Home Reviews Entertainmnent Braven 710 – a personal Bluetooth speaker

Back in 2011, a company called Spar released its Zephyr series of portable Bluetooth speakers. Slash Gear magazine said “There is quite a bit of competition [in the world of portable Bluetooth speakers] Zephyr are showing this device to be rather good … taking your mobile device to a whole new level of audio.”

Later renamed as Braven it has continued to refine Bluetooth speaker offerings and is gaining mostly positive reviews from audio media.

Its latest product – the 710 – is a small portable, palm-sized speaker, not a room filler. Sound is good without being fabulous - given its size and weight, it compares favourably with Klipsch Gig, Jawbone, Bose, UE, and others in this overcrowded market.

Braven continues the philosophy of offering a rugged and IPX5 splash proof, speaker incorporating a ‘powerbank’ feature – a full size USB port to charge smartphone devices as well. The battery is 1400mAh and will charge at up to 1.1A – it will not work with higher drain devices like an iPad. Playback time is about 12 hours.

The unit charges via a micro USB cable (charger not supplied – you can use any USB charger). Charging at 1A will take under 3 hours.

It can pair with up to eight different devices and can use NFC for convenience. It can also pair to two 710’s for separate right and left channel stereo sound.

As smartphones are typically the music source, it has the ability to answer incoming calls as a hands free speakerphone.

This A$229.99 device weighs 388g and comes in Graphite, Blue or Silver.

Opinion

A quality product that should be considered in the small, personal speaker market. If you need more power look at the Braven 850 with 20W sound output and an 8800mAH battery that will charge an iPad.

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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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