iPod docks are all well and good, but what if you want your boom box to travel with you? Radio Rahim would be amazed at the array of iPod docks that we have today, although probably quite frustrated at the lack of a user-replaceable battery. He definitely wouldn’t be schlepping around town with an incredibly heavy boom box. He might however travel around town with the Logitech Z515 Wireless speaker.
Designed for laptop audio – but also compatible with Bluetooth devices (more on that later) the Z515 is a small yet powerful unit. The Z515 is roughly the same length as an iPad and half the width, yet double the actual weight. It’s small enough to pop into a laptop bag without being a significant problem.
Logitech is convinced that people are not happy with laptop audio (something we will discuss again in the Lapdesk review, coming later this week) and has set about to make improving it as easy as possible. The Z515 comes with a little wireless USB dongle that makes set up incredibly easy – and enables transmission utilising 2.4 Ghz wireless technology.
The Z515 features dual two-inch drivers and a rechargeable battery that lasts for 10 hours. The sound quality is pretty decent and gets to reasonable volumes without distorting. The advertised range of about 15 metres seems accurate – it’s obviously a little less when you throw in interference from walls etc. There is also a nice little kick-stand built into the unit so it can stand independently.
You can also use the Z515 with an iPad, iPhone or any other Bluetooth device that lacks a USB port. You just have to hold both volume buttons down for about 5 seconds to set the device to discovery mode. Good luck trying to find that information in the manual however. There is a one little slip of paper in the box that mentions Bluetooth (specifically iPad) pairing, which simply refers you to a webpage … that isn’t there. 15 minutes on digging on the Logitech website and I was able to dig up … absolutely nothing. Fortunately the device only has 3 buttons so with a little trial and error I was able to pair it with a range of Bluetooth devices. There is a 3.5 mm, which seems terribly old-fashioned but it guaranteed to work with all devices.
The Logitech Z515 is yours to buy from £89.99.