Just as what the name of this product suggests, the Beats Pill XL Portable Bluetooth Speaker is indeed a bigger and quite heavier compared to its predecessor. With that in mind, it still has the same audio quality and great portable design as most of Dr. Dre’s array of products. The upgrade in size also comes with the louder sound experience. Shaped like a pill, it has an ingeniously placed handle that makes it very easy for users to carry around, pack away, and bring it anywhere even with the bigger size. This product is about a hundred dollars more expensive than the previous model, so let’s find out with this Beats Pill XL Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review if the size upgrade is indeed worth it.
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This speaker has indeed the rational features to keep up with its expensive price. It offers a stonger bass than most speakers of the same size size. In general, on the music mainstream, the Beats Pill XL provides a powerful, clean response with respect to tracks that has a deep sub-bass.
What are the best features of this speaker?
Even with it’s bigger size, Beats Pill XL is still as good in taking your music everywhere. Its weight is just right to carry around and has a built-in handle additional portability. This speaker makes you free you to roam around the area, which denotes you’ll always have a considerably great quality sound whether you are near or far. The pairing feature is particularly sophisticated. There are quite a number of Bluetooth speakers that have the same feature, but almost all offers only a limited left/right stereo pairing. Most stereos pair one speaker on the left, the other does right. The Pill XL’s twin play function lets two of the units play the same tune, efficiently chaining them wirelessly, so you can put one in one room and the other in an neighboring room, given that they’re still within Bluetooth’s 15- to 30-foot range. And all you had to do to get them together is to tap them: once for dual play, twice for stereo left/right pairing.
Beats approximates the Pill XL‘s battery life to be around 15 hours, but then again these estimates vary and depends mainly upon how raucously you play your music. This speaker includes a red 3.5mm audio cable for the Aux in/out. One version of this speaker has no USB cable for charging your mobile devices with its built-in battery but the other version (Beats Pill XL version 2.0) you can now charge your phone or external music device with extra juice.
- Outstanding sound quality
- Powerful audio performance
- Intense solid bass response
- Conveniently portable
- Has a built-in speaker phone
- Aux inputs and outputs allow versatile playback
- Able to charge external devices
- Extensive battery life
- Automatically shuts off after ten minutes of no signal detection to save power
- Simple controls with quick and easy set-up
- Five-segment LED battery gauge to indicate battery life
- Can be paired with another Pill XL for left/right stereo, or dual play for multi-room use
- Dimensions 4 in/100 cm diameter, 13.3 in/33.8 cm long
Weight 3.3 lbs./1.5 kg
- When played too loud, has a few barely audible (quite negligible actually) traces of distortion
- This speaker is best known to have a bass-heavy affair which is clearly not suitable for those just enjoy the pure tones of their music.
The Beats Pill XL Portable Bluetooth Speaker is definitely the thing you need if your eyes are set on a portable Bluetooth speaker with profound bass presence. The price can hurt the budget but ultimately, this speaker offers something most of the competition does not which is having big bass in a portable form.