Do you use a portable speaker? (Philips SBM110BLK SoundShooter) Part 2

Continued from Do you use a portable speaker? (Philips SBM110BLK SoundShooter) Part 1

Will I stash the rounded, somewhat heavy (due to the battery), and bulky SBM110BLK in my laptop bag along with my Air or Surface Pro 4? Probably not, unless I'm presenting in a class or training room. However, I'll keep it close to my Zotac ZBOX miniPC and Kindle Fire HD 8 at home when I need an extra boost in volume when watching 70s-80s shows.


1. To switch between audio in source and micro SD on the SBM110, press the Play/Pause button.

2. The integrated audio cable actually doesn't snap back, so extending it completely can be an issue if you want to replace the cable back to its niche on the speaker (or prefer to avoid loose handing audio cables).

3. The LED is red while charging, and turns off when charging is complete. It's extremely difficult to tell how much battery charge the product has at any point while in use and during charging.

4. Although specifications indicate 0.2 kg, the SBM110 feels more substantial than the rubber case makes it appear. In fact, if you hurl it against someone's head, you're guaranteed a severe bruise, much less a concussion. There are portable speakers available on the market that are lighter than the SBM110.

The SBM110 connected to a Lumia 650.

5. For those who don't like reading user manuals, press and hold the + or - button to increase or decrease the volume. Pressing the loose rubber + or - button once won't do anything regardless if you're on micro SD or Audio in source mode.

6. The included micro USB cable is for charging only and is not used for data or audio.

7. The SBM110 only supports .mp3 files and does not recognize any other file format on the inserted micro SD card. The speaker immediately starts playing the tracks when you switch it on and it's set to micro SD mode.

8. Although the Philips logo is clearly visible, I don't recommend packing the black version of the SBM110 on your carry-on luggage during  a flight. Anyone with knowledge of ballistics won't make the mistake of thinking it's a grenade due to its weight, but the design will certainly give the X-ray staff a double take (particularly in paranoid-ridden airports in Asia).


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