Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker : Small size, Big sound

Great sound and easy set up. 1st one went faulty but replaced quickly and have had no issues with replacement.

Bang & olufsen beoplay p2the elaborate packaging was the sort where you can’t work out how to open it without destroying the box and contains the speaker measuring 5. 5 inches by 3 inches and for its size feels fairly solid. It appears to have no buttons and the absence of any printed instruction manual leaves you going to the website for information some of which seemed to be difficult to find in numerous languages and some wrong. Charging light is not flashing orange but red. I was somehow expecting a touch sensitive button to be on the top but instead a physical button is concealed under the logo and under the rubber base panel which also acts a non slip surface. This button is used for 0n/off/pairing. The device will also switch itself off if not being used after about 15 minutes. There’s a micro usb port on one end of the rounded panel, a built-in leather lanyard on the other, a tiny microphone slot on the bottom, and a status led inside the speaker grille. The charging lead is a very short micro usb- c to usb- a and a longer one would have been preferred. Tapping the top speaker grille plays or pauses music, shaking it skips to the next track, and double tapping pauses playback.

Amazing speaker for its size, the sound is absolutely brilliant although the functions like the tap to play and pause are a bit shaky and sometimes don’t work too well. Hopefully in the future tweaking the software will fix that.

  • Amazing when it actually plays
  • If the dog had speakers between its legs it’d have these!
  • Amazing sound but doesn’t work without app

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone – Black

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  • The portable P2 Bluetooth speaker provides quality audio when and where you want. This splash and dust-resistant speaker fits in the palm of your hand and slips into a pocket for easy transport.
  • This wireless speaker personalizes audio with smart features like snooze and voice activation, accessible with a shake or a tap. The Beoplay App even lets you match sound profiles to activities.
  • A mini speaker with big sound, P2 delivers Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound for a clear audio experience. This speaker is equipped with a built-in microphone for clear calling and voice activation.
  • The P2 looks and feels as good as it sounds. A smooth, pearl-blasted, anodized aluminum grill over a polymer frame offers durability, while a leather strap makes it easy to bring your music along.
  • Keep the music going with the powerful battery in this wireless speaker. The P2 offers up to 10 hours of playtime per charge, and an included USB-C cable ensures that you’ll always have back up.

Big things do come in small packages. I was a bit sceptical when i opened the box and saw the size of this – it’s not even as big as a paperback, and doesn’t weight much more than one. I needn’t have worried – it produces a deep, rich sound that fills a room, and belies its tiny size. It can get *loud* too, if you want that – and the long battery life means that you’ll get a few decent hours of high volume if you need it. Because of the size, it’s the perfect unit to use on the road – they make superb travel speakers for holidays, picnics and the like. The construction feels hardy and rugged, so it should take a few knocks and bangs, too. But equally, the quality is good enough to use it as your main bluetooth speaker in the home. It could make a great space saver in a small flat or room without compromising on quality. Pairing was very simple after installing the free beoplay app from the app store – after that, we enjoyed using it mainly with spotify and tunein radio to great effect. My only (very) minor niggle is the choice of usb-c for charging.

I took quite a while to buy this speaker and had a bit of a dilemma between the bose soundlink ii, the ue wonderboom and the p2. I’ve had the speaker an afternoon and tried to put it through a range of tests both outdoors and in, so i can give a decent review to help others. The thing is when you take it out of the box you do get a sense that someone gave a crap about the experience of opening it for the first time and how you feel. When you’ve got the p2 in your hand it does feel well made and good to touch. It does fit in your pocket and it does pitch up fully charged. The app is quite intuitive and also feels premium. . And to be honest i hope b&o are going to keep it feeling that way. I’ll not bore you what the app can do but it basically allows for personalisation and a cool equaliser. If you want a speaker that is going to give you great sound and uber portability with a good volume then the p2 is it. If you want loud and bass heavy then bose/wonderboom it is. I bought my sister a bose last year, she loves it and i’ve heard them alot, don’t get me wrong they are a great speaker (so good i was nearly buying one) but the quality of sound from the p2 is excellent. The sound is very clear, bright (without being tinny) and has a good level of bass. The bose can be turned up to 11 but it’s bigger, so you’ll need a bag of some description, if you’re a bloke then a man bag would be your weapon of choice, ladies have handbags so not a problem.

