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The new M90 speaker from JONTER does not try to be the jack of all trades that many rival speakers do. Instead, it concentrates on providing decent sound quality whilst being suitable for true outdoor use. The price at £39.99 for one speaker is not the cheapest and there are plenty of budget rivals out there with more features but this well made speaker does have some qualities many rivals lack.
Inside of the box which was the speaker itself, a short USB to micro-USB charging cable and a well written and easy to read User Guide. I enclose a scan of the surprisingly lengthy User Guide at the end of my unboxing video.
The stark and stylish looks of this speaker are unlike any other I have tested with a strikingly designed grey silicone-skinned body with a chunky orange angular handgrip. On the top is the simple control panel, which features the usual volume controls and track controls and the button layout is easy to see and to operate with wet hands, in the dark or when on the move. On the rear is a grommet protected port bay featuring an Aux audio input, micro-USB charging port, LED indicator and a TF memory card slot. On the underside is what seems to be a tripod mounting hole. On the front are the two speakers and status LED behind a hefty plastic grill. The included user guide well written, large and easy to understand although printed in an annoyingly hard to read grey ink.
Pairing to my phone was easy enough although I had problems connecting to other devices later. There is no NFC option nor can the device connect to two Bluetooth devices at once. When rebooting the speaker connected automatically to my phone.
The sound quality is first rate for the small size with plenty of volume and 20 watts of good powerful bass. For the size, the sound is loud, clear and resonant enough to be heard when on the beach or outside in noisy situations. Yes, this speaker is designed for outdoor use and is IPX5 rated, which means it should be fine in the rain and is protected against prolonged water splashes but may not survive immersion in water.
The device is charged via a micro-USB port in the access panel. The two internal rechargeable Lithium batteries have a capacity of 2200mAh but it is a pity there is no power out port to allow the device to charge or power external devices. This is a shame as many similar devices offer this as they do a built-in FM radio which again is missing here. However, the claims for eight-hour usage per charge from my experience seem pretty realistic.
Compared to many rivals this device is short on features lacking as it does FM radio, NFC, AptX Bluetooth 5 compatibility which can be found in many less expensive similar sized devices but in the end decided the sound quality and rugged build more than compensated for these failings and make the device a great buy for outdoor and indoor use.
No Bluetooth 5