Pros / This is one of the loudest Bluetooth speakers in our lineup.

Cons / It lacks bass and sounds thin.

 Verdict / We expected better sound from a speaker endorsed by Dr. Dre. Other speakers we reviewed are more rugged and offer better sound quality and battery life.

The slogan of the Beats Pill is "small but loud." This is certainly true, but volume isn't everything. While this is one of the loudest portable Bluetooth speakers in our lineup, it is far from the best.

Our first impression when listening to the Beats Pill was the overemphasized treble. As we listened to "This Feeling" by Alabama Shakes, the vocals were way out in front compared to the strums of the guitar and the thud of the guitar body. The vocals sounded overly bright since the music was pushed behind them. Bass wasn't even a factor in the overall sound quality.

The total lack of bass combined with the overemphasized treble made for thin sound quality that completely lacked any warmth or depth. When we listened to any track with substantial bass, it was a complete non-factor. It does seem odd that the speaker system associated with Dr. Dre lacks booming bass, but that is exactly the case with the Beats Pill.

The battery life is listed as seven hours. We tested the battery life by connecting the speaker to an iPad with a wire and playing an album on repeat at a medium volume until the battery died. You can expect battery life anywhere from five to six hours depending on the volume of the music. This is a relatively short battery life compared to others. Many of the other portable Bluetooth speakers lasted longer than 10 hours during the same battery testing.

You can expect the Beats Pill to take two hours and 30 minutes to charge from a completely drained battery to full power, which is about average in our comparison. Keep in mind that our battery testing was wired to eliminate any issues with Bluetooth unexpectedly disconnecting. Playing music via Bluetooth connectivity will shorten the battery life even more.

Many of the other speakers in our lineup are rated as some form of water and dust resistance, but that’s not the case with the Beats Pill. If you jump into a pool with the Pill in hand, there is a good chance it won't be playing music when it comes back to the surface.

One special feature that the Pill possesses is the internal microphone that can turn the speaker into a speakerphone if your phone rings when connected to the speaker via Bluetooth. You can talk right into the speaker and the recipient will hear you and respond back through the Bluetooth speaker.

This device is available in a handful of different colors. Black is the original, but you can also order the pill in red, white, pink or blue.

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  • Battery Life
  • Time To Charge
  • Max Volume
  1. This is how long the speaker can play music on with a fully charged battery.
    More is Better.
  2. 10  Beats Pill 2.0
    7.0 Hours
  3. 10.0 Hours
  4. 15.0 Hours
  5. 10.0 Hours
  6. Category Average
    16.7 Hours

Summary

The Beats Pill provides ample volume but not the sound quality to match. You can expect anywhere from five to six hours of battery life from the Pill, which is a little underwhelming compared to others that last longer than 10 hours. This is a serviceable Bluetooth home speaker, but there are others out there that sound better with longer battery life.

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