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Beats by Dr. Dre™ Pill

Portable Bluetooth® speaker system (White)

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by Ralph Graves
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A pill that can cure your musical ills? It may just be possible. The Beats Pill is a compact speaker system that lets you wirelessly stream music from your smartphone, tablet, or other portable player. It's small enough to deliver your daily dose of music wherever you go, with rich Beats by Dr. Dre sound.

Bluetooth connectivity for music and talk

The Pill is compatible with virtually all Bluetooth-enabled devices, including your Android™ phone or  tablet, iPhone®, iPad®, or portable game console. Its NFC (Near Field Communication) technology gives you simple, one-touch Bluetooth pairing with compatible devices. Plus, it features high-fidelity aptX® audio coding for better sound quality with compatible devices.

The signature Beats sound

Like all Beats products, the Pill's sound profile has been crafted to Dr. Dre's exacting standards. The system's four built-in speakers deliver your music with clear highs, detailed mids, and, of course, plenty of bass. The Pill may be small, but its sound is anything but!

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It doubles as a speakerphone, too

Need to talk? Pair the Pill with your smartphone and carry on the conversation in style. It features echo cancellation to ensure call clarity, and also has feedback control to keep the sound right where it should be.

Remember to take your Pill

Clip the carry case's carabiner onto your belt or backpack and you're ready to travel. The Pill can give you up to seven hours of continuous play from its built-in rechargeable battery. An auto-shutoff function turns off the system after a half hour of inactivity, extending the battery life. Charge the Pill via the included AC adapter or by connecting its USB charging cable to your computer.

From the review Beats by Dr. Dre™ Pill: This tiny Bluetooth® speaker delivers big sound

"The Pill is a very cool product, one I could find a lot of use for. Its portability, wireless function and ease-of-use would make it a worthy addition to any home where music is welcome in every room and beyond."


— David, Crutchfield Home A/V Writer

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Highlights:

  • for smartphones and other portable devices with built-in Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth v2.1 for strong connections and improved signal reception
  • aptX® audio coding for improved sound quality with compatible devices
  • wireless range: 30'
  • built-in microphone for hands-free wireless speakerphone operation
  • four full-range speakers
  • minijack auxiliary input for laptops, handheld game consoles, and other portable devices (minijack cable included)
  • USB input for charging (USB cable included)
  • rechargeable battery lasts up to 7 hours
  • auto shut-off after 30 minutes of inactivity
  • carry case with carabiner
  • AC power adapter
  • 7-5/8"W x 1-15/16"H x 2-1/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Bluetooth speaker
  • AC power adapter
  • 36" Micro-USB to USB cable
  • 41" Stereo minijack cable
  • Carrying case
  • Carabiner clip
  • Instructions
  • Warranty Information
  • Beats logo sticker
  • beats by dr. dre brochure

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Features

4 Full-Range Speakers: The Beats Pill by Dr. Dre Bluetooth Speaker features four 1.0" full-range drivers for clear stereo sound.

Bluetooth w/ apt-X: Advanced Bluetooth technology featuring apt-X technology brings out the full richness of your music when you pair to your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. The Beats Pill Bluetooth Speaker supports wireless Bluetooth (v.2.1) audio streaming and hands-free communication. Its NFC (Near Field Communication) technology gives you simple, one-touch Bluetooth pairing with compatible devices.

  • Wireless Audio Streaming (A2DP/AVRCP): The Beats Pill Bluetooth Speaker supports wireless music playback when paired with a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device; such as your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, laptop/computer etc.. You can control Play, Pause, and Volume from the Bluetooth Speaker.
  • Hands-Free Communication (HFP/HSP): This Bluetooth Speaker features a built-in microphone that enables clear wireless hands-free calling from your paired iPhone, Android smartphone, Blackberry or other compatible Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. You can answer and end calls using the controls on the Beats Pill.
Note: The Bluetooth Speaker has a wireless range up to 30'.

Aux Input: The Beats Pill features an 3.5mm auxiliary input so you can connect to your portable digital music player or any device with a 3.5 mm headphone port (41" stereo minijack cable included).

Line Output: The Beats Pill also features a 3.5mm line output, so you can send the Bluetooth Speaker's audio signal to your home stereo system.

Carrying Pouch: The Bluetooth Speaker includes a padded carrying case with a zipper-closure and carabiner clip for added convenience.

Rechargeable Battery: The Beats Pill by Dr. Dre Bluetooth Speaker features an integrated rechargeable battery which provides up to 7 hours of playback time. You can use the included AC power adapter or a free USB port on your computer (via the included USB cable) to charge the battery.

