Travel Gadgets: The Monocle Speaker

If you are looking for a nice travel gadget for 2014, check this portable speaker with unique design called Monocle Speaker. Theres so many kind of speakers available in the market right now but let me tell you that this new Monocle Speaker is really a brilliant idea. The Monocle Speaker from Native Union is designed to be tough, useful, and provide excellent audio quality.

Monocle – Speaker, Handset and Speakerphone by Native Union
Monocle – Speaker, Handset and Speakerphone by Native Union

Nothing has been skimped on here. It comes in a few colors, including a pale mint green, red, blue, black (my favorite), and slate. The black comes with two options, either copper or black backing and aluminum speaker cover. They really look great.

Listen to your Favorite Musing using The Monocle Speaker
Listen to your Favorite Music using The Monocle Speaker

To address the primary question: yes, the sound is great. You can even make it better by having more than one Monocle Speaker, because you can simply plug one into the other to get the sound to travel. Pretty neat and a great reason to get this as a special gift for all of your friends. At $49.99 online and P2250 in local stores, it’s even a good deal.

Monocle Copper Back Edition
Monocle Copper Back Edition

Design and Function

The features included in this single speaker include:

  • Projected sound that sounds good
  • Hands free speakerphone
  • 3.5mm jack that plugs into all brand of device
  • Volume control wheel
  • Duplex enabled microphone
  • Tough nylon cord

Monocle Travel Speakers
Monocle Travel Speakers

This last feature is especially important. The speaker itself is much larger than an ear bud, so it looks like the kind of thing that will destroy it’s cord quickly, rendering the whole thing useless. But the makers of the Monocle Speaker thought of that and the nylon cord seems to be up to the task.

The Monocle Speaker
The Monocle Speaker

Larger Size, Larger Sound

And while it is bigger than the typical ear bud, it’s not so big that it’s awkward to wear, even around your neck. It’s great for tying to or hanging from a day bag or purse. And while you can use it on speakerphone, you can also hold it to your ear and have a conversation that’s slightly more private.

Wearable Speaker and Speakerphone
Wearable Speaker and Speakerphone

On that front, this may be the only downside to the Monocle Speaker. If you do want to have the speaker at your ear, like headphones, you’ve got to use one hand to hold it up there. Your other hand can be using your phone in any way you want to, but it’s not really possible to hold it against your head with your shoulder.

Worth the Price?

I’m going to say absolutely, yes, it is worth the price. You may not replace your normal ear buds with the Monocle Speaker, but you’ll find yourself very happy with the functionality and options with the Monocle. It’s fun and easy to use, with just enough features to be truly versatile. You should really add this to your wishlist or maybe grab one ASAP.

Native Union’s Monocle Speaker is available for P2250 in Digital Walker, Digital Hub and Beyond The Box branches.

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