My brother has been a long time BMX fan and well it has been the driving force behind his huge spending for bike parts. To me itâ€™s excessive but I can understand it, I am the same way with technology and mobile phones, people would say I am nuts, a tech hoarder. I would be inclined to agree. So when my brother told me he was tired of having to buy headphones to listen to music while riding I told him well why donâ€™t you just get a Bluetooth speaker, he of course shouted â€œThatâ€™s a great idea, got any?â€ It just so happens that I did have one, the Fugoo Tough Jacket Bluetooth speaker.. This was a perfect fit and well this is what my review is centered around. So let me tell you why the Fugoo Tough Jacket Bluetooth speaker is a speaker for all sorts of life situations in my review. Letâ€™s get started.
Whatâ€™s In The Box:
- Fugoo Bluetooth Tough Jacket Speaker
- Wall Charger
- Micro-USB Cable
- Auxiliary Cable
- Allen Wrench
The Tough Jacket Bluetooth speaker is a FREAKING AMAZING, and Iâ€™m just talking about the build quality. As soon as you take the speaker out of the box you can tell that Fugoo put in a lot of time in designing the Tough jacket for the Fugoo Speaker Core. The Jacket is meant to take quite a beating and is perfect for almost all situations I can think of. Just to give you an idea of what I mean when I say tough here is a video of a car running over the Fugoo Bluetooth Speaker with the Tough jacket on
*The Fugoo speaker was ran over to demonstrate the construction strength of the Fugoo ToughÂ Jacket for demonstrative purposes. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!!
Pretty Tough Right?
As far as performance what can I say, this speaker can do it all and then some. Let me tell you why. Not only is this speaker mudproof, snowproof, and shockproof itâ€™s also waterproof. I know you’re thinking â€œyeah so are a lot of other thingsâ€ well if you search around not a lot of Bluetooth speakers have waterproof as a quality and if they do itâ€™s usually just water resistant which is a big difference. Water resistance means it can take splashes of water while waterproof means it can be fully submerged and the Fugoo Bluetooth speaker is water proof. It can be under water for 30 mins in 3 feet of water and come outÂ perfectly fine, any deeper and you risk losing the Bluetooth connection but it’ll reconnect automatically once you bring it back up.
This is one feature that I am normally not impressed with. I usually get Bluetooth speakers that can go maybe 9 hours on average, some go a bit longer but nothing too surprising. The Fugoo Bluetooth speaker is different, this baby can go a whopping 40 hours on a charge. Thatâ€™s right, 40 HOURS!!! That is incredible to me, I canâ€™t listen to music for that long in one go but if I needed too the Fugoo would be the only choice. I ran the Fugoo speaker once I had fully charged it and it ran a little more than 40 hours for me (about 42-45). This was the first time a Bluetooth speaker lasted longer than my music library, which is pretty damn impressive as not one other portable Bluetooth speaker has been able to do that.
This is, well, the core of the Fugoo Bluetooth speaker. The Fugoo core is the entire speaker system in a small package and it is because of this core that you have the ability to switch between different jackets (explained below). The core itself contains the speakers (4 of them), tweeters, and the battery along with a few other electrical components. It is waterproof without any case but I suggest you get a jacket for it anyway, think of it as a phone looks great without a case but itâ€™s easier to break.
As far as how it sounds I can say it is pretty great for such a small speaker. To test the bass I used a song by RDGLDGRN called â€œMillion Fansâ€. The bass isnâ€™t too overpowering and comes in pretty nice, again considering the size it was more than enough for me but for some of you audiophiles you may want to go with a bigger size. Songs with strong vocal caused a bit of a problem though. I used two songs with very powerful vocals. The first one was by Gnarls Barkley called â€œCrazyâ€ and when the volume was pushed to the max the speaker started to get heavily distorted especially with the high notes. The same issue occurred with a song by Evanescence called â€œMy Immortalâ€. I had to lower the volume for fear of damaging the speaker. For the most part music played pretty well the only thing I would say is don’t push the volume to high for those high pitch vocal songs.
