The Swift is actually kind of cute. Sitting only 3x3x2, and weighing in at only 4.6oz, the speaker is so small and portable you’ll insist on taking it wherever you go. From a design standpoint, the Swift isn’t something to really rave about, except for the size, it doesn’t scream design! The widest point is at the bottom, and rounds to a triangular pyramid. The top is chopped off and inside sits the little speaker that delivers such an incredible sound.
On the front sits the words Satechi and mic, as well as the actual microphone and the multi-function button that is used to answer phone calls, initiate voice-dialing as well as integrate quite well with Siri on the iPhone 4S. On one side is the mini-usb port for charging, and the remaining side houses the On/Off switch.
I would prefer some controls on the speaker itself. I would keep my phone inside and place this outside next to the pool as we would swim, and if I wanted to turn it up/down, I would have to walk inside and control the volume with my iPhone itself. It’d be nice to be able to play/pause with the multi-function button. It was somewhat of an annoyance to have to complete everything from my phone, unless I was using Siri.
After barely holding and handling the device, the text that is printed all over it is wearing off and really makes the device look cheap. The Swift itself doesn’t really shout quality by the way it looks, but this doesn’t help its case either.
Performance and Sound Quality
The Swift will obviously not rival the likes of some of the bluetooth speakers we’ve seen that range $150+, but for the price of the Swift, you’ll actually be quite impressed with the sound. When sitting flat on a surface, you’ll be amazed with the volume and even the bass that the Swift spits out. If you happen to lift the speaker up, you’ll notice a hollower less inviting sound. I wouldn’t recommend walking around with it, but if you plan on just sitting it down and enjoying some tunes, this little thing will blow you away.
As far as battery life, I gave this a full charge before I hopped on my plane, and was able to get around 2.5 hours of playback time, after it was sitting in stand-by for around 3 days. So the battery life out of such a small package is actually quite impressive. Then we almost got another 3 hours our second play through. It seems you’ll get around 3 hours on a full charge. Again, great battery life out of this nice little speaker. Satechi boasts an even battery life of talk back time,so if you used this strictly as a hands free speaker for making calls you should see some better performance.
Since we’re dealing with Bluetooth technology, you should have around 33 feet of distance between your device and the speaker. I never got more than 20 feet, but I didn’t notice any chance in quality or any disconnections.
One issue I had, which I’ve never seen with other bluetooth devices was some disconnections when the battery got low. I would be listening to music, and it would stop and playing. I got back to my phone, noticed it was paused, and pressed play and the device would again start kicking out the music. And again, it would stop. This happened around 5 times with around 3-6 minutes of playback in between before the battery finally kicked. Not sure if that is how the Swift handles low battery, but I found it annoying, especially when every other device I have used will just alert on low battery, and then finally quit.
- Incredible sound
- Tiny, compact and portable design
- Price is fantastic
- Loud volume
- Siri Integration with iPhone 4S
- Sound is completely different when not flat on surface
- Lack of controls for volume and play/pause
- Text wears off after light use
For $30, the Satechi Swift is an incredible purchase. Amazing sound in such a sleek and compact design, the Swift will rival any device in the $100 range. I can’t recommend the Swift more. The beautiful sound out of this little piece of bluetooth hardware is awesome. If you were in the market for a bluetooth speaker to pair with your smartphone, but are somewhat put off by the price points on a lot of the more popular devices, the $30 you’ll pay for the Swift will be one of the best purchases you will ever make. As long as you are planning on keeping this flat on a surface, and don’t mind controlling from your smartphone, you’ll be nothing but satisfied.
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