Beats Pill Bluetooth + NFC speaker by Dr. Dre review – The world has been dominated with these Beats by Dr. Dre earphones and headphones. When I walk around the city or in a train station, there is always a chance to stumble upon them on someone’s ears.
What I wasn’t aware, however, that Beats by Dr. Dre also has portable speakers on their line of products. One of them is the smallest in dimension, named the Pill.
Beats Pill by Dr. Dre review – Packaging
The packaging itself already screams luxury and beauty, as you can see from the photos I took. From the box and the way things are nicely packed, I think they would be able to cut down the price even further by not using these packaging materials. However, if you are the type who wants the best look in everything, then you’ll be extremely happy with the Pill.
The speaker looks good, the carrying case looks good (hard-case, with good and solid quality material), and even the cable looks good! The packaging also includes a carabiner so you can attach the speaker to your backpack and listen to it while hiking, for example.
Beats Pill by Dr. Dre review – Design & Features
The Beats Pill by Dr. Dre is a lightweight, wireless, and portable speaker. For connectivity, you have plenty of options: via Bluetooth (from your devices such as smartphones and notebooks), wired through the included 3.5mm audio cable (works on almost all current and older audio devices you have), or even NFC by tapping your phone onto the speaker! There is also an unexpected line out to connect to an external speaker system. This way, you can play music from your phone to your home system by using the Beats Pill as a “Bluetooth bridge”.
As mentioned earlier, the design is really being cared for, including the cables and the awesome red light when you charge the device.
The famous “b” logo at the front of the Beats Pill is not just for show, thankfully. It acts as the main button to do a Bluetooth pair, answer calls, and more. There are also dedicated volume buttons on top of the speaker. The power button is located on the rear of the Beats Pill.
You may not see it very well, but there is an inline microphone under the beats branding in front of the speaker so you can take and make calls through it. This makes the Pill great for conference calls or when your hands are full. For example, you may use the Beats Pill to listen to music on your phone while you are cooking. When calls come in, you can just tap on the speaker’s button to accept the calls and talk while you cook.
The sound coming from the Beats Pill is loud, powerful, and clear. When listening to music, I’m amazed at the clarity and volume of the sound, considering the size of the speaker. However, I was expecting more bass from the Beats Pill, especially since Beats by Dr. Dre is famous for it. The Bass is quite subtle, although the mid and high levels are clear and full. Nevertheless, it actually gives a nice balanced sound output overall.
Overall, the Beats Pill by Dr. Dre has it all, apart from the big-boom-Bass. It has a striking design, portability, and possibly every feature you can and cannot think of before (such as an NFC connectivity support and a line out). Due to these complete features, the branding, and the bold design in every part of the product, you will be paying a premium price for the Pill. However, if you care about the look-and-feel of the speaker (and everything that goes with it) as much as the audio clarity itself, you probably won’t mind paying for this awesome capsule.
Disclosure: Beats Pill by Dr. Dre review sample was sponsored by Beats for the review. Opinions are 100% mine