Review: The Beoplay P2 speaker – Here’s power in your palm

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Go ahead and abuse the Beoplay P2 speaker – a good shake selects music tracks

A minuscule 140 millimetres tall and 276 grams, the Bluetooth-enabled P2 speaker from Beoplay is about as portable as they come.

It’s protected against splashes and dust and – oh yeah, the sound is great. Inclement weather isn’t a problem with the drivers sealed inside a casing of aluminium and polymer.

Adding to its mobility, the P2 will play music nonstop for up to 10 hours on a single battery charge. And, if left unused for 15 minutes, it will automatically switch to standby mode to save power.

Beoplay P2

There’s a USB Type-C port for recharging the battery, which takes about two hours for a full charge.

The Beoplay P2 happens to be quite cute in a choice of Black, Sandstone or Royal Blue. The smooth, round shape feels comfortable in the hand. The case is all premium crafted materials, including a pearl blasted anodised aluminium grill and durable polymer underneath.

The P2 can get amazingly loud with its Class D amplifier (woofer and tweeter) putting out 2×15 watts. You’re hearing Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound, rich and spacious and with good definition in the bass and drums. The new midwoofer driver has a frequency range of 68Hz to 21,000Hz.

The builtin microphone can be used for phone calls and voice commands.

There’s only one button, used to both switch on the speaker and pair it up with other Bluetooth devices. You get at the other functions by tapping and shaking.

You press and hold the power button for two seconds to prepare it for a Bluetooth connection with your smartphone.

You doubletap the speaker top to start and stop music and shake it horizontally to jump to the next track.

Using the Beoplay App on your phone, you can customise these tapping-shaking functions as well as the equaliser setting. Use the app too for pairing two P2 speakers for stereo listening.

To use the P2 as a speakerphone, press the power button or doubletap the top to accept incoming calls, and press and hold the button for two seconds or shake the P2 to reject or end a call.

In my test, I found the P2 reproduced music with good clarity in outstanding highs and midranges. The bass won’t knock you over, but there’s plenty of it.

The Beoplay P2 is available from RTB Technology for Bt7,890.

Beoplay P2 Key Specs

– Power amplifier: 2x15W Class D for woofer and tweeter

– Frequency range: 68Hz to 21,000Hz

– Connectivity: USBC for charging

– Bluetooth: 4.2, ADK 4.0

– Microphone: Electret type, omnidirectional, supports Apple Siri and Google Now voice commands

– Battery: Up to 10 hours playtime at moderate listening level, lithiumpolymer, rechargeable, 7,2V, 2200mAh, liion, charging time two hours

– Dimensions: 140x80x28mm

– Weight: 275 grams

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