Search Form

iui Design BeLive Bluetooth Portable Speaker

Angled Shot

Overall Design

The BeLive Bluetooth Speaker has many strong points going for it. One of the most impressive qualities of this product, however, is that the device is very sturdy. It has four rubber feet on the bottom of it to prevent and scratches to either the device or the surface it is sitting on, as well as to keep it from moving around. It also doesn’t look like it is made of cheap plastic like many portable devices out there look like. If you look closely, you can see the two speakers that are housed behind the mesh enclosure. The logo on the front of the unit also lights up when powered on as well.

Logo and Speaker Shot

The rear of the unit includes a few features: there is a lock switch that controls whether or not the touch-buttons on top function, a reset switch, a mini-USB port for charging the Lithium-Ion battery, and a 3.5 mm Line In jack to plug straight into the audio source if the other device does not have Bluetooth connectivity. The main features surrounding this device are based on the Bluetooth connectivity (such as changing the track or increasing the volume) so plugging into the 3.5 mm jack should be used as a last resort.

Rear Shot

I did have a few problems with this device, however. When we received it, there were only European standard chargers, which don’t work with the US power outlets. It also didn’t come with any documentation on how to work the product, but this is not too much of an issue because it is very easy to learn how to use this product. After about twenty minutes of fiddling around with the product, I found out how to connect it to Bluetooth to my smartphone, which would have been easier if instructions were included with the product.

Touch Screen Shot

The touch panel on the top of the unit works very well. To turn the unit on, you touch the panel until you see the illuminated buttons appear, and then hold the Power button until you hear a start-up tone. Connecting it to Bluetooth is simple as well. Hold down the Power button again until you hear another tone and see the blue illuminated logo flash between blue and red. From here you can connect the device to your smartphone, which will allow you to hear your audio from the phone through the speaker. With this, you can hold conference calls much as you would normally with the speaker phone, but instead the audio will be streaming to the Bluetooth speaker. The normal use of this device is for music playback and is indicated as such by looking at the track forward and reverse touch buttons, as well as the plus and minus buttons for volume control. You will also notice a phone symbol, which is used to answer calls. The switch on the back is used to control to touch screen as well. Moving it to the locked position will lock the touch screen, preventing any accidental presses that may change tracks or end a call prematurely. Overall, the touch screen works relatively well and is easy to view at most angles. My only wish for it would be a slightly different color, but that is just nit-picking at this point.

Illuminated Logo Shot

Conclusion

The iui Design BeLive Bluetooth Speaker is a really nice device that delivers great audio quality in a very portable package. Using it for on-the-go conference calls or as a media player for the traveling audio buff is an excellent choice. Being able to connect either wirelessly through Bluetooth or directly to the 3.5 mm audio jack on the back of the unit makes for a very adaptable speaker as well, so you will never be at a loss for your audio needs while you are away. If you are interested in purchasing this product, contact sales@iuidesign.com. If you have any questions about this product, please feel free to post below in the comments section.

left arrow  Previous Page                  Next Page  right arrow

Trackbacks

  1. […] iui Design BeLive Bluetooth Portable Speaker @ TechwareLabs […]

  2. […] 3InsideHW sits down with the Alienware M17X10: A Close EncounterTechwareLabs rocks out with the iui Design BeLive Bluetooth Portable SpeakerHotHardware presents its ViewSonic gTablet Tegra 2 Tablet Review, Begging To Be RootedTechnic3D […]

Join in, share your thoughts

You must be logged in to post a comment.