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Marware UpSurge Rechargable Mini Speaker with 3.5mm Headphone/Audio Jack, Blue
Report Date: 08/21/2015
Based on 733 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.8
Returned or considering to return: 5.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Fit5.0   above average
Portable5.0   above average
Travel5.0   above average
Size4.8   above average
Compact4.6   below average
Music4.6   above average
Quality4.6   above average
Recharge4.6   above average
Sound4.6   above average
Loud4.5   above average
Price4.5   average
Speaker4.3   above average
Kindle4.1   below average
Video4.0   average
Amazon3.8   average
Battery3.7   below average
Charging3.7   above average
Volume3.6   average
Audio3.4   below average
USB3.2   average
Connection2.9   below average
Plug2.9   below average
Cable2.6   below average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Amazon

Amazon:
"I am disappointed with this sellers product selling only used (assumed these are recalled for not working also) and Amazon didn't do a very good job of holding its buyers product to a higher standard."
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"Any purchase I fail to review, I would not recommend, either because you can purchase it elsewhere at or below Amazons price."
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"Had the third speaker been defective I was going to formally complain to Amazon."
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"It is officially the worst Amazon purchase I have ever made! "
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"And the other big negative is the price here on Amazon."
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"I am hearing impaired and frustrated at the lack of close captioning on Amazon Prime."
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"Amazon is a great company to deal with I really appreciate their excellent customer service."
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"Although with Amazons great return policy, it's not really much of a risk."
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"Bought this because it was reccomended by Amazon to work with my Kindle Fire HD, well recieved it and plugged it in after charging and it will not make any sound out of the Kindle- thought it was my Kindle but after purchasinig a Sony Brand found that the Sony works Great, Planning on returning this Mar-ware junk ASAP!"
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"Wasn't too bad getting it as one of Amazon's deals....only $10I would recommend buying this mini speaker! "
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"Got this on one of the great sales from Amazon."
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Audio

Audio:
"If your audio isn't working I would recommend trying another cable before declaring it dead."
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"iHome requires a weird and messy dual cable for audio and charging, whereas this Marware speaker has a standard mini USB for charging and 3.5 mm stereo for audio, which can be used simultaneously."
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"At this point I realized the problem was the design of the audio cord."
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"I'm an avid audio book listener, but haven't been able to move my audio books over to my Kindle Fire for one simple reason - I want to be able to move around while listening to the audio book, but the Kindle Fire is just too awkward to carry to make use of headphones, and it's built-in speaker really isn't loud enough to hear audio books (or music or videos) clearly."
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"It kicks up the volume so I can easily listen to music or audio books."
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"Now I can have both the dryer and the dishwasher going while enjoying my audio books!"
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"I use it more for my windows phone which has beats audio on it and it sounds great! "
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"I watch a lot of movies on my Kindle and love the richness this speaker gives the audio."
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"The Marware UpSurge Rechargeable Mini Speaker with 3.5 Headphone Audio Jack is quite impressive in it's small package."
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Battery

Battery:
"After going on-line to manufacturers video, attempted to charge dead battery from my computer."
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"Speaker battery was dead and did not power up after three hours."
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"This product came with a built in Lio-ion battery that was truly dead on arrival, and it will not accept a charge."
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"Haven't used it a great deal so I can't say how durable it is or how long the battery lasts."
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"The device says it is Made for Kindle on its packaging BUT it is a major KINDLE #FAIL:- it uses a Mini USB instead of the Micro USB cables that Kindles have had since forever;- the audio cable provided can't be plugged into a kindle that has the Kindle-specific Origami case installedOther disadvantages vs its competitors that cost a couple of bucks more MSRP:- there is NO VOLUME button on the speaker, unlike many of its competitors which have a volume button- there is no indicator how much charge is left on the battery other than a single LED that at some point turns red - there are competitors that have a 3-4 led gauge which can indicate the battery charge level- the on off buton is rather flimsy - mine doesn't click and the little pin only travels about half of the distance in the case opening."
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"no warning of when battery is getting weak, just wont work until recharged."
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"It's small enough to take anywhere with big enough sound to drown out nearly any noise and it has fantastic battery life."
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"Decent sound and excellent battery life."
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"It is just perfect and the battery is ok."
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"I'm surprised so far how well the battery holds up, I have used it several times and am still running off the initial charge."
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"The rechargeable battery provides a good operation time."
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Cable

