Conclusion: The Jabra Solemate Max is a powerful, rugged portable Bluetooth speaker that delivers a solid audio experience across most genres, though deep bass can be an issue.
Pros: Powerful output, with crisp, full response at moderate-to-high volume levels. Splash- and dust-resistant, sturdy design. NFC-enabled. Can pull audio from computer digitally via USB connection. Built-in speakerphone.
Cons: Borders on distortion with deep bass at top volumes. Large and heavy for a portable system. DSP will turn off some purists.
Jabra's slick Solemate Max stumbles on price (review)
3 March 2014
Summary: The Jabra Soulmate Max is a likeable wireless speaker with some strong selling points, but it simply doesn't justify its current $400 price tag.
Pros: The Jabra Solemate Max delivers good sound and battery life and has a strong feature set and excellent design. It's also water-resistant, has built-in speakerphone capabilities, and is well suited for outdoor use with a convenient carrying handle integrated into the unit.
Cons: We expect a little better sound from $400 speaker; separate AC adapter required for charging (no charging via Micro-USB).
Summary: The Jabra Solemate mini is priced at Rs 4,999 which makes it a good buy and perfect gift for this holiday season. It’s lightweight, rugged, has very good sound quality, NFC support and decent battery life. This is easily one of the most feature-packed Bluetooth speakers in this price range that’s backed up by good audio quality. The one thing that could have made it even better is the ability to pair multiple devices at the same time.
Summary: The Jabra Solemate has a few small shortcomings, but overall it's a very solid compact Bluetooth speaker with a unique design.
Pros: The Jabra Solemate is a compact, well-constructed Bluetooth speaker with an eye-catching design, decent sound and battery life, and speakerphone capabilities. It comes with a water-resistant "sound bag" and has a hideaway line-in cable for connecting non-Bluetooth devices.
Cons: The Solemate could cost a little less and it doesn't sound great at high volumes.
Meet Your Soulmate, the Jabra Solemate Bluetooth Speaker – Review
17 July 2013
Summary: It’s obvious that Jabra is looking to nip at Jawbone’s Jambox heels with their freshman Bluetooth speaker. The construction of the Solemate is solid, the sound quality is above par, and connectivity is a breeze. What more could you ask for? Both are at the same price point, but Solemate’s sound and overall durable design edges out the competition. The Jabra Solemate retails for $199 on Amazon and is available in black or white.
Pros: Great design, voice guidance feature is neat, easy to use and set-up, very good sound quality for its size, perfect beach or party companion, Jabra really thought of everything.
Excerpt: I'm not a big fan of wireless speakers, which is what the cool kids call battery-powered boomboxes these days. Nevertheless, there's a market for these Bluetooth-friendly gadgets that can play music streamed from your smartphone and hold an impromptu party anywhere without having to worry about wires or electrical outlets.
Review: Jabra Solemate beats Jambox at its own game
12 February 2013
Conclusion: With the Solemate, Jabra took Jawbone’s Jambox head-on, aiming to both emulate it and improve upon it. Both speakers are good, but if you’re choosing between them, I’d give a slight edge to the Solemate: It’s more durable, less prone to vibration shimmies, and able to offer up a little extra volume. Lex uses a MacBook Pro, an iPhone 5, an iPad mini, a Kindle 3, a TiVo HD, and a treadmill desk, and loves them all.
Pros: Great sound, Rugged and portable
Cons: Audio a bit more directional than the Jambox
Excerpt: In recent months we tested a number of portable speakers. Especially the wireless Bluetooth manage to raise some eyebrows around the office from time to time, but they're so expensive that we can't really recommend them without any reservations. Jabra's Solemate, which we are reviewing today, also isn't cheap, but it does get everything right.
Summary: Jabra's Solemate Bluetooth speaker has a fun, kitschy design and it can pump out a fair amount of volume. However, while this $199 speaker delivers passable sound for music that has light bass, tracks with deeper bass sounded distorted. For the same price, the Monster ClarityHD Micro Bluetooth speaker delivers loud, rich audio, voice command and call announcements. Overall, this boot ain't made for bass.
Pros: Fun durable design, Easy to pair, Solid battery life,
Cons: Expensive, Muddy audio on bass-heavy tracks, Relatively hefty