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Need to know: Portable NFC Brick Speaker by Monoprice

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What is your personal soundtrack? How do you hear it? Is it in your head, or in your headphones? How do you share it? Do you hum a tune or sing above the snickering of your friends? One way to hear or share it is by using one of those fancy Bluetooth speakers you‘ve read about so many times in this column. They tend to be small enough to carry around, surprisingly loud, and some of them can even be used as a speakerphone when paired to a mobile phone. The Portable Bluetooth NFC Brick Speaker (#10949 for black & #10950 for red) from Monoprice fits that bill, and it does so at a price that should have its competitors a little nervous.

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For a mere 34 bucks and some change, the feature-rich Brick is easily a hundred dollars, or more, cheaper than comparable speakers from Jawbone and Beats without sacrificing much, if anything, at all. Making products that provide the most bang for the buck is what Monoprice does and, based on the first impression made by the Brick, they do it well. Here’s the specs:

  • Tough, rubberized exterior
  • 40mm drivers
  • Stereo sound
  • NFC pairing
  • 3 watts per channel
  • Bluetooth V4.0 with a range of up to 32 feet
  • 1200mAh rechargeable lithium battery
  • 3 hour charge time
  • 10 hours of playback
  • Built in microphone
  • 3.5mm auxiliary input for wired connection

On paper, at least, the Monoprice Brick looks very good, however, you’ll have to come back in a few weeks to see how well it performs in the real world. For more information about the 10949 Portable Bluetooth NFC Brick Speaker, click here.

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