I may be aging myself a little here, but remember the days of the boom box? The huge system you carried around and had to put on your shoulder because it’s just got too heavy to carry after a while has since been replaced by tiny smartphones, tablets, and even tinier mp3 players. While the size of the new devices is certainly an improvement, the sound isn’t as big as the one that came from a boom box either! There is no “BOOM” in iPod.
When I was asked to review the Kicker KPw Bluetooth speaker, I was pretty excited to try it out. It’s a small speaker with a great big sound. And it’s totally portable. It’s about the size and shape of a water bottle, and therefore fits into a cup holder! How convenient is that?
The speaker has digital signal processing for crisp and clear sound, and it works with any Bluetooth enabled device, like phones, tablets, and computers. It also has hands free speaker functionality for answering phone calls. It would be a perfect gift for someone who does a lot of talking on the phone while driving. In most states, talking on a phone and driving is illegal while holding the phone but legal if it’s hands free, so a speaker in a cup holder is a great idea. Note (because I’m a mom and that’s what I do): Holding a phone while driving is dangerous in any state, no matter what the laws are. Don’t do it.
Who else would love to get this gift for Christmas? Anyone who likes music! It’s good for picnics, parties, days at the beach, and anywhere else you’d like to take those headphones off for a second. It’s sure to be on the wish list of a football fan – the Kicker is the perfect size for a tailgate party!
Do you know someone who likes to garden? They can leave the phone in the house so it doesn’t get dirty and bring the speaker outside to listen to music or chat with a friend while they plant and weed. It’s also a perfect gift for people who like to lay in the sun. Leave the source inside and bring the speaker outside so the laptop or phone doesn’t get too hot sitting out there.
The rubber grips and metal grille make Kicker easy to transport anywhere, and it will last up to 10 hours on the rechargeable lithium battery. You can also get it in either black or white, so if you’re primarily going to use it outside, you can go with the black option and it won’t look grungy all the time. Retail price is $149.95 and it’s available on the Kicker website.