“Elegance, style, and innovation packed together in A small speaker”
I’m sure you have already recognized the well-known Beats by Dre signature which speaks alone for quality and a great experience. However, this time, the team wanted to add an innovative touch, and decided to create a curvy, pill-shaped speaker that attracts all the attention in the room. Besides the shape of a giant pill, the device is also quite colorful and even in black, it does attract through fine nuances like the logo and the mid-section.
If you think about it, the Beats Pill 2.0 is very similar in its shape to the Amazon Echo portable Bluetooth speaker. It follows the same cylindrical body, but it doesn’t stand vertically. However, that is the only similarity, as the Beats Pills is not equipped with voice recognition or the same advanced technology like the Echo model.
The 2.0 version is actually an improvement of the first Beats Pill that was released in 2013. However, they should continue working on audio quality and battery life as this model is not excelling in either case. It is indeed a good-looking speaker that attracts attention, and also can be used as a speakerphone, but, if you are looking for an outstanding sound experience, this one may dissapoint you a little.
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Design & Special features
In terms of design, besides the odd shape and the vivid colors, the Beats Pill also promotes a solid build with high-quality materials. However, you should be careful with it as it won’t maintain its integrity in the case of a tall drop.
The device is delivered with a soft case for the purpose of scratch protection, as well as for additional stylish look. Furthermore, the case enables you to carry the speaker with you in a bag or simply move it around without damaging it.
The front side is mostly the speaker grill which speads the sound equivalently in the room. The middle section is dedicated to the controls and on the back side (which is matte) you can find all the available ports. We actually loved that the surface is not cluttered with buttons like it happens with the Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2, where there are too many buttons, switches and ports gathered together.
The Beats Pill minimalistic design is great for those who are mainly looking for simplicity and functionality. The available controls and ports are as follows:
- The power button (on the back)
- Volume up & down on top of the speaker
- The big function button bearing the Beats Dre logo which has several functionalities. For instance, you can use it to end and answer calls (tap once), pause/play (tap once), skip forward (tap twice), skip backward (tap three times).
- The IN and OUT ports that allow you to connect the speaker with another speaker or a device that doesn’t support Bluetooth.
- The microUSB cable for charging that can also be used for charging other devices
The Pill supports both Bluetooth and NFC connections and can be easily paired with another Pill to boost the sound in a room. However, if you don’t have two Pills, you can use the dual 3.5 mm jack included in the package and connect the OUT port of the Pill with the IN port of another speaker regardless of brand and model.
The Beats Pill 2.0 packs 4 drivers but sadly the experience is not as pleasant as you would expect it to be. The sound is fairly thin as the bass is inexistent with this speaker. The mids are mostly filtered out while the highs are quite well played. This makes the music that comes out of the Beats Pill sound thin and irritating which is a shame for such an elegant speaker. Maybe they will release a Beats Pill 3.0 that takes care of this aspect.
The battery life is also an area where Beats didn’t do so well. While it’s not completely disappointing, the battery can only offer about 7 hours of continuous play time. It will take about 2 hours to be fully charged and it does offer the possibility to charge other devices in case of an emergency.
- Nice design
- Solid build
- Multiple function controls
- Short battery life
We feel like Beats tried to innovate a bit too much and they focused more on design and materials than sound experience. Even so, the speaker can still be used as a quality speakerphone and it will definitely impress anyone stepping into your office.