When it comes to portable sound, smartphone speakers often leave a lot to be desired thanks to the tinny sound that their tiny speakers give out. Luckily, there’s a whole bunch of Bluetooth speakers to choose from. Portability, durability, quality of sound, and battery life are all important features to consider when buying a Bluetooth speaker, all of which are pertinent to the EasyAcc DP100 Bluetooth Speaker being reviewed today.
Design-wise, the EasyAcc DP100 keeps it simple with rounded corners, a classy stainless steel effect edge at the top of the device, and speaker mesh wrapped around 90% of the sides. There’s a matt black plastic rim around at the lower end of the speaker, with a grippy rubber base. The DP100 feels solid, has a satisfying weight to it (297 grams), and is a little shorter than a can of soda. The easy-to-use play and volume buttons are situated on the top of the speaker, along with an LED light. Finally, there’s a 3.5mm audio jack, MicroUSB socket and On/Off switch on the rear of the speaker.
- Dimensions: 96 x 66 x 66mm
- Weight: 297 grams
- 4W Audio driver
- MicroUSB socket
- 3.5mm Audio jack
- 2,200mAh Battery
- In the box: Charging cable, 3.5mm AUX cable, carry pouch and user manual
Once powered on, a welcome tone is played and then you can pair it with your favourite smart device thanks to the Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, giving it an obstacle-free range of around 30 feet. Once paired, the DP100 will re-connect to the smart device automatically. Don’t forget, you can also connect the speaker to a 3.5mm audio cable thanks to the 3.5mm audio jack on the rear, bringing new life to old tech.
Perhaps the most important thing to consider is the sound. The EasyAcc DP100 delivers an adequate amount of bass, more than you would expect from the 4W driver that is present. The design of the speaker means that sound is not focused in any particular direction. Whether you sit directly in front, or to the left or right of the speaker, there is good quality sound coming your way. After playing some AC/DC, Roxette, and some more current pop music, I was impressed with the richness and clarity of the sound, as well as the amount of bass outputted. As for volume, the speaker is plenty loud enough for the average-sized room.
The DP100 isn’t a one-trick pony, besides streaming music you can also use it as a hands-free device, taking calls from your phone thanks to the microphone on the top of the speaker, which is a handy feature to have.
On to longevity, and here the DP100 excels with its 20 plus hours of playback or 8-10 hours of talk-time, getting you through a workday with ease. Recharging the battery takes around 3 hours, which is pretty good considering its 2,200mAh capacity.
The EasyAcc DP100 Bluetooth Speaker is an excellent compromise between portability, impressive longevity, great sound and stylish design. It isn’t loud enough to power a concert, but then, it is only a 4W speaker that admittedly punches well above its weight. Much like the EasyAcc 10,000mAh Power Bank (reviewed here), the DP100 performs its functions with a minimum of drama. As for price, the DP100 can be picked up from Amazon for the reasonable price of $21.99 in the States, or £20 in the UK.