Updated 1 Mar 2018

Beats by Dr Dre

Pill+

Snapshot: The Beats by dr dre Pill+ has a battery with below-average runtime. It is light, but can't connect to WiFi.

Pill+
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$274

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Test results

Overall score
74
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Sound signal
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent ease of use.
  • Very good sound signal.
  • Good battery.
  • Has a 3.5mm line input.
  • Is battery powered.

But

  • Just OK sound.
  • Doesn't have a remote control.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Sound (45%): Scored by our panel of expert listeners judging a variety of music, spoken word, and other sounds on each device and scoring them out of 10. These scores are collated to get our overall sound score.

Ease of use (45%): Considers the clarity and accuracy of the manuals supplied and the ease of setting up the speaker, as well as connecting it to a device and sending music to the speaker.

Signal (10%): Tested by looking at several factors, including having the audio source in different positions, using various audio sources, interference, obstruction and degradation.

Price is based on an October 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$274

Audio adjustments

Bass on device
×
Treble on device
×
Tone presets on device
×
Bass on app
×
Treble on app
×
Tone presets on app
×

Specifications

Weight (g)
743
Mains powered
Apple Airplay
×
Lightning cable port
Bluetooth
Handsfree phone over Bluetooth
×
Micro USB port
×
Line in (3.5mm)
Built-in FM radio
×
Battery powered
Battery low indicator
LED Blinks Red
Claimed battery life (hours)
12
Battery runtime (mins)
477
Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
69x209x67

Features

Controls

On/Off, Volume up, Volume down, Play/pause/next track/previous track/answer call/end call

Microphone
×
Travel case
WiFi capable
×
Ethernet capable
×
Headphone jack
×
Charge external devices via USB
Remote control
×
Audio cable included
×
Streaming services supported
n/a
Audio formats supported
n/a
Multi-room capable
No
Can be paired for stereo
n/a