Review of Satechi Audio Move SD Portable MP3 Player Stereo Speaker System

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When is a pair of speakers not just a pair of speakers? When it’s the Audio Move SD from Satechi! Today for review I have the Audio Move SD which is a small portable speaker unit that can be used with anything that has a standard audio jack. It works very well as a speaker, but that’s not all it is as it’s an MP3 player too. Yes you can use the Audio Move SD as a stand alone MP3 player, just put your music on a microSD card and then insert it into the Audio Move SD and just hit play. So read on for a quick review of an interesting little gadget…

The box features a see through window to show you the Audio Move SD, and of course there’s the specs and features listed there.

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Inside the box you’ll find a cardboard backing with plastic casing holding the Move along with UBS and audio cables. There’s also a user manual in the box.

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The cables are USB for charging and a double ended audio cable.

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The Move is small with dimensions of 5-1/8" x 1-1/8" x 2-5/16". It’s primarily plastic with a black metal screen covering the speakers. For its size it feels fairly heavy and well made.

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On the top are the controls for play/pause, forward and backward, volume up and down and random and repeat.

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On the front edge you’ll see the Satechi logo and under that is the microSD slot.

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On the back side you’ll find the USB and audio ports. The USB is for charging and the audio is of course for audio…

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On the bottom you’ll see two black pads, these are non-slip to make sure the Audio Move SD stays in place.

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On the bottom you’ll also see the the on/off switch.

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Specifications:

Satechi Audio Move SD Portable MP3 Player Stereo Speaker System for Tablets, SmartPhones, MP3 Players and Netbooks

Lightweight and small enough to fit in your pocket, yet powerful enough to fill a room with sound, the Satechi Audio Move SD provides superb stereo sound from 2 integrated stereo speakers. Audio Move SD will work with just about any digital player from a iPads to Android Phones via the 3.5mm connector. And with the addition of a 32GB micro SDHC card, you’ll never have to worry about playing the same track twice. You can store up to approximately 600 albums. The speaker is powered by an internal rechargeable battery and can deliver up to 17 hours via microSD/microSDHC card slot; 24 hours via Line-In of playtime per charge. It can be recharged via computer USB or a 5V USB power adapter using a plug. Entertain your friends by sharing your music with these handy, powerful and compact speakers. Take them anywhere to play your songs through your microSD Card or MP3 player.

Features:
- Compact, lightweight, stereo speaker
- Sleek, stylish, ergonomic design
- Plays audio from Micro SD / SDHC reader or MP3 player
- Playback controls: play/pause, next/previous track, volume up/down, repeat/shuffle
- Rechargeable lithium polymer battery

Specs:
SKU: B006GHCJMI
UPC: 879961002381
Warranty: 1 Year
Connectivity: USB
Compatibility: 3.5mm input; Micro SD Card
Product Dimensions: 5-1/8" x 1-1/8" x 2-5/16"
Product Weight: ~4.7oz

Price: $29.99


The first thing you’ll need to do is charge the Audio Move which takes about four hours the first time. That’s not bad considering it’s over UBS which is normally rather slow. On the charge you can get approximately 17 hours of play time as an MP3 player and about 24 hours play time using it as an external speaker.

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For testing I used the Audio Move SD with my HTC Titan, ZuneHD and my PS Vita. Using it as an external speaker is easy, just plug and play basically. You can of course use it with anything that has a standard audio connection, but I just grabbed a few things I had on my desk for testing.

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The sound quality for all of them was decent really.  Thee is a slight distortion at high volumes, but that’s to be expected with most any speakers really.

The sound if nice and full and I was actually surprised by how good it sounded. There not full range speakers, but the sound quality is decent.

The Audio Move SD can get very loud considering how small it is.

As you know it can be used as an MP3 player and using it that way is interesting. Personally I don’t like the lack of any sort of display on it. Navigation is done basically just by forwarding to the next song. If you’ve got a 100 or so songs on the microSD card that can be a tedious process getting to the next song for sure.

There’s really not much more to say about the Audio Move SD, it’s an MP3 player and it’s a portable speaker and it just works.


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Conclusion:
The Satechi Audio Move SD is a unique little product that can be very useful for taking your music with you. The Audio Move SD does double duty in that it’s an MP3 player and it’s a mini portable speaker for your gadgets.
The sound quality from the Audio Move SD is actually decent and so is the battery life.

It’s a great little product that could be made better if it had a display, but as is it has a low price and adding a display would raise the price.

9

 

Pros:
+Decent sound
+Simple to use
+Speaker and MP3 player combo
+Looks good and well made
+Uses rechargeable batteries
+Small and portable

Cons:
-No display
-Doesn’t include a case
-Can get distorted at high volumes

Grades:  
Overall score-9-10
Design score-9-10
Performance score-9-10

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