Cable:
"When it's working the only complaint I have is that I wish it was bluetooth so i didn't need the cord, but then it would cost the same."
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"only complaint is how short the cord is, but no biggie, i paid under $10 for this so definitely a great deal!"
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"After going out and buying the missing cable I can honestly say the only noise it put out was a crackling static noise--useless for playing music."
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"If your audio isn't working I would recommend trying another cable before declaring it dead."
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"iHome requires a weird and messy dual cable for audio and charging, whereas this Marware speaker has a standard mini USB for charging and 3.5 mm stereo for audio, which can be used simultaneously."
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"Compact but decent sound quality, only complaint is charger cord and microUsb cord ate both very short."
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"The only thing the sound cord should be a bit longer, easy to purchase a longer cord now easier to use when holding kindle in my lap."
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"The sound is clear, I can recharge it with a USB cord and I can put it anywhere without concern for space."
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"The charging and sound cord is far too short to make this a viable product... Sound was mediocre."
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"I hooked it up to the charger and then plugged the speaker cord into my phone and the sound was very good."
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Charging

Charging:
"After going on-line to manufacturers video, attempted to charge dead battery from my computer."
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"Had it on charge for hours and still dead."
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"This product came with a built in Lio-ion battery that was truly dead on arrival, and it will not accept a charge."
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"Good sound, not the easiest thing to charge though."
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"If I were to get a charge I would say that it was a great buy, but since after 2 attempts I could not get one to work I would have to say don't waste your time or money on this item."
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"Takes a long time to charge, and the charge light color is hard to distinguish--if you tilt the speaker, the color changesI don't think I get 5 hours of use before it has to be recharged - haven't measured exactly, because I use it in smaller doses."
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"cute little speaker, easy to charge and use."
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"Much easier than hooking it up and through multiple devices just to charge."
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"Cordless power last hours easy n quick charge"
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"This Mini Speaker is easy to charge and light to handle."
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"It's got good sound quality and holds a charge well giving you lots of play time."
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Color

Color:
"Can't say I love the color, but the price was right."
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"Takes a long time to charge, and the charge light color is hard to distinguish--if you tilt the speaker, the color changesI don't think I get 5 hours of use before it has to be recharged - haven't measured exactly, because I use it in smaller doses."
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"Really dissappointed- loved the color and when it did work the sound was great."
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"plus, i love the color"
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"The color was great; and instructions to connect were clearly written; then they worked perfectly."
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"color is even ok. can store easily and travels great."
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"I like the color and durability, it's fantastic."
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"I did like that it was light weight and easy to travel with along with the color options."
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Compact

Compact:
"Compact but decent sound quality, only complaint is charger cord and microUsb cord ate both very short."
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"A downside of the compact form factor is that you lose the stereo effect."
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"I would recommend to anyone looking for a compact speaker."
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"It is compact and very loud and clear."
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"Both my husband and I love the compact size of these speakers and their ease of recharging."
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"I like that it is compact, it make it a lot easier to carry them around in my back pack"
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"It's a nice light compact unit for sure."
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Connection

Connection:
"Worst of all, speaker connection is very fussy; sometimes it takes several tries to get any sound."
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"My only disappointment is it has to be recharged through USB connection."
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"Other reviewers have complained about the length of the connection wire, but the short length is ideal for me."
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"My only complaint would be a power cord other than a USB connection, but I just use my Kindle Fire HD power adapter which TRAVELS with me anyway."
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"Thus, you must continue to control the volume through the Kindle Fire's volume control, which as we all have experienced, can freeze a movie or cause a connection error while changing the volume."
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"I've learned to turn on the speaker, wait a minute or two, then connect the connecting cord, making sure there is a slight crackle sound that signals there is a good connection."
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"The Marware speaker is wired, requiring your music player to be physically attached to the speaker, but the speaker wire is somewhat easier to install than setting up a Bluetooth connection, and Bluetooth has issues with interference, battery life, and sometimes lower sound quality."
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"I love the sound quality of this product but after a while the connection between my kindle and the speaker causes the sound to cut off and I have to play with the wire to get the sound back."
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"The speaker worked with a different device (and the sound quality seemed good), but I was able to get at most a second of sound from it when connected to the Fire and that was only with a great deal of effort."
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"It has a buzz if you hook it up while the Kindle is charging, but it's perfect when not connected to an adapter."
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Connector

