The Audio Dynamix Mesh 3 Bluetooth speaker is an extremely lightweight and portable device designed to go wherever you go. It’s got a huge battery life (up to 14 hours to be exact), a touch sensitive design and a built in mic for hands free calling all under £15 (at time of review).
What’s in the box
The Audio Dynamix Mesh 3 speaker comes in a sleek half-lid lift top black box with silver accents along the sides. I must admit, it has quality regardless of the fact that it’s a budget portable speaker. Upon unboxing it, you’ll find:
- The Mesh 3 speaker unit
- A micro USB charging cable
- A 3.5mm audio out cable
- A black drawstring mesh bag
- A user guide
Audio Dynamix Mesh 3 Design
Design-wise, the ADX Mesh 3 has the typical cuboid shape that’s common in most Bluetooth speakers out there, but it does feature some unique touches that make it stand out from the rest, such as its matte honeycomb pattern that contrasts with the black glossy finish on top of the unit.
Also on top you’ll find three touch sensitive controls with two functions each (volume up – next track / volume down – previous track / call answering – play – pause). There is also a LED light that lets you know when the unit is being charged and whether Bluetooth or Aux mode is on. At the rear you’ll find the AUX-in socket, USB charging port and the power on/off switch.
At 12 x 6 x 4.8cm (4.7 x 2.3 x 1.8 inches), the Mesh 3 is pretty compact and no bigger than a regular smartphone, when viewed from the top it has the same shape and similar dimensions as my older iPhone 3g but obviously thicker. It’s also extremely lightweight and easy to transport.
ADX Mesh 3 Audio Performance
The ADX Mesh 3 is fitted with a pair of high-performance long-throw drivers that work seamlessly with the speaker’s Harmonic Bass / High Definition system for balanced bass and elegant treble. The predominant theme with regards to the speaker’s audio performance is its improved efficiency when it comes to handling audio power.
To that end, Audio Dynamix have built in two high-end voice coils which boost the speaker’s efficiency by up to 30% so that you can enjoy more powerful sound without needing to worry about distortion. Improved loudspeaker efficiency is also possible thanks to a digital amplifier with a total output of 2×3 Watts (RMS), which delivers impeccable stereo sound.
Another thing to note is that Audio Dynamix have worked on reducing the latency issues that affected their older Bluetooth speaker models. I’ve tested the Mesh 3 while watching Youtube and there was absolutely no lag, the audio and video were in perfect sync throughout.
ADX Mesh 3 Battery Life
This Mesh 3 speaker comes with a high-capacity 1,200 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery. According to ADX, a single charge can give you anything between 12 and 14 hours of continuous playtime.
During testing I was able to get a bit over 9½ hours at about 90% volume using the Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR connection. This type of rechargeable battery has the advantage of being able to withstand extreme temperatures, which makes this speaker unit ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. Moreover, the Mesh 3 has been upgraded to a state-of-the-art CSR8635 chipset, which reduces power consumption and therefore extends battery life of the speaker.
Just like the ADX Atom V3, Audio Dynamix have fitted this wireless speaker with a Dual Mode Power Supply which allows you to keep using the speaker even while it is being charged. Now this is a very welcomed feature in my opinion, I’ve owned speakers in the £80-£100 bracket that do not allow this (Sony).
ADX Mesh 3 Main Features
Improved speaker efficiency – Professional voice coils and a high-end digital amplifier boost the Mesh 3 efficiency for smooth, flawless sound.
Hands-free call support – Bluetooth 4.0 technology allows you take phone calls over a 30-feet range.
Long-lasting battery life – Get up to 14 hours of wireless sound. An internal battery allows you use the speaker while it is being charged thanks to its Dual Power Mode system.
Compact design – The ADX Mesh 3 is lightweight, portable and beautifully designed.
ADX Mesh 3 Specs
|Playback Time||Up to 14 Hours|
|Battery Charge Time||3-4 Hours|
As you can see from the Audio Dynamix Mesh 3 review above, this is a Bluetooth speaker that does a great job considering its low price tag. The Mesh 3 is a solid choice if you are looking for a wireless speaker that delivers punchy sound and that can be used for hours on end in both indoor and outdoor settings.
The only negative thing (in my opinion) about the Mesh 3 Bluetooth speaker has to do with the controls on top. To increase or decrease volume you’ll need to long press the “+” or “-” icon, touching the icon once skips the track. I would’ve preferred to have these in reverse because this is what I’m use to when using other Bluetooth speakers.
Disclaimer: This product was given to me free of charge for my honest review and opinions. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and it’s in no way influenced by the manufacturer of this product.
A very lightweight portable speaker that offers a decent audio experience on a budget. 14 hours playback and a built in mic makes the ADX Mesh 3 a solid choice in the budget speaker range.