Up Close with the Elliot Audio Rugged Wireless Speakers
We finally got our hands on the Php999 Elliot Audio Rugged Wireless Speakers a few days ago and we’ve been putting it through the paces so we can do a quick review. To be honest we didn’t have high hopes on the quality of this gadget considering the price point. It was hard to believe that you can get a decent wireless, waterproof, and nice-looking speakers for under a thousand pesos. The good news is that’s exactly what you get with the Elliot Audio Rugged Speakers! We’re hard pressed to think of any other bluetooth speaker that can match this in terms of value-for-money.
One reason why we didn’t expect too much from this was that we couldn’t find any information about it on Google. It’s either this is a re-branded speaker or it’s so new that there no sites that have written about it yet. It also didn’t help that it didn’t come in a blister pack or a box. When we got it the speakers was inside the water-resistant pouch (free with the speakers). This is a major point of improvement and we hope that Elliot Audio makes the effort to at least put this in decent packaging, hehe.
The packaging though is the only bad thing we have to say about it.
On the build alone it’s hard to believe that this is just Php999. The speaker is wrapped in a sealed silicone case to ensure water, shock, and dust resistance. The control panels are seamlessly integrated with the silicone case (usual volume and power buttons). The micro USB charging port is covered by the silicone as well but it’s easy to pull open.
Connecting to the speakers was also very easy. Upon turning on there was a female voice that prompted us to connect to it via Bluetooth. We had no issues connecting with our laptop, smartphone (iOS, Android, and Windows), and tablet. We were also surprised to find out that it had a built-in microphone with hands-free function. That’s a super welcome addition because this makes it the perfect companion for professionals who always find themselves in conference calls with clients, customers, or clients. Heck, you can even just put this in your car and connect it to your phone so you can talk to people while driving without compromising attention to the road.
The speaker also didn’t disappoint in sound quality. The 5W driver was more than enough to fill a small-medium sized room with good music. The sound signature was very clear and articulate and it really shines when you listen to tracks that have a few instruments and a lot of vocals. Bass was present but it wasn’t too good (just passable but not commendable) so if you’re a basshead you might want to consider other wireless speakers.
In terms of battery life, we got an average of 5-6 hours continuously playing music. It’s more than enough to last you an evening while you’re chilling out with friends in your condo or house.
Our Verdict: If You Need Affordable Wireless Speakers Go Get This One
At Php999 the Elliot Audio Rugged Wireless Speakers delivers exceptional value for money. It puts checkmarks on the essential things that matter with wireless speakers: connectivity, price, durability, and sound quality. Other than the packaging our only other issue would probably be after sales support since there’s no local service center for this brand. Currently you can only get this via Kimstore.
Two thumbs up for this one. If ever you guys get this as well please do let us and the rest of the Unbox community what you think about it in the comments section below.