THE Xboom Go PL2 is the Bluetooth speaker from LG to compete in the market with other portable options. With a nice look, powerful sound and boasting a Meridian signature, the youngest arrived on Brazilian soil with a launch price of R $ 449.
Is it worth it to shell out all this? Better to opt for the more powerful models? PL2 has been my workmate for the past few days and I recount the entire usage experience in detail in this review.
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Design and connectivity
Right away you can see that LG did not skimp on building the box. The Xboom Go PL2 has a rubberized finish, without burrs and very pleasant to the touch. Although carelessness can cause it to fall to the ground and roll unintentionally, the rounded design pleased me more than the PK3, which is somewhat rectangular.
Here on the sides you may be thinking that there are double passive radiators, as well as in the more powerful versions of the new Xboom line. But not. Do not fool yourself. On the right side, there is a cover responsible for hiding and protecting a type C USB port for power, an auxiliary input and the dual button, which makes it possible to connect the PL2 in another box of the same model. On the left side, we have only one ornament.
The multicolored lights are present in the PL5 and PL7, but LG was limited only to those and I missed those lights in the entry version. I also didn’t understand why the company put a detail on the sides that suggests that there are colored lights in the portable speaker. It was not a good strategy, but ok.
In the front, we can see the main area with holes for the sound output. At the top, LG introduced six buttons: the on / off, Bluetooth activation, the volume, playback and Sound Boost buttons, which we will talk about later.
When turning it over, we can see the very large Xboom identification and the LG logo, but I really want to talk about the hole that makes it possible to put a string to make the device more portable. Unfortunately, LG does not ship this accessory.
With IPX5 certification, the speaker body is splash-resistant, but the PL2 is not recommended for immersion, even though it can take a while.
In connectivity, if you are looking for a smart speaker, it may not be interesting as it does not have a virtual assistant. However, this does not mean that the product will not surprise you in this regard. On the contrary.
The PL2 is smart enough to work on its own, but if you prefer, you can connect it to the LG Xboom app. Although it is available for Android and iPhone (iOS), this box can only be connected to devices of the little green robot, if you choose to use the LG Xboom application. The most curious thing is that the app for PL5 and PL7 works normally on the iOS system.
Even without Alexa or Google Assistant, the Xboom PL2 has a microphone and can trigger any virtual assistant from another paired device. Pressing the play button for five seconds, I managed to trigger Siri, Google Assistant and even Cortana on Windows, since I worked with him connected to the computer all the time.
Still in connectivity, the PL2 can be paired on up to two devices at the same time. This means that if you pause a song on your phone, it starts playing what is playing on your computer automatically. The dual button, in turn, guarantees a stereo sound experience by expanding the audio to another PL2 box. But only PL2 to PL2, unfortunately.
Sound and battery quality
We arrived at the sound and, right away, I emphasize that it has Meridian technology. LG did very well to team up with a company with very high quality audio solutions and deliver a robust sound experience for this input box.
The PL2 has only one speaker and it can handle the job with great efficiency and intensity. There is only one passive radiator here, which is the big difference when we analyze it with the most powerful versions of the PL line.
With a power of 5 watts RMS, the product delivers sounds with balanced bass and rich vocals even at maximum volume, which is surprising for a device of this size.
In more complex songs, at times it is possible to notice a certain imbalance, but this can be solved by decreasing the volume, if it is at maximum.
Sound Boost is the mode that makes the audio more full-bodied with bass standing out. Even though the treble is slightly impaired when I activate it, I like Sound Boost and I always leave it on for realizing that there is significant appreciation.
I believe that the only negative point of PL2 is the absence of a 360 degree sound. Because if you turn the box to the side, you end up losing some of what is emitted.
If PL2 enchants in audio, the battery, on the other hand, may not animate much and look that there are no multicolored lights here. LG promises up to 10 hours of playback, which in practice may not be so. During my tests, I spent a whole day with the box on and it started asking for a charge after 8 hours and 18 minutes of use; 19 minutes later and the PL2 couldn’t take it and turned it off for good.
Even with surprising sound quality, the LG Xboom Go PL2 still lags behind the Wonderboom 2 and Sony SRS-XB10 which are the main competitors. The XB10 is older, but delivers 16 hours of battery life, NFC and more color options.
I also see the Sony model as more portable, while the PL2 is more ideal for an office or productivity setup, as it is in my case. Wonderboom 2, on the other hand, has a 360 degree sound, ensuring greater audio immersion.
The Xboom Go PL2 could reach the market with lights, the integration with another PL2 box is very restricted and LG could allow the connection with the PL5, PL7 and other previous speakers of the brand. Integration with app only on Android is a mistake and, finally, a string could also accompany the product, right?
Despite all this, the Xboom Go PL2 does have its advantages: great finish, decent connectivity and impeccable sound quality. Even with a suggested price of R $ 449, it is already possible to find it for much less and with values that are close to the competition.