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Zoook ZB Rocker Chrome : Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Zoook ZB Rocker


If I have ever made a decision to buy something by disregarding my own inclination towards the so called brands; buying the Zoook ZB Rocker Chrome will be the number one in that list. This absolutely gorgeous and worth product from a not so famous brand is something that will blow everything else in this price category out of the water. I can vouch for that. 

I bought this after a thorough research. The first one came to into consideration was the JBL GO obviously. The ZB Rocker is priced at half of that of GO and has better specs and build quality. So I'll mostly compare the ZB Rocker with GO.


PRODUCT DETAILS


SPECIFICATIONS

  • Bluetooth version : Latest 3.0
  • Input Mode : Bluetooth, TF
  • Material : Aluminum + ABS
  • Color : Chrome Silver
  • Wattage : 5W
  • Frequency Response : 90Hz – 20Khz
  • SNR : > 90Db
  • Play Time : 4-6 Hrs
  • Charging time : 2-3 Hrs
  • Power input needed : 5V 1A
  • Battery Capacity : 1800 mAh
  • Speakerphone : Yes
  • Voice Prompts : Yes
  • Product Size : 90 x 70 x 37.5 mm
  • Weight : 258 Grams

INSIDE THE BOX

  • 1 x Zoook Rocker Chrome bluetooth speaker
  • 1 x usb charging cable
  • 1 x user’s manual
  • 1 x warranty card

QUICK REVIEW


PROS : Great build quality  (METAL) - Dual drivers and immense sound quality - Huge battery life - Ultra portable - 5W power output - Superb battery life - Exceptional price.

CONS : No aux input - Some minor connectivity issues.


DETAILED REVIEW


Now let's evaluate it for each category. The rating in figure 10 is a measure of what we get for the price - to - what we expect at this price.


1. Build quality (8.5/10)


The ZB Rocker has a thick Aluminum frame on which the two drivers are housed. I think this is the only speaker with a metal enclosure in this range. The metal body makes it feel so sturdy and you can feel it just by holding it. As it's metal made, there won't be any flex or undesired vibrations created by the speaker itself. Means the sound produced will be perfect as it should be. The ABS plastic used is also of good quality. It has a perfect form factor which makes it ultra portable. The only complaint I have is about the control buttons. They seem cheap and has some wiggling. But they serve the purpose nevertheless. So in terms of quality, I give it 8.5/10.


2. Sound Quality (9.5/10)


The ZB Rocker has 90Hz – 20Khz of frequency response which is better than the GO's 180Hz - 20KHz. But that's in paper. How does it perform in real-life ? Well, for that I'll give 9.5/10. The Rocker has two separate drivers - one for medium to high frequencies and a separate bass driver for low frequencies. For this reason, the Rocker sounds exceptional. I admit that there will appear some distortions at too high volumes which you can't bear hearing, but that's only when you push the limits. At normal volumes, there's no detectable distortions and it sounds fine. The volume is more than adequate and the fidelity is unchanged at all volume levels. So if you're an audiophile, you're gonna love this, trust me.


3. Battery Life (9.5/10)


Compared to JBL GO, ZB Rocker has a battery capacity of 1800 mAh, where GO only has 600 mAh. I've been using this for more than 5 months, so I can assure you that this speaker has 6-7 hours of playback time in 80-90% volume. Battery life depends on various factors but a 5-6 hour operation is guaranteed at full charge. It has a standard micro USB for charging, so you can use any phone chargers as the speaker doesn't come with any.


4. Connectivity (7/10)


It's a Bluetooth speaker and thus works with all phones with BT connectivity and pairs without any problem. But there were some strange problems with playback. It sometimes looses connectivity and seems to interfere with the WiFi band. I'm not sure if this is a problem with the speaker itself, but it does get interfered by the WiFi. This is apparent when I have my laptop, phone, and many other devices using the WiFi and are in close proximity. The ZB Rocker has no AUX input which could be a deal breaker for some, but wasn't for me. I mean it's a BT speaker. I don't want a leash attached to it. So that was fine for me. There's also a TF card slot with which you can play music from the SD card.


5. User Interface (8/10)


By user interface I meant control buttons and indicators. It has four push buttons at one side; a power button, volume up, volume down and pause/call button. Holding the power button will turn it on and off. The volume buttons also function as next and previous buttons. So you have to actually hold the volume buttons to either increase or decrease the volume which isn't that friendly. A double tap should've been the next and previous functions. There's a single bi color LED which lights blue on normal operation and turns red while charging.


6. Price (10/10)


I bought it for Rs.929 as a lightning deal offer. The product is worth every penny considering the features and the exceptional build quality it has for a product at this price range. You will not regret buying this.


7. Portability (10/10)


It weighs 258 grams and has dimensions of 90 x 70 x 37.5 (mm), a bit larger than Go, but still fits in your palm and will fit in your pocket too.


VERDICT


So if you're planning to buy a BT speaker in the Rs. 1000-1500 price range, that is portable but yet has great sound quality and battery life , then this one will be wise choice. Highly recommended.


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