This product was reviewed as a portion of a bluetooth speaker round-up.
The Edge.sound took home our Handiest Feature award for its ability to display battery life directly on the iPhone main screen. Though it’s a small touch, these devices are supposed to be about convenience, and we enjoyed being able to monitor everything from our phone.
Aside from that, however, the Edge.sound is otherwise ordinary. Its sound quality had a tinny presence that reminded us of an old clock radio. As we explored different genres, there seemed to be a distinct cloaking of the music that diluted clarity and detail throughout the frequency spectrum. And though the Edge’s max volume was higher than all of the speakers save JBL’s Flip, it also exhibited major distortion issues at full blast, thus giving its bark a bit too much bite.
Included with the Edge.sound are a mic for hands free calling, an aux input, and a carrying case. Like the Braven, the Edge also employs Bluetooth 3.0, but it skips out on the smart phone charging port. The CubEdge website also hints at a stand-alone solar panel in the works for the Edge.sound to help extend its 10-hour battery life. Depending on price and performance, that option could give the device a real advantage on long-term portability. But as of now, we’re not sold.
- Convenient phone monitoring
- Bluetooth 3.0
- Major distortion at high volumes
- No smart phone charging port