The Bluetooth speaker Exos-3 from Aiwa clearly differs from most competing devices in terms of its design, but it serves the trend towards portable output devices in terms of pure functionality. What exactly the device does and whether we can recommend it is revealed in the following review.
|Frequency response||50-20,000 Hz|
|Output power||46 W|
|Max SPL||92 dB+|
|Accumulator||10,400 mAh x 3.6 V L-ion battery|
|Battery life||9 – 12 hours|
|Connections||USB-C, USB-A, AUX|
|Dimensions||282 x 124 x 124 mm|
|Features||Wireless pairing of two Exos-3 for proper stereo, IPX67 water and dust resistant, carrying strap|
Design and workmanship
Visually, the Bluetooth speaker clearly stands out from the crowd of such devices. Not only does it feature bright red elements, for example, but it also has an edgy, asymmetrical design and is equipped with a hard-to-miss carrying strap that is attached to the handles provided for it via carabiner. Overall, the speaker thus makes an extremely robust impression and quickly attracts attention – after all, we are used to rather restrained colors and a design with few corners and edges from Bluetooth speakers.
The front and back of the oblong device are covered with a black fabric. By far the biggest part is made of black plastic, in addition to the already mentioned red elements. The red plastic feels soft, while the black plastic parts are made very solid. On the outside of the device, it is easy to see that the shape is that of a corporeal triangle – on the other hand, this is less noticeable when looking at the front. However, said outer sides are not only interesting for the perspective view of the speaker, but also house the passive membranes, which are important for the sound. The caps of the membranes are made of the aforementioned red plastic and thus contribute considerably to the impression the Bluetooth speaker leaves behind. A mighty black frame acts as a contrast, but it was placed not only for aesthetic reasons, but also for functional ones: It allows the speaker to be used standing upright, acting as a kind of stand. Similar stands, made of red rubber, can be found on the bottom of the device.
Finally, the speaker’s controls are found on the top. Connections, on the other hand, are found in the lowest part of the back under a flap with rubber protection, which is supposed to keep dust and water away and thus maintain the functionality of the connections. A USB-A port, a USB-C port and an AUX input can be found here.
Both the design and the workmanship of the portable Bluetooth speaker could convince us. It has a surprisingly unconventional design, is ideally suited for mobile use with its detachable carrying strap, and is also impeccably manufactured.
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