The diminutive iClever Bluetooth Speaker offers a delightful blend of style, audio power and affordability. Small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, the iClever IC-BTS02 speaker is supremely portable and ready to deliver a surprisingly loud audio performance at a moment’s notice.
Even with all the regular music and connectivity features onboard, the IC-BTS02’s desktop footprint is still no larger than the average coffee cup. So have iClever just set a new micro-benchmark in audio portability and convenience?
Californian company iClever specialise in premium ‘partner’ gadgets for smartphones and tablets. Their products include Bluetooth-enabled headphones and speakers, new-generation electronic chargers utilising ‘smart’ technology, and similar hi-tech products.
Promising customers an enhanced experience, iClever say: ‘…we work with our suppliers to provide you the best products and the best services for the best value.
We are delighted to provide a wide range of devices to our customers; all our devices are specially designed for your tablets and smartphones. All products have different features for making the smartphone work well. They will definitely make your life simpler.’
Compact contemporary chic
Designed with a light touch, the fashionable iClever Bluetooth Speaker manages to look both stylish and unfussy.
Standing a mere 7 centimetres tall and weighing just 261 grams, the iClever IC-BTS02 speaker has an outer shell finished in high-gloss zinc alloy, which gives this compact music accessory an elegant contemporary feel that leans towards a futuristic look and feel.
Rounded corners and a blue trim at the waist gives this speaker the hint of a flared profile, and its top-mounted, fine-mesh speaker grille has a delicate swirl-pattern, again bordered by a blue trim.
A rudimentary control surface is concealed under the base, together with a power switch, whilst a connection panel is positioned low down at the rear.
The front face is occupied by a Bluetooth/call button – again positioned low down near the base – above this is the tastefully minimalist company logo providing a perfectly balanced finishing touch.
Designed for audio performance
Achieving anything approaching a high-end acoustic performance from a tiny enclosure requires both quality components and a thoughtful approach to acoustic design.
California’s iClever solve the component issue by installing a super-sized premium speaker driver with a power output of 5 watts, coupling this with a CSR Bluetooth 4.0 chipset to guarantee top-quality audio streaming and a strategically placed bass port to boost and enhance low-end frequencies.
In terms of acoustics, the IC-BTS02’s upward-firing speaker is placed at the very top of the cylinder to distribute the audio signal across a broad soundscape. The result is a rich, powerful music performance which is undistorted and achieves amazing levels of clarity and definition.
The iClever IC-BTS02 provides excellent in-range Bluetooth connectivity, plus the addition of an aux input for cabled connection to your non-Bluetooth equipment, using the supplied audio lead.
Conveniently, the IC-BTS02 stores up to eight different Bluetooth connections for easy music sharing with friends.
For better quality phone calls, this iClever speaker has a built-in noise-cancelling microphone with an active range of up to two metres, and thanks to the Bluetooth 4.0 low-power specification and a rechargeable lithium battery, music playback will last for up to 12 hours.
- Audio power: 5 watt output.
- Frequency response: 90Hz-18KHz.
- Bass port.
- Bluetooth 4.0, CSR chipset.
- Bluetooth range: 10 metres.
- NFC pairing.
- Aux input: 3.5mm stereo audio.
- Speakerphone function for hands-free calling.
- On-board noise-cancelling microphone, 80db sensitivity.
- Rechargeable battery: 500mAh lithium-polymer, micro USB charging.
- Music playback: up to 12 hours.
My Review of the iClever IC-BTS02 Bluetooth speaker
When I was contacted and asked to give my opinion and review of the IC-BTS02 I was initially sceptical on two main aspects of the speaker, the build quality and sound quality. After about 2 minutes of use the iClever IC-BTS02 convinced me that premium quality doesn’t always carry a premium price tag.
Upon unboxing the iClever Bluetooth speaker; the first thing that catches your eye is the high gloss finish and super sturdy construction. The zinc alloy material used in this build is vastly superior to the regular plastic body of other speakers within a similar price range.
Connecting to the iClever IC-BTS02 literally takes a few seconds; my Samsung S6 connected in less than 6 seconds and had no drop outs or stuttering from about a 9 metre range. As expected, the wired connection playback was flawless via the included 3.5mm cable.
The audio quality was the biggest surprise for me, for such a small device the IC-BTS02 was surprisingly loud, while it may not full a large room the 5w driver would be more than enough for an average user.
Another great feature of the iClever Bluetooth speaker is the hands free function, I actually had a call while testing this speaker and the call quality was near perfect, there was just a very faint background noise which I’m sure most people won’t even notice (I was actually listening for it otherwise I’m sure I wouldn’t have noticed it myself).
I’ve had the iClever speaker for about 5 days now and have only charged it twice, it was fully charged two days ago and I’ve used it for well over 10 hours since and it’s still going strong; it seems that the 12 hours quoted battery life can be exceeded but again this depends on the volume level you’re setting it at.
Overall, I would recommend the iClever Bluetooth speaker for anyone who wants a better audio experience and premium build quality without breaking the bank, at £20.99 (at time of writing) the IC-BTS02 Bluetooth speaker would be a great gift idea for the music enthusiast in any family.
Where to buy
At time of writing the iClever IC-BTS02 was available on Amazon.co.uk for £20.99. Click here for current price, ratings and more user reviews of the iClever IC-BTS02 Bluetooth speaker.