One great feature about Fugoo is how well Google Now has been integrated. Most bluetooth accessories donâ€™t utilize Google Now but still include the ability to make and take calls with their high end mics. Fugoo realized that Google Now is actually a useful feature and have made sure that the Fugoo Bluetooth Speaker works with this great service, in fact it is one of their main selling points!! Google Now works beautifully with the Fugoo Bluetooth speaker and is one of the the first portable bluetooth speakers to give me a true hands free experience while driving.
Clear cut set up instructions are crucial to me, mainly because when I leave something like a Bluetooth speaker with someone who isnâ€™t quite tech savvy it just causes my phone to ring off the hook for every question. Perfect example was when I let my mom borrow the Fugoo Bluetooth speaker, I had not used it yet but she was in dire need of one apparently so I told her she could use it. I went to run my errand and came to find my mom using it, I was shocked. She always needs me to set it up any piece of technology for her before she can use it but the Fugoo Bluetooth speaker was, as she said, â€œfacilâ€ (spanish for easy).
When you first turn on your Fugoo Bluetooth speaker you are prompted by a voice that tells you it is powering on. Afterwards it proceeds to tell you that it is scanning for bluetooth devices so all you have to do is turn on your bluetooth and you will see the Fugoo speaker pop up and connect as soon as you tap on it. That is it, simple as that. So if any Bluetooth speaker companies are reading this I have one request, follow Fugooâ€™s voice prompt features, they got it right.
The Fugoo Bluetooth speaker comes with different jackets that allow it to be changed whenever you desire. Think of the jackets as different shells you can swap them out to whatever best suits your needs. For example, if youâ€™re going hiking I suggest you put on the Tough Jacket for ultimate protection. The Tough Jacket is made of fiber-reinforced resin and solid aluminum which, if you saw the video above, really helps keep the Fugoo core safe from any serious harm. There are two other jackets that can be used with the Fugoo core (the sport and the style) also offer protection and considerably less bulk (links below).
Only thing I didn’t like about the Tough Jacket is how you have to remove it. The Tough Jacket requires the use of an Allen wrench (in box). It isn’t hard to take off at all when you have the tool but if you don’t well you’re stuck with the Tough Jacket until you get one. As you can see in the video above I actually had to get one of my own tools to continue the removal process because the tool provided started losing it’s grip on the screws. I wish they could have used some sort of clamping system or maybe a flat head screw that can be screwed on/off with a coin to makeÂ the removal of the Fugoo Core easier.
If having a nearly indestructible speaker with amazing battery life and Google Now compatibility wasnâ€™t enough you can mount the Fugoo speaker to almost anything. I got the bike mount for my brother and while it does provide a solid hold the bike didnâ€™t mount on the bar. The bike handlebars were too thin and because of that the speaker could not stay upright on the handlebars. Slight issue but as long as it stayed on the bike I was happy. My brother took it out for a test drive and the speakers stayed on through bunny hops and tail whips. There are quite a few other mounts available on the Fugoo site that can be used with this speaker my second favorite would have to be the strap which goes between the two aluminum bars on the Tough Jacket and allows you to tie it to just about anything,Â including tree trunks.
Yeah this is a feature I wanted to talk about. The Fugoo Bluetooth speaker has a 360 degree system that allows it to play music from all four sides. This comes in handy just because you know longer have to be right in front of the speaker to get great sound, just set the speaker down and hit play. This is possible because of the 6 speakers on all sides of the Fugoo Core. In this core Fugoo gives you 2 tweeters, two woofers, and two passive radiators along with 4 active drivers.
What We Liked About It:
- Battery Life
- Ease Of Use
- Flat Charging Cable (Yeah, flat charging cables are awesome)
What We Didnâ€™t Like About It:
- Sound (Songs with high vocals didn’t play well with the Fugoo)
- Tough Jacket Removal A Bit Too Much
The Fugoo Tough Bluetooth speaker is a great portable system that can take almost anything life can throw at it and still sound great. Despite a few minor things here and there Iâ€™d say that if youâ€™re looking for a great quality speaker that can get run over by a car and still entertain you for 40+ hours straight the Fugoo Tough jacket Bluetooth speaker is definitely the one for you. So hit up the links down below and check out the different styles that Fugoo offers for your portable music life. This has been an Androidspin review, thanks for reading.