# Saturday, March 08, 2008

It's just something about portable speakers that attract me, like I mentioned before in my previous portable speaker review I'm more a speakers than earphone person. So... when I saw this...

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The Altec Lansing Orbit Speaker, I knew I had to get it to see how well a brand name portable speaker will work compared to a simple Made In China one.

So... how well does it work? Well... not only will this pass the wedding dinner test, you'll probably get people from 3 tables away asking you to turn it down!

For power, the Orbit relies on 3 AAA batteries and can run for 24 hours according to the box. There're no indicators on the thing to show that it's on, and there are also no real switches on the speaker, you turn it on by twisting the rim. For some reason there are 2 stops between off and on at first I thought it was a setting between loud and louder, but there doesn't seem to be any different between them. Manual's no help, cause it just had pictures.. and nothing else, didn't say anything about how the switch work.

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So.. compared to the no name speaker, how does the Orbit fare? Well, it's more bassy than the little guy, and of course the Orbit doesn't crack up at high volumes. But the Orbit is bigger and less convenient to carry around (depending on how big a bag you usually carry) Also, the Orbit runs on batteries while the little guy runs on a built in rechargable battery.

Both of them are very usable portable speakers, and you get your money's worth for both of them, for the mini speaker you get an affordable, compact speaker that works well. For the Orbit, you pay a higher price for it but you get a pretty loud and powerful speaker in return.

I can easily recommend either of these for your portable sound needs.


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