In the test: waterproof Bluetooth speaker EasyAcc F10 with light effects and drum mode

EasyAcc F10 in the test

The manufacturer EasyAcc occasionally sends me products that I can try out in order to write a report about them. In the current case, it's about the F10 Bluetooth speaker, which offers a few features that most other howler cubes don't have in stock: The EasyAcc F10 is IPX7 certified and therefore splash-proof. Furthermore, it has two LED strips and lighting behind the drivers, which give the best light effects to the music. Reason enough to take a closer look at the device.

Still packed but ready for the test, the waterproof EasyAcc F10 Bluetooth speaker (photos: Sir Apfelot).

Still packed but ready for the test, the waterproof EasyAcc F10 Bluetooth speaker (photos: Sir Apfelot).

Transparency notice

EasyAcc made the loudspeaker and another copy available to me free of charge. This did not affect my opinion of the product. EasyAcc was unable to read or otherwise influence the article prior to publication.

Raffle

I would like to raffle both EasyAcc F10 loudspeakers that I have received among my readers. One (the blue model) is used because I used this one for testing. If you want to take part in the raffle, you should subscribe to the newsletter and be patient for a few days, because this is where the competitions usually take place.

50% discount: Current offer from EasyAcc

EasyAcc just wrote me that there is a possibility at Amazon to get the loudspeaker with a 50% discount. You have to go through this link and tick the box "Coupon - 10% discount voucher".

With the tick on the coupon you get the first 10% discount. With the voucher code "SB37SW9Y" you can get the remaining 40%. Unfortunately, I cannot say how long the offer is valid.

With the tick on the coupon you get the first 10% discount. With the voucher code "SB37SW9Y" you can get the remaining 40%. Unfortunately, I cannot say how long the offer is valid.

At the checkout you then enter the code "SB37SW9Y", which gives you a further 40% discount. In this way, the speaker costs only half. I'm still trying to find out how long the discount will be available and then add the date here.

Update 26.8.2019/40/31.8.2019: The EasyAcc marketing department wrote to me that the code (10%) is still valid until XNUMX/XNUMX/XNUMX. The coupon (XNUMX%) can, however, be removed at any time.

Technical data of the EasyAcc F10

For a first rough overview, I would like to briefly mention the specs - i.e. the technical data - of the Bluetooth speaker:

  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
  • Power: 2x 10 W.
  • Power consumption: 5V =, 2A
  • Battery capacity: 500 mAh
  • Range: approx. 20 m
  • Frequency response: 90 Hz - 20 KHz
  • Playing time: 10 hours at 75% volume; 7 h at 100% volume
  • Charging time: 3 hours
  • Signal sources: Bluetooth or 3,5 mm AUX
  • Size: approx. 23 cm long and 7 cm deep / high
  • Weight: approx. 860 g
  • Warranty: 18 months from the manufacturer
  • Battery status with 4 LEDs
In addition to the box, a USB charging cable and a wrist strap, the scope of delivery of the Bluetooth box also includes a quick start guide in German.

In addition to the box, a USB charging cable and a wrist strap, the scope of delivery of the Bluetooth box also includes a quick start guide in German.

Look and design of the F10

I've already had a lot of Bluetooth boxes in my hand, but rarely one that looks as good as the F10 from EasyAcc. My choice to use the colored loudspeaker here was absolutely correct, because the blue, shiny fabric cover looks very elegant.

The control elements are attached in large symbols on top of the covering and are easy to use. Unfortunately, they don't have a backlight, which makes it difficult to use them in the dark.

Clear to see and feel: the control buttons of the F10.

Clear to see and feel: the control buttons of the F10.

On the underside, four rubber feet ensure a secure stand even on smooth and damp surfaces. On the back there is a small plastic flap behind which the micro-USB charging connection, the AUX-IN connection and a button are located. The light effects of the EasyAcc F10 can be switched on and off using this button.

With the rubber feet, the F10 has enough grip even on wet surfaces (photos: Sir Apfelot).

With the rubber feet, the F10 has enough grip even on wet surfaces (photos: Sir Apfelot).

Pairing and operating concept

There are no surprises when pairing with the F10. With the Bluetooth button, the speaker can be put into pairing mode and can then be seen in the iPhone, for example, as a Bluetooth device that has not yet been paired.

During Bluetooth pairing, the speaker appears properly as EasyAcc-F10 in the menu.

