Ever feel bored of just listening to music from your speaker, headphones or laptop, and craving something more? There are actually so many unusual ways to play your tunes that you may never have even thought of, like a pillow and a light bulb. Yes, an actual light bulb.
We took a look at five ways to listen to music that you may never have heard of to show you how affective they are in action, and whether they’re actually necessary, or just a novelty.
1) Stelle Audio Mini-Clutch Speaker
When I first heard about the Stelle Audio Mini-Clutch Speaker, I was very excited. A clutch bag that’s also a Bluetooth speaker? What more could a girl ask for? It just sounded like the best idea ever; an amalgamation of two of the best things. But then I started to think; when would one actually be in need of a clutch bag that also plays music?
Surely, any time that I’d need to take a clutch bag out with me i.e. a party or club, there’d be music playing quite loudly anyway? It’d be a pretty lame party otherwise – I don’t feel like 400 people at a wedding would appreciate having to dance to some random girl’s clutch bag, unless the music system suddenly broke, and I saved the day with my clutch bag. I’d be a legend – that girl who saved a wedding disaster from happening with her clutch bag come Bluetooth speaker.
That being said, I opened the box containing the Stelle Audio Mini-Clutch Speaker with an open mind, and the first thing I noticed was that it looks way more like a purple and gold speaker than a clutch bag. I don’t think I actually own any outfit that goes with a purple and gold clutch, if I’m honest, especially one that has rubber gold buttons embellished on the front of it.
Inside the clutch bag is a mirror taking up one entire side, and the tiniest bit of space you’ve ever seen in a clutch on the other. It’s so small, in fact, that I struggled fitting just my phone in it. So, not exactly a practical bag to take on a night out, although having a mirror within a bag is actually quite useful! Within the space available for possibly one lipstick, there was a ‘gold’ chain, and tacky bangle. The chain, while useful for turning the clutch into a shoulder bag, is so plastic-ey, that I’d rather just keep it as a clutch bag.
Where the clutch falls down on its uses as a bag, it really does more than make up for it in its ability of being a speaker. With a six-watt digital amplifier, it’s surprisingly loud, considering its size, managing to fill our office and be heard clearly by everyone. It’s also incredibly easy to pair with your phone or laptop via Bluetooth. It can also be used as a speakerphone, so when it’s connected to your phone via Bluetooth, you can speak into it with a built-in microphone. Think how fun business meetings could be if you used a clutch bag for conference calls!
What’s also fun about the Stelle Mini-Clutch is the voice of the polite Australian woman greeting you with a ‘hello’ when you turn it on, and leaving you with a ‘goodbye’ as you turn it off. Bizarrely, her voice really did make us laugh every single time, without fail.
While the Mini-Clutch isn’t great as a fashion accessory, it’s a very good speaker, and would be perfect for a teenage girl’s dressing table.
Audio rating: 8/10
Necessary or Novelty? Absolute novelty. There’s no space in this bag whatsoever.
The Mini-Clutch Speaker is available to buy from the Stelle Audio website for £129, or £169 for the Dazzling Diamond design.