No matter what we do in our lives, we are all looking for more convenient ways of doing things. In our home, we LOVE listening to music. While working at our desks, cooking dinner or getting around town without a car, music is a huge part of passing the time whether we are together or by ourselves. When we listen to music, we like being able to hear great sound so we can catch every note clear and crisp. Kinivo makes speakers, headphones and other audio equipment to help making your audio and visual experience better with less fuss, and I was excited to be able to review some of their products!
I got the chance to review three Kinivo products. They were:
• ZX2200 Portable Twin Speakers;
• BTH240 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones in Black; and
• ZX100 Portable Wired Mini Speaker in Gray/Light Blue.
The ZX2200 Portable Twin Speakers are lightweight so they are easy to move around. They are also collapsiblein order to be stored away in a flash. The battery, once charged, is internal and lasts for about ten hours, so you don’t have to worry about having to constantly charge the unit. This speaker is compatible with all iPods, iPhones, MP3 Players, DVD players and computers with a 3.5 mm audio port (an earphone jack) to make your music experience not limited to just a computer or a laptop.
These speakers were great to use at my desk, at my laptop or at our computer in our bedroom when I want to play music. They also worked in a small area in my backyard. The sound was great for a small space. It made the music sound stronger than if it was just coming out of the speakers of my laptop. I also liked the volume control on the cord. Instead of having to reach over and fiddle with the laptop to raise and lower the volume, I just had to roll the switch up or down on the cord of the speakers! I was really impressed by this feature.
The BTH240 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones in Black allows you to listen to stereo audio while controlling your music player directly from the headphones. It is a multi-functioning device. They can be used as a wireless headphones to listen to music and as a Bluetooth phone headset for simple hands-free calling. This headset can be used with Bluetooth enabled music players and A2DP devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.). The battery life of these headphones is an eight-hours, so you do not have to worry about charging them right after a long workout or lengthy phone conversation. Finally, it comes in five different colours, so you can have a set that best fits your personality!
Out of all of the devices I had to review, these headphones were the most difficult to start using. I have an Android phone, so there were a few more steps to go through to pair my phone with the headphones. Once I had it pared with my smartphone, it was easy to use, and it was nice not to feel the band on my head or to fiddle with making earbuds comfortable or stay in my ear. I liked having the controls by my ears, and I LOVED that the mode switched from music to the phone to speak to people. I was happy that I did not have to have a microphone in front of my mouth for people to hear me while I spoke, and my voice was clear and crisp to them.
The only aspect I would like to see on The BTH240 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones is to have raised buttons to differentiate between the controls on the headphones. It took a bit of time to remember where each button is, and I think this would add to the ease of use for this device.
The ZX100 Portable Wired Mini Speaker in Gray/Light Blue has a built-in audio cable that allows for it to be easily portable and to be stored in a snap (it can fit inside of a pocket!). Its design gives 360° sound and the capability to connect multiple speakers together to enhance the sound. The battery life of this device is about ten hours, so you can have a great time all day without having to worry about finding a spot to charge it! These speakers also come in an array of colours, it can fit your personal style or the colour scheme of your room!
This device was my family’s favourite to test! It was so lightweight and portable, so we could easily bring it with us from room to room without skipping a beat! We liked using it in our dining room to listen to music while we ate some of our meals, or in the kitchen while we cooked! Like the ZX2200 Portable Twin Speakers, this speaker was great to use in a small space. The sound was great and was stronger than it would be coming directly from the device. It was really easy to use. We just had to turn it on, plug the speaker into the device we wanted to amplify the music from, then listen and enjoy! The volume controls were easy to use, and was easier to control than those of the devices we were using. I also like that there are SO MANY colour choices to choose from. I had a hard time deciding which speaker to test.
There is an aspect of the ZX100 Portable Wired Mini Speaker I wished was a part of this device. It was easy to control the volume on the speaker itself, but I would have loved to have a volume control switch on the cord present as it is on the ZX2200 Portable Twin Speakers. The switch would make managing the volume a lot easier for users whether they were at their desk working or if they were cooking in the kitchen. I think it would make this feature more accessible for users. If not a switch, then raised controls on the device. It was a bit harder to push the volume buttons while cooking when my hands were not pristine.
Overall, we enjoyed using all three of the products we received to review from Kinivo! They were all very lightweight, portable, provided good sound, and made listening to music easier for my family around our home. We also liked various features that made using these devices more convenient than just listening to a device. For two out of the three devices, they came in various colour designs so they can fit into your décor or your personality. These devices would make perfect gifts for students going away to school, for those who work at home or for entertaining. We will be using these devices for a long time and have a lot of fun using them!
Disclaimer: I received products from Kinivo in order to write this review. The opinions I shared are my own.
Kinivo would like for one lucky Ottawa Mommy Club reader to experience the fun and ease I had by giving away the BTH240 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones!
The ARV of this prize package is $33!
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