Details: Being music lovers and always on the run, the Tego Audio Team grew increasingly frustrated with the lack of mini portable speakers that met their standard of quality, sound, and style. They searched all the major retail stores and websites, and were amazed no one carried such a product. They thought, if we’re looking for this, there must be other music fans looking as well. The Tego Audio Team decided if they can’t find it, they will create it….and that’s when Tego Audio was born.
CERA Product Specs:
- Powerful Wireless Portable Speaker with Version 3.0 Bluetooth® Technology for a faster connection with better sound quality
- Compatible with iPad®, iPod®, iPhone®, MP3, MP4, Laptop, PC and most Bluetooth® enabled devices
- Voice notifications when CERA is on, in pairing mode, and pairing complete
- Simple pairing with most Bluetooth® enabled devices
- Stream audio from your Bluetooth® enabled device from approx. 33ft (10m) away
- Plugs into any non Bluetooth® enabled device with supplied 3.5mm (1/8) headphone jack as well
- New Daisy Chain function allows an infinite number of CERA’s to play at the same time
- Illuminated Touch Control Panel
- 360° Expanding Sound Chamber illuminated with blue lighting
- Internal Lithium Ion Battery recharges over USB
- Up to 5-7 hours playtime on a full charge (approx. 2-3 hours to fully charge)
- 1 Year Limited Warranty
Personal Experience: I was given a red CERA speaker for the purpose of this review. It arrived in a compact and sleek package that showed an attention to detail. An outer sleeve slides off to reveal a drawer-like package. The CERA speaker is nestled within the package. The accessories were neatly tucked in below the speaker. It was all very neatly done and would make a great presentation for gifting.
The design of the CERA is very sleek, as well. It is globe-shaped and fits in the palm of your hand. Pressing on the top causes it to open up and power on. There is a voice prompt to let you know when it comes on. (Another tells you when your device is pairing/ paired with Bluetooth.) A bright blue light adds a futuristic touch. Basic controls on the top (play, stop, next, and last) also light up in the same blue. When you are at the highest or lowest volume level, a little chime sound plays to let you know. The bottom has a rubberized finish, so it will stay put even on smooth surfaces. There are also ports for charging and connecting multiple speakers.
Maybe it’s the geek in me, but I love the sound of it powering on…
The section on my speaker that moves upward appears to be slightly off-kilter. (You can see it in the photo above.) It didn’t appear to affect the upward movement and did not look misaligned when raised, so this seems like a minor issue. Without another speaker to compare it to, I don’t know if this is normal.
The CERA Wireless Bluetooth Speaker includes several accessories. There is a charging cable, a “daisy chain” cable, and an audio cable for non-Bluetooth devices. I like that the speaker is rechargeable and it connects easily to the computer to do this. I also have a charging station for my cell phone and Kindle that allows you to plug USB cables directly into it. I was able to use this to charge the CERA as well.
The CERA paired easily with my Android phone and I’ve been using it to blast holiday tunes throughout the house. I even brought it along outdoors when we were hanging our lights. I have to say… I am quite impressed with how much sound comes from this little speaker! It packs quite a punch for something that you could easily tuck in your purse, backpack, or luggage. I am looking forward to taking it out for backyard BBQs.
It did get a bit of a tinny sound when I got to the last few increments in the volume increases. It was most noticeable in MP3s I had ripped from my CDs and least noticeable when playing streaming music. For everyday use, the volume would never be used at that level, so it was a very minor issue for me.
I have also used it as a wired speaker on my Kindle and laptop. It worked just as well wired as it did wireless. It wasn’t until using the CERA with my Kindle that I truly realized just how much room the Kindle’s speakers have for improvement.
The speakers can be daisy chained to each other and played simultaneously. You can connect an infinite number of speakers together to get bigger sound. I didn’t have an opportunity to test this out, because I only received one speaker, but I can imagine… with all the power in one speaker, several connected together sounds like a reason for a party! 😉
The CERA Wireless Bluetooth Speaker sells for $89.99 individually or $199.99 as a 3-pack. It would make a great gift for the tech-savvy people on your list, but is easy enough to use that even the “noobs” on your list can appreciate it!
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Pros: Sleek, compact design with powerful sound. Wireless and wired options available. Rechargeable. Can be connected for bigger sound.
Cons: A bit rough on the wallet, but you get what you pay for. Possible construction issue, but it doesn’t appear to affect playback.