With the introduction of its Ecoxgear line, Grace Digital has quickly made a name for itself in the waterproof portable mini Bluetooth speaker arena. I previously reviewed the Ecoxgear Ecoxbt, and while I thought its name was poorly rendered, I considered it a good deal, though its price has risen since I gave it a positive review.
The Ecorox is the Ecoxbt's little brother and its shape is very reminiscent of such speakers as the $99 UE Mobile Boombox. However, the Ecorox is truly waterproof and can be fully submerged in water, making it a particularly good shower speaker. It also can be mounted on a bike with an optional accessory, it has speakerphone capabilities and decent battery life, and, like a lot of these tiny Bluetooth speakers, it plays bigger than its size would indicate. My only problem with it is that at $129, it's pretty pricey for what it is, and it just can't handle bass-heavy material, distorting at higher volumes.
Design and features
Design is one of the Ecorox's strong points. For starters, it's a better-looking speaker than the larger Ecoxbt, and is obviously very compact, weighing 11 ounces and measuring 5.3 inches wide, 2.5 inches high, and 3 inches deep.
The speaker fires from both the front and the top. Its two ports on back -- a Micro-USB connection for charging and an auxiliary input for non-Bluetooth devices -- are sealed by a rubber gasket that you lift to get to the ports.
All the physical buttons are well placed on top of the unit, with dedicated buttons for power, Bluetooth pairing, volume control, and track skip forward/back, and a call answer/end button for making speakerphone calls. Nothing to complain about here, though speakerphone performance is OK but not great; you have to sit or stand pretty close to the speaker for people to hear you well.
On the bottom of the unit you'll find a threaded tripod mount, which is where the optional accessories come into play. You can use a tripod, of course, but you can also purchase optional bike and car mounts (that suction-cup car mount is a dashboard mount for the interior of your car). You could potentially use the suction-cup mount to mount the speaker in a shower at home.
On the back of the unit you'll also find a little strap and you can attach the included carabiner clip to the strap and clip the speaker to a backpack (or whatever you want).
Clearly, one of the Ecorox's big extra features is the waterproofing. As I said, this is a full-on waterproof speaker. It's IPX7-certified, which means it's submersible in a meter of water for 30 minutes, and it floats; we dropped it in a fountain and it worked fine after we pulled it out.