Note: The device will automatically shut off after 30 minutes of no audio signal or inactivity.
 
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5 out of 5

Beats - Great sound

Written By CrazyMom, Greensboro NC on Wednesday, January 01, 2014
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Great sound - my son (30) was very excited about the quality vs size of this product. Made a great gift.
Pros:
Great sound
Cons:
No handle on carrying case
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3 out of 5

Dre Pill

Written By Jose, Aventura, Fl on Monday, December 30, 2013
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Nice design like all Dr. Dre products, very easy to set up, but sound quality could be a lot better for this price. Bose is much better, Geneva is much nicer. But the only way to know is buy it, listen to it and if you like it great, otherwise, return it. I give it an overall ***.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great gift, great price!!!

Written By Stumblebum21, Poway, Ca on Thursday, December 19, 2013
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Neat item, great gift.
Pros:
Compact, loud, nice design
Cons:
Battery life
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4 out of 5

Beats by Dr. Dre™ Pill

Written By Anonymous, Brooklyn, NY on Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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The Pill for it's size has an awesome and very rich sound. The only drawback I see is battery life when not plugged into an electrical outlet.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Love my new Beats Pill

Written By Nancy M, North Bellmore, NY on Monday, August 26, 2013
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I bought this to pair with my Samsung Galaxy S4. It's amazing!!!! Sounds like a full size speaker system. Upon opening the package, I got a kick out of the blister pack wrapping. Great product!!!
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1 out of 5

Beats by Dr. Dre™ Pill

Written By Anonymous, Checotah, OK on Wednesday, August 21, 2013
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Sound was low quality for expectation in the $200 price range.
Pros:
Size and the protective case it comes in
Cons:
sound quality
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Beats Pill

Written By Carolyn K, Winston Salem, NC on Monday, July 08, 2013
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I love this little speaker, but it's not for the person expecting perfection. The volume for the size is a plus, but there is some distortion at the higher volumes. Great design--small, easy to use controls.
Pros:
Cool design and amazing volume for size of speaker.
Cons:
Distortion at louder volumes, relatively expensive.
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5 out of 5

Completely awesome !!!!

Written By Mike, Leesburg,ga on Wednesday, May 29, 2013
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I was a little shocked by the size of the pill when it arrived. I felt like I had been had by its tiny size. We were installing hardwood floors the first time I used it and was blown away by the quality of the sound in the room. If you like it loud this is your toy. Producing very rich lows and incredible highs. I will compare this with Bose any day. I have the cubes and the sound wave which cost a lot more. The size is perfect for the beach or a day at the lake. Well worth the money if you like quality sound!
Pros:
Size makes it very portable. Quality sound. The case to carry it in is cool and handy. Charge time seems to be handy. Very easy to interface with the iPhone
Cons:
Can only be connected to the iPhone via Bluetooth which may affect overall battery life (I think?) I'm no techno dude:)
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5 out of 5

Dr Dre Pill Box

Written By utt143, Tustin, Ca on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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Very portable with great sound! I also have a portable Bose is amazing as well, however, it is much larger than the Pill.The Pill is excellant for travel, you put it into your backpack and go. The sound is strong and clear with bass. Pricey but worth it if you like portable, travel and like a good sound!
Pros:
Sound is clear, hearing the highs and lows of all genres of music. Portable, can take anywhere and fits in a backpack for travel and is lite. Holds a long charge.
Cons:
Pricey as compared with other portable products in this category.
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2 questions already asked

Does the Pill work with blackberry Q10? [ Annelie  Jan 26, 2014 ]
2 answers
  • I would think so. It pairs with Blue Tooth Devices. [ DAVID   Jan 29, 2014 ]
  • It should work fine with the Q10. If for some reason the Bluetooth feature does not work, then you can always utilize the auxiliary input. Aux Input: The Beats Pill features an 3.5mm auxiliary input so you can connect to your portable digital music player or any device with a 3.5 mm headphone port (41" stereo minijack cable included). [ Jeff Staff  Jan 28, 2014 ]
Does this support the iPod classic, can it be plugged in to the pill for listening? [ Lindsey  Dec 06, 2013 ]
1 answer
  • Certainly. The Beats Pill features an 3.5mm auxiliary input so you can connect to your portable digital music player or any device with a 3.5 mm headphone port (41" stereo minijack cable included). [ Jeff Staff  Dec 06, 2013 ]

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