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Fugoo Sport Review

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Smartphones, tablets and laptops may provide music to go, but their built-in speakers aren't designed to provide music for a crowd. Enter portable speakers that connect to those devices via wireless Bluetooth technology. They're a great gift for the mobile music lover on your list. And the Fugoo offers among the best and biggest sound of any Bluetooth speaker, along with a very long battery life and rugged design.

Pumping out a hefty 95 dB of sound, the Fugoo can easily fill a large room with music. And that music sounds great, thanks to the Fugoo's six separate speakers: two midrange domed woofers, two tweeters and two passive bass radiators, arranged at an 8-degree tilt around a rectangular body for a 360-degree sound.

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The Fugoo uses aptX – an audio processing technology that reduces data loss during the compression and decompression required for Bluetooth transmission. The only downside is that your streaming device must also support aptX, otherwise it defaults to the SBC codec used by all Bluetooth products. Fortunately, most smartphones on the market support aptX. Unfortunately, the iPhone doesn't support it. You can find out if your phone supports it at the aptX website.

The Fugoo's 40-hour battery life is another standout attribute. For comparison, most other wireless Bluetooth speakers have a battery life that ranges from six to 15 hours.

The Fugoo is tough, coming in three versions – the Fugoo Sport, Fugoo Tough and Fugoo Style—that all resist shock and can operate under one meter of water for 30 minutes without experiencing damage. The Tough is tougher still, with a shell made from fiber-reinforced resin and solid aluminum. It costs $30 more than the Sport and Style.

Other great features include straps and mounts that allow you to securely mount the Fugoo on the handlebars of a mountain bike or strap it to a sled. It also supports the Hands-Free Profile, so you can communicate with Siri or Google Now to search the web, send text messages, play songs and make calls. When used as a speakerphone, it has an omnidirectional microphone with noise reduction technology to filter out background noise so callers or Siri can hear your voice clearly.

The Fugoo Bluetooth combines high-quality wireless audio with the type of ruggedness that is rare for a Bluetooth speaker. With its waterproof, mudproof, snowproof and shockproof body, you can take it on all your adventures, no matter how extreme the environment. The 40-hour battery life is unparalleled, and the omnidirectional microphone allows you to use voice commands to control your playlist and take calls. If you have an adventurous music lover in your life, the Fugoo is the best Christmas gift you can get.

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