Review: Compact, Rugged Wireless Speaker with FM Radio

This summer, the party doesn't have to stop if your phone runs out of battery or you don't have access to a music streaming service. Thanks to the built-in FM Radio capability of the WAE Outdoor 04Plus FM ($79.99) from Hercules, you can listen to music from traditional radio, like I had to growing up!

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Regardless of music source, the WAE Outdoor 04Plus FM features a nice wedge-shaped compact size and is rugged and waterproof, and dust, sand and snow resistant. Given all of those features, it's reasonably priced. The device also has standard-size screw threads for an optional bike mount, tripod, or suction cup mount. It's only available in one color choice (black) and it could use a more memorable name, like SoundWedge FM or something that flows better than WAE Outdoor 04Plus FM!

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Rugged and waterproof and dust, sand, and snow resistant
  • Reasonably priced
  • Built-in FM Radio
  • Standard-size screw thread for optional bike mount, tripod, suction cup mount
  • 10 hours (Bluetooth mode) or 18 hours (FM Radio mode) battery life

Cons

  • Only one color choice (black)
  • No AM Radio

Final Verdict

If you listen to music on the go, the WAE Outdoor 04Plus FM from Hercules is easy to love and thanks to FM Radio, you can enjoy a variety of music as well as talk radio depending on your local FM service. 

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