Sharp GX-BT60 Review: Compact Competitor

At a glance

Expert rating

Pros

Compact, waterproof design Decent battery life Strong bass levels

cons

Audio not as strong as rivals Micro USB charging instead of USB CN No aptX or AAC codecs

Our verdict

The Sharp GX-BT60 offers punchy sound for a smaller speaker, but it’s not without flaws.

You can spend a good amount of money for a portable Bluetooth speaker. However, if you’re short on cash and want something that produces powerful sound and is easy to carry, then you should consider the Sharp GX-BT60.

Sharp offers several Bluetooth speakers in its audio lineup, and the GX-BT60 is the smallest and cheapest of the bunch. I’ve spent some time with it to see how it holds up from day to day.

Design & Build

Small construction that fits in a pocketIP67 rating

You can get the GX-BT60 in one of three colors: black, gray and blue. I tried the latter, a bold and fun shade suitable for users who prefer their technology to be more off the beaten track.

The speaker itself measures 100 x 100 x 40 mm and weighs 230 g. This means it fits easily in one hand and is easy to carry in a small bag, or even a large pocket thanks to its square shape similar to the Tribit StormBox Micro. It also comes with a wrist strap which I have used both to carry it around and to attach it to things.

On the front of the device are volume buttons and a play button. The volume buttons can also be used to skip forward and back on tracks if you hold them down, and the play button can also be used to activate the voice assistant or take calls using the built-in microphone.

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The power button is on the right side of the device along with a covered micro USB port that can be used for charging. There’s also a 3.5mm aux-in port next to this one should you want a wired connection from your device. Both cables are included in the box.

The GX-BT60 comes with an IP67 rating, which means it is resistant to dust and water. You should therefore be able to take this outside by the pool or on a rainy day without worrying about it getting damaged.

Sound quality

Loud sound with decent bass Some details lost in highs and mids No support for aptX or AAC codecs

In terms of connectivity, the Sharp GX-BT60 is equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 and support for both Siri and Google Assistant. Pairing the speaker is extremely quick and easy – it automatically enters pairing mode when not connected to a device. In addition, you can take your phone to another floor in the house while still enjoying your music.

Although the Sharp GX-BT60 only has a 45mm driver and 6W output, it still impresses, with strong bass and decent volume output. Personally, I preferred using this speaker for laid-back music, streams, and the occasional big rock song to really push that bass to its limits.

However, those big basses overshadow some of the mids. For example, when I listened to Sebastian Bohm’s cover of Blondie’s Call Me, the bass boomed through, but the background opera vocals were barely noticeable over the rest of the tune.

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Highs are brighter, but if you turn the volume all the way up, they can sound spiky and sharp. Podcasts and YouTube videos will do, but don’t expect the hugely colorful or detailed audio you’d find on more expensive speakers.

Sound is mainly sent from the center of the speaker and will fill a room if you place it in the center. You don’t want to put it face down though, otherwise the sound will be quite muffled.

While I haven’t personally had a chance to test it, you can also pair two GX-BT60 speakers for a more stereo experience, or turn up those volume levels if you’re using them at a party.

Unfortunately, there’s no support for aptX or AAC codecs – but that’s pretty common with Bluetooth speakers in this price range.

Battery life

Up to 13 hours of battery life Micro USB charging

Sharp claims that the GX-BT60 has a battery life of up to 13 hours. However, playing the speaker at full power will give you less than this. Either way, the speaker should last you all day if you take it with you on a trip.

The GX-BT60 uses micro USB charging instead of the more standard and modern USB-C. This is somewhat annoying and outdated, but you do get a cable included in the box. It takes about three hours to charge the speaker from flat to full, so it’s not fast.

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Price & Availability

The Sharp GX-BT60 Bluetooth speaker costs £29.99 in the UK and is currently available at Amazon and curries. The GX-BT60 is not for sale in the US.

Considering the decent battery life, water resistance and strong audio, this is a competitive price for a Bluetooth speaker and undercuts rivals that offer a comparable audio experience.

Our top-rated cheap Bluetooth speaker is the EarFun Uboom, which retails for around £50. This comes with several audio modes, including a dedicated outdoor mode. For a similar price to the Sharp model, I’d also recommend the Tribit StormBox Micro – which also has the same compact square design, but has better sound quality overall.

You can check out more options in our table of the best cheap Bluetooth speakers, as well as the best Bluetooth speakers in general, which include a few more premium options.

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verdict

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money for a Bluetooth speaker, then the Sharp GX-BT60 speaker is the way to go. With a compact, waterproof design, all-day battery life and decent bass, there’s a lot going for it.

However, the sound quality doesn’t quite match what rivals can produce – with mids like vocals being drowned out by the bass and treble sounding sharp when cranked. However, if you’re not too picky about audio quality, it’s still a viable option for listening to music on the go.

Specifications:

Three colours: blue, black and gray 100 x 100 x 40 mm 230 g Micro USB port 3.5 mm aux-in port IP67 rating Playback and volume control Siri/Google Assistant support45 mm driver6 W output Hand strap included

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