There’s a lot to like about the iLuv Mo’Beats HD Bluetooth Speaker. It boasts Bluetooth and NFC connectivity, works as a desk and a battery-powered on-the-go speaker, packs SRS WOW audio technology and has a hidden universal tablet and smartphone stand hidden in the top. Best of all it has a price under $100.
We’ve been looking at a huge number of Bluetooth speakers in recent months, and the flow of wirelessly connected audio devices doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. The latest unit we’ve had the chance to check out is the iLuv Mo’Beats Bluetooth Speaker. Priced at under $100, and already available at a discount if you shop around, this speaker has a simple design, decent sound, and a hidden feature that makes it a great partner to your smartphone and tablet. Here’s a look on video.
The iLuv Mo’Beats HD has a simple understated look, but it packs a good deal of tech into its unassuming and surprisingly light body. SRS WOW audio processing helps it pump out impressive sound, NFC (Near Field Communication) makes Bluetooth pairing with NFC-enabled devices as simple as can be; a rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts up to 8 hours and lets you take the speaker on the go. It is just W11” x H2.95” x D2.83”, and it weighs just over a pound and a half.
Like the iLuv Aud5 speaker we recently reviewed, the Mo’Beats HD Bluetooth speaker has the company’s jAura audio technology. (Read the review.) As the company explains,
jAura Technology Mo’Beats HD was built to amaze even the most discerning audience. Equipped with stereo enhancement technology called jAura, these speakers deliver better sound than typical speakers. This technology, combined with twin full-range speakers and a passive bass radiator, creates a device that won’t fail to impress.
The result is a surprisingly decent audio experience coming from a small inexpensive speaker. No, I wouldn’t call this an audio “system”, but for a small desktop speaker that can also be taken on the road it is rather impressive.
On the back is a physical power toggle, a 3.5mm Aux-In port, and a microUSB port for running the speaker off AC and charging the internal battery.
The silver-colored bar is an integrated metal stand that extends to make the speaker more stable. You won’t need the extra support when you are simply using the speaker as a wireless speaker, but you will want it in the extended position when you are using the Mo’Beats HD’s signature feature — a device cradle.
Yes. for me the feature that really sets the iLuv Mo’Beats HD apart is the integrated smartphone and tablet stand. It is hidden in the top of the speaker, and it is simple to open and start using. When you reveal the cradle you will immediately see that it is lined with soft rubber. This helps make sure your smartphone or tablet won’t scratch while also holding it in place via friction. And since this cradle isn’t designed to work with any specific device or company’s line of products, it is as close to universal as you are going to find. No, it won’t work with an iPad residing in a LifeProof case, but for most other devices and cases you should be fine.
The only other downside of this universal approach is that your mobile device won’t charge will sitting in the Mo’Beats cradle. It is the result of a tradeoff between universality and features and, in this case, I think it was the right choice.
The other thing that stands our about this speaker is the price. It has an MSRP of $99.99, but is already available through our Amazon Affiliate Store for less.
If you are looking for a small speaker that works with any Bluetooth-enabled device and works equally well on a desk or on the go, then you’ll cant to check this speaker out. You can find details and ordering information here on the Mo’Beats product page.
What I Like: Under $100; Bluetooth and NFC; Integrated device cradle; Low profile; Works at home and on the go; Decent sound for its size and price
What Needs Improvement: Doesn’t chage your device while it is in the cradle; Cradle is too narrow for some super-rugged tablet cases