Beats By Dre BeatBox Portable Audio System Review

Posted: March 22, 2012
Beats By Dre BeatBox Portable Audio System Review

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.


  • $399 exclusively at AT&T stores.


  • 4 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The price may seem like a lot but when you look at the market for sound docks, this price point is average.
  • The dock sounds great, the highs were distinct from the bass and it was as good as you'd expect.

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Comments are Closed

  • Spybreak

    Matt Mira you slay me. Add Phish and Pearl Jam to that list. :P

    Posted: April 4, 2012 1:06 PM
  • vnstrel

    i wonder what kind of music kevin likes... dave mathews band is great!

    Posted: April 3, 2012 5:27 PM
  • n0ah_fencE

    i count 136 including finger taps and kevin chops

    Posted: March 22, 2012 9:08 PM
  • n0ah_fencE

    how many times did they pat the 'beats by dre beatbox'?

    Posted: March 22, 2012 9:02 PM