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86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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

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Pros
  • Stellar sound quality
  • Great battery life
  • Quick and easy setup
  • Simple controls
Cons
  • Relatively uninspired design
  • Difficult multi-unit pairing
  • Heavy
86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

86
 

User Reviews

90
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Score Breakdown

 
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Average Critic Score
 
80
ChipChick
The Beats Pill XL has managed to wrestle its way into the speaker family just fine, by satisfying the need of consumers who want a portable audio experience that is even more powerful than the Pill.
 
80
Engadget
Beats Pill XL bests Jawbone's Big Jambox thanks to its clear, well-rounded sound quality.
 
80
PC Mag
Dr. Dre's Beats Pill XL delivers thumping, powerful Bluetooth audio in a portable design intended for bass lovers on-the-go.
 
80
Digital Trends
The Beats Pill XL punches well above its price class, sounding bigger and badder than much of its like-priced competition.
 
90
TechCrunch
The $299.95 price tag on these things may seem steep, but you’re getting one of the longest lasting ... models available, with some of the best sound available, with multiple speaker pairing capability thrown into the mix.
 
80
About
No, it's not the most neutral-sounding Bluetooth speaker. It's not your best value in a Bluetooth speaker. But it's a great product and I think a lot of people are really gonna like it.