Waterproof speakers are perfect for Irish summer

Waterproof speakers are perfect for Irish summer

Irish summers are never reliable. One minute the sun is splitting the stones, the next it starts pouring rain. This is where waterproof Bluetooth speakers like the Soundcore Icon Mini come in handy. The Icon Mini has a distinctive look and feel to them that’s all about fun. My review samples were a strong orange colour, but they’re also available in black.

The front has a metal speaker grille while the back and sides have a rugged rubber finish. The Icon Mini measures 95mm x 76mm x 32mm and weighs 208g. Good things come in small packages and the Icon Mini’s can really pack a punch above their weight in both performance and features.

Apart from the fun-loving design, the Icon Mini speaker also has a set of controls on the top edge. These include a power on/off, a - and + for volume control, a Bluetooth button and a distinctive ‘d’ symbol, which is derived from the d in the Soundcore logo. When you press the latter, it just pauses the audio. All of the buttons have to be pressed with a decent amount of force and there’s a distinctive clicking sound when you fully depress a button. This is ideal for the intended purposes of a speaker like these and means you won’t press a button accidentally. Also, the buttons are actually beneath the rubber so there’s no chance of breaking them off.

On the right edge of the speaker is a large rubber flap that conceals and protects the micro-USB charging port and the 3.5mm audio jack. On the left side is a small hole in the rubber for the mic that can be used for hands-free calls.

One of the main features of the Icon Mini speaker is that it has a waterproof rating up to IP67. This means it’s protected from dust, dirt and full submersion in water up to one metre for 30 minutes. But, I wouldn’t recommend using it in the sea. This isn’t to say that a splash of seawater will ruin them, but I just wouldn’t dunk them in the sea. Nor would I recommend you do the same with your waterproof phone. However, the Icon Mini’s are an excellent choice for those who want to use them in the bathroom or shower.

For a speaker that literally fits in the palm of my hand, the Icon Mini has an impressive sound. It can get pretty loud and the bass is deep and not boomy. Sound reproduction is subjective though and dependent on the type of music you listen to but I was incredibly pleased with what I was hearing. And what makes the Icon Mini’s even better is when you get two of them paired together for a fuller stereo sound. I really liked them in this configuration as I was able to get more volume and the ability to place the two speakers at a decent distance from each other meant the stereo sound was more effective.

As speakers go, and especially smaller Bluetooth speakers, battery performance isn’t always great. The Icon Minis claim up to eight hours of battery life from a single charge and I was getting close to that which is excellent.

The Soundcore Icon Mini is a fantastic travel speaker that has a larger than life sound and form factor that makes it great to bring with you anywhere.

Available from amazon.co.uk from £29.99

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