I use this primarily with my laptop, so i normally have it plugged in anyway. Nonetheless i was absolutely amazed what a difference it made to audio quality, having grown accustomed to my laptop’s built-in speakers. For such a little device, this speaker really is very impressive. The downside is its simplicity. There are hardly any controls on the device itself – just a concealed on/off switch and a little light (which seems to do several different colours the full significance of which i’ve yet to work out). I found that the sound output was such that i need to turn the volume down on my laptop/media player, which required adjusting several different things, and readjusting depending on whether i’m using the speaker or not. This is not a serious problem, but is a bit of a pain. More annoying is the fact that occasionally my laptop seems not to detect the speaker, even when it is physically connected. I don’t know what causes this but disconnecting it and reconnecting it usually works. Again, not a major issue, but just another little irritation.

I have android and it is very good. My friend has an iphone and it is superb. The only reason that it hasn’t got 5 stars is that i have had to return it as the button to switch it off doesn’t work. I read this on another review too. However, with amazon’s super returns policy, i am receiving a replacement within 1 day so i don’t have any complaints. My friend has this product too and is thrilled to bits with it. The sound quality is amazing and on the iphone – be prepared to turn it down – it’s really powerful. I thought that this would only play using android or iphone with a beoplay app.

Small size, big soundgreat companion to go to the beach.

I saw a review on youtube, and i must say it’s really good. In an other video the reviewer mentioned stereo mode. Now i’m thinking about getting one more. Good quality, lasts more than 6 hours on 50‰volume.

Packs a huge punch for something so small.

I couldn’t believe how small this speaker was when it arrived. In terms of width and length, it is not much bigger than my iphone (6 plus) but is about an inch or so deep. So it is incredibly portable and when i am playing music from my iphone i tend to take the p2 with me, and they both fit together easily in my hand. It is housed in a smart matt black case. You download an app on your phone, and then pair your phone to the p2 via bluetooth. On a day-to-day basis, you reconnect to the p2 by pressing a small, smooth button underneath it, then find the p2 in your list of airplay options. Here lies my only criticism of the p2. If the p2 has been paired to another device (e. Sometimes my husband uses it on his phone) it will drop off the list of airplay options, and i have to go back into my iphone’s settings to re-pair it via bluetooth. It’s not enough of a problem to knock off a star but it would be better if i didn’t have to manually re-pair so often. But on to the most important part of this review: the sound quality. The quality and power of the sound which comes out of such a small little box is very, very impressive. It performs well across genres – voices on radio, opera, rock music, classical. The sound is rich, clear and crisp, and the p2 copes well at all volumes. It is a really good all-rounder. We have used it constantly for a couple of months now and are so pleased with it that we will be ordering another.

Slightly miffed as £10 cheaper a day later 😠.

I loved the sound that comes from this tiny speaker, even on maximum sound it almost doesn’t distort it. However had to return it as it operates only from the app. I want to have a speaker that i can easy use with different devises including other people devises without the need to installing an app. Got a bigger brother a1 that have a jack and even better sound.

Love this, sound is good considering size. Driving everyone mad at work as i carry it around. I had a bit of trouble setting it up but once i figured it out, no problem.

Great sound, well constructed, and perfect for ones pocket.

