When it comes to speakers, your choices are generally variations of a cube. They might be tall, short, stand vertically or horizontally, and they’re generally either black or wood effect. But what if there was a different way?
Enter the Gravastar Mars Pro, a robotic-looking Bluetooth speaker that has probably been sent back in time to wipe out boring-looking speakers.
I’ve been sent the tamest looking version, a nice friendly looking white design with 3 crab-like legs. A quick look on Amazon reveals a number of other designs, which means if you want a couple of these they don’t have to look the same.
In the Box
The sci-fi design extends to the packaging. The box I have is silver with black text and reminds me of 80s cartoon inspired, like Transformers and Mask. When you open the box you see a speaker logo cut into the packaging.
Remove that top section and you’ll find the speaker, manual, USB-C charging cable and a 3.5 aux to USB cable.
The speaker was heavier than I expected, which gave me a good feeling about the sound quality.
Build & Aesthetic
The range is certainly one of the most unique I’ve ever seen, with each looking more like a model robot than a speaker. The tripod design lends itself to being placed on a bookcase or bedside table, this thing looks great and shouldn’t be hidden away.
On the top is a touch control for volume and a set of buttons to control power, the LED lights and music playback.
On the base is a USB-C port for charging the internal battery. The battery doesn’t just power the speaker, but also a set of RGB lights dotted around the front, back and legs. You can cycle through different RGB lighting modes or even turn them off.
The legs have a slight fold in them, allowing you to make the speaker more compact for travel. Note that there isn’t a travel case included; if you planned on moving this around it’s a good idea to keep hold of the box.
Aside from the power and LED light controls you can use your mobile to control playback of music and volume levels.
For a compact portable speaker you get an excellent listening experiance.
Maximum volume easily fills a room and doesn’t sound distorted as some speakers are prone to do. Vocals are clear, and the bass is impressive for a portable speaker.
While a single speaker looks and sounds great, this does have a digital trick up its robotic legs. With Bluetooth 5.0 and True Wireless Stereo (TWS) on board you’ve the option of paring this with another Gravastar Mars Pro speaker for a stereo setup. I only had the one so couldn’t try adding a slave speaker.
With an impressive claim of 15hr battery life this is a good option if you want a wireless speaker that can be easily moved around. It looks just as good in the garden as it does on a bookshelf.