Ever since Jawbone jump-started the Bluetooth speaker market with its Jambox, the number of tiny Bluetooth speakers has proliferated. The Rocketfish Mobile SPX15 is one of several new models that have arrived in recent months, and it's decent enough, offering speakerphone capabilities and 10 hours of battery life in a small package weighing a little over 8 ounces. However, the only big strike against it is that it doesn't quite measure up to the competition at its $99 price point. (For the uninitiated: Rocketfish is Best Buy's house accessories brand.)
For starters, it's a bit more low frills in the design department compared with the Logitech Mini Boombox, Monster iClarityHD, and AT&T LoudSpeak'r. It's got a basic, straightforward styling, with a glossy black finish. That's fine, but there's something a little generic-looking about it.
To recharge the battery, you use the provided USB cable, and pairing the speaker was simple enough: you just hold down the power button on the top of the unit to put the speaker into pairing mode. Then you look for SPX15 on your Bluetooth-enabled phone or tablet from within the Bluetooth menu. Once it connects, you're ready to start streaming music or a movie soundtrack to the speaker.
Like those other mini speakers I mentioned, this model plays pretty loud for its size. While none of these mini speakers delivers really good sound, I felt the Logitech Mini Boom Box and AT&T Logitech Speak'r were a step up in terms of sound quality. They offer a little more bass and detail. Again, all these speakers have their limitations and most just can't handle heavy bass at higher volumes, including the SPX15.