13th November 2022 – Written by Nick Rowe @ Technuovo.com
Edifier has a brand new portable Bluetooth speaker, the MP100Plus. Robust, durable, and ready to be used and enjoyed. Think adventure, hiking with it strapped to your backpack. I’ve not quite been hiking recently but I have been using the speaker and here are my thoughts.
First impressions are positive. It’s a small, lightweight, handheld speaker with a mesh covering at the front and soft rubber at the rear. This is a thick string at the top that you’ll be able to pair with a carabiner and then attach to something else. There is no carabiner provided though, which is a shame but there is a velcro strap that does the same job. To the rear, there are four push buttons, power on/off/play/pause, Bluetooth connection, and volume/track control. There is also a rubber flap, a very stiff one, and behind that is a USB C port used for charging.
Spec & Features
- Available in two colours, forest green or lake green
- IPX7 waterproof meaning it can be submerged in water, upto 1m deep for 30 minutes without damage.
- Robust, drop and dustproof.
- Battery life is stated at circa 9 hours per charge.
- Bluetooth 5.3
- 5watt RMS
Set up is simple, it’s standard Bluetooth so you’ve just got to pair the speaker to your smart device. There is an indicator at the very top that will flash and change colours to help identify what the speaker is doing. Instructions are provided and detail everything you need to know. There is also a jolly tone when you turn the speaker on.
The audio performance is pretty darn impressive given the size of this thing. Low to mid volumes are very enjoyable, with a well-mixed, full, sound profile. There is bass, little thuds and the rubber ring to the underside helps stop the speaker from vibrating around your desk. It gets loud as well, really loud, too loud for me and the quality does drop off, unfortunately, which I did expect. You’ll also hear a beep when the max volume is reached. However, I don’t think it would be that often you’d need to hit those volumes and if you did, you’re having a party and really need something bigger anyway.
The buttons work well, they’re very easy to use and provide enough so you can leave your phone in your bag or on the side somewhere.
I stuck the speaker in some water for 10 minutes, and it still worked, although the sound was terrible, and then took it out, dried it and away we went. So the waterproof part works, it works well but I wouldn’t recommend putting it in water. It’s more of a safety thing, you’re by the pool and it accidentally falls in, fear not, it will survive. On the other hand, you could use this in the shower which could be good.
The battery life was fine, good enough for me and I got about 7-8hours I’d say total from a full charge. That would see me through a long day out but I did find myself often charging to ensure I got the maximum battery life available. If you had a power bank with you and you were going to be out for a long time, you could boost the charge.
One thing I think Edifier missed is dual speakers. If you were able to connect two speakers together for a louder, stereo set-up, that would be great.
With a retail price of £49.99 here in the UK, I think that’s a fair price for what’s on offer. Fully waterproof, durable, has good audio performance and has a battery that will last most of the day. For more info and to purchase, head over to the official Edifier website.