Luxa2 GroovyW Blueooth Speaker w/Wireless Charging
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Product: Luxa2 GroovyW Bluetooth Speaker w/Wireless Charging
Provided By: Luxa2
Price: ~$120 MSRP at time of publication
When it comes to music there are many genres with different beats and rhythm that we hear every day. I have reviewed a few audio products in the past and I hadn’t intended on taking on other review until I saw the GroovyW from Luxa2. This is a Bluetooth speaker that I really wanted to try out. I'm a gadget junky, so I spoke up quick and snagged this unit.
Luxa2 is a division of Thermaltake and we’ve met with both of these companies at CES for a few years. Luxa2 is geared toward mobile products and other consumer electronics accessories. This Taiwanese based design and manufacturing company was started in 2009 and now has offices in the USA, China, Australia and Germany. Their goal is to create the best user experience with all of their products by keeping things simple, unique and by offering a "luxury lifestyle for everyone."
When I received the GroovyW, I thought this is a very unique twist on a Bluetooth speaker. While the color is nothing special – black and silver, what is more than a little special is the Qi wireless charging capability of it and the base that comes with the speaker itself. It also comes with an App called the "Groovy Audio Center". We won't get too much into the application, but if you want to tweak the sound coming out of the GroovyW, this is how you'll do it.
As I opened the box I could immediately tell that I was dealing with a product from a company that cares. The box and packaging was well done and it got my hopes up right off the bat. Inside was the GroovyW Speaker along with the charging dock, a USB cable, a 1/8-inch cable for connecting a non-Bluetooth device, instructions and a nice leather-ish travel bag to put everything in when you're on the road. The bag is a little on the small side but works well enough to protect the GroovyW as it is very portable. It looks like it should be a great little speaker that won't take up a lot of room.
The GroovyW has a Micro USB port on the back of the speaker as well as the power button and a line in jack. On the charging dock we find a pair of USB ports - both for charging devices (the charging dock is also a portable battery). The speaker controls are touch-sensitive and include play/pause buttons as well as volume controls. Adorning the top are some indicators for Bluetooth, NFC as well as a phone call icon and lastly the tiny hole for the built-in microphone. There is quite a bit of functionality and this is currently the top-end speaker of the Luxa2 line. This is their only speaker that supports wireless charging at that's one of the reasons it caught my eye. We've reviewed a few Bluetooth speakers over the years, but nothing quite like this has come our way.
On the next page we'll take a look at some of the features and specifications before we continue.