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WOWee ONE Slim Portable Speaker

A compact, portable speaker for MP3 players, smartphones, and laptops

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The speakers on most mobile devices--smartphones, MP3 players, and laptops--are notoriously terrible, so if you want a decent listening experience on the go, you'll need a portable speaker. The WOWee ONE Slim is much smaller--slimmer, as the name suggests--than the Classic WOWee ONE portable speaker, yet sounds even better.

A Compact Portable Speaker for the iPod, Smartphones, MP3 Players, etc.

You have a thin, pocketable smartphone or a small MP3 player; you probably don't want to carry around a pair of bulky external speakers even if that would improve the sound you get out of your device and make listening to music with friends a much better experience. That's where the WOWee ONE Slim comes in.

The WOWee ONE Slim fits in the palm of your hand. It's actually much slimmer than my Samsung Galaxy SII smartphone and feels just a tad heavier to hold.

Despite its compact size, this portable speaker delivers rich sound. It even sounded clearer and richer than the original, classic WOWee ONE, which is bigger. One would think the larger speaker would sound better, but in my tests switching the audio cable back and forth to an MP3 player, sounds on the WOWee ONE Slim were noticeably more distinct.

Like the original WOWee ONE, the claim to fame for the Slim portable speaker is its ability to transform the surfaces it's placed on into a makeshift subwoofer--delivering a full range frequency response. Place the WOWee ONE Slim on a wooden table and it sounds rich and warm; on a glass surface, sound from the portable speaker fills up the room. I found holding the Slim on a plaster wall to be most favorable, with strong, booming bass.

Part of the appeal of the WOWee ONE Slim is this sort of experimentation, though, discovering the depths of music and how it can change as the result of different vibrations. You'll probably find yourself placing the speaker on every imaginable surface just for kicks.

The gel pad on the bottom of the speaker is responsible for this. It's also the main possible detractor of the device: The gel bottom can attract a lot of dirt or schmut, so be sure to keep it in a carrying case.

As a portable speaker, the WOWee ONE Slim naturally can be charged via mini-USB port (as well as via a power adapter) and it lasts a decent 10 hours on one charge (about half the battery life of the classic WOWee ONE).

MSRP is $79.99, same as the Classic, but you can grab this innovative speaker for much less.

Technical Specs

WOWee ONE Slim Portable Speaker

WOWee ONE Slim Portable Speaker

WOWee
  • Dimensions (WxLxH): 55 x 105 x 16 mm
  • Product Weight: 120g
  • Driver:1 x conventional Cone speaker, 1 x Gel Audio™ driver
  • Frequency Response: 40Hz ~ 20kHz
  • Amplifier: D-Class
  • Output Power: 2W RMS
  • Input Power: 5V DC (via mini USB)
  • Rechargeable Battery (Built-in): Lithium Ion 3.7v
  • Playback Duration: Up to 10hrs
  • Audio Input: 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Compatible:iPod™, iPad™, mp3, mp4, mobile phone and computer applications.
  • Pack includes: USB Charging cable, 3.5mm Jack cable
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