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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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
For a first rough overview, I would like to briefly mention the specs - i.e. the technical data - of the Bluetooth speaker:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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