Another Bluetooth Speaker with claims of great battery life and portability – that’s what we have here. Aesthetically this looks lovely though, especially if, like me, you love the ‘ballistic nylon’ look that this has going on. Let’s see whether the audio lives up to the design’s hype and what else is under the hood in the Dodocool DA149 review.
- Great value
- Decent audio
- Input options
- Good battery life
- Not a lot of low end
- Constant hum when playing audio
I’m actually on the lookout for a nice portable speaker for the holiday season so this was a timely request from our friends at Dodocool. The Dodocool DA149 is a Bluetooth speaker with an aesthetic reminiscent of what I believe was one of the most tactile and beautiful smartphone designs, the Motorola Droid Turbo. The ballistic nylon of that device meant that regardless of any shortcomings, holding it was a joy. Now, you’re no doubt not going to be holding the dodocool DA149 too often, but it’s still pretty to look at, especially when it’s on its included stand.
The built-in 2000 mAh battery powers dual 3W speakers, which pull their audio from one of a number of sources; microSD card, paired Bluetooth device, or a 3.5mm AUX cable if you’d old school. The device has a matte hard silicone backface to compliment the nylon weave on the front, and is available in both Red and Black colour variants.
- Wireless version: V4.1
- Support wireless profile: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP
- Wireless working frequency: 2.402GHz-2.480GHz
- TYP: -80dBm
- Wireless range: Up to 10m
- TBR: < 30 cm
- Max power: 3W * 2
- Power amplifier type: Class-D
- Frequency response: 20Hz – 45kHz
- Speaker type: 2 full-range speakers
- Microphone: -40dB ± 3dB
- Battery: Built-in 3.7V/2000mAh lithium battery
- Playtime: Up to 7 hours
- Talk time: Up to 7 hours
- Charging voltage: DC 5V
- Charging current: 450mA ± 50mA
- Charging port: Micro-USB port
- Charging time: Approx. 4 hours
- TF card support: Up to 32GB
- USB disk support: Up to 32GB
I’m torn here; the Dodocool DA149 looks beautiful, but it’s a classic case of form over function to a certain extent. The built in 2000 mAh battery is good for around 7 hours of power (just less in our testing) which is probably good enough for most people however there are rival products that can deliver much more for a similar price point.
However, battery life is irrelevant if the audio on a device that is specifically purchased to deliver good audio, is particularly bad, right? Well again, the Dodocool DA149 doesn’t quite deliver here either. It’s okay, but it suffers from the low output of the speakers and their ability to hit any type of extreme. Lows are shallow and lack the rumble you need in a lot of Pop and Dance tracks, and the highs can get distorted if you push the volume up. It does get quite loud but that distortion will stop you cranking it up too high.
There’s also an annoying static hum that permeates the audio streams played through the Dodocool DA149, and is most evident at the start and end of tracks. It doesn’t detract from the listening experience during the track though which is a silver lining of sorts.
It’s not all bad though as there is still a lot to like about this device. The stand is a nice and easy addition which sets it apart from the competition. Equally, the inclusion of a toggle power switch rather than a press-hold button is nice for those that pack their bags heavily and often drain the battery inadvertently. Additionally, the different methods of connectivity are to be expected but it’s still nice to see a microSD card being included along with the seemingly fading 3.5mm AUX jack. Then there’s that aesthetic – ahhhhh it’s lovely and I can forgive a lot of downsides just by looking at that gorgeous face!
Ultimately, for just over £25 you can get a nice looking Bluetooth speaker with acceptable battery live, a nice aesthetic and something that could just as easily be used as a hands-free speakerphone in a small/home office for example.
If you’re looking at this as a device that will flood your living room with clear, crisp audio and rumbling bass, then look elsewhere. It is what it is; a nice looking 3W Bluetooth speaker. As that, it’s not a bad product for the price, although there are better.