Review: Braven's Rugged, Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Goes Anywhere a GoPro Goes

Review: Braven's Rugged, Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Goes Anywhere a GoPro Goes

What good is a rugged, waterproof wireless speaker if you have to carry it around with you while on an adventure? That's the thinking behind the Braven BRV-1M ($99.99), an attractive, solidly built outdoor Bluetooth speaker that is designed for on-the-go use. It's waterproof (IPX7) and quite rugged. But unlike most competing outdoor Bluetooth wireless speakers, it has a GoPro mount built-in, so you can easily attach it anywhere a GoPro camera would go, such as on a bike, boat, or motorcycle. I just wouldn't mount it to a helmet since it is somewhat heavy.

The BRV-1M features 12 hours of battery life, using a 2200 mAh power that can be used to recharge USB devices; although only at 1 Amp, so don't expect to charge a power-hungry iPad. The portable speaker also works as a speakerphone, and even offers noise cancellation. It's available in black, gray, or red (with black and gray accents.)

Pros

  • Waterproof (IPX7)
  • Attaches to standard GoPro mounts
  • 2200 mAh power can recharge USB devices
  • Noise canceling speakerphone
  • 12 hour battery life

Cons

  • Heavy
  • 1 Amp output via USB

Final Verdict

If you lead an active life, and are looking for the best outdoor Bluetooth speaker that can keep up with you, strap on a Braven BRV-1M!

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.