Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Coocheer Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Review

Coocheer Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Hey there.  Time to pull out another item from the tech vault and get a review going!  This time item is... the Coocheer Wireless Bluetooth Speaker!  A personal favorite, if I do say so myself.  Our good friends at Coocheer were awesome enough to provide me with this great speaker to try out and review, and let me tell you, not only does it look great, it sounds pretty amazing too!  Before we get into the review, let's talk SPECS!

SPECS
  • Bluetooth 4.0/A2DP Compatible
  • NFC (Near Field Communication) Compatible
  • Bluetooth Range: Up to 30 ft.
  • 3.5mm AUX Cable Connectivity
  • Phone Function (Answers Calls)
  • Built in Microphone
  • Charging Time: Approx. 3 Hours
  • Playtime Time: Up to 10 Hours
  • HD Stereo Sound
  • Built in Lithium Ion Battery (Micro USB Charging Port)
  • Weight: Approx. 1 Pound
  • Dimensions: Approx. 5 by 5 by 1 Inches
CONTENTS
  • 1 - Coocheer Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
  • 1 - Micro USB Charging Cable
  • 1 - 3.5mm AUX Cable
  • 1 - Instruction Manual
  • 1 - Carrying Bag
Love this modern design.  It's definitely a head turner.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS

First off, the box.  I love the sleeve over the box look.  The Coocheer Wireless Bluetooth Speaker comes in a regular brown box, but the sleeve that goes over it has all the info you need.  It has a flattering picture of the speaker, some specs on the back, and the, "Let Good Life Be at Your Fingertips", slogan.  It's eye catching and gives off a great first impression.

OUT OF THE BOX EXPERIENCE

Once you pull the sleeve off, and crack open the box, you'll find that the Coocheer Speaker is snug and secured in the box.  The ends of the speaker has styrofoam which presses up against the box, adding some added protection.  After pulling out the speaker and removing the styrofoam edges, I noted that the additional contents are tucked under the speaker.  Nice.

After pulling the film off the speaker, the modern design makes an impressive first impression.  The speaker has a soft rubber grip around it which feels real nice against the hands and the single silver dial on top gives it a very unique design that is strikingly pleasing.  I turned the dial a few times and noted that you can keep turning it in one direction.  I wonder how this is going to work when the speaker is on.  Will the volume just continue to go up until infinity?  We'll find out soon enough. Turning the speaker over, the under side has 4 small rubber, "feet", and, what I'm' going to call the bass enhancer, is visible.  lol  I call it the bass enhancer since you can definitely feel the bass once you have it on, but we'll get to that later.
Coocheer Wireless Speaker
It's all about that bass, 'bout that bass, 'bout that bass...
I reached over and grabbed the cords and travel bag that came with the Coocheer Bluetooth Speaker and gave them a quick inspection.  The cables are nothing special.  The micro USB cable is a standard 2 ft. cable and the AUX cable is about 16 inches long.  The travel bag, however, is pretty cool.  It's a soft micor fiber type material and the speaker fits comfortably inside.  You can also tie up the ends to assure that the speaker will not slip out of the bag.  I love it when a soft travel bag is included with my speaker!  Enough gawking, let's get this bad boy charged up and give it a go.

BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY

Once fully charged up, I turned on the Coocheer Wireless Bluetooth Speaker and connected it to my smartphone.  Connection was easy enough, simply turn on the Bluetooth connectivity on your device and look for the device with CH-080 as the name and click on it.  A short blip from the speaker confirms connectivity.  Simple as that.  I wanted to test the range of the connectivity as well.  I walked away from the speaker to see how far I could go before I lost connectivity.  The description states that you can go up to 30 feet, but I found that you can go a bit farther than that, closer to 40 ft, actually.  But you will most likely experience static or spotty connection once you go past the 30 ft. mark.  

