Summary: -Very heavy -Not as loud as you would expect from something this size. -No way of knowing if it is off completely or not (it's not a switch, but a button). -On/Off button gets pressed easily by mistake inside a bag. -Battery indicator is inaccurate. -No option to turn off Bluetooth if a cable is used (to save battery). -Sound quality distorted if volume rises above a certain level. -Easy to carry -Nice big solar panel.
Summary: Update 9/4/2014: Soooo... after a the 6th trip, the water resistance hasn't held up. My ruckus has never been submerged, but has taken plenty of splashes. It doesn't work at all now. What started out so well has wound up being a paperweight. ********************************* Original Review: I toss this thing on the front of my paddleboard and it takes a wash throughout the day.
Summary: I let this unit charge all day and then took it out on the road with me. I set it on the dash board so it would continue to charge as I played music. The sound was so weak that I had to turn up the volume on both my iPhone and the device which caused it to distort the sound so I came down a couple of notches. The speakers are little! The device itself is a little larger than a deli sandwich and the speakers are just 2 inches and probably have a watt and a half of power.
Summary: I received this as a gift, but I'm sending it back in favor of something smaller. In the age of powerful, long-lasting rechargeable speakers that fit easily in a jacket pocket or backpack, I really don't want to be lugging around something that's the scale of an old boom-box. I was curious about the sound so I fired it up, and the sound is just ok. For something so big, the sound could/should be great.
Summary: I guess I expected this little guy to be bigger, and have better sound. I was surprised to see that it's only about as wide/deep as my phone (Samsung Galaxy Skyrocket SII), I somehow got the impression it would be a couple inches bigger. It's not size that matters, though, in this case, it's the sound quality.
Danny Nguyen "Cooler than a polar bear's toe ..., Amazon
3 August 2013
Summary: The goods; it sounds great, is portable, the charge lasts a long time especially if you let it recharge in the sun. Definite cool points. If you are wondering whether or not to buy this one or the non-solar, I would definitely go with this one. The bad; IT MELTED! I don't know about you but I do not expect a "solar powered" speaker to melt in the sun.
Summary: I bought the Etón NRK100 to use with my iPhone and iPod shuffle. The sound is clear and free from distortion or static. But I was disappointed with the volume output: the maximum volume was a lot lower than I expected or hoped. It's about as loud as a set of typical USB-powered mini-speakers.
Summary: The player is well designed, and holds a good charge when in the sun. However, when using outside as intended, the speakers are not loud enough to be heard unless in a very quiet place or sitting right next to the player. It is great for indoor use, but that omits the need for solar panels. If the speakers were as loud as most players I would rate this player 5-stars.