Compact portable wireless speakers are constantly growing in numbers and it is just not that easy which one to choose among them. There are many of them being the talk of the town right now and these include the Sony SRSX5 Portable NFC Bluetooth Wireless Speaker System, Bowers & Wilkins T7, SoundPal Cube F1 5 Watt Bluetooth Speaker, Jawbone Mini Jambox, and the Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II among others.

What if you prefer a portable wireless speaker that is not just based on portable compact design but also on a decent sound quality and most especially on an affordable price? Is there something like that? Of course there is! One portable wireless speaker that has these qualifications is the Philips BT3500B-37 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker.

Philips BT3500B-37 Bluetooth Speaker
The Philips BT3500B-37 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker features a compact and slim design, in addition to a decent sound quality, NFC and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, speakerphone capability, and affordable price of $55.69 only. Aside from that, this portable speaker is the larger version of the Philips BT2500B/37 Compact Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker which we have reviewed recently as well.

To know more about the Philips BT3500B-37 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker , read its full review below.

Philips BT3500B/37 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Performance

In terms of sound, the Philips BT3500B-37 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker is one among others that we really favor the most. Like its little version, this portable wireless speaker delivers a decent sound quality for its compact, slim design.

Testing out the Philips BT3500B-37 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker , we observed to have a much fuller, crisper, cleaner sound compared from the Philips BT2500B/37 Compact Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker.

Aside from that, this Philips speaker is louder, meaning it has a much louder size for its size. Distortions are minimal here especially if the volume is increased to its maximum level so only play your favorite music at a volume of up to 70% only to get the best sound performance for it. As for the bass output, we suggest you do not expect much from it. Knowing that the Philips BT3500B-37 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker has a compact, slim design, the bass quality of it has not that much of a punch.

The Philips BT3500B-37 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker has a built-in Lithium ion battery that powers it up for up to 5 hours. Notice that its battery life is similar to that of its smaller version. For the Philips BT3500B-37 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker , we expected an improved battery life of up to 8 hours, but definitely it is not. You can recharge this portable wireless speaker via micro-USB.

Philips BT3500B/37 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Design

The design of the Philips BT3500B-37 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker is also similar to the Philips BT2500/37 Compact Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker, only is that the BT3500B-37 is larger in size.

With a size of 7.9 x 1.4 x 4 inches and weight of 11.2 ounces, the Philips BT3500B-37 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker is still very portable. It has a slim design that makes it easy to fit in our bags, and even to your palm. The Philips BT3500B-37 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speakeris best used if laid flat, but you can also position it vertically or in an angular manner with the use of its built-in kickstand found on its back.

In front of this portable speaker is where the speaker grille as well as the Philips logo can be seen. Placed on its upper side is the slider switch for the power off/Bluetooth/audio in, button for Bluetooth pairing and speakerphone, and the portion for NFC tap-to-pair.

While on its left side is where the ports for the micro-USB charging and 3.5mm aux/audio input are placed. Also, like its smaller brother, the Philips BT3500B-37 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker has the aluminum knob for easier volume adjistments.

Philips BT3500B/37 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Connectivity

There are three connectivity options available with the Philips BT3500B-37 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker : Bluetooth, NFC, Aux input. Testing the connectivity feature of this portable wireless speaker was very convenient.

Bluetooth pairing was fast and easy as well as the NFC connection to have the feature of “tap-to-pair”. Meanwhile, if you prefer using it with a wired connection, you can just instantly use its 3.5mm aux/audio input.

Lastly, the Philips BT3500B-37 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker also features a speakerphone capability for a wireless, hands-free phone call. The qualities of sound on both ends were decent too as long as you stay close to the microphone and keep the volume at average levels.

Summary

PROS CONS
Decent sound quality for its compact, slim design Minimal distortions at maximum volume level
NFC connectivity Bass is not that powerful
Speakerphone capability 5-hour battery life
Affordable  
At an affordable price of $55.69, the Philips BT3500B-37 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker packs some good features. It has a decent sound quality considering its compact, slim design, NFC connectivity that is a really useful feature for many devices at present, and a speakerphone capability that other compact portable wireless speakers still don’t have.