Gear4 Angry Bird Speaker
Remote; hard plastic build quality; iPod dock
Limiting power cord; not portable
The Angry Birds craze has taken over much of the globe, and while many of us are content to fling angry birds at green pigs in the iOS game, there are accessories for those who want to take their obsession to the next level.
If you don’t have the money or the time to fly to Finland to visit the Angry Birds theme park, you could wake up every morning to an Angry Birds bedside speaker from UK audio brand Gear4.
We tested the Green Helmet Pig – one of three speakers in the range – which has an in-built iPod dock that charges your iPhone or iPod while providing a reasonable, room-filling sound.
The audio is not perfect, however. It has a hollowness that would suit a child’s bedroom rather than a loungeroom. Bass, volume and power are controllable from the speakers and, for those without an Apple device, an auxiliary input port is available.
The hard-plastic device measures approximately 20cm squared, so it will sit well on any desk or bedside table without the fear of damage, or neatly tuck away in the corner of a room.
Accompanying the speaker is a lightweight remote control, letting you skip and pause your music. You can also mute, alter the volume, shuffle and repeat your music. The remote does feel a little flimsy however.
The speakers are not for portable use; they are small in stature but without an inbuilt battery and only sporting a metre-long power cable, the speakers are restricted in their location.
Gear 4 has developed two other speakers in the Angry Birds range, with speaker systems shaped as the Red Bird ($119) and the Black Bird ($149). The Red and Black Bird speakers come with a separate iPhone/ iPad/iPod dock which connects to the speakers via an auxiliary cable. The Black Bird speaker dock provides iPad charging.
For the price, the speakers are acceptable for the children’s bedroom, not the rest of the house. They are quite quirky to look at and will be loved by Angry Birds fans, but won’t suit the majority.