The Specifics

Who: Philips.

The product: Philips BT7900.

What comes in the packaging: A BT7900B speaker, USB charging cable, and a quick start guide.

What are they selling us: "Best in-class Bluetooth connection up to 30m and intuitive charging options means the music never stops with the Philips BT7900. Durability is ensured via its shockproof, dustproof and waterproof IP57 rating and high performance DuraFit fabric, while the big sound is delivered by its twin front-firing neodymium speakers and Digital Sound processing for lifelike, distortion-free music. A 100-hour Bluetooth power standby time and built-in microphone for hands-free phone calls complete the BT7900, the speaker that really is never out of reach.".

Things We Liked

From high-end luxury to bottom of the basement basics, the Bluetooth market is as crowded as Tottenham Court Rd at rush hour. In fact, when it comes to Bluetooth speakers, we reached a point of peak "reinventing the wheel" a few years back, which means reviewing them becomes quite a chore. We've gone from "oh boy, the sound isn't great BUT I CAN USE IT ON A BEACH WITHOUT PLUGGING IT IN!!" to "the battery life is only 200 hours, which sucks, I could really do with 300 hours" and "the play button is about 2mm too long, what a shame". Thankfully, Philips have managed to make a speaker that actually stands out.

The design is pretty cool - despite playing it safe - but the best play here is the bass. It booms and booms and booms, and still manages to escape any sort of distortion, which is rare. Perhaps a bigger point though is that it doesn't overshadow the rest of the soundstage. So many speakers boasting this kind of bass level do so at the expense of everything else, yet with the BT7900 we get plenty of highs and a nice warm middle too.

Add the impressive sound to the fact that it's waterproof, has a 10-hour battery life, and features a solid 30m range, and you've got yourself a pretty solid speaker.

Things We Didn't Like

As I mentioned in the above paragraph, the EverPlay BT7900 speaker is waterproof (IP57 rated). It's also shockproof and dustproof, yet I'm not sure how much of a beating it could really take. It's certainly strong enough to handle the stresses of daily life, but when compared to speakers at a similar price point, we'd expect a little more.

Is It Worth The Money?

At £89.99, the Philips EverPlay BT7900 speaker feels right in the pocket. It does everything a Bluetooth speaker in 2018 should do - allowing it to stand tall amongst its peers.

You can purchase a Philips BT7900 speaker by heading here. It retails for £89.99.