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.

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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.

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Summary

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.

ANNAAC GL-01 Stereo Bluetooth Speaker

£21.99
ANNAAC GL-01 Stereo Bluetooth Speaker
92.5

Sound

8/10

    Quality

    10/10

      Features

      9/10

        Value for money

        10/10

          The Ups

          • Well built
          • Waterproof
          • Easy to use
          • Good volume
          • Excellent value

          The Downs

          • Lacks bass
          • Over packaged
          • No aptX or CSR noise reduction