What is it?

A Bluetooth speaker and the latest addition to Braven's robust Active Series.

Good Points?

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Designed for use in outdoor environments, the Braven Stryde 360 does a fine job of adapting the sound requirements for open air output.

The bass is more understated and less booming which lends itself to a wholly pleasant experience when listening outside, while the 12 hour battery life should provide sufficient longevity for any occasion requiring quality audio.

An IP67 waterproof rating means that in damper conditions – such as around swimming pools or rivers – the speaker should be able to survive submersion in up to one metre (3ft) of water for as long as 30 minutes without incurring damage.

A rubber control panel allows you to operate the device with wet hands if required, although the smartphone compatible voice commands feature means you don't need to get up from your chair to play your favourite songs.

The neat cylindrical chassis houses a 2.5mm aux for older devices that don't support wireless communication such as record players.

The micro USB output allows the device battery to be charged, while a standard USB port gives connectivity to power your portable gadgets via a 2,500mAh Li-Ion power bank.

Bad points?

Bass sounds can distort quite significantly at ridiculously high volumes, particularly when listening indoors.

Best for ...

Those who crave a decent sounding audio against a backdrop of the great outdoors.

Avoid if ...

You are looking for a cheap alternative to Sonos for linked speakers. The Stryde 360 is purely a standalone device.

Score: 9/10.

Braven Stryde 360, £77 (braven.com)