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conclusion:We're mixed

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The BeatsPill is a well-designed Bluetooth speaker with some useful features, including easy pairing with compatible smartphones. Sound quality, according to CNET is "strong for its size." Gizmodo concurs, saying it gets "very loud with admirable clarity," though the site warns that fans of Beats' bass-enhanced sound "won't find that here." At $199, the Pill is expensive for a small Bluetooth speaker, especially when solid options like the gdgt Must-have Jawbone Jambox are available for less. And Gizmodo calls the disappointing bass a deal-breaker. However, if you're looking for a compact Bluetooth speaker that sounds bigger than it is, CNET says the Pill has "an impressive design, sounds a bit better than the competition despite its limitations, and has a strong feature set."

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Critic reviews

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    6.4
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    7.6
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User reviews

9.3
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9.0
Computerworld Mar 22, 2013

The Beats Pill is an excellent mobile Bluetooth speaker that handles most music quite well, especially the type that depends more on a louder, bass beat.

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8.0
CNET Nov 21, 2012

The Beats Pill outperforms the Jawbone Jambox and has a couple of intriguing extra features, but Apple iOS 6 users may encounter some problems.

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7.0
Gizmodo Oct 16, 2012

The Pill is a very appealing package: attractive, portable, and easy to use. When dealing with most music, The Pill sounds spectacular ... But for a lot of people—and more importantly for a lot of Beats fans—that bunk low-end performance is going to be a deal-breaker.

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6.0
PC Mag Jan 16, 2013

The Beats By Dre Pill is a sleek, portable Bluetooth speaker that can't handle the bass it tries to output.

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6.0
Wired Jan 31, 2013

There’s definitely something to be said for shrinking things down for more portability. But in this case, physics definitely won out over engineering ... This ultimately became a bitter Pill to swallow.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint Feb 18, 2013

If Beats minus much of the bass sounds like a hard pill to swallow then the Pill won't be the product for you. There's volume aplenty though and, in isolation and assuming it's not cranked "up to 11" where distortion is often apparent, the Pill delivers its remedial dose of sound with enough fizz...

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6.0
T3 Dec 6, 2012

If you’re looking for a portable speaker with simple controls, effortless connectivity and better than average sound you’ll not be disappointed, but if you’re expecting Dr. Dre inspired trouser flapping bass don’t be surprised when it all goes a bit limp.

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6.0
VentureBeat Nov 2, 2012

If you’re considering buying the Beats Pill, it’s best to temper your expectations. While it’s not a terrible device, its small footprint means that bass-heavy songs will sound largely flat coming out of it.

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6.0
TrustedReviews Jan 3, 2013

In isolation the Pill sounds reasonable, but it lacks bass and midrange compared to the competition and while it has reasonable call conferencing capabilities its price tag is utterly disproportionate to its abilities in such a competitive market.

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6.0
Digital Versus Jul 10, 2013

The Pill has an army of seriously formidable competitors to go up against. Yes, it's small and the pill shape is cool. But the most important feature—the sound quality—fails to impress. Beats is relying too much on brand image and design to justify charging £170.

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8.0
9to5Mac Apr 8, 2013

If money isn’t a big concern but sound and portability are, the Beats Pill is the top performer with four separate speaker drivers in a solid/tight package.

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Pocket-Lint Feb 5, 2013

What will essentially sell the Beats Pill is the brand name, but we doubt many would regret their choice. It'll look quite cool on a window sill too, and the NFC angle is a nice bonus.

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