Today we’re looking at the Lowdi Bluetooth speaker. Lowdi is based in Paris and they’ve made a clear entry into the increasingly cluttered bluetooth accessory market with this bluetooth 4.0 wireless speaker.
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The Lowdi separates itself from the pack with it’s design, but that doesn’t mean that it lacks focus on sound. It’s technically pocket-able for some but you’ll be glad that It comes with a bundled carrying case. Bluetooth 4.0 is the foundation for a strong clear connection, Lowdi is backwards compatible with older iterations of bluetooth as well. You can expect the now standard 35 or so foot range from the speaker. Lowdi has two 3 watt speakers with an 80 decibel output. What that translates to in terms of sound is enough power to fill a small to medium sized room from a speaker the length of a number 2 pencil. It’s very light but it doesn’t feel cheap, the scratch resistant rubberized surround looks great and protects from accidental drops and bumps.
The simple three button front surprises you with plenty of functionality hidden inside. Volume up/down, track forward/track back with a long press as well as a multipurpose button that answers/ends calls and plays/pauses music. A long press on the multipurpose button during music playback or standby will trigger Siri/S voice depending on your OS. If pressed during an incoming call Lowdi will reject the call. Connection is simple and straightforward with an indication noise to let you know you’ve successfully paired. Just enable bluetooth on your device, turn Lowdi on and press the multipurpose button for 8 seconds to go into initial pairing mode. If you’re trapped in the dark ages, an included Aux cable gets you wired and listening immediately. Bass output won’t knock you down but it’s always impressive to see the power that these small speakers can create. This easily matches the highly touted (by most) Jambox by Jawbone in terms of bass response. Lowdi didn’t struggle with higher volumes either as can be the case with some of its competitors. I didn’t experience any cracking at all and vocals remained clear at the top of the range. It’s not going to unseat our reigning champion, the Jabra Solemate, but it is lower in price and about half the size of the Solemate. Similar to the Solemate though, you’ll be happy with the sound and style balance. Lowdi also shares one of the best features of the Solemate; It’s a highly capable speakerphone. Battery claim is 8 hours and I won’t dispute that. It is rechargeable through an included micro USB cable but does not include a power adapter. It’s 2013 though and chances are that you have a drawer full of these collecting dust. Finally, Lowdi continues the happy trend of cross platform compatibility. iDevices and Android alike rejoice! If you’re considering a purchase, Lowdi offers a free 30 day trial and a 1 year warranty.
Thank you again to Lowdi for supplying their product for review.
Dimensions: Size (LWH): 6.14 inches, 1.77 inches, 2.28 inches (Weight: 9.44 ounces)
Main advantage: Style, Bluetooth 4.0, two internal speakers in small package, aptX
Main concern: not the cheapest option out there
Unique features: included accessories and bluetooth 4.0 functionality.
How much: $129.00 at amazon.com
Alternatives: too many to list, but comparable to the jambox by jawbone, Soundmatters Foxlv2, and Logitech UE mobile speaker
Is it worth buying: If you buy this, you really are buying it for the style and accessories. There are other options out there that you need to consider at this price point. I’ve made it clear that I think the Jambox by Jawbone is very over hyped, but it does have some added features like it’s live audio feature and app integration that allow you to customize and get more for your buck. Again, the premium with Lowdi is design and overall company philosophy. Lowdi is a much smaller company than Jawbone and in my experience it feels like they really stand behind their product. If you want to support the little guy and help them to grow and hopefully produce future product with the same sensibility, then the Lowdi is what you need. Buy with confidence.
UPDATE: I stumbled across this speaker, aside from the grill and the lower price, it seems to be the exact same speaker. Of course it might be a knockoff with shoddy internals. I’m waiting for a response from Lowdi on this.
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