Hands Free Listening with the New Divoom Onbeat 200

Divoom, in my mind, holds the title as the champ of high quality small speakers. One of my favorites is the Bluetune Solo, which I wrote about recently for iPhone Life. And now, there is a new kid on the block with Divoom's recently released Onbeat 200 ($79.99).

I never cease to marvel at the amazing crisp, clear sounds that small speakers can produce these days, and the new Onbeat is no exception.

It measures 6.25 x 2.75 x 2 inches, which makes it totally portable for use at home, in the office, or on the road. I enjoy taking mine out in my Japanese garden while I’m working. I’ve even taken it bird watching with me and called birds with it. As a test while on the road, I listened to an audiobook borrowed from my library on the Onbeat. I was able to hear the spoken words clearly over any road noise and enjoyed the story as I rolled along. Even the people in the backseat were able to listen in without any difficulty. So it passed all the tests.

Speaker Specifications

  • Weight=540 g
  • Driver Size=2” x 2
  • Output power=2w x 2
  • Frequency Response=80-20,000Hz
  • Signal to Noise Ratio=>75dB
  • Distortion=<10%
  • Playback Time-8 hours
  • Battery Capacity=1200mAh
  • Battery Voltage=3.7
  • Battery Charge Time=3 hours
  • Microphone Sensitivity=-36db
  • Bluetooth Profile Support=A2DP Stereo

Because it is a Bluetooth compliant instrument, it's wireless so you don’t have any wires to muss things up. But it comes with a 3.5mm cable in case your playback device is not Bluetooth. So it will work with just about anything. I found that its Bluetooth connectivity was fast and seamless, which is always a relief.

Its built-in microphone turns it into a hands free device while driving. Of course it will work anywhere as a hands free device, which is convenient whether you're cooking or working in the garden.

In the box, you get the device plus a 3.5 mm cable, a micro USB charging cable, and a manual. You also get a wrist strap, which seems odd to me. In my opinion, it is a little bulky to strap to your wrist. Maybe it would suit a weight lifter just fine.

If there is a downside, I would say it is a little pricey at $79.99, but that’s what it costs. You can pick one up on Amazon here. It comes in an array of color choices that ought to please almost anyone and fit any décor. Choose from black, red, gray, or blue.

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