CONTROLS

Considering that the controls consists of a single dial on the Coocheer Speaker, I was curious to see exactly how it would work.  Once I had some music playing, turning the dial counter clockwise will lower the volume and turning clockwise will turn up the volume.  Because you can turn the dial for eternity, a double beep (similar to that of a busy signal when making a call) will tell you when you have reached the bottom or top of the volume level.  I like that a lot.  I was wondering how you would know when you would hit the max volume.  What I didn't like, though, was that you would really need to turn the dial a lot to make a difference in sound.  This may be so that you can find the perfect level of volume, but I found it a bit annoying.  

Once I got the volume situation, I wanted to try out some of the music control functions.  Playing and pausing was simple enough, just press down on the dial (yes, it's a button too)!  After that... it gets a little tricky.  You will need to long press the dial button for 3 seconds to enter, "song mode."  The blue light will flash indication that you are now in song mode.  Once in song mode, you can turn the dial clockwise to go to the next song and counter clockwise to go to the previous song.  If you do not turn the dial after 5 seconds, the speaker will go back to volume mode.  This can take a bit of getting used to.  After a few times, I just ended up adjusting the song controls from my phone.  

CALL FUNCTIONALITY

As for the phone functionality, it is pretty straigh forward.  You click on the dial button to answer/end a call and you can speak directly into the speaker as if it was a phone.  The built in microphone was strong enough to be able to pick up my voice from a few feet away so it's not like you have to hold the speaker next to your mouth to be heard.  

SOUND QUALITY

The sound quality from the Coocheer Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is definitely top notch.  As usual, I put speakers through my usual gauntlet of musical genres so that I can get a great sense of the speakers capabilities.  Anything and everything from Jazz to Metal to Ska to Rap.  I just find that it's the best way to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the speaker.  After a few hours of music, I find that this Coocheer Speaker excels when it comes to projecting bass sounds.  The bass guitar really stood out during the Jazz protion of the test and the thumpin' sound of the bass in House Music was really pounding.  It may be just me, but I think that it was that "bass enhancer" that you can see from the under side of the speaker that really makes the bass pop.  Don't get me wrong, the sound quality overall is excellent, but when it comes to the, THOOMP, THOOMP, THOOMP, sounds, the Coocheer Wireless Bluetooth Speaker flexes it's muscles.

And just because I want to test out the sound quality over video, I fired up Youtube and watched a few videos just to finish off my testing.  A few review vids and a few anime episodes later, no coplaints.  Everything sounds great and there is nothing to be worried about there.

BATTERY LIFE

After a few test runs, I noticed that the battery life seemed to fluctuate a bit.  It would range anywhere from 6 hours to 10 hours of continuous play time.  I soon found out that the volume played a huge role on the battery life.  If you played the speaker on full volume would lower your overall play time than by keeping the volume at a lower level.  Makes sense, I guess.  The higher the volume the more power it consumes, right?  Well, at least that's what I told myself.  It's not a deal breaker, since you can use the speaker while it's charging. 
Ooooooo... Black and red...
Speaking of charging, I love the red ring around the dial during charging.  It just looks pretty cool.  I think that I just have a thing for black and red. lol  Anyways, when the speaker is in use, the ring turns blue.  If you do decide to use the speaker and charge it at the same time, the ring turns into a light purple.  As for the charging time, the box says it may take take up to 4 hours but I found that it can charge up from dead to full in as little as 2 and half hours.  I guess it depends on the power source that is charging up the speaker.

CONCLUSION

The Coocheer Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is a good looking speaker that sounds just as great as it looks.  The design is modern and sleek, the sound quality is crisp and full, and the speaker is a great addition that any techie would greatly enjoy.  Father's Day is coming up, friends.  If you are still looking for a gift for Dad, you can't go wrong with this great wireless speaker!  You can pick one up at Amazon now for under $30!

What do you think of this Coocheer Wireless Bluetooth Speaker?  What do you look for when purchasing a bluetooth speaker?  Battery life?  Sound quality?  Let's hear it in the comments, friends!  Later!



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