Connector:
"I thought that it was a problem with my kindle but it is the jack that doesn't work."
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"Just gave as gift unable to use, no directions or auto jack."
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"Mini Problem 2: The connector cable from Kindle Fire HD to the speaker does not seat into the Kindle if you have a certain type of Kindle cover!"
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"I had none of the problems reported here by others - I just plugged the jack-to-jack lead into the output of the mp3 player and into the unit, switched on and away it went."
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"I got a bit of interference with some jacks--it didn't nestle perfectly in the netbook."
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"It's easy to spot and works with any device with a headphone jack."
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"I really liked this speaker and still would if the jack that connects it to my devices still worked."
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"The Marware UpSurge Rechargeable Mini Speaker with 3.5 Headphone Audio Jack is quite impressive in it's small package."
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"It is quite compact and when closed it fits in a jacket pocket easily."
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"Plug this little guy into any 3.5mm headphone jack, twist the top and sit back and enjoy."
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Fit

Fit:
"I love this little boy....it sounds great and fits in a small pocket on the front of my day bag."
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"I love the size east to take anywhere, easily fits in my purse, sound is great for a little speaker."
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"It's perfect size can fit anywhere."
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"Easily used...good sound and small so it fits in any area works well..words required too many..really just accept what is"
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"This cute speaker fits perfectly in the cup holder and I can listen to my iPod when in their car."
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Kindle

Kindle:
"I ordered the first time and received a used speaker (for Kindle Fire) with missing information."
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"Unfortunately, my Kindle Fire -- some software glitch, probably -- didn't like my plugging in an external speaker."
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"I cant describe the failure of this product as a purported enhancement to kindle sound."
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"I thought that it was a problem with my kindle but it is the jack that doesn't work."
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"The device says it is Made for Kindle on its packaging BUT it is a major KINDLE #FAIL:- it uses a Mini USB instead of the Micro USB cables that Kindles have had since forever;- the audio cable provided can't be plugged into a kindle that has the Kindle-specific Origami case installedOther disadvantages vs its competitors that cost a couple of bucks more MSRP:- there is NO VOLUME button on the speaker, unlike many of its competitors which have a volume button- there is no indicator how much charge is left on the battery other than a single LED that at some point turns red - there are competitors that have a 3-4 led gauge which can indicate the battery charge level- the on off buton is rather flimsy - mine doesn't click and the little pin only travels about half of the distance in the case opening."
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"Worked Great for me with my Kindle Fire."
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"Great addition to my Kindle."
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"For someone with a current Kindle or some other device, this might not be a problem, but I thought I'd mention it."
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"This is the perfect solution to ramping up the volume on the kindle...works great! "
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"decent sound on my Kindle so I can listen to books and music in the car."
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Loud

Loud:
"You would not believe the amazing sound it emits (and loud) when you twist it open in the middle and kick in the base it really thumps."
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"The sound from the speaker is wonderful - - clean and clear and perfectly loud enough for me but not loud enough to upset the neighbors."
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"It has good quality sound and is loud enough to hear while I work in my studio."
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"It's loud and has excellent base."
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"perfect for use at my desk, otherwise, it's not very loud."
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"It is compact and very loud and clear."
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"These work very well and they are loud enough even a half deaf person like myself can actually hear them."
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Music

Music:
"This length is absurd...if you want to read while you are playing music...well, you'd best have a place to set the speaker *really* close by."
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"I have a problem with hearing music."
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"I had none of the problems noted above and the quality of the sound of the music was immensely better."
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"I bought this to listen to music, but controlling volume this way might be a problem with streaming video."
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"It kicks up the volume so I can easily listen to music or audio books."
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"decent sound on my Kindle so I can listen to books and music in the car."
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"Perfect to take with you for hearing music better."
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"Handles music and spoken word output equally well."
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"It's good for music of t. Not a high quality stereo sound, but it was what I needed to get more volume."
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Plug

Plug:
"received the wrong plug for it, and it has been so hard to find the right one (ive bought a few and none fit! )"
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"It's actually the case that's the problem, not the plug on the speaker."
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"But my biggest complaint is that you cannot plug in speaker if your kindle is in a protective case."
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"The only complaint I have is that you can't move around to much because the plug that connects the speakers to the kindle easily fall out."
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"The only annoying thing that drives me crazy is when you plug the USB cord into a laptop or hard drive, there's an loud humming coming out from the speaker when I'm trying to charge it."
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"I hate carrying extra batteries plugs."
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"Great to plug into phone, mp3 players and kindle."
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"I love seeing people's faces when I plug in my iPod and crank up the volume."
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"Easy Plug and play."
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"I love how I can just plug this in play my music in the kitchen while I'm cooking or in the bathroom while taking a shower."
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"True, the plug doesn't go all the way in and unplugs easily, but I'm going to modify the case and make a slightly larger hole so the plug goes all the way in."
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Portable

