Beats Pill+ Speaker Review

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Expert Rating

If you’re looking for a speaker companion, one that emphasises bass, the Beats Pill+ is making a really good argument. Equipped with drivers that offer great sounding bass, stuffed into a tiny chassis, the Beats Pill+ Speaker is one of the best speakers for on-the-go music—especially if you’re a fan of hip-hop, rap, and other bass-focused music.

Why We Like It – Beats Pill+ Speaker Review

A great companion to have for lovers of hip-hop and rap, with its emphasis on bass and a compact design that allows it to be placed anyway at any time.

Pros
  • Great sounding bass
  • 12 hour battery life
  • Can charge your phone with it
Cons
  • Too focused on bass quality
  • Expensive

Performance

The Beats Pill+ focuses largely on bass. It’s full, deep, and quite enveloping. Filling a small room with deep notes is a great experience, especially for a 12 hour battery life. But if you prefer music with higher notes—rock, classical music, and so on—sound quality does falter a bit. The problem is bass tends to overpower other notes. On one hand, that’s not a problem when it comes to hip-hop and rap; that extra bass goes a long way. On the other hand, it alienates other groups of music lovers. Look to the JBL Charge 3 Speaker for a fuller sounding speaker.

Design

Considering the performance of the Beats Pill+ Speaker, we were rather surprised it came out of such a small speaker. It’s 8-inches like and cylindrical in shape. It isn’t fitting in pockets any time soon, but definitely fits comfortably on an end table without stealing too much real estate. It has a small hidden compartment that holds a USB port, charging port, and audio jack. So if you’ve got a smartphone that needs a quick charge, use its USB port. Furthermore, if you bring two Beats Pill+ portable speakers together, use the Pill app to create a dual-stereo experience.

Value

During our Beats Pill review, we realized the sound quality and overall performance is still very good. Compared to other portable Bluetooth speakers, it’s certainly up there as one of the better sounding speakers, and it may earn our respect yet. But is it worth $126? Not if you aren’t a fan of Dre’s line of sound peripherals or prefer music other than hip-hop and rap. Value is lost to you on that front; otherwise, you’re better off purchasing a Oontz Angle 3 Speaker, which has great sound quality at a fifth of the cost. If you prefer smart home functions, stick to the Amazon Echo Dot Speaker.

Beats Pill+ Speaker Review Wrap Up

Even though the Beats Pill+ Speaker focused heavily on bass, it’s still a great speaker. Someone who likes rap and hip-hop are getting a much needed companion with this speaker. It can pump out great sound quality, charge your phone, and last a solid 12 hours. That makes up for a few of its flat notes.

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Brady Meyers

Brady Klinger-Meyers is a writer based in Pennsylvania. He regularly contributes to websites such as Hardcore Droid, Gamepur, and Homebli. His work remains primarily in technology, from video game journalism to consumer technology.

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