When I was at the Gadget Show Live back in April last year I met the people from Nyne and was offered their Cruiser Bluetooth speaker for review. Since then I’ve been using it on an almost daily basis, so I now feel I’ve tested it enough to be able to write a proper review.
The Nyne Cruiser is described as a “rugged” bluetooth speaker, and it certainly feels very sturdy and solidly made. It’s quite large (5.75″ x 3.23″ x 3″), and roughly trapezoid-shaped, with little rubber feet to stand on. It is supplied with mounting straps designed to easily fix it to your bike handlebars, pushchair handle or even the equipment in the gym. It also comes with a snug-fitting cover with clip attached so you can hang it off a backpack, bag or anything else. This cover is cleverly designed so that you can operate the buttons on the Cruiser through it.
The Bluetooth connection is easy to set up, and just works. I’ve mostly had the Cruiser paired with my iPhone, although it worked equally as well with the geekdaddy’s Samsung Galaxy Note 2. It was also easy to pair with other devices when needed. Once paired all you need to do is turn the speaker on with your device and range and it connects automatically. It also has a standard size input jack so you can connect non-Bluetooth devices to it.
What about sound quality and volume? Well, I’m not the greatest of audiophiles, and mostly listen to talking books and podcasts through it. But the sound is clear, seems fine to me, and the speaker can go plenty loud enough without distorting. Over the summer I was rehearsing for a flash mob dance, and this little speaker became the speaker we used for rehearsals. It’s only little but it could fill a dance hall quite well enough!
Nyne claim the battery will run for 10 hours between charges, and whilst I haven’t timed it, I think that’s about what I’m getting out of it. Rechanging is easy – the Cruiser charges using a standard mini-USB cable. It also shows when it needs recharging with a little red light inside the speaker. If you need to you can keep it plugged into the USB for mains operation.
The Nyne Cruiser can also work as a handsfree speaker for your phone, although I must confess in all the time I’ve had it I have never used this functionality. It’s an interesting little addition though, and I can see how it could be useful.
So, if you’re looking for a solid, reliable Bluetooth speaker, I can definitely recommend the Nyne Cruiser. It is available in several different colour combinations and has a retail price of £79.99, although if you shop around you can find it cheaper than that. As you’ll see on Amazon (affiliate link) the prices can vary by colour quite considerably .
Disclosure: I was given a Nyne Cruiser Bluetooth speaker for review purposes. Prices quoted are correct at the time of publication. The Amazon link contains my affiliate ID which means that if you make a purchase after clicking I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.