G-Drop ($50) is the newest wireless speaker from G-Project, which is known for inexpensive speakers with great sound. At half the price of most waterproof speakers, G-Drop is tough and IPX7-certified, capable of floating and being submerged to depths of 3 feet for up to 30 minutes. The small Bluetooth speaker — which can be propped up or placed on its back for listening — contains one 2.5″ driver and a passive bass radiator. G-Drop’s battery is said to last for six hours between charges, and an included metal loop allows users to clip the speaker to a bag.
G-Drop might be larger than you expect for such an inexpensive speaker. It has four “spokes” surrounding the speaker grille, all featuring separate playback and volume buttons — it’s a little more than 5.5” from the end of one spoke to another. Other buttons include an EQ button, Bluetooth pairing button, and a power button. A small locking door on one side of the speaker reveals a 5V Micro-USB charging port and line-in port. We kind of like the chunky design, especially at the price point. The speaker can be used on its edge or pointing skyward.
G-Drop feels very solid, and it’s clearly made to stand up to the elements. We dropped the speaker in the bathtub, and it played with no issues; the bass pumped little droplets of water out of the top of the speaker. Dust is kept from getting into the ports by use of the clever locking door. Additionally, G-Drop also packs in speakerphone functionality — a real surprise at such a low price. The call quality of the speakerphone was described as “feasible” at best. We wouldn’t recommend using G-Drop for its speakerphone, but the addition of the feature doesn’t hurt the overall package.
For a $50 speaker, G-Drop is comparable to G-Project’s G-Grip, which was released nearly two years ago, for $20 more. While G-Grip has stronger bass, G-Drop is no slouch in that department. G-Drop has good balance overall — switching between two equalizer settings offers a subtle change — and it gets louder than you’d think for such an inexpensive speaker, though as you might expect, that loudness does come with some distortion near top volume.
We review very few speakers priced this low, but G-Project’s reputation piqued our curiosity. Like other speakers from the company, G-Drop offers excellent value — it’s a rugged, fully waterproof Bluetooth speaker, and the sound is about as good as you can expect at such a low price point. Add in a metal clip and other clever design elements, and G-Project has another winner on its hands. G-Drop comes highly recommended.
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Compatible: All Bluetooth-capable iPads, iPhones + iPods