The Fugoo Go ($69.99 – it’s on sale now for $49.99, though) is the next product to land on our review desk. I reviewed another Fugoo model, the Sport, a while back, and now it’s time to take a look at it’s slightly smaller, pairable brother.
Let’s get the technical stuff out of the way, first.
The design factor the Fugoo Go offers is truly impressive. No stone was left unturned in making this speaker both compact and portable, as well as rugged and durable, which is equally important for a product of this type. If you’re taking it with you on the go, it needs to be able to withstand a few bumps and dings. Not having to worry about the elements is a plus, too. Luckily, the Go meets these requirements with ease.
The front of the speaker resembles an oversized pill and has three buttons (volume up, volume down, and an action button). There is a removable mesh-like cover made of plastic and fabric which, when taken off, exposes the inner speakers. You’ll want to keep this on, however, if you’re around water or sand. The cover is clearly meant to keep those elements out of the device.
The Go also has a built-in carrying strap that doubles as a means of strapping the speaker to an object. There’s a small hook on the left side of the speaker for this purpose. The strap is made of a bungee-like material and sits in an indented slot on the sides of the speakers until you need it.
The power and Bluetooth buttons are located the on top of the device, and the Micro USB charging port and accessory mounting socket are around back.
The Fugoo Go has only one means of connectivity – Bluetooth 4.2. There’s no Auxilary Port like there is on the Sport. This isn’t an issue for me, as I don’t use these ports, even when I have access to them. That takes away from the whole wireless thing, in my opinion. And we can save the argument about sound quality differing between hardwired and Bluetooth for another day.
That’s not what we’re here to talk about.
One thing I do wish the Go had but doesn’t – unlike the Sport – is voice control. The circular action button on the front of the device pauses and unpauses tracks, and that’s it. On the Sport, a long-press of the button invokes Google Assistant and allows you to play music with a voice command. There’s also no speakerphone functionality, obviously.
The one “feature” the Fugoo Go does offer, however, is a pretty nice one. (If you happen to own two Go speakers, that is.) You can pair two speakers together in either Double or Stereo mode. Double gives you an exact duplicate of the sound on both speakers, while Stereo gives a left/right effect.
Speaker pairing works well, with two devices playing from one source, perfectly in sync. I’ve used other speakers in the past that didn’t sync up exactly, and that’s an absolute deal-breaker for me. The experience here leaves nothing to be desired.
Fugoo delivers once again with jaw-dropping sound quality from such a compact device. Regardless of your environment, the speaker serves its purpose just fine. It has plenty of bass without sacrificing highs and vocals, and everything is nice and clear – even at full blast. Of course, I’m no audiophile, rather just an average guy who loves music and knows when it sounds good and when it doesn’t.
I have no complaints at all in the sound department. I doubt you will either.
The Fugoo Go offers 10 hours of battery life at 50% volume – substantially less than its big brother, the Sport. That being said, 10 hours is more than enough time for my own personal use and considering it only takes a little over an hour to fully recharge the device, there’s no room for grievance here.
Wrap-up and final rating
We’ve seen some pretty nice Bluetooth speakers as of late, and the Fugoo Go is no exception. I highly recommend this device, especially if you’re into biking, hiking, beaching, or anything else that sees you out in the elements. It won’t take up much space in your gear, and it won’t tire you out from carrying it around since it’s only a pound in weight.
The Go normally retails for $69.99, but you can pick one up for $49.99 right now on the manufacturer’s website while they’re on sale. If you have an extra 50-spot, this is a great way to spend it.