Honestly, it looks a bit weird at first glance, particularly when coupled with the leather string that hangs off the side like a bolo tie.
It s a bit like the UE Roll, in that you can hang it on the wall, tie it to a backpack or throw it in a bag to take with you as I have been doing to and from the office for the past few days .
That s not to say the speaker is fragile — it s scratch and dust resistant and strong enough to take a few knocks, should you decide to take it camping, but don t expect to, say, take a shower with the thing.
That said, the Beoplay looks a heck of a lot better sitting on a desk or bookcase than the sporty, neon UE Roll, which is the energy drink of the Bluetooth speaker world making the A1 something more along the lines of a dry martini .
The speakers deliver a nice mix of highs and lows in a full and surprisingly powerful sound from a small circumference.
The speaker also gets plenty loud, capable of volumes higher than some larger speakers, without risking distortion.