low end, but once receiving it and seeing the depth that is this unit, it's understandable why there isn't a ton of mid range or low end. That isn't too say that it's tinny or twangy sound, but for the unit itself it's clear and pretty loud.
PROS: Louder than I thought it would be.
Clearer sounding than I thought it would be.
CONS: Battery only lasts 4 hours.
Cradle is almost pointless. It's a nice thought, but If it's going to pop out to hold the phone then the speaker needs to be tilt capable. Or some other method of holding a device and not just laying flat down.
Most monoprice stuff overperforms but unfortunately this speaker doesn't live up to their usual standard. I'm in Canada so it wouldn't be worth returning as I already paid shipping, customs brokerage and duties - but the headphones I got made it worth it.
PROS: relatively light weight
CONS: sound is not good, the connection to the Bluetooth device is spotty and cuts out when a few meters away,
Overall excellent product and at this price point can order a to use at multiple locations (beach, work, hotel room). Sound not particularly rich or deep, but clear and with minimal distortion at higher volumes.
PROS: Lightweight, easy BT setup, holds charge well for about 4 hours.
PROS: Great product. I enjoy the sound portability, reliability, and volume range. Cradle is nice. I like that the speaker is plain and just hides in a room- no weird shape or loud color, you look around and just hear good sound.
CONS: The only Con to this whole setup is it comes with a micro USB to USB cable but it does NOT include a power adapter for charging so be sure you have one- you know, the little two prong with USB port on the back or a micro-USB charger of some sort. I was frustrated having to track one down since the product description says it includes charger. I've noted this to Customer Service so I'm sure they will update the description so other buyers aren't caught unaware, but until then...Still an awesome buy. Love it and so do my kids
Genuinely surprised with the performance of this speaker. For the price I expected it to be mediocre. After listening to it, it was surprised at the clarity and warmth. Don't get me wrong, it's not the most amazing thing I've ever heard, but it's perfect for taking out to the beach, pool, park...etc. Battery lasts quite a while, too. Overall a good find.
PROS: Easy to setup, phone cradle is nice, battery efficient, good output
CONS: Only sits on it's back or side. No angled sitting option
Great performing unit, and when you factor in price this will be difficult to beat. NFC and BT work great, though range is a bit lacking (hard to tell if this is the phone or the unit) however the range is still around 20ft line of sight which is only slightly less then normal. Only feature that would make this unit better is a USB port for charging a device, however that would obviously lessen the battery life (per charge) of the unit.