Divoom Bluetune Solo: Good Sound Comes in a Small Package

Divoom Bluetune Solo
Photo © Daniel Nations.

At about half the size of a can of Coke, the Divoom Bluetune Solo doesn't look like much. But this portable speaker that can fit on the palm of your hand has reasonably good sound and a nice set of features, easily making it one of the best Bluetooth speakers available for under $50.

Divoom Bluetune Solo - Pros

  • Easy to setup
  • Good sound for such a cheap speaker
  • Can be used as a speaker phone
  • Can be connected to external speakers
  • Charges via USB much like a smartphone or tablet

Divoom Bluetune Solo - Cons

  • Instructions printed in very small font
  • Makes a long beeping sound when turned on
  • On/Off switch on the bottom of the device

Divoom Bluetune Solo Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review

Are you looking for a better sound while on the go? If your tablet or smartphone doesn't pack enough punch for your listening habits, Divoom's Bluetune Solo might be right up your alley. While you won't exactly use this diminutive speaker to bolt out tunes at your next party, it is a nice improvement over the iPad's built-in speakers and can get reasonably loud if you want to get your dance on while jamming out to the latest Psy tune.

Setup is a breeze. As the name suggests, the Bluetune Solo is a Bluetooth speaker, so connecting to your tablet or smartphone is as easy as holding down the button on top of the speaker, going into your Bluetooth settings, and choosing to pair the devices. You can literally be up and running within a couple of minutes of getting the package open.

The wireless speaker points straight up and delivers a crisp sound while bass tones come are enhanced via the patented X-BASS technology flowing out the bottom of the speaker. I can't say I know exactly what X-BASS does -- I had never heard of it before -- but I was impressed with the clarity of the sound. It's not going to beat the Fostex studio monitors I usually use for speakers, but comparing $200 studio monitors to a $50 wireless speaker wouldn't be fair anyway.

But what I really like about the Bluetune Solo are the added features. Because it has a built-in mic, the the Bluetune Solo can be used as a speaker phone. It also has a line out that will allow you to connect it to an external stereo system. If you are keeping track at home, that means you can basically turn your home stereo system into a wireless system just by plugging in this $50 device. The battery-operated device doesn't need to be plugged into the wall making it truly wireless, not just wireless for sound, and when it comes time to charge the battery, you can plug it up to your computer just like any USB device.

It's not all roses, though. I disliked the miniature instruction booklet written in a font so small that it might take a magnifying glass for some people to read it. This is partially offset by how easy the device is to set up, but for those unused to Bluetooth devices, some pain of eyestrain may be felt. I also would have liked an on-off switch that was located on the sides or top rather than the bottom of the device. The portable speaker also makes a long beep when turned on, signaling you that it is trying to connect to it's Bluetooth source. I could have just assumed it would make the attempt and done without the sound.

Overall, this is a good purchase for anyone looking for a speaker system that will fit in a briefcase or a purse. It can be put to a variety of uses, and because it comes in just shy of $50, it's a pretty good bargain.

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