As most of you will be aware, I have an HTC One which offers some of the best (if not THE best) sound quality from a mobile available today however I’m first to admit that I like loud music and no matter how good BoomSound is, it simply isn’t loud enough for me when I’m out in the back garden having a BBQ or when I have friends over.
For years now I’ve been using my Wowee One to offer the sound increase I wanted and in fairness it offers really good sound if placed on a good surface however it’s restrictive in that I have to keep it close to any device I’m using at the time thanks to the 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable that’s required to be connected.
I decided to take a look around at Bluetooth speakers as it was becoming more and more annoying that I couldn’t use my phone very well when I was using the Wowee and I came across the Veho 360 M4 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker which looked the part as well as costing the part.
The main questions I had were, would it deliver the same sound quality as I was used to and could it become my chosen accessory for music?
[toggle title=”Price and Where To Buy” state=”open” ]You can buy this Bluetooth Speaker from Mobile Fun for just £24.97[/toggle]
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- 360° M4 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
- Line in Cable
- Mini USB Charging Cable
- Carry Sock
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- Speaker Output 2 x 2.2 watt
- Battery Capacity 600 mAh
- Battery Charge Time First charge 4 hours, 2 hours thereafter
- Play Time (Bluetooth) Up to 5 hours
- Play Time (microSD) Up to 8 hours
- Play Time (line in) Up to 10 hours
- Bluetooth Range Up to 10 metres
- Bluetooth Support A2DP, AVRCP
- Max. microSD Card Capacity 16 GB microSD/microSDHC card
- File Format (for music files) MP3, WMV
[toggle title=”Build Quality” state=”close” ]The Veho 360 M4 is manufactured to an amazing quality. The product does not in any way, shape or form feel cheap to touch and it carries with it enough weight to know it’s a premium product but is light enough to know it’s fully portable. The mesh surrounding the 2 speakers within the device is very strong and unlikely to be bashed even if you pressed quite hard on it.
From the switches to the buttons and the ports there is simply nothing left unfinished with the highest quality. The price of the device almost feels too low for what you have in terms of quality.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Aesthetics” state=”close” ]Looks are important despite what a woman tells you! Sadly, apart from on the top of the device (which looks great), the Veho 360 M4 lacks a certain finesse. I’m not for one second saying it’s ugly however I feel that the design artists were sleeping when they drew the sketches for this compared to a lot of the other Veho product range.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Setup” state=”close” ]Setup of the device is very simple indeed and it offers 3 modes for audio which are equally as easy to use. The first of these modes is MicroSD which allows you to place a MicroSD into the side of the speaker and control music directly from it with the controls on the top.
The second is Line In which allows the use of a 3.5mm headphone cable connected to the speaker and the source which again is straight forward and allows the use of the controls on the top of the speaker.
The final connection mode is Bluetooth which is simple to pair and unpair. Simply press and hold the power button on the speaker to set it into discovery mode then pair any phone to it using the code 0000.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Sound Quality” state=”close” ]I suppose this is one of the most important parts of this review and I’ll start it off by saying that you won’t be disappointed.
Like I said at the top of the review, I have been using a Wowee One and have an HTC One which paired together offer an immense sound however when it comes to topping that sound, the Veho 360 M4 does it with style!
Offering a full 360° sound experience with 2.2 watts in both of the speakers the Veho 360 M4 delivers a crisp and clear sound along with very nice clarity however it’s worth saying that it does lack on the lower bass bands which might be a put off for dance music lovers.
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- Build Quality
- Charging Time
- Battery Life
- Sound Quality / Clarity
- MicroSD Support
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- Bluetooth interference
[toggle title=”Conclussion” state=”open” ]I have to say that I am more than impressed with this speaker. I can get a good 5 hours from the device using MicroSD, around 4 hours with Bluetooth on a normal volume (about 2.5 hours on full volume) and a good 6 hours on-line in.
I have also found that using a battery pack with the device when it runs out is great too as you can keep using it whilst it’s charging (it takes about 2 hours for a full charge).
The sound and clarity that the speaker offers for the price that you pay is almost a steal. If I were to say that I used this daily I wouldn’t be lying. If I had one grumble it’s the fact that the Bluetooth range isn’t as great as what I wanted it to be, I can’t walk more than maybe 2 meters from the device without it struggling to latch onto the signal again. I also found that if you do manage to get it working over a greater distance, the minute something gets in the path (like a person walking by) it struggles again.
If you’re in the market for a device you can take anywhere with you that offers you great sound at a low-cost then there is no better speaker.[/toggle]