Music is a big part of my life. Whether I’m working out, driving, in the shower, getting ready to fall asleep, more often than not you’ll find my phone playing some kind of music. Some situations call for headphones, but other times I prefer to have music filling the house or car. Since most of my music is on my phone or in the cloud, it is nice to have a mobile speaker that can be moved from room to room or from the house to the back porch.
The Roverbeats T3 by Etekcity is a small portable Bluetooth speaker that puts out some big sound. Etekcity was kind enough to send us a unit to review, so let’s take a look at it in our Roverbeats T3 speaker review.
- Lithium-ion battery
- Bluetooth protocol: version 4.0 + EDR
- Bluetooth range: 30ft
- Chipset: CSR Plc Bluetooth
- Input sensitivity: 300 MW
- Rated Power: 3W
- Frequency range: 80Hz-20KHz
- Input ports: mini USB, 3.5mm AUX port
- Weight: 6oz
- Dimensions: 2.52 x 2.52 x 2.64 inch
In the box, you get:
- 1x Etekcity® portable Bluetooth speaker
- 1x USB charging cable
- 1x 3.5mm audio cable
- 1x Carrying pouch
- 1x User’s manual
The T3 is surprisingly small for a Bluetooth speaker. I was a bit surprised when I first opened the box. Don’t let the size fool you though. The compact design allows you to easily slip it into a backpack or computer bag. The bottom has a rubber non-skid ring which actually holds pretty decent even on a car dashboard. The middle of the speaker body has a soft-touch rubber, giving it good grip when you grab it.
As I mentioned earlier, this speaker puts out quite the sound. I used it in all manner of environments, ranging from the bathroom (not actually in the shower), to chilling on the back porch, to even in the minivan (alas, an older model that doesn’t have an audio input). I even took it to the hospital and played some soothing piano music off my tablet for my mom. No matter the environment, the T3 powered out the sound. In a very quiet environment there was a slight hum in between songs, but to me it wasn’t anything that detracted from the speaker. The specs state that the speaker has a 33ft range, however out in the yard I was getting a lot farther than that. Inside when dealing with walls, your results may vary.
The T3 allows for handling calls over the Bluetooth connection. I made a couple of calls using the T3, and it handled the call quality very nicely. I had no complaints from the other party about not being able to hear me or anything like that.
The materials included with the T3 claim that the speaker will get 7 hours of battery life. I gave the speaker a full charge overnight before using it, and I easily got that 7 hours over the space of 2 days. Battery may vary with use, but so far the battery has lived up to the claims made regarding battery life.
As mentioned earlier, the T3 sports a rubberized grip, and seems to be durable enough to survive in the typical backpack. However, it’s not ruggedized, so you may want to transport it in the included carry bag.
Etekcity sells the T3 both on their website and on Amazon. Their website has it listed for $29.99 USD ($38.19 CAD), while you can get a few bucks knocked off on Amazon. For the money, I feel you can’t beat the product. I’ve purchased a few Bluetooth speakers in the past and for the money those just didn’t live up. The T3 is a good speaker for the money.
I expected to get a tinny little Bluetooth speaker; what I experienced blew away all my expectations. There may be better Bluetooth speakers out there. There may be bigger Bluetooth speakers out there. The strong points of this one are its portability and ability to kick out the music. While the sound may not live up to an expensive pair of headphones, it’s not designed to. I think this is a great speaker for the money and will be picking a couple up for my kids.