Dolcer Bluetooth speaker full review
At an affordable price of £28.99, the Dolcer Bluetooth speaker faces some stiff competition such as the Inateck BP2001, iClever IC-BTS02 and Lumsing B9, among many others in the market which cost around the same price as the Dolcer. See also: Best budget Bluetooth speakers 2016.
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Dolcer Bluetooth speaker review: Build quality & design
Within the speakers packaging you'll find a Micro-USB cable, an auxiliary 3.5mm interconnect cable and a manual.
The speaker has an elegant full-metallic body construction, which is finished with a brushed grey aluminium design giving it a weight of 399g – a slightly heavy speaker to comfortably carry around, but given its small form factor of 74x111x53mm the Dolcer can be considered portable.
At the top of the speaker there is a circular four-button control wheel, which allows you to increase and lower the volume, play/pause music, answer/reject calls and enable its power bank functionality. We were disappointed not to find a way to cycle through music, forcing you to use your device to control your music collection.
The centre of the wheel presents a small blue light which signals when Bluetooth has been enabled. Around the wheel, there are four blue lights which indicate the battery level of your speaker.
At the back of the speaker there’s an on/off switch, which is used to power the Bluetooth speaker. Dolcer have cleverly designed the speaker, whereby you can use the power bank feature by a click of the power logo on the control wheel and yet have the Bluetooth speaker in the off switch position. This enables you to charge your device, without having to play music through it. In order to use the speaker’s audio drivers you’ll need to have the speaker positioned on the on position.
Around the back you’ll also find a USB port to externally charge your devices using the in-built power bank, a Micro-USB to charge the Dolcer, an auxiliary 3.5mm jack and the NFC contact point. It should be noted that when the auxiliary jack is connected it immediately disables the Bluetooth connection.
Under the speaker you’ll find rubber feet which prevent the speaker from bolstering around while being played.
Dolcer Bluetooth speaker review: Connectivity & battery life
The speaker connects through an auxiliary 3.5mm jack and via Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate). The Dolcer’s EDR functionalities allow it to connect a little faster to your device, while the Bluetooth 4.0 technology give you a good signal transmission which enables you to use the speaker at around 15-20m from its source.
Battery life is good, as the speaker utilises its own power bank to power it for a quoted 32 hours playback. However, do remember that the battery life decreases quite rapidly if you are charging your device and using a Bluetooth transmission to play music.
Dolcer Bluetooth speaker review: Sound quality
We felt a little let down by the overall sound quality and volume of the Dolcer speaker. We felt the speaker would be suitable for small rooms, where you’ll be able to listen to music at a loud volume. When taken out of its comfort zone and used in a large room or as a living room speaker, the Dolcer struggles to fill a room.
Moving on to its sound quality, we found the Dolcer to be cut-off in the sub-bass regions whereby the bass rumble was subdued. The mid-bass has a decent impact, but lacks refinement and control. The highs are rolled off at the top-end, but still provide good sparkle.
Our biggest disappointment was its soundstage which was close-sounding, lacking depth and width to the drivers’ audio output. Given its price point, we don’t expect the speaker quality to be fantastic, but felt that the Dolcer was trying to do too much in a confined space and unfortunately not performing that well in comparison to its competitors.
Dolcer Bluetooth speaker: Specs
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, NFC (near field communication), 3.5mm aux input
- Total RMS Power: 2x3 Watts
- Battery: Rechargeable lithium polymer battery
- Dimensions: 74x111x53mm