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Cheap and cheerful but not amazing as most people suggest
Reviewed in Australia on 9 September 2020
This speaker is not bad, per se, but it is also not as amazing as most reviewers make it out to be. It all depends on your perspective and expectations. If you go in thinking it's only $49 and looking for something to improve upon your laptop speakers, sure, it is definitely an upgrade to most (although it didn't sound better than my Dell XPS 15 9500, which, in fairness, has the best speakers among Windows laptops - MacBook Pros blow away anything less than a HiFi system). They also sound better than the 3W power usage suggests (noted on the back). So I'll give them that. If you have bad/low volume laptop speakers or no speaker at all on your desktop/monitor, and all you want to do is watch YouTube videos, listen to podcasts or casually listen to some songs without expecting a lot of clarity and bass, it'll do. For anything more, you might want to check out some more expensive soundbars or portable speakers.
But here is the reason why I returned mine. The description says "Just plug in the USB port and start the oomph". Well, that's not quite accurate. You see, that leads you to believe that this is a USB speaker - meaning both powered and connected to the source via USB, like other USB PC soundbars. But that's not the case with this speaker. The USB cable is just for power and you must plug in the audio jack to the sound source for the sound to come through. Before you say "well that's why it has the headphone and microphone jacks, genius", it could've well been optional. This might be fine for most people but that was not my expectation going in so know that when you're buying it. Otherwise, you'd be spending quite some time trying to figure out why no sound is coming out or why Windows is not recognising the speaker when you plug the USB port in, as I did. The lack of a peep let alone any oomph becomes really worrying after a while :D
Last but not least, even though it has a DC in port for a stand alone power adpater, it does not come with one in the box. So that port is as good as useless (who's going to chase a barrel plug power adapter for this). This shouldn't be an issue for most people because it only requires 3W which is less than the standard USB spec or the standard iPhone power adapters (the small 5W ones) so any USB port on any computer or phone charger is sufficient to power this. But the package is pretty bare-bones. No extra goodies at this price.