Logitech's Pure-Fi Mobile Bluetooth Speaker Review
Logitech’s New Pure-Fi Mobile wireless speaker and speakerphone is not the first of its kind. There are many other bluetooth speaker / speakerphone systems on the market but the majority of them fail to deliver a good audio experience. However, Logitech produces some very good speaker systems and iPod docks, so we hoped that the Pure-Fi Mobile would too.
The Pure-Fi Mobile’s goal is to deliver a great wireless audio experience for use with your phone or PC whilst being small and portable enough to travel with. The speaker can last up to 12 hours with its rechargeable batteries. Aside from connecting it to your A2DP enabled phone or PC, you can also connect your iPod or Mp3 player to the Pure-Fi Mobile via the 3.5MM stereo jacket. A cable is even supplied to do so. Of course that means that it won’t be a wireless experience, but blame that on Apple for leaving A2DP bluetooth out.
The design of the Pure-Fi Mobile is classic and simple and it will agree with any personality type. The shiny black front sports 4 circular shaped speakers, whilst the back sports a smooth rubber backing. Located on a grey strip on top of the Pure-Fi Mobile is a a power button, keys for call answer and call end, a mute button, source button for controlling different inputs ( USB, auxiliary and bluetooth) volume up and down buttons. It is also very light weight and small enough to fit in your backpack with out much hassle, though in no way small enough to fit in a pocket. I did notice that the Pure-Fi Mobile needed to be on a level surface to stand up without falling, on a surface somewhat uneven, the Pure-Fi Mobile tends to tip over.
A soft travel case is included so that you can protect your speaker while you travel. The case is a nice touch and is thick enough to keep the Pure-Fi Mobile safe and secure in a rigorous travel environment. A USB cable, an audio-out cable, and AC adapter are also included as well.
First I paired up the Pure-Fi Mobile with my Motorola RAZR 2. The pairing process was simple, though I did have to refer to the manual for the initial set-up. I held down the bluetooth source button and then had my RAZR 2 scan for available devices. The manual instructed me what the pin number was and once I entered it, my RAZR was connected to the Pure-Fi Mobile.
For such a small little speaker, I was impressed at how loud the Pure-Fi Mobile could get without much distortion. Sound quality was good but not great, most likely due to the fact that the Pure-Fi Mobile doesn’t have any bass so it’s really all treble. But for a speaker it’s size it is very solid.
Playing music off of the Motorola RAZR was an ok experience, just ok because the music files on the RAZR 2 tend to be very compressed, plus the music is coming through bluetooth. Playing music on the Pure-Fi Mobile from my iPhone or off of my computer using the Aux-in was naturally a better experience.
I did notice that when I connected my laptop or iPhone to it via the auxiliary input, it is better to change the volume directly from the source than from on the Pure-Fi Mobile. Making the volume louder directly on the Pure-Fi Mobile created some static, while making the volume directly louder from the source didn’t.
The Logitech’s Pure-Fi Mobile has not one, but two built-in microphones; one designed to pick up “vocal nuances” while the other mic is meant to block out unwanted background nose. Using the speaker, I could hear people on the other end of the conversation loud and clearly. Callers on the other end of the line could hear me clearly as well but they said that I did sound like I was on a speakerphone because I sounded a bit distant and quiet.
As a bluetooth travel-sized speaker, Logitech’s Pure-Fi Mobile is one of the best ones out there. It’s simple to use, has a nice design, it can get to powerful volumes despite its small size, and overall it does a good job with all of its features. But if you’re looking for a rich audio experience, the lack of bass hurts it. In other words this is a truly a speaker / speakerphone for those on the go, and not a home speaker system replacement. The Pure-Fi Mobile retails for a reasonable $149.95
The Good: Well rounded performer, travel friendly design, case included
The Bad: Audio Lacks Bass, Audio volumes are better suited being controlled from the music source rather than from the Pure-Fi Mobile itself