Sometimes having a speaker that travels easily, is small and easy enough for both kids and adults to handle that also produces a lot of sound can make everyone a little happier. Let us explain. We recently went on a vacation that involved a very long car ride with four little ones in the back seat. Trying to keep said little ones entertained was getting a little overwhelming and frustrating, especially after the fifteenth, I'm bored was expressed from the backseat. Enter the Bluetune Bean by Divoom, an intriguing mini Bluetooth speaker with a very simple interface that allows both young and older users alike to easily share their sound when connected with a Bluetooth device. After we introduced the Bean to the kids, they were more than happy to take turns holding it and they were able to share the sound from their movies and music with each other, which in turn helped a long road trip seem just a little shorter.
Main features and specifications:
- Output power: 3W
- Total peak power: 6W
- Driver size: 50mm micro driver
- Signal-to-noise ratio: 75dB
- Frequency response: 60-20000Hz
- Bluetooth: 3.0
- Battery capacity: 400 mAh
- Battery Life: Up to 6 hours
- Battery charge time: Minimum 2 hours
- Built-in mic for hands free calls
- Weight: 3.8 ounces
- Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.8 x 1.8 inches
- Available in black/green, white/purple, pink/red, red/black, yellow/blue and blue/silver
- One year limited warranty
What We Liked:
- Petite Size: The Bean is small enough to go everywhere you go and weighs in at less than four ounces so chances are that you will probably forget you even clipped it to your bag in the first place. It fits perfectly in the palm of your hand and its rubberized coating makes it easy to grasp and carry along if you so choose. This mini speaker is perfect to take along on your next bike ride, run or day at the beach thanks to its durable design and easy to use features.
- Surprising Sound: At first glance this petite speaker does not seem like it would be able to deliver when it comes to sound, but do not let its mini size fool you because its sound is mighty. We were impressed with the overall range and powerful volumes that the Bean can dish out. The 50mm micro driver and passive bass radiator help the speaker to deliver a punch of sound each time you turn it on. With 6W of peak power you are not going to get amazingly rich bass and perfectly detailed tone range; however, you do get strong and solid sound whether you are listening to your favorite music or the latest podcast.
- Setup In Seconds: Nothing complicated here, just press and hold the power button on the Bean until you hear it beep, then select it under the Bluetooth settings on your phone or tablet and you are ready to go.
- Design & Layout: As far as the layout goes, the Bean is pretty straightforward. The left side of the speaker has a two buttons, one for power and another with a phone symbol for calls. The bottom of the speaker houses the USB charging port, which can be accessed by lifting the cover with the charging symbol. The Bean can quickly be attached to a bag, belt loop, your bike and pretty much anywhere else you want with the included carabiner clip. Play and pause features can be controlled with a single push of the phone button, but volume and track forward or back can only changed by using the controls on your device. To call the last number on your list, simply push the phone button twice quickly.
- Price Perfect: At around $30 or less, the Bean is very affordable.
What We Didn't Like:
- Noticeable Flaws: Like we said above, you can only control play and pause with the buttons on the Bean, but anything more will need to be done with the controls on your Bluetooth device. The volume levels on this speaker are impressive and you can definitely share your tunes with those around you, but when it comes to bass depth and tone clarity we did notice some fuzz and static even at lower volumes.
- Built-In Mic For Calls: If you are listening to the Bean and a call comes in, simply press the phone button to answer and press it again to hang up when the call is over. Pretty easy peasy. However, the problem with making calls using this speaker has to do with sound quality. We had several instances where the caller on the other end complained that every time we spoke all they could hear was a low buzzing noise and that they could barely hear our voice so this may not be your best bet for taking or making calls on a regular basis.
When it comes to our speakers of choice, we do not have time to mess around with complicated setups so that is why we appreciated the Bean speaker. Setup literally takes seconds and is fail-proof. The Bean produces sound that is impressive for its tiny size, although we were a bit disappointed in tone depth. This speaker is perfectly portable, weighs nothing and takes up very little space, especially if you clip it to your bag. You can take the Bean out and about or listen to it at your desk so you can quickly fill your space with your sound.
Our Score: 4 out of 5
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DiVoom Bluetune Bean Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review