If you thought Samsung was known only for its Galaxy Note series smartphones, Galaxy tablets, refrigerators, televisions and air conditioners, then think again. The South Korean consumer electronics major is aggressively moving into the realm of audio accessories in order to enhance the mobile music experience. It has launched its range of stylish portable speakers—Level Box Slim, the Bottle and the Scoop. Samsung has also expanded its headset portfolio, with the introduction of the Level Active and the Rectangle Headset.
In recent years, audio products such as Bluetooth speakers, headphones, in-ear phones have found a ready market—there’s an audio device for every taste and budget. Samsung reckons that its new range of audio gears will help consumers enjoy music on-the-go. The products blend a unique styling and ensure a new high for consumers. We got the Level Box Slim, Level Active Bluetooth-enabled headset and the Samsung in-ear headphones (Rectangle Design) for a product evaluation and here’s what we feel about the new range.
Level Box Slim (Rs 6,699)
Easy to carry and operate, the Level Box Slim presents a powerful combination of Bluetooth audio speaker and power bank as double utility for smartphone users. It features a compact design, fitting in comfortably in one’s palm or back pocket, making it equally suitable for indoor and outside use. The handy stand integrated into the speaker’s back allows users to prop it up wherever they please, while IPX7 water resistance means it is built to withstand shower splashes and sudden drizzle.
I connected the Level Box Slim with my Android phone and the 8W Bluetooth speaker delivers balanced audio inside and outdoors. It gives you the performance of a good sounding audio system in a smart package. The speaker’s microphone allows users to field voice and conference calls without reaching for their smartphone. The microphone’s integrated noise-reduction and echo-cancellation technologies facilitate crisp and clear communication anywhere.
Level Box Slim comes with 2600mAh battery that provides up to 30 hours of music playback and also functions as a portable charger, allowing users to top up their smartphone or tablet while enjoying their favourite tunes. Users may check the status of their speaker’s battery, and easily adjust its volume settings, via the Samsung Level app.
All in all, the Level Box Slim is both an aural and visual delight and it delivers rich audio that enhances the entire listening experience.
Level Active (Rs 4,999)
The Level Active is a Bluetooth-enabled headset that serves as hassle-free music companion designed for exercise and outdoor activities. The audio equipment comes with soft silicon earhooks as well as comfortable wingtips and in-ear earbuds, making it comfortable for people on the move. It is also splash resistant, allowing users to go for a workout without worrying about damaging their earphones with sweat.
Using the Active key function, users can control their Level Active headphones to monitor their workout. Users can connect to S Health fitness app using Active key and record workout information for walking, running, cycling or hiking.
My viewpoint: Whether someone is a serious runner, a gym-enthusiast, or just looking to get a bit healthier, the Level Active fits any level of activity and helps make working out a lot more fun.
In-ear Rectangle Headset (Rs 1,899)
Style-wise, the Rectangle Headset comes across as an expensive piece of equipment; it packs powerful sound into one of the most attractive packagings in its segment. It has a smooth, rounded ear-bud design. It is also easier to grip on to when taking them out of your ears. With a sturdy, fabric-and-metal construction highlighted by a tangle-free flat fabric cable and DLM (double-layered motion) structured speakers for good quality sound, the headset demonstrates both refined design and balanced, high-quality audio. The cable feels fairly robust and the sound emitted is big, warm and rich.
All in all, the Rectangle Headset is great for daily listening.