We’ve done plenty of reviews on many of the options out there, but this latest one comes in an interesting form. Called the NaturalRays, this miniature Bluetooth speaker is designed to produce quality sound in a affordable and portable package.
The NaturalRays portable waterproof speaker is lime green, and it’s design is super unique, resembling a pod more than a speaker. It has a rubber exterior, and the speaker itself is on the bottom of the pod, while it has a rubber “hanger” of sorts off the top. The volume down, volume up, and play/pause/power buttons are on the front, and a connection slot is hidden on the back.
Personally, I love the eye-catching design of the NaturalRays speaker, but when I first received it, I wasn’t overly impressed. Because the speaker is on the bottom of the device, my initial thought was that you couldn’t set it on a hard surface because it muffles the sound. Sure enough, it does muffle the sound that way. Assuming the only option was to hang it somewhere, it definitely didn’t classify as an “outdoor” speaker to me, but it does hook onto the shower curtain rod pretty easily, which makes for some great surround-sound in the shower if you want to catch a podcast on your way out the door or something.
Now, after taking a look at this speaker and some of similar design online, I found that you can slide the silicone hanger down the side of the speaker and it will sit on its side (see the picture below). However, it’s still not very stable, and a single gust of wind could send this thing flying—so I still consider it a design flaw.
First off, for such a little speaker, this one does pack a punch. It has decent sound quality (better than your typical smartphone), and I’d even say the volume goes up just a little higher than your smartphone, too.
Other than that, the only other downside I would say is the volume. In fact, I don’t even want to classify it as a downside, but more of a heads-up. As I said, this little thing packs a punch, and it’s great for showers, tailgating, and camping. But unlike some other portable speakers, it’s not enough to replace a DJ at a fairly large event like a wedding or graduation.
Overall, I like this speaker and it’s small enough to take with you anywhere. The design is a little flawed with the speaker on the bottom and only the silicone hanger to keep it in place, but that won’t keep me from recommending it. This is a great little speaker, and I’d encourage anyone to buy one to keep just keep in their car for whenever the time may call for it.