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Review: Satechi BT Touch Speaker

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Every once in a while a product comes along that either redefines the industry, completely exceeds the industry standard or just flat out destroys the competition. The Satechi BT Touch Bluetooth Speaker unfortunately isn’t that product. Not to say it’s a bad product, it just doesn’t blow you away with acoustical prowess. But for the price, it’s pretty hard to beat.

We always read that it’s the little things that make an Apple product special. The attention to the little details that many other companies tend to miss, and I’ve found myself wondering if anyone at Satechi just didn’t notice the little things.

Before I get to my admittedly minor issues with the BT Touch, let’s get some things out of the way – the BT Touch is pretty good for what it is. It’s a Bluetooth (very) portable speaker that runs on built in rechargeable  lithium-ion batteries that claim and deliver a 6 hour running time. It’s not meant to blow your hair back like a Maxwell commercial and we’re definitely not talking about Bose sound reproduction, but the Satechi gets the job done in a few scenarios where I was really happy to have it around.

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Sound Quality –

Decent. Look this thing is about the size of a 12oz soda can so expectations can’t be too high. But for the size it will easily fill a room (or a small outdoor area) with music. Not concert level, neighbors banging on the ceiling volume but enough that I was happy with it in my hotel room. It definitely get’s loud enough that you cubicle workers won’t want to crank it all the way up!

Overall sound reproduction was OK for the casual listener.. audiophiles you’ll want to look somewhere else, but again for something the size of a can of Dr. Pepper I was pleased with what it could do. Bass response was even respectable as the BT Touch didn’t sound nearly as treble heavy as I though it would when I unboxed it. I’m actually interested in taking it apart to see how Satechi handled the internal chamber. There’s a vent at the back which indicates they did actually do some tuning.

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Size – 

This is one of the best parts of the Satechi BT Touch. Again pick up a can of soda, and you’ve got the BT Touch, only the soda definitely weighs more. Toss the BT Touch into a bag with a laptop, your phone and a wallet and you won’t even notice it’s there.

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 Specs –

  • Satechi BT Touch – ST-BT3TP
  • Bluetooth v3.0
  • AVRCP / A2DP / Auto-Connect / One-Time Pairing
  • Rechargable lithium-ion – 6 hours playback – USB Charging – 4 hour recharge
  • Touch based LED controls
  • Aux Input

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Impressions –

I took the BT Touch with me on a recent trip to Atlanta. I spent 2 solid weeks going between training center and hotel, and the BT Touch was brilliant. If you’ve ever spent more than a couple nights in a hotel you know that life can get pretty boring. This was a “learning” trip so I mostly hung out in the room and the BT Touch provided some much need ambiance when I was hitting the books. Even better was teaming the BT Touch with my Galaxy S4 and a white noise app so even when people were moving about in the hallways at night I was able to sleep right through it.

There was a couple downsides though … little things that just felt like Satechi didn’t think them through.

For some reason Satechi went with a Mini-USB charging port. Normally not an issue, but everything else I had was either an Apple product or used Micro-USB, so I forgot to pack that extra cable. MicroCenter to the rescue as usual. It feels like the mobile world is moving to Micro-USB, so it would have been great for Satechi to incorporate that knowledge into the BT Touch.

Another downside was a blue connection indicator (see the picture with my Nexus 4 – the indicator is in the middle) that pulses bright enough to light up a dark room. I worked around this by simply pointing the BT Touch away from me at night, but it was still a bit annoying and could have been avoided easily.

Finally (and this may be an Android thing) but if I set an alarm, turned on the white noise app, set the app to turn off the sound after a couple hours and went to sleep, the alarm would not sound. It’s like the Satechi went to sleep, but my Galaxy S4 thought it was still there and tried to feed sound through the device. The only workaround I found was to use Tasker to kill the app and disable bluetooth a while before it was time for the alarm to trigger. Again, I’m chalking this up to an Android problem, but buyer beware… no promises that this won’t happen with other devices.

 TL/DR –

Overall, the BT Touch earned itself a spot in my travel pack. With a solid 6 hour battery life, decent sound quality, drop dead simple connectivity and excellent portability the BT Touch is a winner for me.

The Satechi BT Touch is available direct from Satechi for $49.99 (reg. $79.99)

The Satechi BT Touch was provided for review by MaxBorges Agency. For further inquiries of our review policies, see our About tab.

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