the Fugo Tough is rugged, easy to use, has extraordinary battery life and tonal quality.
The audio experience of my portable computers and more recently my cell phone have always been important parts of my user experience.
Until recently however, if I wanted to listen to music while I yank weeds or buried seedlings in my garden or putted around town on my three wheel Piaggio MP3 scooter, I had to use earbuds, which, for me, is a less than satisfactory experience.I’ve gone through countless sets of earbuds in the last 18 months, So I jumped at the chance to review Fugoo’s Tough bluetooth speaker.
TO set the stage: I've used four sets of Bluetooth speakers but come away feeling that their manufacturers spent too much time and effort focusing on bass notes and not enough time and effort on delivering mid tone audio, battery life.or the second most common use of an external Bluetooth speaker; a desktop or home teleconferencing tool.
At one point last month I was so annoyed with a Bluetooth speaker that I turned it into a looping fastball headed down my the road up my mountain.
I've been amazed by everything about this new six- speaker audio appliance. beginning with its stellar audio quality and happily becoming the beneficiary of its amazing battery life.
And that’s just for starters. I've used and discarded several Bluetooth speakers because they were hard to use or had an anemic battery life.but most commonly I've discarded those speakers because the manufacturers confuse boom box bass with or more more important audio fidelity .
There’s no shortage of mass market bluetooth external speakers but the Fugoo Tough is way different. Although it lives up to its Tough name, it has a heart of gold, can roar like a lion but has a user interface that’s tame as a kitten.
The Fugo Tough isn't a featherweight audio appliance. it’s a hefty trapezoid that stays put, no matter how loud you pump up the volume. Most of this systems weight comes from its multiple omni directional speakers. Rather than use off the shelf foreign circuits, Fugoo speakers use high efficiency custom circuits and this speakers’ power comes from a single 16550 Lithium ion battery, which is about the same size as a conventional AAA battery.
After charging overnight. Setup was a snap, i turned it on and it quickly sought out and paired with my ZMax ZTX phablet which runs Android 4.4. I've had some difficulty pairing and maintaining connectivity on other Bluetooth external speakers with previous smartphones running earlier versions of Android. But what I really like about the Fugoo Tough is how easy it was to pair it and begin playing my 1.5 GB of music, while I worked in my just watered garden or while I was zipping around town on my somewhat whimsical three-wheel Piaggio 500cc motor scooter.
I do have one very small criticism with this Fugoo speaker:, the power switch is recessed in the top left side corner of the speaker case, and I have large hands ( I wear a size 16 ring) so it took me a couple of seconds to make tactile contact with power switch. SinceI seem to have incorporated music into my gardening hobby, the waterproof Fugoo Tough goes out to the garden with me.
And what about using the Fugo Tough for hands free phone calls? the audio is crisp and clean, there’s enough volume to fill small conference room or home office and its microphone is sensitive enough to make my shouting unneeded.
What about its battery life? So far, it’s been playing for 21-plus hours without needing to be recharged.
Supplied to me for this review by its manufacturer the Fugoo Tough costs $229, the which is higher than most Bluetooth speakers. but if you want a portable speaker than can stand up to the sun,surf, sand, or water, the Fugoo Tough is the Bluetooth speaker you should rush out and buy.
I’d say more, but the road and my music are in harmony now, so I’m going to fire up my scooter and head out to the coast, listenin’ to John Stewart, Allman and Doobie Brothers and smilin’--Jim Forbes on March 28, 2015