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No need to introduce Beats products, right? Thanks to their aggressive marketing campaigns and advertisements, you’ve probably heard of every Beats speaker and headphone. Getting a new Beats Pill speaker or Beats headphones has become more of a fad. Every time you change the channel, play a YouTube video, or watch an NBA game, you’ll see plenty of actors, musicians, and gamers wearing Beats products. So with all these famous people wearing them, they must be good, right? Well, not exactly.
Beats Pill 2.0 Wireless Speaker
The first Beats Pill was very popular, especially among teenagers, but it failed to impress audiophiles, audiophiles, and people who really care about sound. So they discontinued the first generation and made a second one – the Beats Pill 2.0. This new updated version is the speaker we are talking about in this article.
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The most significant change compared to the first version is the USB charging output port. It’s a nice feature, but it would be more useful if the battery was stronger. They kept the old design, which is fine with us (that’s one of the good things about this speaker). The controls are also the same and the functionality is more than satisfactory. The only thing that really needed improvement was the sound. This device should sound much better than the old version, but don’t get your hopes up too much. The improvement is almost imperceptible.
The good points of the Beats Pill 2.0 are the design, the overall build quality, the presence of AUX IN and AUX OUT ports, a USB power bank port, satisfactory Bluetooth range and the ability to connect two Beats Pill 2.0 speakers. The most noticeable downside is the sound quality – this little speaker just doesn’t sound as good as other speakers in the same price range. In other words, it is very expensive.
The Beats Pill 2.0 looks pretty good and comfortable, but don’t let the design and overall build quality fool you. The performance of this speaker does not match the price. Considering all the aggressive marketing and the price, we expected a lot more. Unfortunately, the Beats Pill 2.0 falls short in the sound quality department, and there are a lot of things to be unhappy about. Now, we can understand that you really like the design or that it’s portable, but unless you can get a good discount, you should buy something else. The number of options in this price range is huge, and there are plenty of speakers that perform much better than the Beats Pill 2.0 and cost less.
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If there’s one thing we really like about the Beats Pill 2.0, it’s the presentation. The people at Beats really pay attention to every detail. They know how to make it look expensive. Everything, from the box itself, feels pretty high quality. Inside the box, you’ll find a speaker, carrying case, USB to micro USB charging cable, wall adapter, 3.5mm audio cable, user manual, and a one-year limited warranty. We have to give Beats credit for the imaginative packaging. The speaker is packed inside a soft bag and both are placed in an oversized pillbox. It’s an interesting and creative approach and we really enjoy it.
The speaker is shaped like a huge pill, which makes it quite interesting. Every little detail in this speaker feels premium. Beats Pill 2.0 comes in 4 colors – Black, Red, Silver and White.
The entire front is covered with a partially transparent aluminum grille. You will see these four full range controllers in a grid. In the center is a 1-inch strip with a multi-function “b” button, beats logo and built-in microphone. You can use the ‘b’ button to play/pause music, pair/unpair the phone, answer/end calls and play the next (double press) or previous track (triple press).
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The top panel has two large volume buttons and an NFC tag, which is used to pair with NFC-enabled Android devices, but also to connect two Pill 2.0 speakers.
All inputs are located on the rear panel. In the middle you can see the power button and the Bluetooth LED indicator. On the left side there are two AUX ports – IN and OUT. The AUX IN port is a fairly standard feature on many Bluetooth speakers and is used to connect non-Bluetooth audio sources to the speaker, but the AUX OUT connection is something you won’t find on many Bluetooth speakers. This port allows you to connect the Pill 2.0 to another Pill 2.0 or any other Bluetooth or non-Bluetooth speaker with an AUX input. On the right side is the micro-USB charging port. You can charge the Pill 2.0 via your computer’s USB port or use the wall adapter that comes with the speaker (this is another small detail – most portable Bluetooth speakers these days don’t come with an adapter).
At the bottom is a rubber strip with the “beats pill” logo. When you remove the tab, you will see the USB charging port. You can use this port to charge your phone in an emergency, but it would be much more useful if the battery was bigger. We will discuss this topic in
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We are very pleased with the design and build quality of this device. It looks and feels tough and durable, but it’s not shockproof or waterproof (it’s not IPX certified). You should really keep this in mind and think about it when you decide to buy this speaker or not. If you need something you can take to the pool or the beach, the Pill 2.0 is not the best choice. The Pill 2.0 is an external speaker (it’s battery-powered, small and portable), but since it’s not durable or waterproof, it’s very limited use.
The Pill 2.0 includes Bluetooth 2.1 with a range of up to 30 feet (no obstructions). Bluetooth 2.1 is not an ideal choice as you can find much cheaper speakers with Bluetooth 4.2. The speaker is compatible with all types of smartphones (iPhone and Android), tablets and PC/laptops. If you want to connect a device other than Bluetooth, you can use the AUX IN port. The speaker also has an AUX OUT port to connect the Pill 2.0 to any other speaker with an AUX input. The Pill 2.0 supports NFC pairing (for Android devices) and can be wirelessly paired with another Pill 2.0. You can choose between stereo mode and dual sound mode.
There is no information about the supported Bluetooth profiles, but it definitely supports A2DP and HFP. AptX is not supported and you will notice some audio lag when watching YouTube videos.
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The Pill 2.0 has a surprisingly small battery. You get up to 7 hours of continuous playback at 50% volume and takes up to 3 hours to charge. You can find a bunch of cheaper (under $100) Bluetooth speakers of the same size with a stronger battery. This is undoubtedly one of the biggest problems (apart from the sound quality).
As we already mentioned, the Pill 2.0 has a USB powerbank port, which is the biggest difference between the first version of the Beats Pill and the Pill 2.0.
The speaker also has a built-in microphone, which is almost a standard feature – most portable Bluetooth speakers have a built-in microphone, even the cheapest ones.
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Pill 2.0 has only four control buttons. You may need some time to get used to the multifunction button ‘b’ and you will occasionally press it many times, but the controls are still very simple and easy to use.
Bluetooth 2.1 is not the best choice, especially when you know that some inexpensive Bluetooth speakers have Bluetooth 4.2. Still, we had no connectivity issues. The connection is stable and everything works perfectly in the indicated area. Pairing is simple and fast. If you have an Android phone and the phone supports NFC pairing, just tap the speaker’s NFC tag on your phone and pair them in no time.
You can connect two Pill 2.0 speakers quite easily and you don’t even have to press any buttons. If you have two Pill 2.0 speakers, turn on both speakers, connect your phone to one of the speakers, then tap that speaker’s NFC logo on the other speaker (tap the logos together) and the speakers will pair. They play the same sound (dual sound). If you want stereo sound, repeat the logos together.
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The battery works as advertised, but we are not happy with the play time. At this price, we expected much more. Pill 2.0 really needs a stronger battery. The manufacturer decided to add a USB port for a power bank, which is a good idea, but it doesn’t make sense when the battery is so small. If you want
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