iClever Mini Bluetooth Speaker - a small package, plenty of sound

There is a host of Bluetooth speaker options out on the market today and iClever hopes to catch your attention with their Mini Bluetooth Speaker. The speaker, officially bearing the model tag IC-BTS02, isn't much bigger than a juice box and belts out your Windows Phone tunes rather nicely.

The iClever is compatible with a host of Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets and computers and we took it out for a spin with a Lumia 830 Windows Phone. After a few days of use, we found the speaker being a solid performer. If you are in the market for a portable speaker, the iClever is worth considering and priced at $29.99 it will not put a strain on your wallet.

iClever Mini Speaker

Design

Simplicity is a word that came to mind when I first pulled the iClever Mini Bluetooth Speaker from the box. The speaker measures 64.5 x 64.5 x 70 millimeters (2.53 x 2.53 x 2.75 inches) and in practical terms is about the size of a juice box. A little shorter and a little beefier, but in the juice box size neighborhood. The speaker weighs in at 261 grams (9.2 ounces).

The design of the speaker has a control button and microphone sitting at the bottom of the speaker's front side. The power button and playback controls are located on the bottom of the speaker. The speaker itself rests on the top of the unit.

iClever Mini Speaker

The outer shell of the speaker is a polished Zinc alloy plating that has a mirror-like finish. Personally, I prefer a matte finish but the shininess of the iClever does grow on you.

Under the hood, specs include Bluetooth 4.0, up to 12 hours playback time and a range of up to 33 feet. The speaker comes packaged with a micro-USB cable, 3.5mm audio cable and user manual.

The controls on the bottom of the speaker allow the iClever to have a very clean look. The jury is still out as to how practical this placement is but the more I use the speaker, the concern diminishes.

iClever Mini Speaker

Performance

Setting up the iClever is similar to any other Bluetooth product. When you first power things up, the speaker will go into pairing mode and begin searching for a mate. It will remember the last paired device and if you need to match the iClever with another Bluetooth signal, press and hold the forward and reverse buttons (on the bottom of the unit) for three seconds. The front button will begin flashing blue to confirm the iClever is in pairing mode. You can pair the iClever with up to eight tablets, PCs, smartphones or another Bluetooth-enabled gadget.

Should you have a non-Bluetooth device, you can also connect the iClever Mini Bluetooth Speaker with the 3.5mm audio cable supplied with the speaker.

iClever Mini Speaker

Along with having playback support for music and videos the iClever speaker also has support for hands-free calling. The front facing microphone is noise canceling and while I've seen better, the iClever does a nice job of filtering out background noise. Calling features are limited to answering, ending and rejecting calls.

As far as speaker volume and sound is concerned, the iClever has a nice bass tone to it and projects the sounds in a clear and crisp manner. I'm not sure it could hold up to a house party full of guests, but for individual use or with smaller groups it should do nicely. I've been using it for the past few days in my office and have no complaints.

iClever Mini Speaker

Overall Impression

I found the iClever Mini Bluetooth Speaker to be a solid, economical and stylish portable speaker. Sound quality is good and the unit is compact enough to get lost in a backpack. The speaker is not waterproof (which would be nice) and I'm still on the fence about the controls being on the bottom of the speaker. I don't mind the power button on the bottom but feel the playback controls should have been on top of the speaker.

The bottom placement does keep the size of the speaker small and it isn't a major inconvenience to pick the speaker up to gain access to the buttons. I imagine it is more along the lines of something to get used to than being a bad design.

Overall, the iClever is a solid performer and at $29.99, it is also budget friendly. The iClever Mini Bluetooth Speaker is available at Amazon.com and should you pick one up, let us know what you think of the Bluetooth speaker in the comments below.

iClever Mini Bluetooth Speaker at Amazon.com ($29.99) (opens in new tab)

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

24 Comments
  • Nice 1!!
  • Damn!! My vlc crashes everytime. And yeah, it's off topic but THAT pic.
  • remove it, and use revo uninstaller to remove the left over remnants. Reinstall in a different directory.
  • How clever indeed. Another lower case i in a name.
  • I am surprised that Apple hasn't been suing these companies for using that.
  • They can't, that would be like trademarking a lower case letter p before every word. If that was possible then that would realm make the state even more retarded.
  • I'm sure they tried that once, about ten years ago.
  • Does it have 3.5mm output, so you can daisy chain several speakers to it? I assume not because the article speaks nothing of it (Only 3.5mm input), but still worth asking. Not a deal breaker, but that'd be really nice.
  • Its there it will also include 3.5mm audio cable... And its mentioned in this article too...
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    See the paragraph starting with "Under the hood"
  • Abhishek1320, thats only an input i think
  • Love my JBL PlayUp
  • +1
  • I want one
  • I'll ipass.
  • iToo
  • +1
  • Seems very decent, however, no USB type-C, pass till the upgrade, will only buy peripherals for which, in few years, one does not have to go looking for cables or adapters, especially peripherals that outlast a phone. These guys missed the market direction on this one.
  • How does this compares to a mini jambox?
  • I'd buy it, but iHatethatname
  • What app are you using for the music player? It looks quite good!
  • VLC
  • Let's see idon't know if iBrian wants one for my iLumia i640XL...^_~
  • Listening to ELO? I'm impressed.
  • I'm happy with my Jabra solemate mini...