The Braven 710 is the latest attempt by the tech industry to push the limits of sonic quality over bluetooth wireless frequencies within a small package. The product is cased in aluminum and tries to stand out with metallic color choices like gold and blue and silver, but what ultimately stands out is its audio quality – even at higher volumes.
Bluetooth is a limited frequency, which has pushed some vendors to try their hand at wi-fi speakers with mixed results. But Braven has stuck with bluetooth here, and has built aptX technology into the speaker in order to up the audio ante. That results in audio that seemingly sounds too good to be coming from a fairly small unit, which be easily toted around in a laptop bag, if too big to be considered pocket sized. Throw in the twelve hour battery life and the built in volume and play/pause buttons on the side, and the 710 shapes up to be a real winner.
If we’re being picky, it would be nice to see a next/previous track button included on the unit. And the rapidly falling prices in the portable bluetooth speaker market mean that while the $169 price point of the Braven 710 is a good deal today, it may not be tomorrow. But this product is highly recommendable. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.