Published on August 27th, 2012 | by Kira0
HMDX: Sound So Sweet You Can Taste It!
We take our music seriously, always looking for the latest and greatest songs and bands, checking out shows around the boroughs, and testing out a variety of gear. In fact, we’ve got tunes playing just about all of the time, whether it’s on the go or in the office. And we’ve always got several gigabytes of music with us at all times.
The HMDX Jam Bluetooth Speaker is jam’n on many levels. For starters, it has the cutest packaging I have ever seen! It comes in a case that looks like a jam jar, and instead of colors you get to pick your favorite flavor: apple (green), apricot (orange), blackberry (grey), blueberry (blue), grape (purple), and strawberry (red). I really like the casing and colors, all of them look very sleek and shiny. Finally, to complete the concept, the speaker is lightly scented in its flavor of choice.
The speaker is pretty small and easily portable (2.5″x2.5″x2.5″), which is perfect for adding music to on-location photo shoots. You probably won’t want to put it in your pocket, but it will easily fit into a small bag. And the unit has a nice sturdy feel to it, which means it is not very light (9.6 oz), but finds a good balance between ideal weight and sturdiness.
This speaker has a surprisingly loud punch to it for its size and price. It isn’t as crisp when it is completely turned up, unlike higher end speakers, like the Audyssey Wireless Speakers we enjoyed. However, if you keep it in the middle of a table, it sounds pretty good and will fill a small room. If you do not like loud noises, you may dislike the chime the speaker makes when it turns on. It can be a little much, and you can not turn it down or off. Finally, the Bluetooth works great up to 30 feet away, which is more that enough for what most people are likely to use it for. Battery life is only OK at four hours, but since the speaker charges off a micro-USB, you can use one of thebattery packs from myCharge to keep your music going for quite a bit longer.
Overall, the HMDX Jam Bluetooth Speaker is very sleek, with very cute marketing, and works quite well for the price: a very reasonable $40.