With the Beats by Dre Beatbox from AT&T, listening to music just got a lot more portable. Matt Mira and Kevin Pereira take a look at the $399 device with its built-in dock connector, 5.25" subwoofer, Bluetooth connectivity and more for Gadget Pr0n.
What You Need To Know
The Beats By Dre Beatbox portable system is available exclusively through the AT&T store.
The device comes in either black or white.
It's a nice size for a dock, especially if you are going to keep it on a desk or counter top.
There are two built-in handles on either side that are nicely incorporated into the design.
The dock for the iPhone or iPod is on the top.
On the back has an auxiliary port for connecting to any accessory with a headphone jack.
The beatbox takes 6 D-cell batteries so you can use this on the go with a battery life of 15 hours.
The lack of rechargeable batteries was an odd choice for a portable iPod dock.
In the long wrong, we guess it's nice to not have to worry about the cycle count on a lithium battery but it does feel a little bit of a throwback.
The Bluetooth connectivity is very easy to pair: just hold down the power button for 10 seconds until the button starts flashing.
The device will quickly show up as pair-able on your phone and that's pretty much it.
Airplay has its issues with latency and dropped signals, but the Bluetooth worked great.
The signal was strong and didn’t really cut out.
We were able to walk about 50 feet away without dropping the signal.
It does have an annoying habit of cutting the volume in half going from docked to Bluetooth.
The only way to get full volume back is to physically turn the volume up on the beatbox.
The device has a 5.25" subwoofer and two midrange speakers, which Monster says will deliver unparalleled sound for a portable dock.
The sound was pretty good: a lot of these docks suffer from muddy sound with little separate between the highs and lows.
This beatbox had no trouble with the full spectrum.
High volumes encountered some distortion depending on the source.
Overall, we found it to sound very clear.
We wish there were more controls on the dock to allow us to alter the mids, lows and highs.
The beatbox essentially has only three buttons on it and we like to have more control over the speakers.