The Fugoo Tough comes with a unique shell crafted from fiber-resin and solid aluminum to give it the much needed strong build quality. It measures 7.75 x 2.9 x 2.3 inches which is considerably smaller when compared to other outdoor speakers such as the Braven HD which measures 10 x 4.3 x 3-inch and the UE Megaboom that measures 8.9 x 3.3×3.3 inches. It weighs in at 1.4 pounds which is much lighter than the Braven HD which weighs at 4 pounds and the Megaboom weighing in at 1.9 pounds. As such, you have the Fugoo Tough as the best choice for outdoor activities including strap mount and bike mount as you listen to your music while on the move thanks to its portability.
The speakers in the Fugoo come in three different varieties including Sport, Style and Tough. The style sleeve sits well with those interested in fashion, whereas the tough sleeve matches the biker crowd. Each of the options offers a unique look, but differ mostly in how they tip the balance between form versus function. The process for installing the jacket is easy. There are a series of interlocking grooves on the bottom of the Fugoo’s core that helps each jacket stay comfortable. Inside the jacket, there are two 1.7 x 2.1-inch passive radiators, two 1.5-inch mid/woofer drivers and two 1.1-inch tweeters. The two tweeters are placed on opposite ends of the Fugoo with a mid/woofer and bass driver pairing facing both front and back. This combination makes it possible for the Fugoo to deliver sound in all directions as opposed to just forward as seen in a number of Bluetooth speakers.
The style jacket can be put by sliding the core into the jacket until you hear a snap which indicates that it has locked into place. The sport sleeve calls for some disassembly before placing the core inside and it is the most protective option. The sport jacket is good in adding more function to the Bluetooth speaker whereas the style jacket puts the focus in order. A number of optional accessories can be attached to the Fugoo when the sport jacket is equipped including strapping the speaker to a tree pole, a strap mount or bike mount. As such, the Fugoo is more versatile but then the accessories remain optional since they do not improve the experience that much.
The controls in the Tough are minimalistic with the volume up and down controls placed on the top. They surround a smaller button that comes in handy when you want to engage Google Now voice control or Siri. You can get to pause playback and then resume by pressing the circular center button. It is also to possible to skip or reverse songs in this speaker, just get to hold the middle button and tap the “+” for skipping or the “-” button for reversing. The middle button can as well get to answer or hang up phone calls.
The power and Bluetooth pairing button are situated on one end alongside the battery status light. The device supports Bluetooth 4.0 which offers up to 33 feet of distance between the audio source and the speaker. The speaker uses Qualcomm AptX Bluetooth. AptX offers reduced bit rates without affecting sound quality as a way of overcoming the inability of sending sound data via Bluetooth. There is a Micro-USB port for charging and a 3.5mm audio jack for wired output connections.