Libratone’s new wireless speaker is the One you want on the go [Reviews]

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Libratone One Click portable bluetooth speaker
Meet the Libratone ONE Click.
Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

Libratone makes speakers so gorgeous they look like they belong in a museum more than in my home. The company’s latest wireless speaker is so damn cool I’m tempted to take it with me everywhere.

The new ONE Click speaker from Libratone’s new portable lineup packs more features than any wireless speaker I’ve ever used while coming in a form factor that is adaptable to so many different uses it’ll make your head spin.

Design

The ONE Click has perhaps the oddest design I’ve ever seen from a portable speaker. Yet even with two bumps on both sides and one at the top, it still looks stylish as hell, which is exactly what we’ve come to expect from Libratone.

The bumps aren’t just for looks though. They add extra protection in case I drop it, and offer options for customization. I can connect a strap to two of the bumps to make a handle, or I can replace the bump at the top with a lock attachment so I can hook it to my bag, a rail, a bike, or pretty much anything.

The clip system is actually super useful and makes the ONE Click speaker more portable and easy to carry around, unlike a lot of other wireless speakers I’ve tested that can be easily forgotten.

Click’s rubber frame also adds extra protection from water and other elements so the tunes can keep on blasting no matter what you get into. If you hate the rubbery band, you can also just remove it entirely for a slimmer speaker.

Hardware

Green portable Bluetooth speaker
The small Libratone ONE Click provides big sound and a long-lasting battery that delivers about 12 hours of use per charge.
Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

One area Libratone speakers always excel is hardware, and the Click is no exception. The portable speaker blasts out beautiful tunes thanks to a 3-inch woofer, 1-inch tweeter, and two passive drivers that deliver 360-degree sound.

It’s not enough power to blow through your walls, but it’s loud enough to party with. The ONE Click can party all night, too, thanks to its big battery that delivers about 12 hours of use, depending on how loud you play your jams. I took it out on a day hike, and only ate through 30 percent of the battery after playing tunes at 40 percent volume for 4.5 hours.

Setting up and connecting to the speaker is super simple thanks to Libratone’s new app. The ONE Click also packs a micro-USB port for charging underneath the rubber power button, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack for audio input.

Sound quality

The best feature of the ONE Click portable speaker is the incredible sound quality it packs in such a light, portable package. The overall sound is crisp and clear with a nice balance of bass that’s not overpowering, but packs a punch for its tiny size.

Libratone added its signature 360-degree sound feature to the Click and it definitely lives up to the hype, covering soundscapes with noise no matter how you position the speaker. You can get more bass by putting it close to a wall or on a table to create more powerful vibrations.

The speakers blast out sound that is crystal-smooth at high volumes, though it does lose a lot of bass if I turn the volume below 60 percent. Some reviewers have said the sounds isn’t quite as great as the UE Boom 2. I’m not an audio snob, but it sounds freaking great to me considering how thin it is.

Unless you’re super picky about exactly how hollow or textured you like the treble blasted on your beats, you’ll most likely love the ONE Click’s sound, too.

Extras

Libratone’s ONE Click is more than just phenomenal portable speaker. It can also double as a speakerphone thanks to noise-isolating and echo-cancelling microphones built in that work via Bluetooth.

You can also chain multiple Libratone Bluetooth speakers together using Libratone’s app that allows you to create Soundscapes for your house, parties or outdoor festivities.

Overall, the Libratone ONE Click is hands down one of the most impressive portable speakers I’ve ever come across. Not only does it look good while gushing out gorgeous sounds, it’s actually affordable — making it the most desirable speaker Libratone’s ever built.

Buy from: Amazon

Libratone provided Cult of Mac with a review unit for this article. Read Cult of Mac’s reviews policy.

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