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Zooka Wireless Speaker Bar Review

The iPad’s speaker is adequate if you’re in an environment of absolute silence. But if there’s any ambient noise at all, you’ll find yourself rewinding to hear dialogue. The Zooka Wireless Speaker Bar could be a remedy to that problem. But does it do more than just amplify the noise ?

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What Is Zooka Wireless Speaker ?

A bar-shaped Bluetooth stereo speaker that latches on an iPad edge or a laptop display.

Who’s Zooka Wireless Speaker For?

Someone who wants more audio power than the device’s puny built-in speakers.

Design

Unoffensive. The foot-long cylinder, with its egg-shaped profile and slot, is clad in soft touch rubber. A hole exposes an iSight camera or an iPad home button.

Using It

Slide an iPad into the stand. (Don’t cover the volume buttons!) Pair it with the device. Lie it flat on the table, or pull out a tucked-in pin, screw it to the back, and use the speaker as a stand.

A device that combines speakers and stand is an ideal setup for TV and movie watching. It saves the hassle of dealing with two separate accessories.Tragic Flaw

The sound isn’t all that great, especially on music. Pops and hisses were prevalent over Bluetooth. Even on an audio cable, the sound lacked depth and nuance for a speaker this size. Sure, you’re paying more for the design than the mechanics, but still.

This Is Weird…The Zooka suffers from a common Bluetooth glitch—it occasionally makes everything warbly until you disconnect and reconnect.

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Should You Buy Zooka Wireless Speaker ?


This is the epitome of a niche product. The convenience of a stand and speaker baked into a single item is the main attraction here. So unless you’re particularly enamored with the design, if you don’t watch much video on a tablet, don’t bother. And even those who do watch a lot of video may want to think twice before sinking $100 into a decent stand with a lackluster speaker.

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