The OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Speaker is a little 5 inch triangular speaker is built to resist moderate water splashing while promising impressive sound output and wireless Bluetooth connection. How does the sound compare to other similarly priced speakers like the Zenbre or GJT Lp? How water resistant is the OontZ? Read on for the answers!
Setup and Usability
There is no setup or assembly required when with this speaker. Just pop it out of the box, charge it, and you’re ready to go. There are 2 ways to connect this speaker to your music. You can either use the included 3.5 mm audio cable or connect via Bluetooth. If you’re like me then you play most of your music through your phone or tablet, in which case the Bluetooth makes the most sense.
I found it pretty easy to pair the speaker with my devices using the Bluetooth pairing button. Simply set your device to look for new Bluetooth devices and push the button on the speaker to get them to talk to each other. If you use the 3.5 mm cable to connect then you will have to open the rubber flap covering both the 3.5 mm port as well as the mini-USB power port. Exposing these ports does diminish the water resistant capabilities of the OontZ Angle, so I would avoid doing that if you are going to be using this speaker where it is sure to get wet like the shower.
The thing that probably annoys me most about this speaker is that the power charging port is mini-USB instead of the much more common micro-USB that is found on all non-Apple phones and tablets. Not only that, but while the mini-USB cable is included, the power adapter is not. This means that you will either have to plug the power cord into your laptop or provide your own adapter. This may or may not be an issue for you, but it did annoy me.
The Bluetooth pairing button also functions as a answerend call button. The Angle has speakerphone capabilities built-in and while it does work in a pinch, like if you’re in the pool and can’t reach your phone, I wouldn’t rely on it too much. The call sound quality is fine, but the internal microphone isn’t great quality so you have to be pretty close to the speaker in order for the other person to understand you. This isn’t really something I care too much about though since there are very few times I can imagine I would use this feature.
The only other buttons on the speaker are the volume up and down buttons. They sit on the backtop of the speaker next to the Bluetoothphone button and are easily found and press. Not much to say here. The + makes it louder and the – makes it quieter.
The Angle does not have buttons to allow you to skip tracks or pause the music. If you want to do either of those things you will need to access the device the music is playing from.
The sound quality of these little wireless Bluetooth speakers comes down to expectations. If you expect concert hall music with the deep bass and perfect high ends you get from your 50.3 Bose surround sound, you’re going to be disappointed. However, if you compare them to similarly priced speakers I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how good they sound.
They put out an impressive amount of loudness for their size and maintain clarity all the way up to the loudest setting. The sound quality is best in the mid-range and have a decent amount of high end detail. Due to the small size bass is of course the weakest range, though if you have realistic expectations you wont be disappointed.
I couldn’t find the exact driver used in this OontZ in any of the documentation, but from what I can tell it looks like they are using two 45 mm acoustic drivers and a passive sub woofer. There is an air grill on the bottom of the device and I found that if I tipped the speaker on it’s side then the sound quality had a noticeable improvement.
As I mentioned earlier, I really like the different triangle shape of the OontZ Angle. It sets itself apart stylistically from all the other wireless Bluetooth speakers and their boxy designs. The base is black and you have the option of getting black, blue, pink, red, or gray grills.
The overall dimensions of the box are 5.3 inches wide, 3 inches deep, and 2.7 inches tall. The weight comes in at about 9 oz, which makes it pretty light weight. The small size makes it ideal for portability, but also limits the sound quality as noted above.
I like the clean lines of the speaker, the grills are sharp looking with their vibrant colors and are ridged enough to protect the drivers. The plastic body has a nice soft finish to it. The buttons feel a bit cheap, but I haven’t had any performance issues with them. On the bottom you will find 2 rubber feet that will keep the speaker from sliding around when playing all but the most bass heavy music.
The microphone used for the speaker phone feature isn’t very good, though that isn’t this speakers primary function. If you want a Bluetooth speaker for the purpose of using it as a speaker phone or conference phone then their are certainly better products out there that are built around optimizing that use.
After splashing a moderate amount of water on it in my sink and using it a couple times in the shower, I can tell you that it is certainly water resistant. It is not water proof though, so don’t try submerging it in your pool or dropping it in the bathtub.
A minor annoyance I found was the bright blue LED power indicator on the front. There is no way to turn it off or dim it. This really only bothered me at night time, and is only barely worth mentioning.
The 2200 mAh Li-ion battery lasts between 8-10 hours of constant use, which I was more than happy with. It took me about 5 hours to charge fully, but I just plug it in overnight and it’s ready to go in the morning. There is a battery indicator life that flashes when charging and solid when fully charged.
The included speaker carrying bag is useful and seems to hold up pretty well.
- Respectable sound quality when you take the price point and size of this little Bluetooth speaker into consideration
- Very easy to setup and use.
- Inexpensive. At less than $30 this is a very good entry level speaker
- Impressive battery life
- Great portability. Small and lightweight means it doesn’t take up much space in my bag and I don’t feel it when carrying it around.
- Mini-USB charging cable instead of Micro-USB.
- No included power adapter
- Bright blue LED indicator light on the front
Here is a quick video comparing the new OontZ Angle 3 with the older OontZ Angle Plus:
If you’re looking for an inexpensive portable Bluetooth speaker, then the OontZ Angle is a good choice. This little thing is made with the purpose of allowing you to play music anywhere, anytime regardless of weather or environment. If you accept what this speaker was made for and don’t expect it to produce outstanding hi-fi sound, then you will be happy.
I keep mine in the shower with me and have been very happy with it. It’s small enough to stay out of the way and produces more than enough volume and clarity.