According to the press kit pics, the Fugoo Bluetooth speaker is designed mostly for use by beautiful people at beach-like settings and/or ON surfboards. Conversely, I am more likely to use it while mopping the kitchen or re-grouting the tile in my bathroom or pretty much anything other than surfing.
Still, I can’t help but be impressed by the Bluetooth-based Fugoo (available in three styles -Sport, Tough, and, well, Style).
Sure, the name is goofy, but the sound and versatility are anything but – able to deliver a nice, big, full sound without having to make room for a much larger system or speaker. This speaker is not cheap. Fugoo Sport and Fugoo Style are around $200 each, the Fugoo Tough is $229.
It’s pretty amazing, in fact, that this unit sounds so good since it’s just under 8 inches and weighs about a pound.
Of course, a lot of it has to do with how much is packed into the unit. There are six symmetrically-placed drivers – two tweeters (for highs), two mid/woofers for mids and two passive radiators that bring out the full, deep bass sound. That’s a mouthful of geek-speak meaning that this little thing gives your music (or favorite podcaster’s voice… hint, hint) a full, awesome sound.
And it’s built for the elements, too, meaning it doesn’t just have to sit on your shelf. It’s actually snowproof, sandproof, AND waterproof and the company says it would be ok when submersed in up to 3 feet of water for as long as 30 minutes. While that scenario, of course, doesn’t seem likely for non-kinda shady situations, it does suggest that Fugoo wouldn’t have any issue sitting by the campfire or on the picnic table when it’s raining/snowing or otherwise damp out.
There are accessories, too, for when you want to actually take it off the shelf. For example, the available bike mount ($39.99) allows you to put it on your bicycle for when you don’t want to go through the arduous task of putting earbuds in your ear. Also available are the multi-mount ($29.99) which consists of a camera tri-pod mount, rope or carabiner loop or belt spring-clip. And there is a strap mount ($29.99) that allows Fugoo to hang out on a pole or tree (sorry, only goes up to 3 feet in circumference so no redwoods). Oh, there’s a remote control you can get, too ($49.99).
Part of the reason Fugoo isn’t meant for sitting on a shelf is it’s just well-built – able to stand a fall of 6 feet (allegedly). To help protect it, there are different, interchangeable “jackets.” There is the Fugoo Sport ($39.99 when purchased separately), which is the one that belongs in sporty settings only.
(Seriously, that’s what the pictures on the company’s press site imply – stuff like there’s a surfer dude or two out there who want to listen to tunes or a podcast while in the water waiting for the next big wave.)
There is Fugoo Tough jacket ($49.99 alone), which is made for “the shop” and has a more industrial-looking design and offers a bit more protection, and Fugoo Style jacket ($39.99 alone), which is simple and kinda boring-looking next to the other two styles and also apparently designed for the slob demographic.
Less cool than others? Trouble using plates? Fugoo Style was designed with you in mind (Photo courtesy of Fugoo…seriously)
All joking aside, we get it Fugoo. You want to make/over-emphasize the point Fugoo is versatile. And it’s true. But what really drives home the point is the way it sounds and performs – the battery life, for example, promises up to 40 hours without needing a charge. A human voice (unexpected and slightly jarring at first) “tells” you in a nice clear tone everything you need to know – when it’s on, how much battery is left, when Bluetooth is connected. Fugoo also includes an integrated mic for speakerphone, Siri, Windows Phone or Google Now. It charges with a microUSB and also has a 3.5-mm stereo input for connecting sans Bluetooth.
All-in-all, Fugoo is a great entry in the ever-expanding Bluetooth-based speaker market and worth considering if you have limited indoor and/or unlimited outdoor space.