ZENS Qi Wireless Portable Speaker review: big sound, small box (Video)

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So you’re looking for a set of speakers a little beefier than what your smartphone’s packing out of the box. We’ve been down this road before, most notably with our unboxing of the monstrous JBL PowerUp dock that we bought to match our Nokia Lumia 920 back in 2012. But such big sound often requires big equipment: the PowerUp is a monster. And if you go for a smaller solution, you’re often left dealing either with tangled-up cables or a speaker with a battery so small that it dies within a few hours. Truly, these are trying times for mobile audio (unless you own a phone with BoomSound, that is – but that’s another conversation entirely).

With its portable, self-powered Wireless Charging Speaker, accessory maker ZENS looks to change the game – at least for those with Qi-compatible smartphones. The new device is a compact, relatively lightweight accessory with a 4500 mAh battery pack and a pair of beefy speakers … and no wires to speak of. That, plus its 8-hour-plus uptime, makes it worth a look to owners of Qi-enabled devices like the Nokia Lumia Icon or HTC’s Droid DNA. But is $99 asking too much for this futuristic blend of amplitude and convenience? Watch the video review below to find out!

(ZENS Qi Wireless Portable Speaker demo unit provided courtesy of ZENS and available for purchase at makezens.com)

Itching for more futuristic wireless charging hotness? Check out our rundown of everything you need to know about the technology, our quick review of the TYLT Vu Qi charging dock, and our forthcoming reviews of two more Qi-powered ZENS products, coming later this week!

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Michael Fisher
Michael Fisher has followed the world of mobile technology for over ten years as hobbyist, retailer, and reviewer. A lengthy stint as a Sprint Nextel employee and a long-time devotion to webOS have cemented his love for the underdog platforms of the world. In addition to serving as Pocketnow's Reviews Editor, Michael is a stage, screen, and voice actor, as well as co-founder of a profitable YouTube-based business. He lives in Boston, MA.Read more about Michael Fisher!