The Z515 is compatible with Windows or Mac computers and it has a USB transmitter that sends the tunes wirelessly to the speaker. The speaker also supports Bluetooth for playback directly from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod. Inside the portable speaker chassis are a pair of 2-inch drivers and a rechargeable battery for use on the go. The Z515 sells for $99.99.
The Z515 is a small and very portable speaker that has a 3.5mm input on the side for directly connecting computers or music players that lack wireless connectivity. Setting the Z515 is as easy as pulling it from the box and turning the power on then plugging in the USB transmitter. The internal battery promises ten hours of playback per charge and it can continue to play when plugged into the wall with the included AC adapter.
Logitech promises a 50-foot wireless range for music and in testing that was accurate. You can stream your music from a PC in the bedroom to the kitchen if close enough without any issues. The music streams without static, popping, or lag and sounds decent.
The sound quality isn’t the best I have heard, but it's passable. The dual 2-inch drives are small so you can’t expect deep bass. The bass is better than some portable speakers I have tried lately, but the deep notes in my Ludacris "How Low" test track are just not there. If you prefer music that isn’t bass heavy this will be less of an issue for you.
Streaming music from your laptop or desktop requires the wireless transmitter to be plugged into a USB port. If you computer or phone supports Bluetooth you can stream music to the Z515 directly over Bluetooth. Bluetooth streaming sounds just as good as playback with the USB adapter or when connecting the player via the 3.5mm input on the side.
On the back of the Z515 is a trap door that acts as a stand when you are using the speaker and a cover for the recessed area the USB adapter sits in when not in use. Volume and power controls are located on the back of the speaker where you can easily reach them. The Z515 also has a soft fabric carry case that will help keep it from being scratched up if you travel with the speaker a lot.
The Z515 is a nice portable speaker that users looking for heavy bass might want to reconsider. For other music fans just looking for a speaker with no wires, the Z515 will do the job well.
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