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.
Summary: The Jabra Solemate is a fairly competent Bluetooth speaker, which packs in a good amount of punch in a very compact form factor. The build quality is exquisite, and the look of the speaker is rather unique. The battery backup offers around 6 hours continuous music playback, and multiple connectivity options make device a very attractive package. However, at Rs.
Pros: Very well-built, Unique and eye-catching design, Good sound quality for most music, Works well as a speakerphone, Acceptable battery life, 'Sound bag' is a rather useful add-on
Cons: Sound distortion at high volumes, Packaging is too elaborate
Summary: The updated Jabra Solemate is a striking and portable Bluetooth speaker that produces decent sound. If you are looking for a portable speaker for your smartphone, tablet or laptop, read PC Advisor's new Jabra Solemate review.
Conclusion: The Solemate is small, compact, idea for travelling, and comes with a handy carry case that doesn't affect performance so you can chuck it around on the beach and not worry too much about getting it dirty. Where the Solemate falls short is in the voice calling capabilities. It is really bad. It might punch above its size when it comes to listening to music, but we don't recommend it for voice calls.
Pros: Small, Sounds good, Wired and wireless connectivity, long battery life, looks funky
Cons: Handsfree option is rubbish, struggles with more bassy tracks