During Bluetooth pairing, the speaker appears properly as EasyAcc-F10 in the menu.

The playback can be influenced via the pause / play button and the volume buttons control the same volume as the iPhone volume controls. So everything is fine.

Another positive point is the soft, pleasant-sounding tones when the EasyAcc box is switched on and off. I already had completely different Bluetooth speakers here that literally yelled at you because the voice prompts were set far too loud at the factory.

There are four white LEDs on the front of the F10 that indicate the battery level of the box. In addition, a voice prompt indicates the charge level in percent each time it is switched on.

There are four white LEDs on the front of the F10 that indicate the battery level of the box. In addition, a voice prompt indicates the charge level in percent each time it is switched on.

TWS mode: pairing two speakers into one

Also worth mentioning is the TWS mode, which - as I understand it - allows two F10 boxes to be connected, for example to cover a larger area with sound. I haven't tried the feature and therefore can't comment on it, but I wanted to briefly mention it.

Tap for beats - hit for beats!

Another mode, which is activated by pressing and holding the "+" and "-" buttons (confirmation by flashing red three times), is the tap-for-beats mode. This enables you to create drum sounds, for example, by hitting the box.

I didn't get it right at first and asked customer service for help. In the end, the saving tip was the advice that you should type with “Kraft”. In practice, you hit the side, front or top of the box firmly with the palm of your hand, thereby eliciting drum sounds, clinking glasses, hits and other noises that are even played louder or quieter, depending on the amount of force required when hitting.

Tap for Beats: If the mode is active, hold the box tightly and hit various spots with the palm of your hand (really hard!) To get drum tones and the like.

Tap for Beats: If the mode is active, hold the box tightly and hit various spots with the palm of your hand (really hard!) To get drum tones and the like.

No question about it: a future-oriented feature, but my kids and I had so much pain in our palms after 2 minutes of drumming that this can really only be seen as short-term fun. Perhaps EasyAcc should increase the sensitivity a bit here so that you can also have some fun with finger drums.

Disco light effects with LED color change

What the box really does very well is the party lighting with its LED strips and the light effects of the loudspeakers. I have included a few photos for you here, which of course only show a snapshot, but hopefully give an impression of where something is shining everywhere. And don't worry: if you don't like the LED party, you can simply switch it off using a button on the back. For the local children's disco, however, it should be very funny.

IPX7 - waterproof or not?

With the IPX7 classifications (see my Explanation of the IP protection classes) there is always some confusion about what the corresponding numbers mean. I would not speak of waterproof with IPX7, since the number 7 only says that the EasyAcc-Box is “protected against brief immersion in water”. A quick plop in the pool or a shower shouldn't bother the speaker, but prolonged immersion in the pool can potentially damage it.

The classification of the devices is not carried out by an independent test laboratory, but can be carried out by the manufacturer himself. For this reason, I would rather be more careful with dives in the pool here.

Underwater test: The EasyAcc F10 in the garden pond

I subjected the EasyAcc F10 with my kids to an official water resistance test with a watering can and a garden pond. The funny thing is: the speaker swims and rotates in the water so that the front is facing up. So you can let the EasyAcc F10 swim in the pond and the music will still sound good.

Because the EasyAcc F10 has its center of gravity on the back, it always turns with the speakers upwards in the water, so that you can hear your music in the pool (or garden pond) without restrictions (photos: Sir Apfelot).

Because the EasyAcc F10 has its center of gravity on the back, it always turns with the speakers upwards in the water, so that you can hear your music in the pool (or garden pond) without restrictions (photos: Sir Apfelot).

The Bluetooth connection was even 10 to 20 cm below the surface of the water and brought our carp close to a few hits from Journey, Starship and Huey Lewis. Don't worry: we turned the loudspeaker down and only played 10 seconds of music underwater. The fish should not have suffered any permanent hearing damage ...

A good two full watering cans simulated a good downpour for us ... the EasyAcc F10 didn't mind. Not even the sound quality was affected by the damp fabric cover.

A good two full watering cans simulated a good downpour for us ... the EasyAcc F10 didn't mind. Not even the sound quality was affected by the damp fabric cover.

The flap on the back did its job, because even after the extensive "treatment" by my children in the garden pond, the connections under the flap were dry as bread. I think EasyAcc has done its homework and implemented enough measures to protect against splash water.

