As the weather continues to get nicer by the week, many of us find ourselves outside for various reasons. Be it for some basic yard work, poolside chilling, family time at the park, or something else, there’s plenty of reason to get out and in the world.
I love nothing more than to spend a few hours riding a bicycle and unplugging from everything. Typically, that means plugging in some headphones or pairing earbuds. Lately, however, I’ve been using the NYNE Edge Bluetooth speaker. And, while it’s certainly not a private listening experience, it’s one I’ve enjoyed.
Designed exactly like a shrunken, miniature version of the NYNE Rock, the NYNE Edge fits easily into your hand. The contoured shape lends itself nicely to portability and the soft materials feel great. It’s very convenient to pick up and take it to the deck to listen to a ball game.
If there were one word to describe to size of the speaker, it would have to be deceiving. The sounds that comes of this guy is downright incredible. To be sure, it’s louder than anything I need considering its primary function. More than capable of filling a room, it’s plenty of sound to liven up a patio party. You can really crank the speaker up before you start to hear sort of distortion. In my testing, I’ve never had a reason to turn the NYNE Edge up over halfway.
The NYNE Edge, while nice to have in the traditional speaker sense, really shines when you use it on a bike. Indeed, the speaker comes with a universal handlebar bicycle clamp accessory that lets one take the speaker on the road. And when I say “shines” I mean that literally, too. The rear of the unit houses an LED flashlight with four light effects: low, high, flashing, and SOS.
I’ve found that regardless of what I am listening to, I simply don’t need to harness the full power of the NYNE Edge while biking. Sure, it faces me for the most part, but it’s still rich enough sound that pedestrians and other riders are hearing things. This is fantastic, however, if you like to ride in groups and share similar listening habits. Maybe it’s my own insecurities, but I feel like the people around me are judging me for my podcast or music selection. Personally, I’ve come to love the sound and quality of the speaker for all-purposes reasons.
Like its much bigger sibling, the NYNE Edge is waterproof and offers up a couple of convenient features. You’ll find NFC for quick pairing, a built-in battery and USB port for charging, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Moreover, there’s a five-light indicator that lets you know how much juice is left in the speaker.
Battery life is listed at up to 15 hours on the NYNE website. I found this to be accurate for the most part. Understanding the size and capabilities, I might have liked a couple more hours but that’s really just me being picky. Note that charging your phone through the speaker and using the light will naturally affect how long the battery lasts.
In terms of buttons, the NYNE Edge comes with the usual fare. You’ll find power, volume up and down and buttons to skip or go back on tracks. The play and pause button also lets users take phone calls, too. Yep, you can chat up the wife while riding around town… if that’s your thing. Rounding things out is the flashlight button which cycles through the four aforementioned modes.
If you’re looking for a very portable speaker that delivers tremendous sound and plays nicely with bikes, you’re gonna spend roughly a hundred bucks or so. That’s exactly the price point you’ll find with the NYNE Edge. Considering it comes with the bike clamp I would have pegged the price to be $120 or so. At $99.99 it’s a terrific value. Pick one up from NYNE’s website, Amazon, or eBay today.