For those who don’t know, I have an addiction. I’m a music junkie. I don’t care what time of day, or what the situation may be, I’ve got to have music in my life. To enable this habit of mine, RND Power Solutions sent out a few products for me to review over the coming weeks, and the first one I’m looking at is the Ripple Bluetooth speaker.
As always with any headphone or speaker review I do, I like to start with a small disclaimer. It’s important to let you know I’m not technical when it comes to audio products. Despite my love for music, I don’t get into all the intricacies – I just know what I think sounds good, and what doesn’t.
I also have to admit, this is the first product I’ve reviewed from RND Power Solutions. I’m always a bit skeptical at first with products from manufacturers I’m not familiar with, but like mama always told me – you won’t get far in this world if you don’t try new things.
And I’m really glad I got to test the Ripple speaker. It couldn’t have come at a better time, as my pair of computer speakers was on its last leg and have now been retired permanently. This was the perfect replacement.
For $35 bucks, the Ripple Bluetooth speaker doesn’t sound half bad. It’s actually the perfect compliment to my tiny, crowded workspace, too. I don’t have the biggest of desks, so I really appreciate the device’s small form factor.
Let’s dive in, shall we?
Ripple Bluetooth speaker design
RND’s Ripple Bluetooth speaker features a rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 10 hours on a single charge. You can use it while it’s charging, or unplug and take it with you on the go, making it an ideal option for just about any situation. It’s not waterproof, however, so keep that in mind while you’re poolside.
The Ripple packs two small front-facing speakers and a rear-facing subwoofer into an ergonomic space. It also has a microphone, which makes the device useful for conference-style calling. This works especially well for me, as I have weekly call-in meetings at my day job, and this makes it where I no longer need to hold a phone receiver for an hour.
The top of the speaker features a light-up touch screen for playback control. You can play and skip back and forth between tracks, as well as turn the volume up or down. Around back, there’s a power switch, micro USB charging port, and auxiliary input, should you prefer to hard-line your connection for better sound quality. The bottom of the device has two rubber “feet” to help keep the speaker from sliding around on the surface you’re using it on.
Connecting the Ripple to other devices
Linking the Ripple to another device by way of Bluetooth is simple. You do it just the same way you’d connect any other device with similar functionality. Holding the Bluetooth button on the touch screen puts the device into pairing mode, and then you search for it on the outputting device.
If the outputting device has NFC, the process is even easier. You simply tap the device on the left side of the speaker, and it automatically sends a Bluetooth pairing request. It’s worth mentioning that some devices might require a “special” app for this function, but there’s no mention of a title for the said app on the product’s description page. I had no issues at all pairing my LG G6, outside of finding the “sweet spot” for tapping the two devices together.
As I said already, the Ripple is small, lightweight and portable. In fact, the entire speaker fits comfortably in the palm of my hand. But don’t let the size fool you because this little fella is pretty impressive, sound-wise. To be honest, I didn’t have many expectations for a device this size and at this price point, but I’m pleasingly surprised.
There’s no sound distortion at higher volume levels. The music stays crisp and clear, and while the subwoofer isn’t going to knock any pictures off of your walls, it still delivers a noticeable thump on my computer desk when playing bass-heavy tracks. Most importantly, the bass sounds natural and clean, and not staticky and distorted.
Overall, you’re probably not going to find a better-sounding speaker for less than $40.
Wrap up and final rating
The RND Ripple Bluetooth speaker is a no-brainer for anyone looking for something small and convenient to play music on in nearly any situation, and with good sound quality.
I highly recommend you check one of these out before dropping a higher dollar amount on something that does the exact same thing, and in many cases, only half as well.
You can pick up the Ripple from the RND website, for $35 with free shipping. To add icing to the cake, you can get 15% off by using the code “AndroidU” at checkout. There are three color variations available: Gun Metal Gray, Pink, and Purple.
If you do snag one, be sure to stop back and let us know what you think!