Philips Wireless Microphone and Bluetooth Speaker Review
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Philips Wireless Microphone and Bluetooth Speaker Review

Our Review by Jeff Scott on April 5th, 2013
Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: OVERPRICED FUN
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In an interesting new hardware device for 30 pin connector iPads, Philips has released a speaker dock that comes with a hand held microphone. And that means Karaoke!

Developer: Philips
Price: $179.00
Device Reviewed With: iPad 2

Usability Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Hardware Design Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Sound Quality Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Value Rating: starhalfstarblankstarblankstarblankstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar

Pros
+ Good sound
+ Loud
+ Good design for speaker dock

Cons
- Overpriced
- Few songs included
- 30 pin, not Lightning connector

The two pieces of the Philips Wireless Microphone and Bluetooth Speaker set are the dock and the microphone. It can be used as a standalone speaker dock for the iPad or iPhone, or with the karaoke app StarMaker to enable the karaoke feature. StarMaker does a passable job, but the downside to the app is that it's freemium and only initially comes with access to a couple songs. Other songs can be earned by singing well in the game, or purchased.

The speaker dock part itself is fairly standard and well done dock. It has a heavy bass response and sounds good. If there is one downside to the dock it's that it has a 30 pin connector.

Overall, it's a pretty good system, but way overpriced. Only available at Apple Stores and on Apple.com, it's priced at $179.99. That's about a $100 premium over other similar docks, just for the microphone alone. Probably not worth it except for the most ardent karaoke fans.

Hit the jump for the full specs of the Philips Wireless Microphone and Bluetooth Speaker.




The Philips wireless microphone and Bluetooth speaker lets you present your own concert. Just pair them with the free StarMaker: Karaoke + Auto-Tune app for your iPad and start singing the hottest tracks, sharing them online, and even battling with your friends.
High-sensitivity microphone
Wireless and detachable mic
Bluetooth-enabled docking speaker
Free hit songs
Battle mode
Online sharing
Large song library
On-screen lyrics
Guiding vocals
Auto-Tune

iPhone Screenshots

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iPad Screenshots

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