Fugoo Style is the perfect combination of design and function.
I love Bluetooth speakers. In fact, I think they are the perfect extension of one’s mobile device. The category has come a long way since they were first introduced and I’m excited to see where they go next. One of the newest trends appears to be the waterproof or at least, splash proof speaker. One such speaker is the Fugoo Style.
The Fugoo Style is a simply elegant option for waterproof Bluetooth speaker. Being a part of the Fugoo line, it has a very unique design. It comes in two parts – the Core and the Jacket.
The Core is where the actual speaker lives. It has an integrated microphone for making or receiving calls on your phone or even using
your voice assistant, Siri. The Core has six drivers that are positioned on all four sides of the speaker to provide true 360º sound for any occasion. It’s snow proof, soundproof and waterproof for up to 3 feet deep and 30 minutes of submersion. The Core is also shockproof. It has been drop-tested from six feet in the air to a concrete floor (by the developer) and it keeps working. I was very impressed with the Core’s design. It looks very much like a traditional speaker, old-fashioned speaker. It’s sturdy and classy looking, but the style really comes to life with the Jacket.
Fugoo Style Jackets are simply sophisticated. It is a fiber reinforced resin shell that is also water-resistant. Even though the Core doesn’t really need ‘protection’, the Jacket is an added layer of safety for your speaker. The Jackets are easy to replace and swap. With just a few snaps, your Style is made new again with a simple change of the Jackets. You can tailor the Style to fit your personal taste and lifestyle.
Together, the Jacket and the Core make one fantastic Bluetooth speaker. The Fugoo Style has an impressive 40-hour battery life (at 50% volume). The internal battery is a 2400 mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. For perspective, the iPhone 6 has a 1810 mAh battery. It charges using a standard Micro-USB cable and will charge up to full capacity in about 3.5 hours.
It has an integrated omnidirectional microphone with echo cancellation for speakerphone use, or personal assistant (Siri) use. In my experience using the Style to make and receive calls, it’s been fantastic. The person on the other end of the phone didn’t know that I was using anything other than my iPhone. Something that is somewhat unique to the Style – I haven’t seen it offered before on other
Bluetooth speakers – is that it is full-duplex capable in speakerphone mode. This means that data will pass through both sides of the speakerphone at the same time. You will be able to talk at the same time as someone on the other end of the conversation. You typically don’t see this unless you have a conference phone capable of it. Full-duplex capability is a very cool feature for this speaker to have.
Fugoo Style weighs in at right around one pound. It’s only about 6.5 inches long and is perfect for taking anywhere. You can easily slip it into your laptop bag without it being a burden. Fugoo Style connects to your mobile device using Bluetooth 4.0 and will stay connected within about 33 feet. Fugoo includes some other really cool things in the box with the
speaker. For one thing, a 3.5mm stereo input cable for wired connection capability. Not only is the cable included, but it also flat, which greatly reduces the possibility of it becoming tangled. This is also a feature that the accompanying Micro-USB charging cable shares with the auxiliary cable. Fugoo also included a very nice accessory bag in the box for carrying all the provided cable.
I have been blown away by the performance of this little, but powerful speaker. It puts out a fantastic sound and will be the perfect companion for your every adventure. Fugoo Style is a must have for any Bluetooth speaker enthusiast or anyone who is looking for a remarkable speaker option that can literally go anywhere. It retails for $179.99 for the Core+Jacket color of your choice (red, silver, black or gold). Other Jackets are $39.99 each.