Wayne Thorp will speak at the 2015 AAII Investor Conference this fall; go to www.aaii.com/conference for more details.
Rugged, dust-proof and water-resistant Bluetooth speaker.
This summer I had the opportunity to review several Bluetooth speakers geared toward outdoor use. Now that September has rolled around and the leaves around Chicago are starting to turn, I take a look at one last outdoor speaker—the Turtle Shell from Outdoor Technology. Looking back on all the speakers I reviewed to date, the Turtle Shell’s closest rival is probably the Braven BRV-1. Both speakers are designed to survive rainstorms and other splashes and are definitely geared toward outdoor use.
The Turtle Shell and BRV-1 are also similar in that they have distinct designs compared to their competitors. Whereas I likened the BRV-1 to a Star Wars TIE fighter, the Turtle Shell, as its name suggests, is a multi-angled turtle shell. The speaker measures 5.6 inches by 3.9 inches by 2.1 inches, giving it a smaller footprint than the Braven BRV-1 but a larger one than the typical “speak bar” models I’ve reviewed. The Turtle Shell also weighs around 11 ounces, which is roughly equivalent to the BRV-1. Put the Turtle Shell in the included carrying bag and it becomes truly portable.
The review model I received was coated in black rubber (but several colors are available), which helps to protect it from bumps and drops and makes it dust-proof and water resistant. In fact, the Turtle Shell has an IP65 water-resistant rating, meaning it can withstand water short of submersion.