Wireless Bluetooth audio system have been round for therefore lengthy that it’s onerous to get excited over new fashions that solely supply incremental enhancements to battery life and sound high quality yr after yr. That’s why Acer’s new Halo Swing caught our eye. Yes, it’s yet one more waterproof wi-fi speaker, however it’s additionally a wise speaker that doesn’t want a everlasting tether to an influence outlet, so you may nonetheless have entry to Google Assistant whereas partying out within the yard.

Like its predecessor, the unique Acer Halo Smart Speaker, the Halo Swing additionally contains a low-res white LED show beneath its material wrap that’s invisible till it activates, displaying info just like the time of day, the climate, alarms, and even notifications mirrored from a linked smartphone. Using an accompanying cell app, the LED show may also be programmed with customized messages or pictures you may draw your self.

A close-up of the Acer Halo Swing's low-res LED screen that shines through the speaker's fabric covering.

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Acer is promising 360-degree sound from the Halo Swing, with bass efficiency from a built-in subwoofer, and as much as 10 hours of jam pumping on a single cost. The battery could be topped off utilizing the speaker’s USB-C port, or an included wi-fi charging dock that additionally enhances the LED mild present on the underside. It additionally comes with a detachable leather-based strap for simply carrying or hanging the speaker, however restricted IPX5 waterproofing, which implies that it might shrug off rain or splashes, however not an unintentional dunking in a pool.

Connectivity to gadgets or on to streaming providers is dealt with by both Bluetooth or wifi 6 compatibility, though particulars on pricing or availability haven’t been revealed at this level.

A close-up of the Acer Halo Swing portable smart speaker's wireless charging dock and ring of RGB LEDs around its base.

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Those preferring their tech to be hidden away are most likely going to roll their eyes on the Halo Swing, which follows the latest pattern of Bluetooth audio system incorporating colourful LED mild exhibits that flash and pulse together with no matter music is on. There’s a hoop of them across the base of the speaker which are additionally used to visually point out when Google Assistant is listening to your questions or instructions, so there’s a minimum of some sensible performance supplied.

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