Pill + Lets You Share Sound Quality You Expect From Beats Headphones With Friends

In time for your Cyber Monday shopping, Beats has released its first portable speaker since Apple acquired the company — the Pill + wireless bluetooth speaker.

Right down to the packaging, Apple’s influence on the product’s sophisticated design shines through. Opening the Pill + is a lot like unwrapping an Apple laptop or phone. Rather than the flashy colors we’ve come to expect from the Beats line, the Pill + only comes in white and black.

Even the buttons on the speaker remind me of an iPhone. There are just four — a home button, a power button and two volume buttons.

But in addition to the sophisticated design we’ve come to expect from Apple, the Pill + brings the sound quality I know and love from Beats. I wear my white Beats headphones whenever I’m working, but until now, I’ve been disappointed by the company’s speaker offerings. The Pill + allows you to share the sound quality you get over your ears with the whole party.

Over the week I spent with the Pill +, I had the opportunity to test everything from cry-worthy Adele tracks to up-beat Christmas carols. The quality seemed great whether it was hip hop or alternative rock, but there was a noticeable improvement when I switched from my Spotify account to Apple Music.

Operating the Pill + from your phone is very seamless. You simply connect through the Beats Pill + app via Bluetooth. The app sports a DJ feature that makes it easy for friends to also play songs.

My only complaint with the Pill + as a portable speaker is that it’s a bit heavier than some other models I’ve tried. At 1.5 pounds, it’s not something I would want to carry with me all day. However for its size, it’s sound is powerful.

If you’re looking for a great gadget for your holiday wish list, the Pill + could be for you. It retails for $220.