Sleek, simple to use, portable speakers with a stereo sound

iQual Tech Bluetooth Speaker Product Review

Quality Bluetooth speakers from iQual TechI was very excited to be sent a pair of the stylish looking iQual Tech Bluetooth Speakers from a company called iQuadTech for review.  They have also sent me a discount code which only our lucky readers can have – you need to read on for that bit!  There are many reasons to like these speakers.  They were, first of all, packaged very well.  You can clearly see what you are getting through the clear side of the box and the tough card not only provided protection during transit but also creates the impression of a quality product inside.

The box includes the Bluetooth Speaker, a small instruction manual and a USB Power Cable. There’s no power adapter which in my view is a good thing as you can charge these from an USB Power Adapter.   As shown in the picture below I just found a couple of spare iPhone / iPad chargers but really could have plugged these into any powered USB socket.

iQual Tech Bluetooth Speakers with USB chargers

These speakers are light in weight which is great and this makes them very portable so they are easily moved  around your house wherever you move.  This is perfect way of making household chores a bit more bearable if you have some music to listen to as you go.

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Sideview of the iQual Tech Bluetooth Speaker

They also look great in your house and certainly catch the attention of visitors.  This is because they look more expensive than they are due to the good build quality and their sleek appearance.  There isn’t the hassle and unsightly cables and the 9 hours of continuos wireless play is fantastic. They connected with my iphone without a problem and I was up and running in seconds.  No app is needed, they just use the built in Bluetooth audio functionality and there is a 10 metre Bluetooth range so you don’t necessarily need to be right near the speakers.  I was given the 2 speaker pack which means you can enjoy a bigger stereo sound using iQual Tech’s XP+ pairing technology.  This technology allows you to wirelessly create separate left and right channels to get that stereo experience.

This portability would make these speakers perfect to take on holiday.  I am already picturing myself at a country cottage retreat with the children dancing around to their favourite songs – great for rainy days if you are holidaying in the UK.  If you are use to frequent business trips away these speakers are perfect for that too as they are so light. They also have a built in microphone so if you are away on business they can be used as a conference phone when paired with your iPhone. That’s much nicer than having everyone try and crowd around your iPhone.

iQual Bluetooth speaker review showing on off switch, audio jack and power socket.

Review view showing the power socket, auxiliary 3.5″ audio jack and power switch.

The speakers themselves have luxurious feel about them and have a very neat design.  As you can see from the photo below, I have the eye catching red speakers which are a pill shape, finished with a silver strip around them.  They also have red thicker strip at the bottom so they shouldn’t slip off unless helped by an over enthusiastic three year old.

Now for the all important sound test.  They fair very well in their £55 price bracket for the 2 speaker pack, the sound is good and doesn’t seem to distort as the volume gets louder which is a real bonus.  For this very reasonable investment of £55 you are getting wireless stereo  sound within seconds of switching them on wherever you are with no messy cables via a stylish and lightweight speakers.  If you want a cheaper option you can opt for the £29.50 single speaker which gives brilliant sound for one little speaker. When used as a stereo pair I was impressed by the clear left and right separation, when listening to a play on the radio you could really picture people moving around the stereo sound stage. I’ve seen far more expensive stereo equipment not produce such a good result.

All in all I would recommend these speakers within their price bracket for their super cool looks, quality feel, portability and ease of their xp+ Bluetooth pairing which was very quick and easy with no extra app needed. As I said earlier they look a lot more expensive than they are so would make a really good gift.

The speakers reviewed above are now being sold for £29.50 each or £55.00 for a pair on the iQual website. The excellent news is that you can save an extra 10% with iQuadTech via their website using discount code GET10OFF at checkout.  Now I just need to book that holiday!


How to become a power user of Google

I spotted this infographic today and thought I’d share it with you.  There’s a lot more to Google than just typing what you are looking for into the search box. This infographic is worth studying for a few minutes to get an insight into what’s possible. This is also worth printing out as a useful Google Cheat Sheet.

How to use Google

 

Teachers might want to print this out and use as a lesson when teaching about searching on the web.  If you have a great Google tip that’s not covered by this inforgraphic I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.


Teach yourself to code (or teach your kids to code).

From time to time I share interesting infographics that I spot on social media. I spotted this one earlier and though it was quite good. I’d certainly endorse the idea of learning Python, Javascript, Ruby and Java. I’d also recommend trying Scratch if you are brand new to development. It’s aimed at kids in primary school but I’ve used in to train staff in the basics of algorithms and software development in the workplace.  You might also want to look at Swift on the Apple devices and .Net C# on Windows, both have free development environments to get you started.

teach yourself coding info-graphic

 

If you are interested in how to get started in software development or have any suggestions do get in touch or leave a comment below. I’ll write some follow-up blogs if there is any demand for articles on this subject.