Fugoo Speakers Review

8.6
User Rating: 4.9 (1 votes)

PROS:

  • Battery Life
  • Google Now and Siri
  • Very impressive sound quality

CONS:

  • Not all devices connected will show battery life

It’s not common that you find Bluetooth speakers that will cover a variety of needs. In most cases, speakers tend to be wrapped in a device that is desktop convenience for a modest increase in sound. Some are made sufficiently compact to be carried around easily.

But what of customers who want Bluetooth speakers for any condition like being used even in the water? We are talking about a speaker that can handle virtually anything while still performing at its best. This is essentially what Fugoo speakers are about. Read our investigative Fugoo Portable Bluetooth speakers review.

 

 
The Review:

Essentially, this is a review of three different models from Fugoo. Strictly speaking though, it is more like reviewing one speaker that has three different shells. These are the Style, Sport and Tough models. Each of these speakers has identical core but totally different shells tat may also be purchased differently should you get bored with the initial one. Let’s take a closer look at each of these first.

 

 
1. The Style Speaker

fugoo Style Speaker

The Style is the standard jacket and it features a rather straightforward design. Its outer side is wrapped with a soft and jersey-like mesh that will feel comfortable in your hand. Just like is the case with all Fugoo jackets, it ends are exposed, which is to enable the use of 3.5 mm audio jack, micro-USB port, Bluetooth and power buttons with minimum hassle. Generally, the design looks O.K although some people think it is too feminine.

 

 

 

 

2. The Sport Speaker

fugoo sport speaker

This speaker model contains the same corporate teal color that has been incorporated into hard rubber wave design encompassing a tough and black cloth grill which is wrapped around resin shell. It is obvious that the exterior is meant for some tossing around. You can throw it across the room, into Atlantic surf or onto concrete and there won’t be any damage apart from a few scuff marks. The look is that of a carefree  “surfer-dude”.

The Sport jacket makes use of rubber as well as a stiff frame in staving off damage. Even tossing it into the yard will do little to faze this speaker unless it goes out of range. According to the manufacturers, the speaker has a range of 33 feet, and this is consistent with linear tests.

 

 

 

 

3. The Tough Speaker

fugoo tough speaker

This speaker is exactly like its name states: tough. The speaker contains an aluminum frame as well as a resin grill that is fiber-reinforced and which is fitted with hard and black rubber end-caps. Like the Sport speaker, you can also throw this speaker around. The scratching, however, is more pronounced than in the Sport. It is not to say that the Tough is unable to withstand the tossing but just that any roughness tends to show more. The Tough has a definitely masculine design.

Although Core speakers are essentially identical, each jacket comes at a different price. The difference in the pricing is caused by complexity as well as materials used to make the shelf. But all the accessories that are included are identical.
Each shell has buttons on its top which line up with the hidden buttons on core speaker underneath. With this approach, the buttons of each shell can match the shelf design uniquely.

 

 

 
Battery life

The Fugoo speaker has a battery capacity of 2,400 mAh. According to the manufacturers, it takes three-and-a-half hours to fully charge the battery. Once fully charged, the battery can last you up to 40 hours. You heard right, 40 hours.

But one small problem insofar as the battery life is concerned is that the battery is that you cannot use it as a power bank. Several Bluetooth brands today come with this feature. Some even limit the amount or volume of power shared. But this is not something that hurts the overall unit.

 

fugoo speaker

Setup

It does not take time to setup Fugoo speakers because there is essentially nothing to assemble. All it takes to pair the speaker up is to hold down Bluetooth button and the connection will be confirmed by a human-like voice. The voice or sound is a subtle cue that will draw the attention of nearly everyone in the room or around. When a Bluetooth connection is on, the speaker will let you know.

 

 

 
Audio Performance

The audio performance is just impressive. During our review, we were blown away the moment we started to play from a smartphone that was connected. It has extra drivers that help you distinguish the lows, mids and highs. You will be surprised at how well the complex recordings (for instance live smooth jazz) come through.

The unit has an even better stereo separation compared to some reasonably priced 2-channel speakers out there. As a matter of fact, you will find it to be better even than computer speakers that you have been using before. The bass will not feel too underwhelming or overblown, and it has a steady treble which hold off from distorting the moment you crank up the volume.

According to Fugoo, the secret making all this to work is its Core-X technology. This technology is responsible for transmitting music files via the speakers to DSP with no degradation. The manufacturers also say that other wireless speakers tend to change to analog much earlier, and this has the tendency to let interference seep in muddying the original file.

 

 

 
Accessories

The Fugoo speaker comes with several accessories which include the remote control and the strap mount. The strap mount will click into place against metal bracket, and it only takes squeezing to pull it off.

Its remote control is a handy addition to the speaker, and this is because it adds almost lag-free communication. As opposed to remote controls that do have small delays in them as a result of manner of connection, the delay in Fugoo is reduced because it uses Bluetooth Low Energy. Volume, pause/play, track as well as voice controls are all included in the remote control.

 

FUGOO Style

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FUGOO Sport

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FUGOO Tough

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Conclusion

Being a relatively a new entrant into a crowded market, Fugoo has done a commendable job of putting together a solid speaker carrying impressively excellent sound in a relatively small footprint. It is made all the more versatile by fact that it is somewhat customizable and it is also waterproof. It is definitely worth investing in it.

 

 

Battery Life Google Now and Siri Very impressive sound quality Not all devices connected will show battery life It’s not common that you find Bluetooth speakers that will cover a variety of needs. In most cases, speakers tend to be wrapped in a device that is desktop convenience for a modest increase in sound. Some are made sufficiently compact to be carried around easily. But what of customers who want Bluetooth speakers for any condition like being used even in the ...
8.6 Review Score
Excellent

Design
8
Usability
9.5
Performance
9
User Rating: 4.9 (1 votes)

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