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Beats PILL

Beats PILL
alaScore 95

937 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 937 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the reliability and design are overall positive. The size and usability also get good opinions, whereas there are some mixed views about the value for money.

usability, size, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other iPod Docking Speakers the Beats PILL is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Beats PILL


alaTest has collected and analysed 18 user reviews of Beats PILL from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other iPod Docking Speakers on

value for money, size, usability, design, reliability

78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Beats By Dr.Dre Pill Bluetooth Wireless Speaker - WhiteBeats by Dr. Dre Pill Bluetooth Wireless Speaker - Red

Consumer review by: review summary for Beats PILL


alaTest has collected and analyzed 631 user reviews of Beats PILL from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other iPod Docking Speakers on

usability, size, value for money, design, reliability

77% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Beats by Dr. Dre Pill - White (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Beats by Dr. Dre Pill Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (Red)Beats Pill Portable Speaker (Black) - NEW

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Beats Pill XL


Dr. Dre's Beats Pill XL delivers thumping, powerful Bluetooth audio in a portable design intended for bass lovers on-the-go.

Intense bass response. Powerful audio performance. Portable. Aux inputs and outputs for versatile playback options. Built-in speakerphone. Can charge external devices

Minor distortion on seriously deep bass at top volumes. A bit overpriced

Like all things Beats, the Pill XL is a bass-heavy affair (so purists can stop reading now). Also like most products in Dr. Dre's audio gear lineup, it's well-designed. At $299.95, the Pill XL isn't an inexpensive portable Bluetooth speaker, and is...


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Beats Pill XL review


The Beats by Dre brand is edgy, glamorous, eye-catching, and undeniably, extremely popular. It is also polarizing. Among the audio enthusiast community, Beats has taken … well, a beating. I've read or heard Beats' products called everything from “a...

Lots of thoughtful features ; Clever design ; Long-lasting battery ; Huge sound, lots of bass ; Clean, controlled treble a refreshing change

Bass can be overwhelming at close range ; Bass can have a “one note” effect at times ; Mids/vocals a little recessed

The Beats Pill XL punches well above its price class, sounding bigger and badder than much of its like-priced competition.

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Is There a Doctor in the House?


This portable, 12-watt Bluetooth unit gets surprisingly loud. Unfortunately, while volume was never an issue, bass response was.

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Beats by Dr. Dre Pill


With its whimsical design, room-filling audio and serious Bluetooth range, the Beats by Dr. Dre Pill is just the prescription for fashionable music lovers.

Fun colorful design; NFC compatible; Good audio quality; Impressive Bluetooth range

Lacks buttons for changing tracks; No Voice CommandCall Announce; Speakerphone suffers from latency

Click to EnlargeAudiophiles might turn up their noses at the Pill, but the speaker delivers impressive sound quality for such a relatively small package. For the same $199 price tag, consumers can pick up the Monster ClarityHD Micro Bluetooth speaker,...

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Beats By Dre Pill


It seems as if everyone is making portable Bluetooth speakers these days, so it makes sense a big company like Beats by Dre doesn't want to be left out. Last year saw the Beatbox Portable, which wasn't particularly portable, and consumed batteries like...

Sleek design. Works well as a speakerphone

Distorts heavily at high volumes

The Beats By Dre Pill is a sleek, portable Bluetooth speaker that can't handle the bass it tries to output.

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Beats Pill ( white)


In recent months I've reviewed several compact, portable Bluetooth speakers and the list of Jawbone Jambox competitors just keeps growing. One of the higher-profile entries in the field is the $199 Beats by Dr. Dre Pill, which, needless to say, looks...

The Beats by Dr. Dre Pill is a portable Bluetooth speaker with striking design, good sound and volume for its size, decent battery life, and speakerphone capabilities. It has tap-to-pair capabilities for NFC-enabled smartphones phones, Apt-X...

The Pill is somewhat pricey, and Apple iOS 6 users may encounter an unacceptable amount of Bluetooth hiccuping. The speaker doesn't acquit itself terribly well with big bass tracks from artists like Dr. Dre.

The Beats Pill outperforms the Jawbone Jambox and has a couple of intriguing extra features, but the speaker is overpriced at $199.

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Beats Pill XL Review: The Doctor Delivers a Bigger Dosage of Sound


If you thought the Beats Pill was good, but perhaps not big enough on sound, here comes the Beats Pill XL. The Beats Pill XL delivers an extra dosage of power in a significantly larger body, but still maintains its original pill inspired shape, while...

Once again – the pill capsule design is back and looks even better larger. NFC support. 15 hour battery life. Convenient carrying handle. You can charge your devices from the Beats Pill XL. Sound fills a room well. Great sonics with strong mids and...

Takes several hours to warm up the speaker drivers. Only one color available so far

I wasn’t sure what to expect with the Beats Pill XL, as much as I thought the Beats Pill was adorable, how was the Beats Pill XL going to wedge its way in between the smaller Pill and the Beatbox Portable? Well the Beats Pill XL has managed to wrestle...

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4 Bluetooth speakers: Mono colors with stereo sound


Today's smartphones and tablets still have less-than-stellar speakers. Try one of these for a better audio experience.

Although it's got a fun and innovative form factor, the Carbon Audio Zooka simply didn't have the audio chops to compete with the other three devices in this roundup. The sound from its two speakers was adequate, but not nearly as clear or deep as the...

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Beats by Dr. Dre Pill review


The Beats Pill is compact and well designed, but lacks bass and distorts at high volume levels

Stylish, compact design ; Decent sound at moderate volumes ; Included, zippered carry case

Distortion at high volume levels ; Lack of bass ; Overpriced

The Beats Pill is a compact, well designed and easy to use portable Bluetooth speaker. However, it lacks bass, distorts at high volume levels and is overpriced. Spend your money elsewhere.

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Beats Pill portable speaker review


Beats is renowned for bringing the bass. The company's latest portable speaker, known as the Beats Pill because of its pill-shaped design, is a change of tack for the company in many respects. With four, 1-inch speakers arranged under its casing with...

Plenty of volume, NFC, Bluetooth, carry case, quirky design, on-device volume controls

Lacks bass, some distortion issues (volume, battery life and track dependent) pricey, battery doesn't last as long as we'd like

It's odd for a Beats product to not lay down the bass, which is exactly the frequency that the Pill most lacks. That ,coupled with the £170 asking price, makes this Pill hard to swallow. Volume, connectivity and design all get the thumbs up however.

Product Specifications


AirPlay: No
DTS Decoder: No
Real Dolby: No
Remote Control: No
Subwoofer: No


Audio Line-In Interface: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Signal Input:Digital
TYPE OF DOCKING:Wireless Pairing

Energy Information

Battery Powered: Yes

General Features

Construction:Single Case Speaker System
Signal Connection:Wireless + Wired
Speaker Type:Active