The Divoom Onbeat-X1, the “Ultimate Portable Bluetooth Gaming Speaker”, talks a big game for a small speaker—and the fact that it doesn’t suck is its only weakness.
Regardless, there’s no denying that the Onbeat-X1 a great little gadget to have when you want to add a little punch to your mobile audio, whether it’s watching movies, listening to audio books, playing music or (of course) playing games.
What it is
The Onbeat-X1 is a small 4-watt, Blue-tooth wireless speaker designed to connect to your tablet, laptop, or smartphone. It can operate both wirelessly via Bluetooth or through a small 3.5mm audio jack. Its battery is rated for up to 8 hours of continuous operation.
It doesn’t suck
Three large suction cups on the back of the Onbeat-X1 enable you to stick it to the back of a tablet or smartphone, although in practical application this didn’t work well. Partly this is because the suction cups just don’t, well, suck enough.
But there are other practical considerations. For example, if you have a rubber shell or case for your phone or tablet, the suction cups won’t work at all. And for many smartphones, at least one of the suction cups will likely fall over the camera lens, where it can’t get adequate suction.
But this is isn’t a major problem, either. The suction cups work fine if you want to smack the Onbeat-X1 onto a nearby window—but I was more than happy to just rest it nearby on the armrest of a chair or nearby table. The Onbeat-X1 has an effective range of about 10 meters, which seemed about right based on my (unscientific) tests wandering around my house (with partially intervening walls).
But it still rocks
Sound-wise, the Onbeat-X1 produces good if slightly tinny sound, but it’s as good as you could reasonably expect from this type of device. It’s perfect if you just want to give your tablet, laptop, or smartphone a volume boost, something I’ve found increasingly useful in a variety of situations.
For example, the Onbeat-X1 is excellent for boosting the volume of your smartphone so you can listen to an audiobook or music while you’re in the shower. It’s also perfect for boosting the playback volume of your laptop while you’re watching a movie on it. Under ideal circumstances the native speakers for smartphones, tablets, and laptops are adequate, but even modestly noisy environments quickly expose their weakness.
I didn’t use to have much use or appreciation for devices like the Onbeat-X1 and other Bluetooth speakers, but in the last 3-5 years especially I’ve found increasing use for them—admittedly not as much for gaming as for watching movies or listening to music via my smartphone. But even gaming on a small screen (i.e. 4.3” Android smartphone) with bigger sound is a little more enjoyable.
Overall: 5/5 stars
The Onbeat-X1 provides plenty of extra audio-oomph for movies, music, gaming, and just about anything else. Although I’m not sure it’s the “Ultimate Portable Gaming Speaker”, it’s certainly an excellent travel companion for gaming or otherwise—and at about $40 on the street it’s very affordable.
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Onbeat-X1 technical specifications
- Bluetooth Frequency 2.402-2483 GHz
- Bluetooth Version V3.0 A2DP
- Total Output Power 4 Watts
- Signal/ Noise Ratio >80dB
- Frequency Response60Hz – 20kHz
- Distortion / Noise <10%
- Battery voltage 3,7V
- Battery capacity 500 mAh
- Battery charging voltage 5V
- Charging time 2-2.5 hours
- Playback time Up to 8 hours
- Audio input With 3.5 mm jack
- Driver Unit 45 mm mini Speaker with Vibration Bass
- Operating range Up to 10 Meter
- Product weight 250 gramm
- Product measures 115L x 53T x 30H (mm)
- Package containsOnbeat X-1 +Manual+Audio cable + USB-cable