I’m sitting on a flight and heading on vacation to Maui for a week. While packing for my trip it was hard to contain myself from bringing along every single device along to entertain myself. Portable power bank, laptop, headphones, smartwatch, and a Bluetooth speaker are what I chose to bring to the sunny weather in Maui.

I brought along a Bluetooth speaker from UNITEK mainly because it is the smallest one I own and has enough sound to keep me entertained in my hotel room. Beyond the sound, the great part about this UNITEK speaker is its low price of $16.99 at Amazon.

Design and Build

The UNITEK speaker is small enough to fit in the palm of my hand. If it wasn’t for its thickness, I could easily throw it into a pocket. However it does slide into my backpack side pocket rather easily as it is just a driver and battery encased in metal that is eerily reminiscent of Apple’s products. That’s not a bad thing as Apple product have great sandblasted finishes that are chamfered with polished edges, and this speaker is no different.dsc04858

The version I have is Rose Gold and although it’s not the first color I’d normally choose, it does look nice nonetheless. It also comes in silver and gold too if you fancy a different shade.

The speaker grille is painted white metal that is sturdy enough to withstand and bumps and drops you can throw at it. The bottom is also white, but it is made of plastic which houses the microUSB charging port, slot for a microSD card, power button, and controls for volume and tracks.

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It’s a simple design that looks luxurious while being ultra portable at the same time.

Sound
So how does $16.99 sound?

Surprisingly when kept in context of how small the speaker is, it actually sounds pretty good. What is surprising is how much bass this little sucker puts out. You can feel the driver vibrating when holding it in your palm, and when you set it on a solid surface, it reflects more sound from the surface beneath it.

This gives it a fuller and louder sound. If you’re expecting this speaker to compete with the competition that costs five times as much, don’t get your hopes up. The size alone limits how much sound this speaker can output, but for its size it is rather entertaining. The sound is good enough for two people to enjoy in a hotel room and it only takes up a little bit of space in your backpack.

When playing music you’ll also notice a nice blue LED light that illuminates the perimeter of the bottom of the speaker. It adds a nice ambiance that lets you know the speaker is powered on and is a nice touch most other speakers do not have.

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Overall

The price alone already makes the UNITEK Aluminum speaker attractive at $16.99 at Amazon with free Prime Shipping included. The metal body that mimics Apple products also gives this speaker an attractive look that is sure to please anyone. The sound that comes from this single driver Bluetooth speaker is also impressive when you keep in it context of the price. It’s not going to blow your socks off, but it does make for a great travel device that won’t consume more than a few inches in your bag. It’s a heck of a deal when you consider the whole package.

Learn more about the UNITEK Aluminum Bluetooth speaker at amazon.com.

A smart and simple 3-port charger from UNITEK is a great value at just $8

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