Rapoo A500 Bluetooth Portable NFC Speaker

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We all want good tunes at our tailgate. After all, what is a good tailgate without good music? Also, who wants to lug an old school boom box or a hefty speaker to the tailgate lot to get rich sound? Certainly not me. So when we learned of the Rapoo A500 Bluetooth Portable NFC Speaker claiming to be lightweight and portable but pump the tunes without losing sound quality, we said we had to give it a try.

(Disclaimer: We received a sample of the Rapoo A500 Bluetooth Portable NFC Speaker. The fact this sample was provided to us free of charge in no way influenced our opinion of the product nor did it impact our ability to test and review the product fairly and objectively.)

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Rapoo speaker next to an iPhone 4S

The Rapoo A500 Bluetooth Portable NFC Speaker is rather small but it puts out big sound. It has Bluetooth 4.0 which produces high-quality stereo audio by connecting to Bluetooth-enabled devices, like your smartphone or tablet. You can make and receive voice calls through the speaker and use it as a small telephone conference device. Now you can conference call your buddy who couldn’t make it to the tailgate and have everyone there chime in at the same time and make him jealous.

In addition to the Bluetooth capability, you can also make the Bluetooth connection by simply tapping your NFC-enabled device on the speaker. No more trying to pair your device and have the speaker “find” your device. If someone arrives at your tailgate and has a better playlist than you, simply have them tap their device and make the switch. You can even have two devices control the speaker at the same time.

While tailgating you are normally up and around, playing tailgating games, grilling and socializing. You probably don’t want to leave your phone sitting next to the sound speaker unattended. The Rapoo A500 Bluetooth Portable NFC Speaker allows you to keep your device on your person while you move around. We tested out the Rapoo A500 Bluetooth Portable NFC Speaker to see just how far away you can get from the speaker before losing your Bluetooth connection.

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As you saw in the video, I traveled quite a distance before the Rapoo started to lose the signal. We estimated it was more than a football field of distance before the speaker started to cut out and lose sound. Quite impressive indeed.

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Brewery tour tunes on the go

We also took the Rapoo A500 Bluetooth Portable NFC Speaker with us on a road trip to Portland, Oregon. We did a walking tour of the many craft breweries in Portland (never drink and drive, people) and wanted to have our music go with us. We simply fired up the speaker, turned on a playlist, popped it into our backpack and had music on the go. Very convenient to not have any wires connecting my phone and the speaker and my phone stayed in my pocket the entire time.

The outstanding sound quality even when turned up all the way was just part of the appeal of this powerful little speaker. The long battery life was a major selling point for us. It took us about three hours to fully charge the speaker and it lasted over eight hours. Not sure how many hours it would have lasted beyond that but we played it for over eight hours at a rather high volume while tailgating and the sound never got softer due to the battery running out.

After thoroughly testing the Rapoo A500 Bluetooth Portable NFC Speaker while tailgating and on a road trip, we are going to give it the tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp of approval. The sound quality, the battery life combined with the small size and big sound make it a great addition to any tailgating kit.

For more information on the Rapoo A500 Bluetooth Portable NFC Speaker, visit: Rapoo.com. To buy one for yourself, visit: Amazon.com.