Portable:
"Nice an portable."
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"Excellent little, portable, blue speakers."
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"Very portable and decent sound for the money."
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"This mini speaker has a great sound and is so portable and easy to use!"
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"The sound is great and portable and size is nice when counter space is so limited."
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Price

Price:
"Thought for the Christmas price I would be disappointed, not so."
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"Can't say I love the color, but the price was right."
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"Any purchase I fail to review, I would not recommend, either because you can purchase it elsewhere at or below Amazons price."
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"Not even worth sending back as I paid 7 and change to have it shipped, then would have had to pay to send it back and resend it, Went into the trash this morning, Very disappointed ad I usually have good success with orders I can only assume that it was so inexpensive that the supplier knew that their were problems as I was not the only one that received defective merchandise."
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"A bit hard to navigate, but worth the money"
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"And the other big negative is the price here on Amazon."
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"I bought this speaker because the reviews said it was very good quality for the money."
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"Nice sounds and nice price"
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"Works great for the price."
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"Good product for the price."
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"Great price at around $12."
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Quality

Quality:
"I was disappointed with the sound quality."
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"I'm not picky when it come to speakers or sound quality, but this one has a terrible hum vibration sound that ruins whatever you are trying to play - even at very low volumes."
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"I din't think it was possible, but the volume and sound quality is actually inferior to the inadequate speakers that come with the Kindle fire in the first place."
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"I had none of the problems noted above and the quality of the sound of the music was immensely better."
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"I have the Fire Station for my Kindle and was very disappointed with the sound quality."
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"Compact but decent sound quality, only complaint is charger cord and microUsb cord ate both very short."
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"The sound quality is great!"
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"It's small but has surprisingly good sound quality."
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"I bought this speaker because the reviews said it was very good quality for the money."
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"I'm amazed at the quality of sound this little unit puts out."
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"The sound quality is very good."
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Recharge

Recharge:
"In case it's not clear, it DOES have a battery - you recharge it over USB (light indicates level of charge)."
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"The sound is clear, I can recharge it with a USB cord and I can put it anywhere without concern for space."
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"I ordered this to go with my kindle, worked great for 4 weeks and then it would not recharge."
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"I love that it recharges."
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"It recharges quickly and it's sound is clear."
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"It recharges easily and lasts a long time."
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Size

Size:
"One small problem is the wire isn't very long so it can be a little bit of a pain."
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"Waste of money and I'm so disappointed, I really loved the size and sound...WHEN IT WORKED THE FIRST TIME!"
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"It's hard to believe the sound that comes from something so small."
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"You just barely unscrew the speaker to show the spring My only small complaint is the length of the USB charge cable which is approx."
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"This charge cable & plug size is not very well identified, but if you want a better cable to use with this, I have purchased and verified that the following cable does work well to charge this 5-volt speaker:USB Port Power Cable with 3 Extra Popular Connector TipsThis cable is a much better cable than what comes with the speaker & gives you three other adapters to boot."
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"It's small but has surprisingly good sound quality."
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"nice size."
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"Love this small speak with powerful sound."
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"If you want a small space saving speaker with great sound quality and bass, this is a perfect affordable little speaker for you"
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"This is a very good speaker for being so small."
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Sound

Sound:
"I cant describe the failure of this product as a purported enhancement to kindle sound."
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"You would not believe the amazing sound it emits (and loud) when you twist it open in the middle and kick in the base it really thumps."
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"I love everything about this speaker: it looks adorable, is uber-portable, takes practically no space, is fun to use, and sounds great."
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"What a disappointment; the sound is crackly and intermittent and when plugged in and not in use there is humming sound that comes out of the unit."
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"Good sound, not the easiest thing to charge though."
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"The charging and sound cord is far too short to make this a viable product... Sound was mediocre."
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"The sound quality is great!"
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"it has great sound."
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"It's small but has surprisingly good sound quality."
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"I'm amazed at the quality of sound this little unit puts out."
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"Nice sounds and nice price"
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Speaker

Speaker:
"I ordered the first time and received a used speaker (for Kindle Fire) with missing information."
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"Speaker battery was dead and did not power up after three hours."
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"After regular use, this speaker developed a problem in which it would just shut itself off."
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"Overall, this speaker is nice when it works, but is annoying when it does not."
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"Have not been able to use this speaker at all."
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"Great concept, but the speaker broke within the first two months; not worth the money."
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"I love this little speaker."
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"The speaker is great."
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"I bought this speaker because the reviews said it was very good quality for the money."
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"Lolz all in all a great little speaker."
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"With the Marware mini speaker, I can enjoy my books in the car."
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Travel

