The KitSound Pocket Hive is a really nice looking portable Bluetooth speaker. It’s smaller than you’d think looking at the photos, standing approximately 8cm tall, and unlike the typical cylindrical or rectangular design adopted by manufacturers the world over KitSound have opted for a hexagonal shape.
The KitSound Pocket Hive has a really nice matt finish, one that is rather strokable and gives this pocket boom box a premium feel.
You charge via USB, and next to the charging slot are 2 x 3.5 sockets, one acts as a line in (e.g. for use with MP3 players that don’t have Bluetooth) the other acts as a line out, something not especially common on portable speakers. The line out gives you the option to plug a second speaker into the first, for example a second Pocket Hive.
Pairing with a mobile is made really easy with the inclusion of NFC, just tap your phone on the NFC tag and it asks if you want to pair with the speaker. If you don’t have an NFC enabled phone you pair via the traditional Bluetooth settings menu.
For something so small the sound quality is very good. It easily fills the room without distorting, there wasn’t any lag when watching YouTube videos and for something so tiny it’s got a decent bit of bass.
On the bottom of the Pocket Hive is a pad that vibrates the surface the Pocket Hive is placed on adding an additional kick to the bass. The speaker sounds great even without this additional kick, and while not an amazing bass it’s great for something so tiny.
The small size makes this great for travelling around with and you get a travel bag included. It’s nice to see a quality bag has been bundled in rather than just a cloth bag, and it has a compartment at the top if you want to store the charging cable.
KitSound have done a great job with the Pocket Hive, it’s the right design with the right sound quality at the right price.
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