Chicbuds Porta Party Bluetooth Speaker Review

Posted on Oct 8 2013 - 9:58pm by Richard Sharp

Chicbuds’ are known for creating fashionable accessories for smartphones, which is why I was rather excited to hear about their new Porta Party Bluetooth speaker. Granted the new designer look probably won’t suit men, but women they’ll love them – won’t they? This is where I turned to my wife for her opinion, which surprised me.

What you get in the Porta Party box

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1x Porta Party Speaker (in a nifty box)

1x instruction manual

1x charging cable (USB)

1x 3.5mm adapter

 

How it works

The Porta Party came charged and ready to go; simply turn it over, switch it on and it’ll be ready to pair with most bluetooth enabled gadgets. This worked well with my iPhone and iPad, it didn’t even require an password input (although some accessories might). You can change the volume, skip tracks and even answer calls using the buttons on the front. On the back you will find a charger input and 3.5mm jack, which is handy if you have a device that isn’t Bluetooth enabled.

Living with the Porta Party Bluetooth Speaker

Compared with a tin of beans - it's tiny.

Compared with a tin of beans – it’s tiny.

Portability is one of this speakers main selling points. It is half the size of a tin of beans and weighs next to nothing, you can practically transport it around in your pocket. This makes ideal for use in any room in the house and you can move it around as you would your mobile phone, but what about the sound?

The PR contact that sent me the Porta Party promised it would deliver punchy sound. When I got it out the box I had my reservations, but thankfully I had nothing to worry about. The sound delivered is surprisingly loud and ‘punchy’ as the rep described. It’s easily capable of filling an entire living room or bedroom with sound. What’s more, it provides crisp and clear notes, except when playing particularly bass heavy music at full blast.

The Wife’s Verdict

Kelly agreed with me that the sound was good and she loved the portability. The thing she didn’t like was the orchid design, nor did she like the other ‘camouflage’ effect speaker. “They should have left it a solid colour” Kelly remarked.

One savings grace was that we both liked the poppy patterned Porta Party, so perhaps it’s down to our personal tastes that we don’t like the others?

Summary

The Good

  • It’s tiny and hugely portable
  • Has a 10 hour battery life
  • Is easy to use
  • Sounds great

Could be better

  • The designs may not be to everyone’s taste.

The Porta Party costs £27.99 and is available now. If you’re looking for a tiny Bluetooth speaker with quality sound then I’d have no trouble recommending this.

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Richard Sharp is the founder of gadgetsandgizmos.org. He loves technology, gadgets (comes with the territory) and social media. You'll find him writing features, attending events and playing with cool tech. Life's good.

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