Travel:
"Very good for travel needs when higher volumes are required."
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"color is even ok. can store easily and travels great."
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"I did like that it was light weight and easy to travel with along with the color options."
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"Very good sound and perfect for travel!"
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"Not only is it compact and travels very well, it gives a great sound."
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USB

USB:
"The device says it is Made for Kindle on its packaging BUT it is a major KINDLE #FAIL:- it uses a Mini USB instead of the Micro USB cables that Kindles have had since forever;- the audio cable provided can't be plugged into a kindle that has the Kindle-specific Origami case installedOther disadvantages vs its competitors that cost a couple of bucks more MSRP:- there is NO VOLUME button on the speaker, unlike many of its competitors which have a volume button- there is no indicator how much charge is left on the battery other than a single LED that at some point turns red - there are competitors that have a 3-4 led gauge which can indicate the battery charge level- the on off buton is rather flimsy - mine doesn't click and the little pin only travels about half of the distance in the case opening."
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"The only annoying thing that drives me crazy is when you plug the USB cord into a laptop or hard drive, there's an loud humming coming out from the speaker when I'm trying to charge it."
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"My only disappointment is it has to be recharged through USB connection."
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"My only complaint would be a power cord other than a USB connection, but I just use my Kindle Fire HD power adapter which TRAVELS with me anyway."
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"In case it's not clear, it DOES have a battery - you recharge it over USB (light indicates level of charge)."
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"You just barely unscrew the speaker to show the spring My only small complaint is the length of the USB charge cable which is approx."
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"The sound is clear, I can recharge it with a USB cord and I can put it anywhere without concern for space."
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"I love the fact it charges via USB."
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"Charge seems to last long enough, and can easily be recharged with the included USB cable (the cable is a little short, though)."
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"The charging and audio cables are standard USB to mini-USB and stereo mini-jack male-to-male; compatible with everything and easily replaceable."
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"Easily recharged on my computers usb port."
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Video

Video:
"After going on-line to manufacturers video, attempted to charge dead battery from my computer."
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"I ordered this due to very poor kindle speakers...but I still do not have sound to comfortably listen to video from more than 24 inches from the speaker...dollar store speakers Do better!"
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"I was amazed when I hooked up my lap top to watch a movie or two,, I couldn't hear the movie and my laptop is hard to hear anyways I plugged in this speaker and it was wonderful, you have to get you one!"
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"I bought this to listen to music, but controlling volume this way might be a problem with streaming video."
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"Thus, you must continue to control the volume through the Kindle Fire's volume control, which as we all have experienced, can freeze a movie or cause a connection error while changing the volume."
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"It has a loud clear speaker and really helps when watching a movie."
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"I watch a lot of movies on my Kindle and love the richness this speaker gives the audio."
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"The size is great and I use it quite often for movies on my Kindle."
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"It is everything i was looking for portable, loud, good for both movies and music thanks to the bass boost."
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"Nice with my Kindle as the sound for movies really needed a little help."
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Volume

Volume:
"The volume on this is way too low and it's just disappointing."
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"You don't have to turn up the volume to full blast because it will damage your ears and vibrate so much it will dance off the table."
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"Not what I thought, the volume is terrible."
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"This is terrible, the volume on my Kindle is louder when the speaker is not plugged into it."
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"I din't think it was possible, but the volume and sound quality is actually inferior to the inadequate speakers that come with the Kindle fire in the first place."
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"When i first got them I was worried because it did not have a volume toggle, but after using it for a while it definitely does not need one!"
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"It kicks up the volume so I can easily listen to music or audio books."
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"This is the perfect solution to ramping up the volume on the kindle...works great! "
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"Great little speakers - really pump up the volume from what you get on the Samsung S3 my son uses it for."
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"Good volume but changed to an Apple phone and it doesn't work now."
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"I didn't expect a Bose quality sound but it is good enough for me to listen to podcasts, add more volume for watching netflix, and the like."
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iPod

iPod:
"I love seeing people's faces when I plug in my iPod and crank up the volume."
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"I am enjoying using the mini speaker with my ipod nano."
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"So far I have used it with the iPod and my Kindle Fire, and both times it worked perfectly for me."
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"My son is going to love this, to use with his ipod touch."
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"Works well with my laptop, ipad, phone, ipod, everything! "
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