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conclusion:We like it

83

Portable speakers have made it possible to take your favorite tunes everywhere, but always at the expense of quality sound. But speakers like the Jambox Mini and the SRS-X3 have bucked that trend, delivering solid sound in pocketable packages, and now they've been joined by the Soundfreaq Pocket Kick. It's small, loud and doesn't even skimp on the bass that much.

The Pocket Kick is a no-frills affair, packaged in a form factor that Android Police says "isn't anything remarkable" with grills that "almost feel like a tightly woven fabric" and rounded corners that iLounge says make sense for something "that’s made to fit in a pocket."

But when you take the SoundFreaq out of your pocket and start blasting some tunes, it becomes a little more remarkable, with "clear and articulate" sound that Android Police says offers "prominent" highs and "audible without being overbearing" mids. Bass is usually a problem for speakers of this size, but iLounge finds it offers "solid lows." Overall, Wired says the Pocket Kick is "largely unplagued" by the typical harshness and distortion offered by portable speakers, and iLounge says "there’s a richness to the overall output that’s very enjoyable" -- all at a price that undercuts most of the competition by as much as $50.

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$99.99

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Wired Aug 18, 2014

It’s small (“pocket” is probably a misnomer, but it is very tiny), it costs $100, and the sound quality it produces puts it at the head of the class of small speakers at this price.

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6.0
PC Mag Jul 9, 2014

The Soundfreaq Pocket Kick is a decent portable Bluetooth speaker that does little to set itself apart from the competition.

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iLounge Jun 24, 2014

Pocket Kick is a great speaker, especially for the price, and easily earns our high recommendation. ... Soundfreaq was wise to get Pocket Kick out this summer, as it will be a great accessory for activities indoors or outdoors.

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Android Police Jun 24, 2014

If you're in the market for a small speaker that takes up little space in a backpack or can be tossed in a jacket pocket, Soundfreaq's Pocket Kick is a great option. If you've been looking at the Mini Jambox, stop – get this instead. The sound quality is worlds about from Jawbone's offering.

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