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Braven goes for the rugged look with portable Bluetooth speaker

Braven has adopted a rugged look for its new 855 portable Bluetooth speaker, unveiled at IFA 2013. It's designed to be shockproof and certified water resistant, so should be able to handle a few knocks and life outdoors.

It packs a 8800mAh battery said to be good for 20 hours of continuous playback, can be used to charge mobile devices such as iPads and tablets, has an output of 20W and two speakers can be wirelessly daisy-chained to act as a stereo pair.

There's a built-in speakerphone and microphone for hands-free calls on your mobile, and music streaming is taken care of by the higher-quality Bluetooth aptX codec.

If you want a more elegant design for your home or office, Braven also offers the 850 model. It has the same tech specs as the 855, but wrapped up in a high-grade aluminium finish. Both models cost £250.

By Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.