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

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

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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]

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