Important: Even if I let the EasyAcc F10 swim here in the pond, one should keep in mind that IPX7 does not mean that the device is permanently waterproof. Protection from splash water should be provided, but normally I would not have expected more of it. I only did it here because it was a free test device.

The Bluetooth speaker spent a good 10 minutes in the garden pond, but the sockets in the rear compartment are dry. The rubber cover apparently successfully protects against ingress of water.

The Bluetooth speaker spent a good 10 minutes in the garden pond, but the sockets in the rear compartment are dry. The rubber cover apparently successfully protects against ingress of water.

The sound of the EasyAcc F10 Bluetooth speaker

A not entirely unimportant point when testing a Bluetooth sound box is understandably the sound. And I'll tell you right away: it is definitely at least good. However, I have the feeling that it could be a bit more voluminous, while my wife thinks she thinks it is perfect as it is. She describes the sound as "full, balanced and room-filling", while with the Bose Soundlink Mini she is of the opinion that the sound comes too strongly from one direction. You can already tell: When it comes to sound and taste, opinions differ and the matter is very subjective.

It has to be said that I am one of the "broken" people who think the sound of Bose speakers is good, although in the opinion of connoisseurs it is far too bass-heavy. So it may well be that the F10 just has a "normal" sound that is not close enough to the Bose for me. But no matter what the truth is: Overall, this is really grumbling at a high level, since the sound is without a doubt pretty good for the size of the speaker.

The look of the EasyAcc F10 is very elegant due to the shimmering fabric covering.

The look of the EasyAcc F10 is very elegant due to the shimmering fabric covering.

I couldn't make out either too strong bass or too strong highs, but I would just like a little more power in the bass range. Here, however, it is very easy to "improve" by selecting, for example, the presettings "Loudness", "More bass" or "Small speakers" on the iPhone under Settings> Music> EQ (see also article "Equalizer on the iPhone")

The box is well suited for playing podcasts, news or audio books. I had other experiences with loudspeakers that were so bass-heavy that spoken words just came across as an incomprehensible hum.

EasyAcc F10 (60 EUR) vs. Bose Soundlink mini (200 EUR)

For a comparison, I let my old Bose Soundlink Mini compete against the EasyAcc F10. However, you have to keep in mind that the Soundlink mini costs three times as much as the EasyAcc F10.

On the left the Bose Soundlink Mini and on the right the EasyAcc F10, which costs only a third of the price.

On the left the Bose Soundlink Mini and on the right the EasyAcc F10, which costs only a third of the price.

In terms of sound, the EasyAcc F10 is by no means inferior to the Bose. My wife would immediately prefer the EasyAcc F10 to the Bose and was enthusiastic about the sound after the first few bars. Even compared to other Bluetooth boxes in its price range, the EasyAcc is at the forefront.

And where the EasyAcc F10 still scores: The Bose loudspeaker has no LED effects and just looks boring. I suppose the target groups are simply different here.

My conclusion on the EasyAcc F10

Purely optically and from the point of view of the operation, the EasyAcc F10 really impressed. Everything is very intuitive - if you disregard the “tap to drum” function, which I didn't understand straight away. The voice prompts, which provide information about the current battery level or the pairing status, for example, are pleasant and practical.

From my personal point of view, you only have to make small compromises with the sound, which in my opinion could use a little more bass and clarity. But that is - as already mentioned above - my personal taste. My wife thinks the sound is very good and said straight away when she played it for the first time: "It has a great bass!"

I'm probably just used to a little more bass and then I miss it on some speakers. I have the same feeling about, for example Review of the Riva Turbo X which was specially developed by a musician and whose main feature is the unadulterated sound.

The other advantages of the EasyAcc F10 are the nice lighting effects, which it changes to match the music, and the protection against splashing water, which makes it a good companion at the pool.

Anyone who likes to look at the EasyAcc Bluetooth speaker will find it here at Amazon or via this product box:

EasyAcc wireless bluetooth speaker (IPX7 waterproof, 20W loudspeaker, built-in microphone, ...
  • Simply heat up your party: The special design of the Party Booster offers the possibility to host your party within ...
  • Special light bar and loudspeaker lighting: Built-in multi-colored light bar and loudspeaker lights ...
  • 20W Great sound quality: The dual 10W speakers deliver breathtaking stereo sound with deep ...

Operating instructions and quick start guide

For everyone who owns the loudspeaker and would like to read how to answer calls, activate the TWS mode or who are confused about what the various LED signals mean, the pages of the German instructions are included as a graphic.

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