Looking for a last minute stocking stuffer for the teen that loves music on the move? The Divoom Bluetune-Bean provides a unique and nice alternative to the headphones that seem to clutter up bags and backpacks.
The Bluetune-Bean is the latest innovation in Bluetooth speaker portability. A small portable speaker shaped like a bean that fits nicely and comfortably in the palm of your hand the Bluetune-Bean comes in a variety of lurid neon colors that scream almost as loudly as the music it will play.
The Bluetune-Bean comes with an aluminum carabineer that will allow it to attach to your backpack, belt or jacket loop so you can listen while you’re on the move without shutting out the entire world as you would do if you were wearing ear or headphones. Its ease of portability is enhanced by its long-life battery that provided me six hours of use (the manufacturer claims eight hours but I couldn’t get to that).
The Bluetune-Bean is recharged via the standard micro-USB cable that is provided with he Bluetune-Bean. The speaker itself has limited functionality allowing the user to only turn it on and off, there is no volume functionality on the Bean. Small problem really as most people depend upon the volume control on their phones for this purpose.
Looks great, has portability and will last long enough to satisfy most users on all but the longest of hikes but how does it sound? Small speakers, including those that are considerably more expensive than this one, will not provide room-filling audio and this is true for this unit. The lower register is almost non-existent. There is little bass but, having said that it does provide a nice sound for what it is, a portable unit that you can carry around anywhere and everywhere.
It also provides an extensive volume range although turn it up too loud and there will be sound distortion that will detracts from the audio experience.
The Bluetooth functionality is part of the Bluetune-Bean’s appeal and its range extends to about 30 feet, so perfect for personal use or small picnics but not large parties.
It also provides speaker-phone capabilities that are better than those in your phone, another nice benefit! This is a personal speaker and works quite nicely as such.
So what about its colors? It comes in white, black, bright red, bright sky-blue, brighter pink and a very bright lurid yellow. Did I mention it was brightly colored?
Its limitation is one that any speaker this size will have including those at two or three times the price. It is certainly unique and because of that will be very appealing to pre-teens or teens who want something cool to show their friends when they go back to school after the holiday. Who knows, the Bluetune-Bean could very rapidly become the “must-have” gadget for teens everywhere!