If you find yourself constantly behind the wheel, managing even the “speaker” button on your cell phone can be a pain in the driver’s seat. But we’ve found a new mobile Bluetooth speaker that not only doesn’t roll off the passenger seat, it works with gestures, too!
Cleverly named the SpeeCup, our new 8" speaker resembles a tall coffee cup from our local caffeine joint, and fits perfectly in the car’s cupholder—so it stays where it’s put. (Being ever in multi-tasking mode, we ordered a SpeeCup in red, so as not to try to drink out of our new toy. Enough said.)
Connecting the SpeeCup to our Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone was extremely simple; it took all of about ten seconds. Once accomplished, we answered our phone with a light touch on the rim of the SpeeCup. But then we discovered the gesture feature, turned it on, and a simple wave of the hand allowed us to pick up a call. Nice. No more searching for a the right tiny spot on our phone. And if you’re fond of Siri or S Voice, the SpeeCup will carry that adoration into practice, as well.
Hooking up the SpeeCup to our iPod was just as simple—and our new red toy provided better sound quality than we had expected. The SpeeCup can also connect to your automobile’s stereo system, if it’s a Bluetooth baby. Otherwise, plugging in is also possible, as there’s an “audio out” plug right next to the micro USB jack, for plugging it into your home or car stereo.
The SpeeCup has an integrated noise-canceling microphone, for clear conversation, and a built-in Lithium-ion battery, so it can be used without connecting to a power supply. (The website promises up to 20 hours of use on the battery; we didn’t test it quite that long—but we never ran out of juice.) The SpeeCup comes with a USB charger, so you can charge it with your laptop or through the USB-to-12V car accessory plug connector that’s included.
We loved the SpeeCup for its ease of use, good-quality sound, phone clarity and handiness on the road—and we adored the gesture control. But more than that: In a house with many rooms, not every room has a stereo; neither does every hotel room. Of course, you can stick in those ear buds and take your music with you. But those can become tiresome after a while—and they’re useless if you’re trying to share a song or attempting to do a fitness routine to that new Lady Gaga number. The SpeeCup solved the problem with aplomb, giving us good sound wherever we roamed or cavorted—and no sore ears.
The SpeeCup comes in black, white or red (our fave, see previous comment about not drinking our music), and you can tell it’s a quality product just by the feel of it. Plus, an added touch we adored: All the cords refused to tangle—unlike the majority of tiny cords that give us headaches every time we try to un-kink them (Apple, we’re talkin’ to you). At under $130, the SpeeCup offers great quality at a decent price; we expected to pay a good deal more.
In short, we have nothing bad to say about the SpeeCup… except this: We listened to it so much that we were forced to head over to iTunes and buy some more music!