bgears Vibro USB Speaker

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Posted by on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 7:29am

vibroThe Vibro is born, a small USB-powered speaker, requiring no drivers or power cord. There are only two necessities: a USB port and a sound card. According to bgears, we are promised great sound playback with no need of anything, but this little speaker and a flat surrounding. We will be giving the Vibro a try and see just what we get from this little booger.

Introduction to the bgears Vibro USB Speaker

With the new era of small computing upon us (think netbooks),  people have almost everything they would need in a small PC. You get the light weight, long battery and a relatively quick machine to get all the small things you need to get accomplished. But the one thing I find my netbook short on is sound. I am not talking about basic computer sounds like the Windows startup wave. Any 16-bit sound card can give you that. I am talking about the real sounds .....music.

Each of us has some form of digital media on our computers: whether its the music you downloaded from the I-Tunes or the backup of the movies you own. If you are using a netbook, you may not be get the level of sounds you may want. In the case of my little Lenovo, the sound level is decent but can use a boost. However, I refuse to lug around computers speakers like the ones I have connected to my desktop. bgears realizes there are many in the same boat and decided to do something about it.

The Vibro is born, a small USB-powered speaker, requiring no drivers or power cord. There are only two necessities: a USB port and a sound card. According to bgears, we are promised great sound playback with no need of anything, but this little speaker and a flat surrounding. We will be giving the Vibro a try and see just what we get from this little booger.

Specifications

Power Dissipation: Max:2.5W
Input Voltage: 5V
Audio Input: Digital signal
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20KHz
Thermal Protection: 85°C
Operating Conditions :

Temperature:0°C∼+40°C

Humidity: 10%∼80%

Storage Conditions:

Temperature:-20°C∼+40°C

Humidity: 10%∼90%

Unit Size: 60x60x45.5mm
Weight: 300g

Features

  • Compact design replaced the traditional huge speakers with messy wiring.
  • Power and Play music through one USB connection.
  • Plug and Play. No Driver needed.
  • Utilize the whole table surface as a virtual surround sound speaker.
  • Compatible with all Operating System: Windows or Apple.
  • Low Power Consumption and RoHS compliant.

Closer look

There isn't too much to the little black pod that is the Vibro. Made of high quality black plastic, it nearly resembles a mushroom without a stem. If you are not a fan of black, then there is a white model to pick from also. Don't let the little size fool you, the Vibro is heavy and well built at just under a half pound.

Underneath the black shell facing down is a small driver. When in operation, the driver is facing the surface of whatever you are sitting it on. As sound is forced from the driver, the Vibro using the surface as a speaker box and distributes a great sound.


 

Testing

The sound that came from the Vibro surprised me. I first hooked the speaker up to my Lenovo netbook, sporting integrated sound from the Intel 945GC chipset. We got good sound reproduction and it was a great improvement over the audio that came from the netbook's built-in speakers. The lows and mids we where we saw the biggest improvement. We just wished the onboard sound card was more powerful as the volume was not as loud as we wanted.

Next, I hooked the Vibro up to my ASUS WJB2, which is a little bit on the older side, but still serves me well on a daily basis. It also has a much better sound card and a 2.1 speaker system. Honestly, the sound was about the same but slightly better coming from the Vibro. I was even surprised to feel the vibration on the table as the bass hit from a few of the songs.

Conclusion

The bgears Vibro is a great little speaker that would be right at home sitting beside a laptop or smaller PC. The sound reproduction will really surprise you as it did us. If you are using a netbook or slightly larger laptop that has weak speaker for sound output, you will find the Vibro will easily outperform them.

Connecting the Vibro to your PC is as easy as connecting the USB cable into an empty USB port. It requires no driver or power. Everything is done automatically through the USB port.The only thing is it takes a minute or two to do its thing once the unit is connected.

As great as the Vibro is its not going to replace your high dollar PC speakers that you have connected to your desktop. As they will be superior. But the Vibro has portability and ease of installation on it's side which is why a person would buy such an item.

 

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