Before I get into the detail of this review, let me make quite clear the Intempo colour changing capsule speaker is a fun product. When I saw it I immeditaly thought it might appeal to my kids and it did not disappoint.
Colour Changing Capsule Speaker is quite a mouthful, so you may be wondering what it is. It is, very simply, a wireless speaker packed full of LED lights that change colour as music plays.
This is one of several items from Intempo’s latest range. Other items include: A virtual reality headset, a powerbank, headphones and other wireless speakers.
Personally, I like to listen to music on a high-end stereo system. This is not the kind of product I would typically use, but as I say, it appealed to my kids and I can see it being popular with kids of eight or nine and older. Also, using a high-end stereo at a kids party or while tending to the garden is impractical so there is definitely a place for this kind of stereo.
The speaker is approximately 30cm by 10 cm by 5cm and boasts two 3w speakers, so it is not particularly powerful. With the volume ramped up, it did get a little tinny.
There’s a hands free microphone so you can take calls and it supports both SD cards and USB sticks. The controls and various ports can be accessed from the back of the device.
Set-up was incredibly straight forward. I had no issues here whatsoever connecting it to a wireless device.
The device is powered by a rechargeable battery. A USB charging cable is provided for this purpose.
If there’s one thing I’ll say, battery life is impressive. Intempo claims the battery will play music for two hours.
With the battery already partly depleted, I put the speaker on to play and went off to the library with the children one afternoon. Four hours later, it was still playing!
As for the flashing lights, they had me totally confused the first time I used the device. I could hear music, but the lights were not at all dazzling.
I turned the volume up and, hey presto, the LED lights kicked in big-style. After a little experimentation,I discovered the lights aren’t solely responsive to volume.
A quiet, vocal track will not elicit the response of, say, Mötorhead. In other words, to get the most out of the LEDs, put something fast and loud on and turn the volume right up.
So what does this bad boy cost? The recommended retail price is £34.99. This is a little more than most wireless speakers but the extra pounds clearly go towards those LED lights.
If you’re a real music lover, I’m not sure this is what you are looking for. You might wish to explore Intempo’s Tube Speaker, which is more than double the price. Alternatively, the Limbo speaker is slight cheaper and comes without lights.
That said, I can see a place for the Colour Changing Capsule Speaker in a kids’ bedroom or for use during a kids’ party. As I say, my daughters are quite taken by it and I can see why it appeals to youngsters.
Disclosure: An Intempo Colour Changing Capsule Speaker was provided for review purposes.