This new $49.99 soundbar from Bluedee is designed with computer use in mind although of course, it will work with any device equipped with a standard audio out port or Bluetooth.
In the branded mid-range box were just the soundbar itself and a well written and comprehensive user guide. Build quality seems excellent and weighing in at 2.16 pounds the 16.42 x 2.99 x 2.68 inch device feels substantial and made to last.
The soundbar has a matt black finish with a fine mesh speaker grill along almost all the front face with a discreet logo centrally positioned and a 3.5mm headphone port on the right. On the front lower face is a long multicolored LED light with a second green LED array on the bar end. On the other end is the large multi-purpose control wheel used to customise volume, select lighting modes, set up and configure Bluetooth connections, play/mute audio and answer or reject incoming calls. The device has a split hardwired 1.4m cable, with USB for power and a standard 3.5mm plug for audio.
I was pleased to see the soundbar features the latest Bluetooth 5 wireless technology which means connections will be faster, easy to initiate, lag-free and more stable. To set up Bluetooth, after connecting the USB power port, long-press the control knob and the LED bar will flash blue/red and as it does so connect your Bluetooth sound source to the soundbar which shows up as ‘SK010’. When connected the LED will revert to the previous display and the soundbar will beep, it will beep again when disconnected. The soundbar will automatically connect to the sound source when detected again. Long press again to turn Bluetooth off.
The unit offers four modes for the front LED: Color Gradient (default), Breathing Gradient, Rhythm, and off. They all work well and look good without ever being too obtrusive.
The sound quality is good considering the size of the speakers with a decent level of punchy bass and a higher register that is not too sharp or sibilant. Audio quality through headphones is excellent as you would expect with the speakers automatically muting
What are my suggestions for the next version? I would hope it would have pluggable rather than hard-wired cables,a microphone, a USB hub feature and perhaps a slightly lower price point as the current price although not excessive is not the cheapest I have seen.
That said, if you need a cleverly designed and well made computer soundbar with decent quality audio you need to go a long way to find one better than this.