The Good: Small and compact, the Beats Pill 2.0 is easy to transport. For a tiny speaker it can get pretty loud. Its built-in bluetooth and NFC pairing makes it easy to connect devices. Also, being able to pair it with a second speaker for stereo sound is a definite plus.

 

The Bad: The tiny 1 inch drivers of the Pill 2.0 are incapable of producing meaningful amounts of bass and at high volumes it does distort. It’s $199 price tag is a bit much.

 

Summary: Overall, the Pill 2 is an easy way to take your tunes with you. In our tests we were able to get nearly 8 hours of listening time which isn’t bad. Also, the Pill offers plenty of color and design options which is perfect for those who want to make a statement. While it does get loud, it’s bass output is thin and really cranking the loudness pushes the little 1″ drivers beyond their limits.

Beats Pill 2.0 Speaker System – Wireless Speaker – Blue

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Beats Pill 2.0 Review

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The Beats Pill 2.0 is a diminutive speaker shaped like (you guessed it) a pill. The Pill 2.0 is small and compact at only 7.5″ long making it easy to throw in a bag and carry with you. It also comes in numerous color combos so you’re almost guaranteed to find one that you like. As of the writing of this article, it’s available in black, white, blue, red, silver, pink and gold. Beats also periodically releases special edition models that feature unique color schemes and designs.

Beats Pill 2.0 Barry McGee Special Edition

Beats Pill 2.0 Barry McGee Special Edition

 

Beats really puts thoughtful effort in designing their products and it shows. The Pill 2.0, no matter what color you get, has a striking and graphic appearance. The back of the Pill 2 is made of a soft plastic and the front has a painted metal grill which conceals four 1″ audio drivers. When looking at the front, there’s a 1 inch wide strip of plastic that vertically bi-sects the metal grill. A circular Beats logo is emblazoned on the front. This logo isn’t just for branding purposes, it also serves as a multi-functional button. Pressing and holding the button for 3 seconds pairs it with a bluetooth device. It also serves as the Play/Pause button when listening to bluetooth audio. Directly below the logo you’ll see a little microphone that you can use for phone calls.

Beats Pill 2.0 Rear

 

Volume controls are located directly above the Beats logo. Flipping it to the rear you’ll find a 3.5 mm input and output, power button, bluetooth connection indicator, micro-usb charge port, and a NFC touch point. On the underbelly of the Pill 2.0 is a little rubber flap that conceals a full-sized USB port that you can use to charge mobile devices.

 

What’s In The Box

The Pill 2.0 comes with a pretty good array of accessories. In the box you get a carrying case, one 3.5 mm cable, a micro-USB charge cable (which can also be used to charge your mobile devices on the go), and an AC adapter.

 

Features and Performance

Pairing bluetooth devices with the Beats Pill 2.0 is a cinch especially with its NFC capability. As long as the Pill is powered on, tapping your NFC-capable mobile device to the NFC touch point on the Pill instantly pairs the two devices together. This NFC pairing can also be used to create a stereo pair of speakers. If you have a 2nd Pill 2, tapping the two speakers together instantly pairs them allowing you to listen to your music in stereo. This a pretty neat feature which gives you the ability to create a much wider sound field than you would have with a single Pill.

 

Our sound tests with the Pill 2.0 were a bit of a mixed bag. This mostly had to do with its small size. With only four 1″ drivers it’s difficult, if not impossible for it to produce low frequencies. When testing the Pill for taking phone calls audio was clear and perfectly acceptable. For music it displayed fairly good treble response and its sound field was considerably wider than we expected.

 

Cueing up some old school “Bone Thugs n’ Harmony”, vocals were clear and crisp. However, the Pill just wasn’t able to hit as low as we would have liked. The mid-range was also lacking the fullness you get with larger speakers. When turning up the volume the Beats Pill 2.0 is capable of getting pretty loud for its size, but that too has its limits. When we really cranked it to its max, the Pill began to distort and the treble became a little too sharp. Pairing two Pill 2.0’s, together produced the best results. While this doesn’t have any affect on the bass output, it does widen the sound stage a good bit, enabling you to fill even a large room with sound.

 

Conclusion

The Beats Pill 2.0 is a fun little speaker. It comes in numerous fun color combos and includes a good cluster of accessories. The Pill 2 isn’t made for audiophiles, but instead it’s for people who just want a small speaker that allows them to take their music with them. In this regard it succeeds. It will produce clean and crisp vocals, but this isn’t the speaker for you if you want something that’s going to be the life of the party. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll need something a little more substantial like the Infinity One or Beats XL.

Beats Pill 2.0 Speaker System – Wireless Speaker – Blue

Price: $369.00

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7 used & new available from $120.00

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