Ovevo Z1 Fantasy Pro Bluetooth LED Speaker review – style and good performance meet affordability

Bluetooth speaker is one of the hottest gadgets around these days. Few years ago such speakers were very expensive and not readily available. But thanks to Chinese companies, consumer electronics (especially the small to medium sized gadgets segment like mobile phones and related items) has seen a drastic price drop in recent times. Bluetooth speakers have also become affordable due to this price war. Ovevo has recently launched a range of affordable Bluetooth speakers in home country China. Besides these gadgets are also available at many websites which offer international shipping. We got the review unit of Ovevo Z1 Fantasy Pro model yesterday.

Ovevo Z1 fantasy pro
Ovevo Z1 fantasy pro
Ovevo Z1 fantasy pro

Box Contents
Ovevo Z1 Fantasy Pro Bluetooth speaker
A USB charging cable
A 3.5 mm cable to connect the speaker with external device like smartphone, tablet, PC etc
User guide
A QR code sticker which can be scanned to download the mobile app (for iOS)

Here is a summary of its specifications and salient features –
Input Power – DC5V, 500mA
Output – 3W RMS
Frequency range – 20Hz-20KHz
SNR > 90dB
Supported profiles – HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP
Bluetooth version – 4.0
Weight – 191 grams
Battery capacity – 750mAh
Charging time – 2.5 Hours
Music Playback time – 6-8 hours

Functions
Being a Bluetooth speaker Z1 can be used to play music over BT from any compatible Bluetooth device (iPhone, iPad, Android smartphones/tablets, Windows computer etc)
Colorful LED lights with touch controls – Z1 Fantasy has multi-color LED lights which makes it a colorful lamp too. Lights change color when music plays. Besides the lower metallic surface of the speaker is touch sensitive; LED color can be changed by touching this surface.
Listen to phone calls – Z1 has a dedicated button to answer/end phone calls. This function can be used when a phone is paired with Z1 over Bluetooth connection.
There is also a dedicated Android and iPhone app for Z1 which can be used to control various functions of the speaker (colors, music playback etc)

Performance
Overall the speaker performs really well despite being compact and affordable. There was no issue in connecting Z1 with any of the available device we have at our office like iPhone 6, LG G4, Galaxy S5, an Acer Laptop and even an old Symbian phone. It easily paired with them all. Battery life is decent – we noticed a continuous music playback for about 5 hours at medium volume on a full charge. Sound volume is decent as expected from a speaker of this size.

Cons
The upper surface of Z1 (where volume and power buttons are present) has a rough texture which will easily attract dust. Besides no travel adaptor for charging has been provided thus the speaker can only be charged via a USB charging port (of a laptop, computer etc). Sound volume could have been better – not ideal for noisy outdoor places.

You can buy Ovevo Z1 Fantasy Bluetooth speaker from here for $24.99

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