PULL the Kaos Bluetooth speaker out of its box for the first time and you’ll be instantly surprised by how heavy it is.
It’s not heavy in an inconvenient, cumbersome way, it’s just one of those products that feels extremely well made.
Its weight is justified by how powerful it is, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
The quality feel stands up well to closer inspection. The much of the unit is made of metal, barring the shiny plastic base and the speaker buried within can just about be seen through the dark grille on the top.
On the base there is a socket for a memory card, a micro-USB socket for charging its internal battery, an on and off switch and buttons for pausing, skipping and altering volume.
These buttons will operate your smartphone once it’s connected up through Bluetooth and that’s what this clever little gadget is all about.
Once connected, you can leave the wireless unit sat on a work top or shelf somewhere and cycle through the tunes on your mobile device while they are belched out by the small but punchy little speaker.
Its power is actually its most impressive attribute. Sound is transmitted well across the room and there’s plenty of bass, despite its diminutive dimensions.
Don’t expect to be able to run a disco, but for a bit of pleasant background music it’s really very good.
Cleverly, Kaos has also freed up its bluetooth system to be used for telephone calls - there’s even a built in microphone. This makes it a handy device for hosting conference calls.
Music can also be played from micro SD cards and there’s a good old-fashioned in-line input jack for connection to non-bluetooth devices, such as an iPod or PC.
The built-in Lithium Ion battery is re-charged using the supplied USB cable and is designed to trot on for up to four hours per charge.
It’s a fab little device and one of the best gadgets I’ve tested in a while.