Pulse Smarty Smart Speaker: Alexa Portable [análise/vídeo]

Personal assistants are increasingly improved and inserted in our daily lives through smart speakers, cell phones and other electronics. With this in mind, Pulse, a Multilaser brand, announced this year the Pulse Smarty smart speaker. With a suggested price of R $ 899, the product has integration with Alexa, Bluetooth 4.2 and battery for up to 6 hours of playback.

We can say that Pulse Smarty competes today with Izy Speak, Intelbras’ sound box with Alexa and that it also doesn’t depend on wires to work. Which model makes the most sense? And is it worth betting on a product like this? I have used the Pulse Smarty smart speaker in the past few weeks and I share all the details below.

Video review of Pulse Smarty

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Design

Pulse Smarty smart speaker (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Pulse Smarty smart speaker (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Pulse Smarty is a product with an extremely high price and the upper figure is not related to the finish, I can guarantee that. The box is simple, without many details, it has no IP certification against water and the fabric that covers almost the entire device is basic, contrasting enough with other speakers that bring a more refined design.

I cannot ignore the burrs in the construction of Pulse Smarty, especially at the edges: underneath there is a protrusion that impairs the look and generates a negative impression. Even so, I believe that the shape of this model appeals to me more than that of Izy Speak, which appears to have even more burrs.

Pulse Smarty smart speaker (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Pulse Smarty smart speaker (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Pulse Smarty smart speaker (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Pulse Smarty smart speaker (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

The buttons are well located on the side of the equipment and, there, I can turn the box on and off; control the volume and tracks; trigger Alexa; and Pulse added a privacy button, just like the Echo line, to disable the microphone. The Micro-USB and auxiliary connections are at the bottom of Pulse Smarty. And the company did not introduce a case to protect the entrances nor did it add a hole that would allow it to insert a string and facilitate the transport of the box, but the Pulse Wave 2 has both.

At the top are the microphone and a small led to monitor the battery level. She won a led ring, reminding, once again, the third generation Echo Dot. The communications, by the way, are similar: the cyan led stays on directly when Alexa is listening to you, blinks when answering or when “thinking” and turns red when you turn off the microphone.

Alexa and connectivity

Pulse Player application (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Pulse Player application (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Pulse made available the Pulse Player application that allows you to configure the speaker, control music and simplify access to the audio streaming platforms that you subscribe to. The app can chat with Spotify, TuneIn, TIDAL and Napster, making it easy to play music and podcasts. I really liked the possibility to choose the operation via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or auxiliary over there. The problem is that the application does not show the percentage of the battery, which makes it very difficult to monitor the device’s autonomy.

Pulse Smarty smart speaker (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Pulse Smarty smart speaker (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

The Alexa you already know from the Echo line is shipped here with those famous functions of Amazon’s personal assistant. You can create lists, set alarms, request temperature, order music and control smart home equipment. The microphone works well and, through it, you can just call Alexa and interact with her.

Multilaser sent its Smart Liv Lamp and other accessories to test with Pulse Smarty. I already use Alexa daily, so the experience via Pulse’s box was not the opposite: the assistant has agile responses, being able to turn the lamp on and off quickly. And the good performance remained when I tested the brand’s smart socket and other functions.

Pulse Smarty smart speaker (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Pulse Smarty smart speaker (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Bluetooth 4.2 is not a current version, but I don’t have much to complain about either: connected to the cell phone, I was able to listen to music with good stability. The audio cuts only broke out when I walked around the house when I passed some obstacles, such as walls and a refrigerator, denoting the real limitations of this version of Bluetooth.

Sound and battery quality

Putting Pulse Smarty on the video is not the best solution for you to understand performance. YouTube compression and capture will always interfere with the result, even your equipment to watch the video, but I share my impressions: with 20 watts of power, Pulse Smarty’s sound is clear, but not as loud or full-bodied like the most affordable boxes from JBL. In relation to the third generation Echo Dot and the fourth generation Echo, the behavior is also more timid.

Pulse Smarty smart speaker (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Pulse Smarty smart speaker (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Even though the speaker is placed at the bottom, leaving the entire central and upper region in “mute”, the songs are played without great limitations in closed environments. The less powerful bass are felt without advancing over the other frequencies, the treble resonates with good definition and the mids are present all the time with balance. That metallic aspect, usually identified in simpler boxes, is not noticed in this product from Multilaser, regardless if the music is less agitated or rich in details.

The coolest thing about this product is that Alexa becomes “portable”, since Pulse added a 2,400 mAh battery that eliminates the need for a power supply. The brand says that the device can play for up to 6 hours, in practice it may not be quite like that: with the volume at 50%, I was able to listen via Bluetooth for 4h53min, much lower. And to do the feeding, the brand added a micro-USB cable to the box (without plug adapter). An auxiliary cable is also included with the product.

Pulse Smarty: is it worth it?

Despite the exorbitant price, which can convey an idea of ​​an intermediate product, Pulse Smarty has a footprint of an incoming speaker. Alexa undoubtedly enters as a differential, but it is not enough to justify the purchase now. If you are looking for a “portable personal assistant”, it may make more sense to look for powerful boxes that can trigger Siri or Google Assistant on the connected device, such as the LG XBOOM Go PL5 (or even the PL2 and PL7).

Pulse Smarty smart speaker (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Pulse Smarty smart speaker (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

For homes and offices, Echo Dot 4 ends up being the best option for those who can’t afford to spend a lot. If you want a more full-bodied and powerful sound, the Echo 4 is a complete model in that sense and more affordable than the Pulse Smarty, which has already had its price reduced to R $ 799, let’s face it, not at all pleasant, yet.

Overall, Pulse Smarty has an interesting proposal thanks to Alexa. In addition, the sound is ok, the battery could be better and the app is easy to navigate, but the autonomy details and an equalizer were very welcome. It can be worth it when the product appears in retail for less than R $ 300.

Pulse Smarty smart speaker

Pros

  • Integrated Alexa is a differentiator
  • Can connect via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and auxiliary
  • Application can be integrated with streaming platforms

Cons

  • Simple, burr-shaped design
  • It would be interesting to have an IP certification
  • Sound is not so loud and powerful
  • Very high price

Technical specifications

  • Drums: 2,400 mAh (up to 6 hours of playback);
  • Connections / Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n (2.4 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, Amazon Alexa, Micro-USB, auxiliary input;
  • Wattage: 20 watts RMS;
  • Frequency response: 100 Hz to 20 kHz;
  • Microphones: 2 at the top;
  • Dimensions: 7.5 (W) x 18.5 (H) x 7.5 (C) cm;
  • Weight: 0.430 kg

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