What is the Otone Blufiniti? The Blufiniti is Otone’s entry level speaker, designed for portability and easy listening at a fair price point. It’s lightweight and easy to lug about, but won’t impress serious audiophiles. For the £50 price tag, however, it’s great value and won’t disappoint those looking for budget audio kit.
At 168 x 92 x 55mm, you’re looking at a speaker about the size and weight of a 500ml bottle of Coke. It’s a bit thicker than some of the other Bluetooth speakers on the market – we found squeezing it into a back pocket uncomfortable – but we’d hardly call it cumbersome.
Its portability also benefits from a zip-up neoprene carry case, a carabiner for your belt or bag, grippy rubber feet and an end cap so you can stand it up or lay it down.
The shape of the Blufiniti is fairly unique; side-on it looks a bit like a figure-of-eight, although from the front it looks a bit like a Beats Pill with the logo scrubbed off. It’s not award-winning design, but it’s quirky enough to stand out from the crowd.
On the rear side of the Blufiniti is a microUSB port for charging; just like most phones, the cable is supplied. There’s also a 3.5mm AUX-IN port on the back, which means you can use the bundled cable to connect the speaker directly to your smartphone’s headphone jack.
The build quality is suitably sturdy for a portable speaker; there’s no rattling when you knock it, and the curved chassis should minimise scuffs and damage when dropped.
There’s no dedicated software to go along with the Blufiniti – although Otone hinted that an app could be in the works – but it does benefit from a built-in microphone for hands-free calling.
Otherwise, Otone has done brilliantly at this price and casual listeners won’t be disappointed by the range of features available
Battery life: Powering the Blufiniti is a fairly standard lithium ion battery that’s good for around 8 to 10 hours of playback, which is par for the course with portable speakers. We took the Blufiniti out for a day and found no issue with battery life; it didn’t run down with around five to six hours of intermittent usage. That’s plenty for a trip to the park, although you’d need to be careful bringing it out for multi-day camping trips without an external power source. It also charged from zero to full in under two hours, which is what we expect from portable speakers.
Sound quality: The big selling point of the Otone Blufiniti is its low price. That doesn’t mean you have to suffer a poor audio experience, though. The Blufiniti offers good sound quality, especially when you factor in its size
Should I buy the Otone Blufiniti? While the Otone Blufiniti suffers from many of the same problems as its portable speaker rivals – underwhelming bass, fullness, and loudness – it’s better value than most. You’ll struggle to find anything that offers similarly impressive sound, design, and connectivity for £50.
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