Really incredible sound coming from this wee speaker thats small enough to fit in your pocket yet it sounds so brilliant. I tried some reggae music and the bassline really thumps out, the music is clear overal and i can hear all the instruments so well. Its also very very loud, you can have a party with this and it wouldn’t let you down you dont need a hifi system, this speaker would challenge a room full of people with ease. Easy setup just go to settings after you switch it on and wait for the blue light. You just press the on button and keep it pressed till the blue light flashes and its ready for pairing, go in to phone settings and click on the blue tooth section and the device beoplay p2. Then its all system go and your ready to play.

This is a solidly built small and very portable small bluetooth speaker, it feels very robust and produces a great sound. Bass is boosted at low volume so the output is never ‘tinny’, but there’s no obvious distortion at high volume due to excessive bass. The speaker can be placed on any kind of surface and still sounds great (doesn’t cause too much rattle when on hollow objects for example). The speaker has some great control features – tapping the speaker twice either pauses or re-starts music, while shaking it sideways skips tracks. Bluetooth pairing to a samsung phone and huawei tablet was a very simple process in both cases. The speaker charges from a usb port using a cable provided (nicely, the speaker arrives charged so it can be used immediately from the box). There are some niggles, for example there is no way to control volume from the speaker which seems a glaring omission given so much other remote functionality is built in. As with many devices these days, few useful instructions come with the speaker, so internet trawling is required to find out how to use it.

Sounds so tight, it’s a really impressive little unit. I wish you could link 2 together.

Now i’m no technical geeky music sound guru but i’d like to think i know a good speaker when i hear one. I bought this for my other half who upon hearing it looked at me like she’d just heard the dog speak. It’s a wonderful speaker for the size.It rivals our sonos play which is bigger but not as much better as it is bigger. Now i find the button a bit confusing – it’s very sleek – press it quickly to do this, longer to do that. But that said i’m not usually the one switching it on. There’s an app for it too.

Small size big sound, fantastic build quality as expected by bang & olufsen.

This is a stylish bluetooth enabled mini speaker from b&o. The packaging it arrives in is unsurprisingly minimalist, though the lack of instructions was a surprise and a bit of a nuisance. I’m not a tech novice, but i still had to search online to get a guide on how to install the necessary companion app to my android phone then and then get the speaker synced up so that i could use it. The fact that the device has no buttons and is controlled by touching the surface and shaking the speaker might be a nice feature once you know how to operate it, but not so much for that first time you want to connect it. However, once done – this is a joy to use, the booming bass and rich sounds coming from such a small unit really impressed me. I’ve probably not spent enough time tinkering with the profile settings in the app to perfect the sound coming out of my speaker, but the feature is there should i need it.

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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone - Black
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  1. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone – Black

    This speaker sounds great, but has died a little over two months after purchase. Today, it is not taking a charge, and displays no lights. I will take it back to the shop when i am able, but it is very disappointing performance from a premium brand and my budget jbl gear has been bombproof. If i had to make the choice again, the p2 would not be on the list. Excellent sound counts for nothing if the product is unreliable, and i am sorry to say that this one is. At present, an expensive paperweight. No explanation of defect but some irremovable marks on the case.
  2. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone – Black

    This speaker sounds great, but has died a little over two months after purchase. Today, it is not taking a charge, and displays no lights. I will take it back to the shop when i am able, but it is very disappointing performance from a premium brand and my budget jbl gear has been bombproof. If i had to make the choice again, the p2 would not be on the list. Excellent sound counts for nothing if the product is unreliable, and i am sorry to say that this one is. At present, an expensive paperweight. No explanation of defect but some irremovable marks on the case.
  3. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone – Black

    It certainly looks and feels premium but the connection issues and poor battery life meant that i will send it back and get something better for half the price. Its not worth the hassle and the controls are limited and leave the device handicapped.
  4. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone – Black

    It certainly looks and feels premium but the connection issues and poor battery life meant that i will send it back and get something better for half the price. Its not worth the hassle and the controls are limited and leave the device handicapped.
  5. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone – Black

