Although we’ve covered the gamut of portable Bluetooth speakers here at 9to5Mac, we typically recommend higher-end products like the Bose Soundlink Mini ($199), JBL Charge ($138) or Ultimate Ears Mini/Boom ($80/$179). It’s usually not worth cheaping out on Bluetooth speakers (unless you are looking for niche products like wearables) because the sound quality degrades heavily once you drop below the top tier. Sadly, today’s entrant into the Bluetooth speaker cage-match lot isn’t going to compete with any of the $100+speakers above. But I have to say, the Lumsing Prophet isn’t bad at all, especially if you aren’t listening to bass-heavy tracks. And, the freaky part is it only costs $20 bucks after coupon code PROPHET0 (expires 8/13) at Amazon which makes it an absolute steal…Bluetooth 2.1 speaker with a chamfered metal ring adorning the top that gives it a high quality look and feel. The edges are a hard plastic and the bottom has 3 rubberized feet. On the back you’ve got on/off/micro-USB power in, AUX in and manual volume switch. On the front there is a spin out dock that can hold anything from smaller phones to the biggest tablets. It won’t charge them which is a bit of a hassle, but it is nice to have a stand, especially if you are using this as an alarm clock or speakerphone. There is only one real button on the center of the Prophet and it works like you’d expect. Pairing your phone is easy (there is 1 button, jeez) but if you try to follow the instructions (they are poorly done) you might somehow get lost. Once paired you’ll hear a sound that seems to be coming from a much more expensive Bluetooth speaker. Especially in the highs and mids, the Lumsing delivers sound quality that matches top tier speakers with its dual 5W internal speakers. It is hard to think about what to compare it to but as an example, it sounds way better than the sound that comes out of a MacBook Pro or iMac. The sound is enough to annoy someone upstairs (sorry to the wife). The included Bluetooth 2.1 EDR (as opposed to 3.0 or low power 4.0) is a setback and probably how Lumsing got this price so low. While I had no problem pairing, re-pairing or keeping paired, once I turned on the microphone to make a conference call, the speaker quality degraded to mono and very tinny. Once I switched back, everything was gravy again.
Conference calls still work well but not as good as the Logitech Mini Boom for instance. The 1500mAh battery life is excellent but I think Lumsing’s 15-hour claim is a bit of a stretch. Expect to get about 10 hours of normal play which is still extremely good in this case. I cranked it for 5-6 hours before it died. It also has one touch NFC pairing for those of you out there with an Android phone or tablet.
Bottom line: If you don’t currently have a portable Bluetooth speaker for your phone or tablet you should get one. If your budget is below $80, you should get this great looking, very good sounding Lumsing Prophet. You won’t be sorry.
Lumsing Prophet: $20 bucks after coupon code PROPHET0 (expires 8/13) at Amazon
Note: It actually is fluctuating in price, but if you don’t get $21.99, refresh a few times and it should change to $21.99. Then apply coupon to drop it to $19.99 at checkout.
|Transmission Distance||≤10M （depending upon operation environment and devices to which it connects)|
|Bluetooth Pairing Name||Prophet|
|USB Recharge Voltage||DC 5V/500mA|
|Built-in Battery||Lithium battery 1500mAh|
|Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR)||≥76dB|
|The difference of sound release||≤10%|
|Product Warranty||One Full Year|
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MacBook sleeves and bags are practically a commodity today, with a wide variety of options and styles available for purchase at almost all online and offline retailers, and for good reason. Even as Apple’s portable computers trend towards lighter and more durable designs, a practical carrying case is still essential for any kind of travel. I’ve been using Inateck’s felt sleeve style MacBook cover for the past several weeks- a durable, unobtrusive, and light way to protect a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro or 11-inch MacBook Air. Let’s take a closer look at the product.
There are few MacBook sleeves I’ve seen more basic than Inateck’s offering. The model I’ve been testing, MP1301, uses a simple flip cover and elastic strap to securely hold your MacBook in place. Although this particular style is only available in an olive green color, Inateck makes several variations on this design in a gray tone.
The sleeve is fashioned out of what I found to be a durable, heavy felt, with a comfy, flannel lined interior, which is neither too slippery nor too clingy to hold your MacBook in place. The main compartment in the sleeve is a spacious pocket for your MacBook, and in my case, using an 11-inch MacBook Air, held the laptop well. I can’t speak for how well the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro fits, but I assume the situation is quite similar. Directly to the front of this main compartment is a smaller, slightly more shallow pocket for smaller devices, such as the likes of an iPad. On the back of the case lie two additional pockets for accessories, although these don’t afford the protection of the front cover. While one could easily fit a considerable number of devices into this sleeve, I chose to use it only to hold my MacBook, keeping its size down for travel purposes. As a bonus, Inateck includes a detached small felt bag which they suggest would hold a power adapter or mouse well. This was a welcome addition.
It’s easy to dismiss this sleeve as too small to carry all of your gadgets you may need for a long road trip, but doing so ignores the key benefit of this sleeve: portability. Prior to testing this sleeve, I was using a standard laptop bag for my MacBook, complete with a handle and more space than I knew what to do with. In fact, the bag was so large, I ended up storing my laptop in the extra compartment at the front of the bag, rather than the cavernous main compartment. After switching to the Inateck sleeve, I was refreshed at how easy it was to carry around my MacBook. The experience was more like carrying the laptop bare, and less like hauling around carry on luggage.
With a case this small, I was immediately concerned if it would be a safe and secure way to transport my MacBook. The sleeve has very minimal padding, and no zipper or velcro holding the sleeve shut. However, I’ve had no problems with the sleeve slipping open, and no damage done to my laptop while in the case. I’m not sure I’d trust the sleeve with a long fall, but for every day travel, it’s a great solution.
The Inateck Felt Sleeve for the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro and 11-inch MacBook Air is available on sale right now for $15.99 at Amazon (regular $36.99).
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