Portable Speaker Review: Dream Cheeky The Cube Bluetooth Speaker Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 5
What's Hot: Unique design, very good audio quality and loud volume, portable and affordable.
What's Not: Battery runtimes could be longer.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Dream Cheeky makes chic and geeky accessories for mobile devices. These accessories have their unique designs that stand out from the sea of mobile accessories and they're also very functional. The Cube Bluetooth Speaker is a very compact speaker that offers a cool look and very good audio performance. The Cube works with any device with Bluetooth A2DP and other audio profiles for stereo streaming and voice calls, as well as devices with 3.5mm audio out capability. The Cube comes in white with silver keys and black in white keys.
The Cube Bluetooth Speaker comes in a 3.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 inch cube that looks like it should belong on Doctor Who. The exterior surface has soft touch coating and the speaker weighs 13.8 ounces. The speaker fires on the front where dotted grill overs the speaker to let the sound through. The back of the speaker matches the front with dotted grill but there's no speaker on the back. You'll find the mini USB charging port and the 3.5mm audio in port on the back, both charging cable and 3.5mm audio cable are included with the speaker.
The Cube Bluetooth Speaker scatters five control buttons on top of the cube like puzzle pieces and these buttons include power on/off, volume up and down, voice call and Bluetooth buttons. The speaker offers audio feedback to your button presses and there is a small LED light on the back of the speaker, between the mini USB charging port and the 3.5mm audio port, to indicate power on/off, Bluetooth status, battery status and incoming calls.
The Cube Bluetooth Speaker has built-in Bluetooth that supports all Bluetooth audio profiles including for stereo streaming and for making and receiving hands-free phone calls. The speaker audio will sound feedback when it's ready to pair and when it's paired, as well as when paired devices go out and back in range; but it doesn't offer voice guidance. It's easy to pair it with any Bluetooth device, just press and hold the Bluetooth button until the speaker goes into pairing mode and use your phone or tablet to find and connect with it. We tested it with several devices and it paired with all easily.
In addition to Bluetooth, The Cube Bluetooth Speaker can also work with any device with a 3.5mm audio out jack.
While The Cube Bluetooth Speaker is portable it produces surprisingly loud, full and powerful sound. The full range drive gives the speaker high volume without blowing out the sound and the bass sounds powerful and strong. It produces better sound if you put The Cube on a desk where the flat surface can reflect the sound better. Both music audio and voice audio sound clear and sharp, and movie and gaming audio sound equally impressive. The speaker preforms well in dynamic range in tracks that were engineered to show those high qualities and the channels sound balanced. In our tests with many devices, The Cube sounded clear, loud and full with all of them.
The Cube Bluetooth Speaker has built-in rechargeable battery that offers 4-5 hours of playtime and 40 hours of standby. That's decent runtimes but not superb, but at least the speaker charges quite fast. Be aware that the charging port is a mini USB port not a micro USB port if you plan on sharing the charging cable with your devices.
Color us impressed. The Cube Bluetooth Speaker has a very portable size but produces very loud and full audio that keeps the integrity of the sound in many music tracks, movies as well as voice calls. The audio is clear and balanced, and the bass full and powerful. It works with any Bluetooth device and any device with 3.5mm audio out capability. We love the unique look of The Cube in either black or white, and we also love the price and so should you.