wowee one

While the bass is impressive, the higher frequencies still suffer from a bad-quality built in speaker, and some songs we tried were unbearably grating.

The guitars, rhythms and vocals sounded scratchy, tinny and little better than most built in laptop speakers. This is a big disappointment after a long list of clever innovations and well delivered ideas.

We liked:

The Wowee One is a decent portable speaker, which enables you to enjoy your MP3 player anywhere (providing there's a solid table top or window.)

Bass does sound warm, and we love the simple nature of charging, attaching and carrying. At the size and weight of an early mobile phone it's small enough to go unnoticed in your bag.

We disliked:

The overall usefulness of the Wowee One is questionable, but there are worse portable speakers on the market for more money.

However, the gains that have been made in bass response are outweighed in equal measure by the raspy nature of the main built in speaker, which makes listening at high volumes as uncomfortable as most mobile phones.

Verdict:

It may cost you an extra £30 to get a better portable speaker, but it's certainly worth the extra cash.