Milwaukee’s M18 Bluetooth jobsite radio is a fully-featured radio that outputs great sound. But it’s also large and somewhat pricey.
This new Milwaukee M12 wireless speaker, model 2592-20, on the other hand, is a lot smaller, and much more affordable with a $69 price tag.
The M12 speaker features Bluetooth connectivity, so you can still stream music from your smartphone and other wireless devices from up to 30 feet away. It’s also built for durability, portability, and to deliver big sound.
Milwaukee says they designed their new Bluetooth speaker with a premium 2″ speaker with integrated bass port for loud and clear sound.
The speaker weighs in at 1.6 pounds and measures 5.9″ tall x 4.5″ deep x 4.1″ wide. It’s not pocketable, but it does look to be quite compact and portable. There’s a loop on the back for convenient hanging or transport, but it can also sit on any flat surface.
As shown in usage photo, the M12 speaker is built with a USB charging ports that can provide up to 2.1A of power, which means you could speedily charge even power-hungry devices. Have you ever tried to charge a tablet or smartphone on a low-powered USB port? It can be so frustratingly slow, especially when the discharge rate is greater than the charging rate.
The speaker is also built with a 3.5mm auxiliary input jack. It doesn’t come with the appropriate cable, but you can always buy one from Amazon for cheap. I’m currently using a ~$9 cloth-jacketed cable for something else, and think that it might be more durable for jobsite conditions than the plain jacketed cables that sell for less than $5.
The radio can stream music for up to 25 hours on one M12 battery charge. It doesn’t come with a battery – you’ll have to supply your own.
ETA: Jan 2015
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If you recall, Dewalt is also coming out with a Bluetooth speaker. Wireless speakers have become quite popular in the consumer market, and so it makes sense that professional power tool brands would want to get in on the action with jobsite-tough speakers that work with their cordless battery packs.
Will these be popular? Probably. The lack of a radio tuner, LCD display, and enhanced functionality is a potential downside, but some a lot of that functionality could be handled by a smart device that’s connected via Bluetooth or aux cable. Those who want more features or bigger sound can step up to Milwaukee’s and other brands’ full-sized jobsite radios.