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The ANNAAC GL-01 is a compact, waterproof Bluetooth speaker. Encased in a lovely metal shell it certainly feels of good quality, with a weighty feel in the hand.
One end has a rubber cover, revealing a USB port for charging and an audio in (cables for both are provided). On top are a series of rubber buttons for power, play/pause, forward, back, etc. These often have multiple functions, such as the forward back buttons will operate volume and moving tracks. Some of the buttons are back-lit too to show power, Bluetooth pairing, etc. Like many other audio products I’ve come across this uses voice prompts as well to make it even easier to use.
For such a compact package the sound is surprisingly good, even if it does lack much bass. Not only is it small but for the sake of waterproofing is sealed – something that often affects the end audio quality. The volume goes up really far.
One last feature – whilst attached via Bluetooth this will also act as a hand-free phone as it also has a built-in microphone. Sadly, this lacks any CSR noise reduction or aptX, which would have been nice to have.
Once fully charged the speaker should play for approximately 9 hours.
The packaging is a little over the top with plastic bags and foam inserts making it difficult to recycle. However, size is kept to a minimum. One thing to note is that the feet on the bottom do have a plastic film on them – it’s not obvious until you realise they’re not gripping! Once removed you realise they’re pleasantly sticky and provide a secure footing when it’s placed down.
As well as the aforementioned cables, you also get a wrist loop and instruction booklet included. A bag to have kept this in would have been nice but isn’t essential.
Sturdy in the hand, this feels like an item of quality. For its size, and the fact that it’s waterproof (and therefore sealed) the sound is quite good – it’s very loud but lacks bass. It’s easy to use with excellent controls. For the money, this is highly recommended.
Disclosure of gift - I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.