When it comes to gift ideas, gadgets that can be used on the go can be a big hit. The Eton Rugged Ruckus is just that. It gives great functionality to those on the go. While it is a portable
wireless speaker system, it is a charger as well.
• Aux-in for use with
• Red LED indicates
(16.3 x 15.1 x 4.6 cm)
Functionality was very good for the Eton Rugged Ruckus. It's primary design is as a wireless Bluetooth speaker, with two small speakers on the front of the device. It has a built-in 1500mah Lithium battery. The top of the device is made up entirely of solar panels. The rear of the device has usb, micro usb, and 3.5 mm jacks. To charge the Ruckus, you can always charge it through the usb port. But if you are out and around, you can charge it with the solar panels. It also has the standard 3.5 mm port. So while it works with Bluetooth, it will also work with standard mp3 players, or anything with a standard headphone jack output.
When it comes to performance, one of the greatest complements you can give is that it worked as it was supposed to. And that is exactly what the Eton Rugged Ruckus did. By using the top control panel, I was able to connect it to my cell phone via Bluetooth very easily. Volume control was easy. After I was done listening, I plugged in my cellphone and charged it. The Ruckus did not play really loud, but for a small device, I wasn't expecting more than it did. It played much louder than my cellphone, that's for sure! Sound quality was sufficiently good as well. Bass had some depth to it, and vocals sounded clear, natural, and smooth.
Bluetooth performance was more hit than miss. Sometimes being able to go up to 30 feet with multiple walls between me and the Rugged Ruckus. While worse case scenario was just under 25 feet, that is still on par for portable Bluetooth devices. So I would say that Bluetooth performance was also very good.