Today we’ve got the Aukey SK-M8 waterproof Bluetooth speaker for review, this is a rugged and robust portable speaker that boasts a 16 hour battery life along with an IPX4 waterproof rating. The solidly built SK-M8 packs dual 3W drivers and a 2600 mAh rechargeable battery into a device that weighs a measly 11.1 ounces.
1What’s in the Box
Just like the other Aukey Bluetooth speakers we’ve had, the speaker arrives neatly packaged in a brown cardboard box with an image of the speaker on the front of the box and the technical specs on the back. Upon unboxing you’ll find:
- The Aukey Sk-M8 waterproof Bluetooth speaker
- A reset pin
- A 3.5mm audio jack
- A USB charging cable
- An outdoor hanging belt
- The Aukey SK-M8 user manual
- Aukey’s warranty card
2Aukey SK-M8 Design
The entire speaker body is made from a very hard and lightweight plastic material, overall it feels durable and strong enough to take a few knocks. The SK-M8 measures in at 7.5×3.1×2.8 inches and weighs just 11.1 ounces according to my trusty pound shop scale.
The front of the speaker has a very minimalist appearance indeed, a fine grey speaker grille takes up about 90% of the surface area while the black plastic housing wraps around it .
On the top panel you’ll find the 4 function buttons, from the left there’s the speakerphone button, the previous track/volume down button, the next track/volume up button and the power button – to the side of the power button is the microphone.
The rear panel houses all the input ports, these include the AUX input and USB charging port. There’s also a reset button just incase something goes wrong and you need to reset everything back to factory settings.
There’s a mounting point at the bottom o the speaker which allows you to mount the Aukey SK-M8 on to a bike handle or a tripod. Apart from the black/grey review model, there’s a green/grey version available as well.
Having tested quite a few Bluetooth speaker of similar price range I can confidently say that this speaker does provide a really good listening experience. In my opinion, this speaker is best suited for those who like classical music or anything that doesn’t have a lot of bass. It does have some bass but if you really want to feel the beat, I don’t think this will cut it.
In terms of volume level, this will easily fill a small to medium size room – ideal if you live in a flat or just need a small wireless speaker for your bedroom. One thing I did like about the audio is the lack of distortion at higher volumes, I can comfortably listen to this at 90-100% for hours without any noticeable distortion.
4Aukey SK-M8 Battery Life
The manual gives an estimated battery life of between 12-16 hours, but it doesn’t say at what volume level. So for my own testing I’ve been using it 60% volume, at this level I was able to get 13 hours 48 minutes. Not bad considering it took me just below 4 hours for the speaker to fully charge. It does come with a partial charge but this only lasts about 45 minutes.
5Aukey SK-M8 Connectivity
Using Bluetooth 4.0 for streaming, the Aukey SK-M8’s wireless range extends up to 10 feet. Pairing this speaker is very simple, just turn on the speaker and the Bluetooth will automatically begin searching for your mobile phone – once you’ve switched on Bluetooth on your phone you should see “AUKEY SK-M8” in your device list, click it and it should take about 3 seconds to pair.
If you don’t want to use Bluetooth or your device doesn’t have Bluetooth you can use the 3.5mm audio cable that comes with the speaker. If the speaker doesn’t switch into AUX mode straight away, switch off the speaker plug in the jack then turn the speaker back on, this should allow the AUX port to take priority.
6Aukey SK-M8 Specs
|Dimensions||7.5×3.1 x2.8 inches|
|Playback Time||Up to 16 Hours|
|Battery Charge Time||3-4 Hours|
|Water Resistance Rating||IPX4|
The Aukey SK-M8 Bluetooth speaker is a very sturdy and lightweight portable speaker you can simply chuck in your backpack when you’re heading out, it’s shockproof and it has an IPX4 waterproof rating which means it’s perfect for pretty much any outdoor setting – just don’t drop it in water.
Disclaimer: The Aukey SK-M8 Bluetooth speaker review sample 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 maker of this product.
The SK-M8 speaker offers a decent listening experience for the budget conscious music enthusiast. At well under £20, this speaker is a fantastic deal when it comes to cheap portable speakers.