SPLASH TUNES PRO
Waterproof Bluetooth speakers tend to fall into two categories: expensive and highly durable versus cheap and ugly looking. The SPLASH TUNES PRO can go into its own category because, while the $69.95 price isn’t exorbitant, it provides protection against getting wet. Not to say that its military grade protection — tthis Bluetooth streaming speaker isn’t designed for the rough environment, although taking it outside to use on a patio or by the pool doesn’t cause any concerns. It’s made for use in a shower. Or in the bathroom or outside where concern for using an electronic device, due to moisture and actual water splashing is a no-no.
The SPLASH TUNES PRO falls into the “cute” category more for the shape, which is a ball covered by a rubbery-like substance, than for the technology — which includes, besides the aforementioned Bluetooth — a rechargeable battery and a microphone for speaker calls. FRESHeTECH says that the volume level of the speaker has been increased 40% — I’ve no way to measure that but certainly I could drive the volume up loud enough to listen to with it next to me as the shower rained down. I could see it gently bobbling in a tub too — that’s more of a “girl” thing to me, and that would be the time for getting the pink coloring over the blue or grey.
Working the SPLASH TUNES PRO was simple — once you get past the pairing which requires having dry hands. Then you can just keep your phone or tablet out of the “danger zone,” since BT ranges a good amount, and use the front mounted control tabs to do such things as turn it on, play or move forward/back from the playlist being played or increase/decrease the volume.
I should mention also that 1)this speaker is pretty lightweight (weighing in at under 12 ounces), 2)has a heavy duty attached suction cup (that’s what I used when I had it going during the shower) and 3)has a fairly long-lasting battery (I ran it for over 6 hours before I thought it was time to go for a recharge). All in all it makes for a nice “singalong” system while showering and a quiet (as in no karaoking) listening with good volume for portable music playing where water/the environment inhibits other speakers from participating.