4W Product Review: Monster SuperStar Hotshot Portable Bluetooth Speaker
What is it?
The Monster SuperStar Hotshot is a portable Bluetooth speaker that provides Monster's signature sound in a portable package for less than $100.
What does it do?
The Monster SuperStar Hotshot provides portable Monster sound with NFC Tap 2 Pair coupled with an 8-hour battery life. The SuperStar Hotshot also pulls double-duty as a speakerphone and includes a carabiner to toss the speaker onto a backpack. Users looking to not drain their phone battery via Bluetooth can also connect to the speaker via a 3.5 mm jack.
What's wrong with it?
While the price point and Monster-quality sound are impressive, I would have liked to see the speaker be waterproof. If you are pitching this as a portable speaker to take to the beach, picnics, or poolside, making it waterproof should have been a no-brainer, especially when so many competitors are making their portable speakers waterproof.
Why do you/don't you need it?
The attractive price point makes this a solid pickup for anyone looking for a portable speaker to use in a small room or office. The sound quality is as good as can be expected from a speaker this size and the quality sound Monster is known for is definitely there. However, I wouldn't recommend cranking up the bass on your music as a speaker this small will not do it justice.
Charging the SuperStar Hotshot is easy with the included Micro USB cable that can charge the speaker via a PC or portable battery pack within 90 minutes to two hours.
Monster never disappoints when it comes to their devices, although some see them as being extremely overpriced. The SuperStar Hotshot speaker has a $69.99 MSRP but can be found for about $50 at most big box stores putting right in the mix with other competitors. Sound quality, long battery life, and portability make this a solid recommendation, but those looking for something waterproof unfortunately will need to look elsewhere or opt for the more expensive Superstar BackFloat which is a shame since the SuperStar Hotshot screams “take me to a pool or a beach”. Let's hope a future incarnation takes that into consideration.
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