Today we’ve got the UMIDIGI 24W Bluetooth speaker up for review, a portable power-house that packs 2x12W speakers, a microphone for hands-free calling and a 4400mah rechargeable battery in an elegantly designed casing that’s both minimalist and eye catching at the same time.
I’ll be completely honest here. I had never heard of UMIDIGI before receiving this speaker, but after a bit of research I could see that they’ve got quite a wide range of wireless speakers along with some really good customer reviews – and that was for their cheaper speakers. So, this one being their most expensive had some pretty high expectations to live up to.
2Design and Build Quality
The “UMI-BTS6” as it is technically known boasts a silghtly different shape than we we’re accustomed to seeing. Opening up the box, I was pleased to see something different from the typical rectangular blocky design of most of the speakers we’ve reviewed so far. Its ellipse shape and brushed aluminium finish along with the fabric grill was an instant hit for me.
Sitting upright, the speaker measures in at 200mm(L) X 76mm(H) X 60mm (D) and has 3 simple function buttons on its top right side – these include the power on/off/Bluetooth light indicator button, the volume down button and the volume up button. These are dedicate volume buttons which do not act as track skipping buttons like most other portble speakers so you’ll need to use your phone or connected device for track skipping.
On the right side there’s an AUX input for connecting to something like an older iPod or even a PC or laptop that doesn’t have Bluetooth (a 3.5mm cable is included so you won’t need to buy one separately). On the left side you’ve got the USB charging port which can either be used with a mains charger or your PC USB socket (mains adapter not included only the actual USB comes with the speaker).
The bass I got from this speaker was way more than anything I was expecting, I’ve been using this mostly as a PC speaker and I can literally feel every boom when watching movies. Even when playing Battlefield 1 – it’s just superb.
The mids and highs were pretty decent as well, but the bass is where I think this speaker really shines.
The audio quality was easily comparable to something like the Creative Muvo 2 Bluetooth speaker we recently reviewed but the only difference is the Creative speaker costs about £25 more which makes this speaker a fantastic value for money.
4Battery Life and Connectivity
Crammed inside the UMIDIGI 24W Bluetooth speaker is a 4400mAh lithium-ion battery which according to UMIDIGI should provide up to 16 hours playback once fully charged, this average is largely dependant on how high you set the volume. To show the difference, I carried out two separate tests at different volume levels just to get a feel of what the realistic playback time would be.
Test 1 was done at 80% volume, this is the level I would normally set it for everyday use and even at this level I got 16 hours and 13 minutes. Test 2 was done at full 100% and the difference was quite noticeable, 9 hours 02 minutes.
The speaker feature Bluetooth 4.0 CSR which pretty much guarantees a solid connection of up to 33ft. Connecting was very straight forward – I only needed to switch the speaker on and turn on Bluetooth on my phone and it automatically detected it so I just needed to push connect and that was it – connected. The stated wireless range was spot on as well, 33ft was easily achieved and even from room to room I got very little crackling.
|Speaker||2 x 12W|
|Playback Time||Up to 16 Hours (volume dependant)|
|Battery Charge Time||3-4 Hours|
The UMIDIGI 24W Bluetooth speaker is a powerful portable speaker that has all the essentials you would want in a compact and affordable package. The only thing missing in my opinion is waterproofing, with summer just around the corner I would have loved to take this speaker to the pool without having to worry.
The UMIDIGI 24W Bluetooth speaker is a powerful portable speaker that has all the essentials you would want in a compact and affordable package.