MUSIC IN YOUR CUP HOLDER

Speecup“SpeeCup” looks like a thermos bottle, but it’s a speaker. It can sit in your car’s cup holder and pick up Bluetooth music broadcasts from your iPhone, iPod Touch or Android phone. The maximum volume on this is loud enough to hear outside the car, and we thought the quality was decent too. True, a Beatle’s tune sounded a bit tinny but the classical hits and Elvis Presley songs sounded great.

“But why not just use the car radio?” Bob asked. Well, because the radio doesn’t always play what you want, Joy pointed out. In iTunes, we have a whole list of songs ready to transmit wirelessly through the SpeeCup. We can also listen to audio books or lectures. And the cup works with Siri, the voice assistant that lets you command your iPhone. The same holds true for S-Voice, the Android version. Carry the cup from car to office to continue listening where you left off, and use it for hands-free phone calling. The battery is good for 20 hours. Don’t pour coffee in it.

We tried it out in our office and in our minivan cup-holder. Both worked great. Though it works wirelessly, you can also connect it by wire to your car’s audio system or home stereo if you prefer.

We tapped “Music” on the iPod Touch and our list of songs started playing. The SpeeCup’s forward and back button let us skip songs we didn’t want to listen to. Tapping the top of the cup turns off the music. A small motion — as if you’re screwing or unscrewing the lid — adjusts the volume. We listened to music from services like Spotify and Pandora as well as our play-list. The design is nice and the controls easy to handle; we have no complaints. SpeeCup is $130 from SpeeCup.com.

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