6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Divoom Voombox Outdoor: Tough Bluetooth speaker at a bargain price

About Video Transcript

First Look: Divoom Voombox Outdoor: Tough Bluetooth speaker at a bargain price

2:32 /

The sub-$100 Voombox Outdoor is water-resistant and puts out a lot of sound for its small size.

[MUSIC]. The Divoom Vommbox Outdoor is a compact, water resistant, wireless Bluetooth speaker that's designed, you guessed it, for outdoor use. At $99.99, it's the step up model to Divoom's hockey puck sized, bommbox travel, and produces good sound for both its size and price point. I'm David Carnoy, and welcome to another CNet video tour of a portable Bluetooth speaker. As I said, this Divoom is a ruggedized model, and comes in a few different trim colors, including the red you see here, as well as blue, olive green, and all black. Weighing in at 1.6 pounds or 726 grams, the speaker seems solidly built and has a set of sealed, rubberized buttons. On the top of the unit, including a pause play button and volume controls, to prevent water from entering the micro USB charging port, an audio input on the side, is this rubber gasket that seals everything off. Unlike some speakers that are completely water proof this one is only rated as being splash proof, as far as other extras go, there is a built in speaker phone, and the speaker is equipped with Bluetooth 4.0. Which makes pairing with your Bluetooth enabled smart phone or tablet, that much easier. Battery life is rated at 12 hours, with moderate volume levels, which is above average for this type of mini speaker. I thought it sounded good for what it is, it's got a pair of combo mid sub drivers and a single tweeter along with two base radiators. It's rare to see that many drivers in a speaker this size, and it does play very loud for a mini speaker. You do get some distortion with more complicated tracks, and bass heavy tracks at high volumes, but so long as you don't push it too hard, it offers reasonably detailed sound, it does have its limitations however. After all, a speaker at this size can only produce so much bass. So, don't expect it to mimic a larger, fuller sounding speaker. Still, for the money, you can find it for closer to $80 online. You'll be hard-pressed to find much else that sounds better. I also like Divoom's smaller Voombox Travel and think it's a better choice for people who wanna carry a speaker around in their laptop bag or luggage in general. But this Vommbox Outdoor, while a little generic looking, is a better choice if you want a speaker that can output more volume, to a larger space. Like to travel, it's a very good value, and it's one of the better wireless speakers you'll find for less than $100. I'm David Carnoy, and that's the Vommbox Outdoor. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]

New releases

Outrageous style for new Nissan Murano
5:01 December 22, 2014
The new Nissan Murano may take its looks to the extreme, but we found it a very comfortable and accommodating driver.
Play video
Smarter driver: Are older drivers less dangerous?
1:40 December 22, 2014
Conventional wisdom holds that elderly drivers are more dangerous. But Brian Cooley tells you why that may not be the case.
Play video
Car Tech 101: MPGe explained
2:59 December 22, 2014
Brian Cooley drills down on the new metric for rating MPG in cars like the BMW i8, Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt.
Play video
On the road: 2014 BMW i8
5:37 December 22, 2014
With its sculptured skin, gullwing doors and plugin-in hybrid drivetrain, BMW looks to the future with its new i8.
Play video
Tracking Santa with help from Microsoft, Google
2:55 December 22, 2014
Bridget Carey highlights Santa-tracking tools for Christmas Eve, how you can browse department-store window displays on Google Maps,...
Play video
Top 5: Car Tech of 2015
3:25 December 22, 2014
Brian Cooley offers up his top five car technology trends to watch in 2015. Are fuel cell cars on the list? Find out.
Play video
Panasonic LX100 advances the advanced compact
2:34 December 22, 2014
The company's pricey enthusiast compact raises the bar across the board among its peers.
Play video
The Arcade: a capitalist commune of indie game development
5:36 December 21, 2014
Playing host to 19 different companies, the Arcade in Melbourne, Australia is dedicated to changing the face of indie game development....
Play video