$99? For a portable speaker? Yup, that was our reaction too -- especially when the Mini Boombox's larger sibling boasts four times as many drivers (eight instead of two) and costs just $50 extra. But then we gave this more suitcase-friendly version a whirl and discovered that it's actually loud and balanced enough to do some justice to your tunes while you're on the move. In fact, it could well make a smarter purchase than those $30 speakers you keep buying in airports and then deliberately losing. It's available from the end of this month, works with any A2DP Bluetooth-equipped smartphone or tablet and incorporates a mic for handling calls -- plus its rechargeable battery is claimed to last up to ten hours. Ears-on video and a quick round of 'name that tune' right after the break, along with the full PR.
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Logitech Mini Boombox
Brings Great Sound Wherever You Go


Mobile Speaker-and-Speakerphone Combo Lets you Rock Out and Make Calls from Bluetooth-Enabled Devices

London, UK - Nov. 2, 2011 - Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) unveiled the Logitech® Mini Boombox, a compact sound system for music, movies, games and calls that pairs easily with smartphones, tablets and other Bluetooth®-enabled devices.

The Logitech Mini Boombox may be small, but it's big on performance. It features a specially designed acoustic chamber that lets you enjoy great sound with enhanced bass, and the handy speakerphone with built-in microphone gives you clear calls in the office, in the car or in the back yard. It's great for phone calls or video chats – alone or with a group.

"The Logitech Mini Boombox rises to the occasion to bring an immersive sound experience wherever you go," said Azmat Ali, vice president of tablets and mobile for Logitech. "Now that mobile devices also act as cinemas, concert stages, game consoles, and conference centres, people want sound quality to match - and the Logitech Mini Boombox delivers."

The Logitech Mini Boombox pairs easily with popular smartphones, tablets and other devices that support Bluetooth® Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), and works with phones that support Bluetooth Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.5). It features an internal battery that charges over USB – so you never need to worry about replacing batteries – and it stays powered for up to ten hours, depending on usage and environmental settings. That's long enough to share all of your favourite playlists or stay up all night chatting on the phone. And with a backlit touch control panel, you can easily control it night or day.

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech Mini Boombox is expected to be available in Europe from the end of November, for a suggested retail price of £69.99. For more information please visit www.logitech.com.

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