If you get a speaker that sounds great, you’re probably pleased. But if you get a speaker that sounds great, acts as a stand for your phone or tablet, connects to any Bluetooth device, and can help you make hands-free phone calls, you’re definitely pleased.
That’s right, if you’re looking for:
- a Bluetooth speaker
- a stand for your mobile device and/or
- a hands-free Bluetooth device for your phone
check out the Gum Rock Bluetooth Portable Suction Speaker Stand that will give you all three. This three-in-one speaker packs a lot of features into one small package at a very reasonable price.
I was sent the Gum Rock in green to test for possible review by Mobile Fun.
This speaker connects to your cell phone, tablet, computer, TV or any other Bluetooth-enabled device to play sound. You don’t need to worry about which connector your device uses, so long as it has Bluetooth, you can connect it to the Gum Rock.
Connecting the speaker is simple, without the need for a password. Open the small door on the side of the speaker and flip the switch on.
You’ll see a blue LED light flash from the bottom of the phone (unless you get the black model which doesn’t display the light), indicating the speaker is ready to pair via Bluetooth. Go to Settings on your device and choose Bluetooth, then find the speaker (mine was labeled MSC-BT01) and choose Pair.
The range of the speaker is stated as 35 feet but if you have any obstructions, such as a wall, the distance will be less.
The speaker has a suction cup at the bottom so you can attach it to any flat surface such as a window, mirror, wall, desktop, or, as another reviewer pointed out, your forehead. Be careful if you do this while jogging!
The Gum Rock is covered in a silicone material that is splash-resistant, though the inside of the speaker is not waterproof so don’t dunk it in the bathtub. But you can attach this speaker to your bathroom mirror and enjoy your tunes in the shower.
The speaker has play/pause, fast-forward and rewind buttons so you can control your sound from the speaker. The buttons have raised dots, similar to Braille, so you can use the buttons without having to look at the speaker.
The Gum Rock is lightweight at 3.17oz/90g and small enough to carry around in your purse so you can have it with you in the car and at home.
The speaker comes with a USB charge cord and a micro USB connector so you can charge it from your computer or from a USB wall outlet. The battery charges in about 2 hours and has a music playback time of 5-7 hours at 70% volume.
Check out this video from Mobile Fun showing the Gum Rock in action:
Bluetooth Hands-Free Calling
The Gum Rock has a microphone so you can use it as a hands-free device for your phone calls. You can answer and hang up calls by pressing the Play button so you don’t have to dig your phone out of your purse or pocket when you get a call.
The hole for the microphone is small so be sure to point the microphone towards you when making a phone call. My test of the Gum Rock found that callers could hear me best when the microphone hole was aimed in my direction.
The speaker also functions as a stand so you can attach it to the back of your tablet or phone to prop it up at any angle. You can use the Gum Rock to support your device in either landscape or portrait mode.
The speaker is only 1.6in/40mm in size but has a rich sound for such a small speaker. There’s only one speaker so you can’t get true stereo sound, but the quality of the sound was better than expected for a speaker of this size. I tested the speaker with a variety of genres of music, audiobooks, podcasts, and apps such as YouTube, iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify. The sound was rich and clear and only crackled when I wandered out of Bluetooth range.
The Gum Rock Bluetooth Portable Suction Speaker Stand is available from Mobile Fun, currently on sale for $22.99, marked down from $26.99, in your choice of:
Do you like the versatility of the Gum Rock Speaker Stand? Have you been looking for an inexpensive way to get a Bluetooth hands-free device in your car? Which color Gum Rock do you like best? Let us know in the Comments section below!