    This device keeps cutting out/stop playing when used with my iphone (although it is still connected). I purchased it for my holiday and it became totally unusable, i ended having to use my iphone without an external speaker. I am very disappointed with a brand known for quality.
    • This device keeps cutting out/stop playing when used with my iphone (although it is still connected). I purchased it for my holiday and it became totally unusable, i ended having to use my iphone without an external speaker. I am very disappointed with a brand known for quality.
  6. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone – Black

    Bass is good, sound is clear. I was expecting a carry case included with it, especially for the money paid.
  7. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone – Black

    Bass is good, sound is clear. I was expecting a carry case included with it, especially for the money paid.
    • The tap and shake functions only worked for the first couple of times, then they stopped working.
      • The tap and shake functions only worked for the first couple of times, then they stopped working.
  8. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone – Black

    I was forced to ask for refund even if i really didn’t want to, as the first unit was defective, it died within 2 month, without any damage, and the replacement died as well in two months. Both of them wouldn’t turn on or charge. The product had some pros and some cons. Firstly, the sound quality was incredible, unbelievable for its size. The p2 is small and light, but plays much better than anything its size or even (much) bigger. Battery life is ok, you can’t expect much better for the size and the incredible volume and quality it delivers, 4/5 hours of average volume, but be aware that the last hour it will reduce volume to around 60% to preserve the battery. Controls were a bit of a issue from time to time, it could stop sometimes when i was moving it around, probably misunderstanding the touch inputs. The ios app was not great as well, it would need some improvements: the eq was good but didn’t allow you to do a complete set up. In the end, i really liked the p2, as i was looking for sound quality that was perfect. I was really sad the second time it died, because it’s impossible to find anything like the p2, but the overall quality is so poor i decided to return it and buy another speaker.
  9. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone – Black

    I was forced to ask for refund even if i really didn’t want to, as the first unit was defective, it died within 2 month, without any damage, and the replacement died as well in two months. Both of them wouldn’t turn on or charge. The product had some pros and some cons. Firstly, the sound quality was incredible, unbelievable for its size. The p2 is small and light, but plays much better than anything its size or even (much) bigger. Battery life is ok, you can’t expect much better for the size and the incredible volume and quality it delivers, 4/5 hours of average volume, but be aware that the last hour it will reduce volume to around 60% to preserve the battery. Controls were a bit of a issue from time to time, it could stop sometimes when i was moving it around, probably misunderstanding the touch inputs. The ios app was not great as well, it would need some improvements: the eq was good but didn’t allow you to do a complete set up. In the end, i really liked the p2, as i was looking for sound quality that was perfect. I was really sad the second time it died, because it’s impossible to find anything like the p2, but the overall quality is so poor i decided to return it and buy another speaker.
    • High expectations of this product based on the brand, however these were shattered when it wouldn’t connect??. Also too many similar gestures offering different tasks. . Not great, returned and ordered the denon instead.
  10. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone – Black

    High expectations of this product based on the brand, however these were shattered when it wouldn’t connect??. Also too many similar gestures offering different tasks. . Not great, returned and ordered the denon instead.
    • So pleased i brought this i am a fan of b and o and this does not disappoint looks gd too.
      • So pleased i brought this i am a fan of b and o and this does not disappoint looks gd too.
  11. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone – Black

