For a small, budget-priced system, the Bluetooth-enabled G-Boom speaker offers some impressive functionality. Its rugged, portable design makes it easy to use anywhere, indoors or outdoors. Reviewers say it's simple to use and pair up with other Bluetooth devices. It can't match the sound quality of a high-end speaker, however, and its battery life is unremarkable.
Impressive sound quality for the price. Reviewers say the G-Boom offers impressive volume and clarity for its size and price. CNET says it has the best bass performance in its price range. DigitalTrends.com reports that it cranks out a clear, full midrange and smooth upper register, but with occasional distortion at the low end. Jeremy Horwitz of iLounge.com is even more impressed, saying that the G-Boom offers impressive clarity over the entire sound range, even without using the onboard equalizer. Professionals are less impressed with the speaker's battery life of six hours per charge, but owners don't consider it a drawback.
Mostly smooth. In expert tests, the G-Boom's Bluetooth pairing works like a charm. At DigitalTrends.com, Ryan Waniata says his device recognized the G-Boom "almost instantly." Most users also describe easy pairing and a stable connection, but a few report occasional "quirkiness" with the signal. A few of the reviews voted "most helpful" at Amazon.com focus on ways to circumvent this problem. The G-Boom has a full set of playback buttons on top, as well as the graphic equalizer button, which toggles through various fixed settings. A USB port for charging phones makes a nice extra, but the speaker itself must be charged through an outlet.
Rugged and portable. The G-Boom features a unique trapezoidal shape with a sturdy, rubberized base to prevent slipping. Editors at CNET say it looks like "some sort of modern riff on a lunchbox," while Waniata calls it "somewhere between a Batman weapon and a robotic briefcase." He also says the speaker is "solidly constructed and built for travel," with features like heavy metal side supports and rubberized control keys. There's also a rubber flap over the USB and input ports to protect them from water. At 5.7 pounds, the G-Boom is fairly heavy, but the carrying handle on top makes it fairly easy to grab and go.
The G-Project G-Boom receives a so-so rating of 3.5 stars out of 5 at CNET. Editors describe it as a solidly built speaker with decent sound (including the best bass in its price range). However, they say the battery life is only average and the design won't appeal to everyone.
Review: G-Project G-Boom Review: Big Sound for a $100 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, David Carnoy, Nov. 15, 2013
Ryan Waniata awards the G-Project G-Boom 4 stars out of 5. He praises its sound quality, portability and affordable price tag, and he includes photos detailing its unique and rugged design. Its greatest weaknesses, he says, are limited battery life and occasional low-end distortion.
Review: G-Project G-Boom Review, Ryan Waniata, April 28, 2013
Jeremy Horwitz pays the G-Project G-Boom the compliment of awarding it a rare "Highly Recommended" rating. He calls it "a beast of a system," solid in build and a solid performer. He concludes by naming it "the budget boombox to beat," if not the best overall speaker under $150.
Review: G-Project G-Boom Wireless Bluetooth Boombox, Jeremy Horwitz, March 8, 2013
We found more than 50 reviews for the G-Project G-Boom at Amazon.com, with ratings averaging 4.6 stars out of 5. Users say this speaker is a great value, with good bass performance, easy pairing and superior portability. We read only a few complaints of Bluetooth glitches and muddy sound.
Review: G-Boom (Black), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014