Are we talking about tigers here? Nope. Lions maybe? Nah, this is the Creative’s latest portable speaker and it packs in quite a bit. There a million Bluetooth speakers out there. That remark comes from you by the way. Well, we do agree. However, don’t dismiss this one yet.

The Creative SoundBlaster Roar 2, sheds quite a bit of weight and flab when compared to the original Roar, 20 percent to be precise. That makes it even more portable. It is built quite well, with a nice dual tone finish that is appealing to the eye. One of the things that give this one an edge over comparative products is the fact that it offers both Bluetooth and NFC technologies, which means if you own a phone that supports NFC tech, you can pair it to the Roar 2 by simply tapping the phone on the speaker. However, that is only the tip of the iceberg.

Apart from its wireless prowess, the Creative SoundBlaster Roar 2 ramps things up when it comes to offering ports. Take a closer look and you will find a USB and an AUX port each, plus there is the all useful microSD card slot, that enables you to play music from well, a microSD card. This makes the Roar 2 extremely versatile. It even lets you record your voice as you play your favourite song and the 6000mAh Li-ion battery on the inside offers up to 8 hours of playback. What’s more? It can even charge your smartphone or tablet if they happen to run out of juice.

One of the things that you will either hate or love about the product is the number of buttons it sports. Last we checked, there were 12 of them, yes 12, on a portable speaker that you can easily carry on your palm. While the buttons on the front of the speaker, above the grille look well done, the ones on the top feel like an overkill.

The Roar 2 sports enough punch to adequately fill up your living room. The bi-amplifiers tech on the inside is capable of doling out the required power for your next house party too. However, if that’s not enough, simply press the ‘Roar’ button and the speaker will ramp up the loudness level even more.

For under 17K it seems like a decent offer and the feature list is top draw but we have heard speakers that sound way better. Hence listen to what’s available, before you put your money down for this one.

Additionally, you can also take a look at our curated list of Bluetooth speakers.

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