What is there not to like about the turtle? According to Wikipedia (which is always correct) turtles are “reptiles of the order Chelonii or Testudines characterised by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs that acts as a shield.” Also, according to legend, a select group of the specie has formed an elite four turtle, martial arts trained, vigilante group that live in the sewers of New York. But I digress.
The Turtle Shell Wireless Boom Box Speaker is a small (turtle sized – get it?) speaker that is rugged, water resistant, and offers surprisingly deep bass. It may not fight crime (nor will it snap at your finger) but it will make a nice companion on the hiking trail.
Like its amphibian cousins (but unlike the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) the Turtle Shell Speaker is not quite perfect. While it does offer deep bass response you do notice a drop in sound volume when a song reaches a section of extended bass. My guess is that the capacitors lack the “head room” to deliver a consistent level of volume to both the dual drivers and the woofer.I suppose this is a flaw that could be fixed without too much of an R&D effort.
Just remember few things are perfect and even the animal version of the turtle requires constant improvement – our friend Mother Nature calls this “evolution”. But again I digress.
- Dual drivers and bottom firing woofer. Sound performance is a bit uneven, but it does use surfaces to help reverberate and enhance the bass response (similar to the Wowee One Speaker). One additional knock is that the overall sound volume is lower than I expected. It is loud enough for most listening conditions, but if you are using it around a campfire you likely will not have to worry about disturbing your fellow campers.
- Speakerphone capability – Easy enough to hook up to your Bluetooth phone using the internal microphone.
- Bluetooth capability – the stated range is 33′ (about 10 meters) and it is very easy to set-up. Easy enough even for your parents (and maybe your grandparents) to set-up.
- Battery Life – stated at 9 to 10 hours of sound or talk time.
One thing I did not attempt (and would not dare suggest) is strapping a Turtle Shell Wireless Speaker to an actual live turtle. Definitely not recommended, even though it would probably look pretty cool.
Retails for $149.99