Divoom Bluetune Solo wireless Bluetooth speaker review: Travels well, sounds relatively decent

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Sound quality: 6.0
  • Value: 7.0
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The Good The Divoom Bluetune Solo is a very compact wireless Bluetooth speaker that has a built-in rechargeable battery, offers relatively decent sound for its tiny size, has speakerphone capabilities, and both an audio input and an audio output, so it can double as a Bluetooth transceiver for your home stereo.

The Bad Distorts at higher volumes, particularly with bass-heavy material; no volume or transport controls on the speaker.

The Bottom Line As far as tiny wireless speakers go, the Divoom Bluetune Solo stacks up well against the competition, with an attractive design, good features, and relatively decent sound.

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With an ever-increasing number of tiny $50 wireless Bluetooth speakers arriving in our offices for review, the first thing I ask when I get a new one is what distinguishes it from the rest of the pack?

When it comes to the Bluetune Solo from Shenzhen, China-based Divoom, a couple of attractive design traits, decent sound for its size, and built-in speakerphone capabilities, plus an audio output, make it worth considering if you're shopping for this type of speaker.

The first thing you notice about the Solo is that it's got a little bit of weight to it. At 8 ounces, it's not heavy, but there's some substance here, which makes it seem like less of a toy speaker.

Not much bigger than a can of Red Bull sliced in half, the speaker comes in a few different colors and has a nice texture, along with some blue lighting at its base. Some people will like that lighting and some could do without it.

The Divoom Bluetune Solo is slightly larger than a Red Bull can split in half. Sarah Tew/CNET

There are no volume buttons on the speaker. Nor are there pause, play, or skip track forward/back buttons. Everything has to be controlled from your Bluetooth-enabled device, most likely a smartphone or tablet. A power switch can be found on the bottom of the speaker.

As far as extra features go, as I said, the Solo has an integrated microphone and can be used as a speakerphone. It works pretty well as long as you remain pretty close to the speaker when talking.

The Micro-USB port does double duty as a charging port for the integrated rechargeable battery (battery life is rated at 8 hours, which is decent though not fantastic) and an audio input (cable included).

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Where to Buy

Divoom Bluetune Solo (blue)

Part Number: BluetuneSolo-Blue Released: Apr. 10, 2013

MSRP: $49.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Apr. 10, 2013
  • Color Blue
  • Type Portable Wireless Bluetooth speaker
  • Wireless Technology Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Connectivity Technology Wireless
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Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable e-reader and e-publishing expert. He's also the author of the novels Knife Music and The Big Exit. Both titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, and Nook e-books.