First launched in 2012, the Beats Pill is a portable Bluetooth speaker, produced as a spin-off of the widely successful Beats by Dre headphones. Like the ubiquitous headphones, it’s hard to avoid seeing the Beats Pill everywhere you look, but just how good of a speaker actually are they? This review of the Beats Pill by Dre aims to find out.
As a brand which was famously bought by Apple for $3 billion, it is no surprise that one of the main draws of the Beats Pill is the cultural capital it affords you. Quite simply, the Beats Pill is a cool, high-status purchase. It has been featured in the music videos of Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, and Miley Cyrus, and there can be no doubt that much of the appeal of the product comes from the kudos it will earn you. Saying that, there can be no doubt that the Pill is also an effortlessly stylish product, with its name-appropriate form factor, and prominent Beats logo being design high points. It’s also very easy to use, with minimal buttons, and simple to set up Bluetooth – phones with NFC can be paired by tapping the device on the speaker. The device also comes with an internal microphone, allowing you to make calls, and features a USB port which can charge your other devices on the move.
Whilst Beats headphones are famous for their distinctive punchy bass sound, this is sorely lacking from the Beats Pill, which produces a treble-heavy output that is sure to disappoint music fans. The sound of the Pill unfortunately lacks the subtlety offered by other speakers, replacing it with a thin, slightly soulless sound, which particularly struggles when the volume is turned up high.
Without a doubt, the biggest problem with the Beats Pill by Dre is its excessive price, which makes the device a substantial purchase, which doesn’t really offer you your money’s worth. It’s easy to suspect you’re paying more for brand and status than a decent, high-quality Bluetooth speaker.
This review of the Beats Pill by Dre has shown that ultimately the device is a perfect example of style over substance, its recognizable brand and handsome design are not enough to justify its expensive cost, especially when the sound quality is not up to scratch. If you’re looking for a trendy speaker which offers acceptable sound quality, then this is definitely the device for you, but if you’d rather spend your money on decent and impressive sound, there are speakers out there which, unlike the Pill, are more than worth their price point.
- Famous, high-status brand
- Iconic and attractive design
- Decent extra features
- Disappointing sound
- Very high price tag