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Windows Phone Accessory Review: MPow Portable Bluetooth Speaker

We have plenty of options to consider when shopping for a Bluetooth portable speaker to use with our Windows Phone.  These speakers allow for us to enjoy our music collection without the need to be tethered to our Windows Phones by wired earphones.  MPow has a new Bluetooth speaker that has become available and  is hoping it makes your shortlist while shopping for a portable speaker.

The MPow has a conservative appearance, solid build quality and appealing audio quality.  The speaker also has hands-free calling support so you will not miss a call while enjoying your tunes.  In the short time we've had with the MPow Portable Bluetooth Speaker, it has made a nice impression on us.

Here is a quick rundown of the MPow Bluetooth speaker.  It takes advantage of Bluetooth 4.0, supports AAC digital audio and has a 3.5mm audio jack as well as the wireless connectivity.  The unit measures 6.2 x 1.8 x 2.3 inches and only weighs 10 ounces.

The speaker has a battery life expectancy of 8 hours and a thirty-foot working range. 

The design has the speaker wrapped in an impact resistant silicone finish that gives the speaker a nice grip.  On the face of the speaker, you will find volume control buttons and a multi-function button that is used for pairing and call features.  At the right end of the speaker are your 3.5mm jack, micro-USB port and power switch.

To pair the MPow speaker to your Windows Phone, press and hold the multi-function button for about six seconds.  When the LED lights under the speakers grill flash red/blue the speaker is ready for pairing.  Call features controlled by the multi-function button include call answering/ending and rejecting a call.

The MPow Bluetooth portable speaker has a conservative appearance, which looks good.  Sound quality is strong enough to be adequate indoors as well as outdoors.  The size of the speaker makes it convenient for backpack carry or even a coat pocket.  Overall, the MPow Bluetooth speaker is a good option to consider.

The speaker is available through various online retailers, such as here at Amazon.com (opens in new tab), with a price tag in the neighborhood of $45.

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.

28 Comments
  • How does this compare the Oontz? I purchased it last summer, and was very pleased- except for the battery life.
  • Looks cheap
  • Three questions: aside from the price, what makes this box the box to buy, compared to a jawbone jambox? Why is it that this box is chosen to only last 8 hours on a charge, while the jawbone jambox runs for 15 hours on a charge? Is the sound as good or better than the jawbone jambox?  
  • If you're willing to spend some more, I recommend the TDK A33 speaker. Sounds awesome for it's size.
  • +tdk
  • How well does it work in a steamed up bathroom?
  • Probably great for students.
  • I received a Beats Pill for my birthday. Say what you will but that thing sounds pretty awesome.
  • It's not worth $200. But for free, it's fine. My dad got one as a deal when he got an HTC One because the salesman pursued him to not get a Lumia 920. :'(
  • Yeah it is overpriced but it actually sounds pretty amazing. I was surprised by how rock songs sounded.
  • Until you hear the JBL Flip then you will say the Beats Pill is garbage.
  • Nothing beats the power of the Bose Mini!
  • Agreed, the power, quality and frequency response of that thing is unbeatable. And its fairly well priced for what you get.
  • Im looking for a decent speaker with good bass. Any recommendations?
  • JBL Flip. It's awesome.
  • If its bass you want than get Soundreaq's SoundKick, hands down the best and retails for only $99 but I got mines for $38 off ebay
  • If the speaker's battery could also serve as a portable charging device via Qi, that would be awesome. The JBL with a handle and battery would be perfect.
  • http://fuckyeahjalb.tumblr.com/post/44732328157
  • Nude Sound M pack a good punch for a Bluetooth portable speaker and priced really well £35-40, has 3watts so big sound and bass and no distortion when up full volume, highly recommended if its something reasonably priced with good build and sound quality your looking for.
  • I got a Jlab Crasher. Usually 80 bucks, got it for 60. Sounds real good. 15 or so hour battery life. Good option too.
  • I got a Kitsound Hive Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker for £40. Long battery life and sounds fantastic with decent base level. Bargain!
  • Do any of these work with Spotify?
  • Its just a speaker. Its going to output whatever you play from your phone or whatever sound source you connect to it. So yes Spotify will work with it.
  • Didn't notice any mention of NFC.
  • No NFC, no buy.
  • I want to know how it compares to the JBL Flip
  • At the other extreme, we bought a Bluetooth speaker at Walgreens for $40 thats called ITS. It sounds decent and has a good range that runs about 8 hours.
  • Are there any that have Qi support? That would be a cool option.