The Grand Xboy Bluetooth Speaker Looks like a Toy but Delivers Grown-Up Sound

I saw the Grand Xboy 8-inch Bluetooth Speaker ($179) from Xoopar at CES and was able to try it for a while. It looks like a kid's toy but the sound is quite suitable for adults, thanks to 2x10 watt speakers plus a 3 watt subwoofer. It also operates for ten hours before needing recharging. The 360-degree coverage means you can place the Xboy in the center of the room and it can be the life of the party.

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The speaker looks like a robot, and with the cartoonish stance, it's also reminiscent of the Sphero Interactive Spider-Man, which I've also reviewed. It comes in a variety of colors, and there are smaller versions in case you want to save a little cash.

Xboy

The Xboy connects to just about any device using Bluetooth or the included 3.5mm audio jack and cable. I really like it, but these days, many speakers in this price range come with Alexa integration, so I would have liked to see that. 

Pros

  • Bluetooth and 3.5mm audio jack
  • 2x10W peak power plus 3W subwoofer for bass
  • 10-hour battery life
  • Cute design
  • Assorted colors

Cons

  • Pricey
  • No Alexa integration

Final Verdict

The Grand Xboy Bluetooth Speaker from Xoopar makes serious sound while looking cute and cuddly. 

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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.