LOGITECH Z515 WIRELESS MULTIMEDIA SPEAKERSRating:
This might mean that it misses the charm of the Mimi Qube and the elegance of the InMotion AIR, but it does result in a wireless speaker that you would feel comfortable carrying with you.
Not only does it feel sturdy, it can be compacted for ease of transport, with a compartment built into the body to keep the wireless dongle safe.
The 10-hour battery life of this speaker is further evidence that Logitech expects it to be used as much outdoors as in.
It doesn’t seem to be quite as easy to set up as the other speakers, though. After the USB dongle was plugged into our test PC and the speakers were turned on, both sat there blinking away and unable to find each other, even though they were only inches apart.
The troubleshooting guide in the manuals wasn’t any help, and when it directed us to the website, we couldn’t find a solution there either.
In the end we found a guide that advised pairing the speakers to a Bluetooth device by holding down the volume buttons for 10 seconds, which worked. After that little hiccup, things went more smoothly.
Unsurprisingly for a Logitech speaker set, the sound quality is very good, with music from all genres sounding rich; however, the lack of decent bass means it sometimes lacks depth.
The range of around 50 feet is good as long as there are no obstructions between the devices, and the ability to connect the Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515 to Bluetooth-enabled smartphones and devices like tablet PCs is a welcome feature.
The only buttons on the Z515 are the volume controls and a power switch. There’s no ability to control playback straight from the speakers and no remote.
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- Good sound quality
- 10-hour battery life
- Some setup issues
- Lack of bass
It might lack the finesse of the InMotion AIR, but the Wireless Speaker Z515 is over £100 cheaper and doesn’t feel like a budget purchase.
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