The Beats Pill has a lot to like about it if you can overlook its somewhat inflated price tag.
Editor's note: Beats updated the speaker at the end of 2013, adding a few features without changing its design. When we get a review sample, we'll update our review. (The review below is for the early edition of the Pill.)
- Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
CNET Editors' Rating
Average User Review
out of 4 user reviews
Starting at: $179.95
The good: The Beats by Dr. Dre Pill is a portable Bluetooth speaker with striking design, good sound and volume for its size, decent battery life, and speakerphone capabilities. It has tap-to-pair capabilities for NFC-enabled smartphones phones, Apt-X technology, and line inputs and outputs. It also comes with a nice carrying case.
The bad: The Pill is somewhat pricey, and Apple iOS 6 users may encounter an unacceptable amount of Bluetooth hiccuping. The speaker doesn't acquit itself terribly well with big bass tracks from artists like Dr. Dre.
The bottom line: The Beats Pill outperforms the Jawbone Jambox and has a couple of intriguing extra features, but the speaker is overpriced at $199.
January 16, 2014 12:31 PM PST
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| Caption by: David Carnoy
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