Next up on the old review desk, we’ve got the Fugoo Sport waterproof Bluetooth speaker ($79.99). Do you like listening to music while you’re showering or soaking in the tub? Maybe you’re looking for a mountable option for your cycling adventures?
Whatever the case, you may want to give this portable little powerhouse a look. It doesn’t sound quite as good as the Bose SoundLink Revolve I reviewed a couple of weeks ago, but it doesn’t cost nearly as much, either. And for its price, you get plenty of bang for your buck here.
Let me hit you with some 411.
Fugoo Sport portable waterproof Bluetooth speaker review
The Fugoo Sport is fairly lightweight at 1.1 pounds. Its simple rectangular build and durable body make for easy storage without having to worry about taking up too much space or damaging the unit. It has a slot on the bottom for mounting the device using official add-on accessories.
It’s also IP67-rated, so that means it’s ready to withstand the elements. The speaker is safe from water (up to one meter for 30 minutes), and completely protected against dust, sand, mud, and snow. It’s also shockproof, so it should be able to handle minor drops without a hinge.
The device charges via a Micro-USB charging port, and also has a 3.5mm jack for hardwired connections.
In terms of acoustic drivers, the Fugoo Sport has six of them facing all directions, with an 8-degree upward tilt for better sound dispersion:
- Two 28mm neodymium tweeters
- Two 39mm neodymium aluminum domed mid/woofers
- Two 43mm x 54mm passive radiators
For those who like technical specs, the Sport has a full range frequency response of 60Hz – 20KHz and supports aptX codec for high-quality Bluetooth stereo sound.
The Fugoo Sport features Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless connectivity up to 33 feet. It has an Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP 1.4), which enables control from your audio device and an optional Remote Control.
The device also doubles as a speakerphone. It has an omnidirectional microphone with echo cancellation and is full-duplex capable in speakerphone mode. There is also a Digital Signal Processor for wind and background noise reduction to help keep your voice clear during calls.
Additionally, the action button – the circular one between the volume up and down buttons on top of the speaker – allows you to access Google Assistant (or other voice assistants) with a long press.
As is the case with most modern Bluetooth devices, setup is pretty simple. You hold the power button in until the device turns on and goes into pairing mode. Search for the Fugoo Sport on your audio device and it should appear in the available devices field.
One thing worth pointing out – the Sport has the snazziest onboard “voice” I’ve heard to date. It sounds much more natural than the usual voices you hear during device setup. The startup sound itself is a bit more modern, too.
I like it!
The Fugoo Sport has a built-in, non-removable 2400 mAh Lithium-Ion battery. It gets up to 40 hours of battery life at 50% volume with continuous play. Obviously, full volume decreases battery life a bit – I got a good 22 hours worth of full-blast tunes out of its first charge.
It takes about 3.5 hours to recharge the battery from empty to full.
This is the part you likely care most about, as you should. All of the aforementioned details are great, but what good are they if the speaker doesn’t sound great? Or at very least, acceptable.
Well, the good news here is that the Fugoo Sport is just fine in the sound department. Like I said – it isn’t on par with the likes of a Bose speaker, but that’s not what you’re really paying for here.
With the Fugoo Sport, you get a rugged speaker with good sound quality and great battery life. It’s perfectly loud enough for my bathroom, even with the shower on full blast. It’d also do well in a pool party or outdoor BBQ situation, I’m sure. (Speaking of which, is it summer yet?!)
Bass isn’t particularly mind-blowing here, but it does increase a bit acoustically with some creative placement. I set the speaker on my toilet – with the lid closed, of course – and this seems to make it sound a bit heavier. But again, I’m just taking a shower. It’s not like I’m entertaining a block party with this thing.
Wrap-up and final rating
If you need a portable Bluetooth speaker that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, but still makes your music sound good, the Fugoo Sport is a solid option. With its rugged build and IP67 rating, it’s perfect for music-lovers with an active lifestyle or those who just like to get wet.