Beats Electronics Pill XL

86
Engadget
Score
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Beats Pill XL review: Dr. Dre's newest speaker is supersized and super loud

Summary

Beats Pill XL bests Jawbone's Big Jambox thanks to its clear, well-rounded sound quality.

Pros
  • Stellar sound quality
  • Great battery life
  • Quick and easy setup
  • Simple controls
Cons
  • Relatively uninspired design
  • Difficult multi-unit pairing
  • Heavy
Beats Pill XL review: Dr. Dre's newest speaker is supersized and super loud

Back in 2012, Beats unveiled its diminutive Pill wireless speaker in a bid to steal the Jambox's thunder. Since then, its main rival hasn't exactly been standing still: Jawbone has released two more Bluetooth speakers, including the well-received Big Jambox. Not to be outdone, Dr. Dre & co. recently began selling a super-sized version of their own: the $300 Beats Pill XL. As the name suggests, it is indeed a larger version of the original and it packs a much larger punch in the sound department as well. The list of features is nearly identical too, with NFC, dual 3.5mm jacks, a heavy dose of bass and more than a day's worth of battery life. Heck, you can even use the speakers to charge your phone, should the need arise.

But let's be honest: Bluetooth speakers come a dime a dozen these days. It's not uncommon for press releases on six, seven, eight models to hit our inboxes in the course of a week. Given that the market's so saturated, has Beats done enough to stand apart? And what of this new form factor? Does the increased bulk make the Pill XL too big for its britches? Let's find out.

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Scores

Engadget

86
 

Breakdown

Audio quality
8.0
Design and form factor
7.6
Portability
8.0
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Specs

Pill

Type
Wireless speakers
Connections
Bluetooth, NFC
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Specs

Pill

Type
Wireless speakers
Connections
Bluetooth, NFC
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