When it comes to iPhone accessories, such as wireless speakers, if you look outside of the well known brand names in the market you can sometimes find products that punches above their size and price, and the Azatom Droid portable bluetooth 4.0 speaker is one of those.
The Azatom Droid is the latest speaker from this UK brand, and this time they have gone for the budget friendly end of the portable bluetooth speaker market, offering up a speaker that fits comfortable in your hand, fits easily into your purse or bag, and promises a sound that is beyond what you would expect from a speaker this size and price.
It might not raise eyebrows in the design department, but it’s well built and functional. The speaker grill sits at the top, with a metal body in either silver, black, pink or white, and the base housing inputs and control buttons, such as volume up and down. A physical on/off button can be found underneath the speaker itself.
Primary use is for Bluetooth streaming, using the latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology which is more energy efficient, allowing the unit to operate a larger XL 52mm neodymium driver, while still offering up around 10-hours of play time between charges. Charging is done using the included MicroUSB cable, and connecting the speaker to a USB port. Included is also a 3.5mm line-in for wired connection to an audio player.
The addition of the larger driver and the energy efficiency of the included recharge battery (1,200 mAh) allows the speaker to also amplify the performance with some clever airflow technology going into a passive subwoofer with two bass ports.
We have been fans of Azatom and their great value for money speakers for a while now. We only have to mention the likes of Azatom iBigBoy and Azatom Stealth Air, two of the best rates speakers we have tested in their category. Unlike the two mentioned, the Azatom Droid is a tiny bluetooth speaker, offering up great portability. It’s a category of iPhone accessories that is extremely popular at the moment, and where competition is tough. The budget end of that market is where you will find the Azatom Droid, but there is nothing budget about its performance as this speaker punches well above its class.
Let’s kick of with the all important audio performance. Where a lot of other speakers in this price range and with similar functionality tends to be heavy on the treble, the Droid delivers a bass performance beyond what I have come across in this category before, while still delivering clear vocals. It also gets quite loud. There was no distortion at full volume, although it got a bit sharp at the high end.
Pairing the Azatom Droid with Bluetooth enabled devices was straight forward. There is no NFC, but holding in the Play/Pause button for about 5 seconds puts the speaker in pairing mode. Then all you have to do is search for a new device on your smartphone/tablet and connect to the Droid.
The small size and weight, plus the good battery operating time, makes the Droid a great portable wireless speaker.
Value for money is a big plus for the Azatom Droid. You can get this speaker for less than £30 at the moment, and you will struggle to find similar performance from wireless speakers at this price range and portability.
There’s not really much negative to say about the Droid. Yes, it could have had a finish that is not as fingerprint friendly, and it would have been great if it supported syncing two units together for true left/right stereo, either using Bluetooth or by a wired connection between the two units.
If you are looking for a small and portable wireless back up for your home audio system, a speaker to take with you out and about, or even for use at the office. You will struggle to find better value for money at this price range than with the Azatom Droid. I was pleasantly surprised with the performance of the Droid.