Overall score: 69/100

Tested February 2019

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Want a Bluetooth speaker that’s light enough to carry around with your regularly? The Sharp GX-BT280 is a great choice. Its sound is clear, although we did experience a little distortion at loud volumes on occasions. It comes with a fabric loop so it can be hung up during use and can even be used as a speakerphone if a call comes through to your mobile when you’re listening to music through the speaker. Even better, it has a microphone on it so you can quickly summon your voice assistant without getting your phone out of your pocket.

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Available from: box.co.uk

Price when tested: £69.99

GHI Expert Verdict

The Sharp GX-BT280 is a portable speaker that overall sounds good, but it does suffer from a little distortion at times, so it’s not one for audiophiles. But, if you need a speaker that delivers on simplicity and practicality then this could definitely be one to consider.

Ratings

  • Ease of use: 2.8/5
  • Design: 3.5/5
  • Instructions: 4/5
  • Performance: 3.6/5

    We Liked

    • The battery lasts up to 12 hours and recharges in 3 hours
    • It comes with an 3.5mm cable, so you can play music from devices that don’t have Bluetooth
    • You can play, pause and skip tracks without getting your phone out of your pocket using the buttons on the speaker
    • Cylindrical design means you get the same sound no matter where in the room you are

      We Didn’t Like

      • There is a visual battery level indicator but it’s not intuitive to use
      • There’s no way of pairing the speaker with others to increase the sound or create a multi-room system

        All product information provided by the manufacturer is correct at time of publication.



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