    This so called speaker is of poor quality also b&o app is very disappointing. A speaker that doesn’t switch off haaa ok well try start this one up then because i’ve been pulling my hair out with this speaker. Better of with cheap one with a on an off switch. It turns it self down when it feels like it wont higher up when you want it to. What is the point of a speaker that does what it wants.
    • This so called speaker is of poor quality also b&o app is very disappointing. A speaker that doesn’t switch off haaa ok well try start this one up then because i’ve been pulling my hair out with this speaker. Better of with cheap one with a on an off switch. It turns it self down when it feels like it wont higher up when you want it to. What is the point of a speaker that does what it wants.
      • Okay, this little baby is not for everyone. B&o provoke reactions from some people, not unlike apple do. Thing is, at the heart of it all the negativity is a wee bit of envy. They would say that for the same money or much less i could have purchased something with better “. Insert whatever they say here. ” but whatever a naysayer may drone on about, this is a b&o, looks amazing, is well built and sounds awesome. Charge it before you try pairing it is my best tip. It has charge when shipped but it will make the process less fraught. Buy a case, there is not one in the box. Also it’s not plastered in b&o logo’s, so its very stealthy which given the number of bad people out there is a very good thing.
  12. Okay, this little baby is not for everyone. B&o provoke reactions from some people, not unlike apple do. Thing is, at the heart of it all the negativity is a wee bit of envy. They would say that for the same money or much less i could have purchased something with better “. Insert whatever they say here. ” but whatever a naysayer may drone on about, this is a b&o, looks amazing, is well built and sounds awesome. Charge it before you try pairing it is my best tip. It has charge when shipped but it will make the process less fraught. Buy a case, there is not one in the box. Also it’s not plastered in b&o logo’s, so its very stealthy which given the number of bad people out there is a very good thing.
    • B&o have always been my choice when it comes to great sound and this lil thing is proof.
  13. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone – Black

    B&o have always been my choice when it comes to great sound and this lil thing is proof.
  14. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone – Black

    Was brilliant to start with then after a month it started to cut out and does it all the time now. Missed the return date by a couple of days and i’m not happy.
    • Was brilliant to start with then after a month it started to cut out and does it all the time now. Missed the return date by a couple of days and i’m not happy.
      • Surprising sound for its size, great clear vocals (for skype) and super easy to carry around. Best pocket-size speaker i ever used.
  15. Surprising sound for its size, great clear vocals (for skype) and super easy to carry around. Best pocket-size speaker i ever used.
    • The sound quality is good for a speaker of this size with a punchy base but the battery life is very poor. It only works for about 1 hour before needing a charge. The lack of controls is also annoying. No volume adjustment and even the off button control is hit and miss. Build quality is good but overall this is a disappointing product by b&o’s standards.
      • The sound quality is good for a speaker of this size with a punchy base but the battery life is very poor. It only works for about 1 hour before needing a charge. The lack of controls is also annoying. No volume adjustment and even the off button control is hit and miss. Build quality is good but overall this is a disappointing product by b&o’s standards.
  16. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone – Black

    Amazing when it actually plays. But it cuts out and stops playing music as if i’ve paused it. Sometimes it cuts out every few seconds extremely frustrating wish i could send it back or get a refund but i was out of the country for a while and missed the date. Did some research and it’s an issue the product has as a whole. Disappointing because it would be great if this didn’t happen.
    • Amazing when it actually plays. But it cuts out and stops playing music as if i’ve paused it. Sometimes it cuts out every few seconds extremely frustrating wish i could send it back or get a refund but i was out of the country for a while and missed the date. Did some research and it’s an issue the product has as a whole. Disappointing because it would be great if this didn’t happen.
  17. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone – Black

    This speaker is a good size, portable and sounds great. It’s easy to connect via bluetooth to your chosen device. The speaker is button free which is i like however i did find to start with that i constantly forgot how to make it work. This is probably more telling of me than the speaker though and after a short time it becomes a good feature of the speaker. The only issue i have with it is that the beoplay app is rubbish – if it works at all. I had the same issue with a different b&o speaker. You don’t need it to play stuff on the speaker but i believe it’s used for upgrades etc.
  18. This review is from : Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone – Black

    This speaker is a good size, portable and sounds great. It’s easy to connect via bluetooth to your chosen device. The speaker is button free which is i like however i did find to start with that i constantly forgot how to make it work. This is probably more telling of me than the speaker though and after a short time it becomes a good feature of the speaker. The only issue i have with it is that the beoplay app is rubbish – if it works at all. I had the same issue with a different b&o speaker. You don’t need it to play stuff on the speaker but i believe it’s used for upgrades etc.

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