i did a post a couple of months ago about nixon’s tps speaker, part of their most recent collection. while i knew nixon for their watch designs as well as their ear and headphones, this was the first speaker design i’d seen from them.
what caught my eye at first was the very simple design, which looked like something inspired by dieter rams. compared to the recently reviewed jambox, it is similar in size but feels like a very different thing. the key difference is that the jambox is a bluetooth speaker, while the tps is wired. what this means is that while the jambox can be a standalone unit, placed anywhere and moved about as much as you want, it is not as clean a form with it’s buttons on the top and the side and requires a bit of setting up. not a problem for the lone user who has spent time setting up their preferences, but not as simple as it should be.
the tps feels much more inviting. on the top is a large on/off button, and that is it. simple, clear, and functional. on the bottom is a removable cap, which houses a 3.5mm jack to plug into your music device, and a usb for charging. the cable management is very simple; the wires wrap around the bottom and come out of a hole at the back. you can decide how much cable you need to come through and neatly hide away the rest.
no set up required, and no volume buttons, leaving you to control that through your device. it looks good both on it’s end or on it’s side, and the aluminium enclosure feels strong and robust. not requiring any extra buttons, the anodised exterior both looks and feels really high quality.
the tps charges through the integrated usb, and it’s lithium-ion battery will last up to 6 hours, which is less than the jambox but definitely enough for a decent outing before running low.
i found the sound quality better than that of the jambox, with clear bass and trebles coming through. you can also interconnect two units to increase volume and enhance stereo separation. as with other similar speakers, it won’t rival you’re hifi for sound quality, but as an improvement for your laptop speakers or something to have in your bag or take on holiday it is great.
the tps is available in three colour options: green, silver and black. at $80 they cost less than the jambox, and personally i think they both look and sound better than them. head to the nixon site to see the other colours, and buy direct from them.
i like the look of this mini-speaker, part of nixon‘s new dark tortoise collection. using a 3.5mm stereo jack, it will work with pretty much any media player, and gets up to 6 hours of playtime from its rechargeable battery. you can also interconnect two units for enhanced stereo separation and volume. with integrated cable management and an simple on/off button, the aluminium-encased speaker is about as minimal as it gets!
they cost $80, from nixon.
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i saw the nixon trooper headphones in an article praising the chunky sized volume controls. i agree, it is nice to see such a simple, functional thing. colourwise though, i think i prefer the blue version, below. coming in at around £50, i think it’s another nice nixon design (see previous nixon items blogged about here), but i think i’m going to keep saving for the tma-1‘s.
available for just over £100 (see here).
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i wrote a post on nixon headphones and watches a couple of weeks ago, in which i sang their praises for their very cool designs. on designboom today, i saw this: the volta watch, which is nixon’s first rechargeable solar powered watch.
the semi-transparent dial allows sunlight through to the solar panel below which charges
the watch’s battery. powerslaves and desk jockeys need not worry, any light source will
suffice so your office fluorescence or tanning beds will also be good sources to recharge the watch.
not only is the idea of a solar powered watch cool, but i think it looks amazing aswell. costing between $240 and $270 (different prices for different straps/materials/colours), it is in a similar price range to the other nixon watches. but at least you’ll never have to buy new batteries!
link to nixon
link to designboom article
it has been brought to my attention by fellow product designer michael harris that nixon have bought out a range of headphones. the ‘wire 6mm’ range of earphones are my favourite, especially the red ones (above). they are selling for $60, which isn’t too bad either. they also have a range of full headphones (below the below), which are around $100, which are also pretty cool.
they have a really good selection of watches, with many different styles, my current favourites being the rubber player (in blue, below) which is $170, and the newton (below the below) which is $100. these are both quite colourful watches, but like i say, the selection is very diverse, with some more ‘serious’ watches too.