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Divoom Timebox Mini Test - 121 LED Speaker Gadget

by 21. July 2017

The Divoom Timebox Mini is not an ordinary Bluetooth speaker, but much more! Whole 121 LEDs make for a cool 8-bit retro look with versatile applications. What the gadget has everything on the box, you will find in this review!

overview
Manufacturer/Model

Divoom

Product

Divoom Timebox Mini

Specifications

lighting
Number: 121 LEDs
Structure: 11 x 11
Colors: 16 million

driver
Bass driver: 5 Watt
Frequency response: 60 Hz-20 kHz
SNR: 78 dB

Bluetooth
Default: V4.0
Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP
Range: 10-15 meters

Accumulator
Kapazität
Runtime: 8-36 hours
Charging time: 3 hours

Other
Size: 90 91 x x 38 mm
Weight: 292g

Scope of delivery

1x Timebox Mini
1x AUX cable
1x Micro USB Cable
1x user manual

First impression of the Divoom Timebox Mini

With the Divoom Timebox Mini the speaker function becomes a minor matter. In combination with a total of 121 LEDs, which can be addressed in different ways via the Timebox app, the Timebox Mini is a real media hub.

Design and workmanship

The Divoom Timebox Mini is in total 7 different colors available. Highlighted in color is the outer and rubberized frame, which also contains the control buttons. The front side 121 LEDs are subtly hidden behind a plastic cover. On the top are the volume buttons with the center play button. On the right side of the case is the brightness adjustment button, below which is the power button and below that a small microphone. On the back there is an AUX IN as well as an AUX OUT, as well as the Micro USB charging socket. The entire speaker is just measuring 90 x 91 x 38 mm and weighs 292g, The processing is not objectionable. The Timebox Mini is delivered in a compact box containing a USB cable, an 3.5mm audio cable and a multilingual user manual.

Commissioning and App

To use the gadget fully, you need the Timebox appthat both about the Google PlayStore, as well as over the Apple AppStore can be downloaded. Through the support of Bluetooth 4.0 The speaker can be paired with a smartphone or tablet in just a few steps. At the same time, you can connect to the AUX input without relying on Bluetooth. It should be noted that in addition to the music function only the clock displays and the previously defined PixelArt are displayed without existing Bluetooth connection.

To use the app you have to get one first Account create, which also serves the Speaker settings in the cloud save. The Timebox app is the control center of the Timebox Mini, which allows the LEDs and other functions to be controlled. Among other things, it is possible via the app to individually address the LEDs and create their own motifs by literally drawing on the touchscreen of the paired smartphone or tablet. Those who prefer the creativity of others can choose from a selection of ready-made motifs and animations. Overall, stand 6 main modes to select.

display: Displays the current time in 12 or 24 hours format. The color representation can be customized. Unfortunately, there is only one watch design.

Weather Display: Displays the current temperature and plays a weather animation. For example, when it rains, a cloud of raindrops appears.

Full Spectrum Light: A lamp function that adjusts the color and brightness of the LEDs. In addition to the conventional lighting mode, an "anti-insect mode", a "plant mode" or a "sleep mode" can also be selected.

The Lite Briton: Selection of different rainbow patterns.

equalizer: Visual equalizers that respond to the music being played.

pixelart: Selection of different motives and animations. It is also possible to download motifs of other users.

In addition to the themes and animations, there are also far-reaching features, such as a alarm, one personal organizer, various Games and also different ones soundscapesthat can be played at the push of a button. An overview of the features and main modes can be found in this video:

Divoom Timebox Mini | Gadget Review - Hands-On | Feature-View

The app worked well in practice and is clearly structured by the subdivision of the individual functions. Particularly useful was the function of the notification reception, If an app notification arrives on the paired smartphone, a message appears in the form of the respective app logo. Unfortunately, notifications for every app can not be received. It is limited to a choice given by Divoom. The most important Social apps, such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter are included. Entertaining is also the "Chat" function of the Timebox Miniwhat you can use to send your own pixel creations to their timebox.

display quality

The "display" consists of 11 x 11 LEDsSo in total 121 LEDs, The color strength and brightness of the LEDs are convincing and can even be adjusted within the timebox settings. Especially interesting is the 8-bit retro look the Timebox Mini. For customization, you can choose infinitely from hundreds of colors and control each of the 121 LEDs individually.

sound quality

The 5W speaker the Timebox Mini delivers one powerful sound, At maximum volume, it is no problem to sound a normal sized room with it. Distortions or other noises did not occur during the test. The timbre is comparatively warm and the soundscape especially in the middle. Basses come across properly given the size of the speaker, and the treble is just as effective. However, what the speaker could handle would be a bit more dynamic. Compare the sound best with the JBL clip 2, The integrated Microphone also does a good job and is sufficient to use the time box as a hands-free device.

Battery life

The Timebox Mini is with a 2500 mAh big battery fitted. The runtime varies greatly depending on the application. By simply displaying the clock and receiving notifications, a running time of 36 hours was possible. If one activates quickly changing motifs, the running time drops below 24 hours. The maximum music playback time was at medium volume for 8 hours. Charged was the battery after 3 hours.

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Final Words

Positive

►A nice design
►Good build quality
►Colourful and bright LEDs
►Various functions
►Numerous motifs and animations
►Good sound quality
►Good microphone quality

Negative

►Without app barely usable
►Only a watch design
►Klang missing some dynamics

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First impression
8.5
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application
8.0
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Design
9.0
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Klang
7.5
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Features
8.5
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usability
8.0
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App
8.0
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Battery life
7.5
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Summary

The Divoom Timebox Mini is an interesting combination of Bluetooth speaker and 8-bit retro gadget that is guaranteed to attract attention. With the 121 individually addressable LEDs and the versatile Timebox App features, the Timebox Mini is a useful companion, whether at work, at home, at the desk, or even next to the bed.

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What's the difference between the Timebox and the Timebox Mini? Is the Mini just smaller?