Amazon Rating: 4.3/5
Amazon Reviews: 55
Dimensions In Inches (Length x Height x Width): 13 x 3.6 x 4.4
Weight (Ounces): 49.6
Minimum Frequency Response: 50
Maximum Frequency Response: 10000
Dock For Apple Devices: Yes
Remote Control Device Provided: Yes
Controllable With Phone/Tablet: Yes
No. Of Frequency Drivers: 4
Soundfreaq SFQ-02RB Review – First Impressions
The Soundfreaq SFQ-02RB is another speaker that has a dock for affixing your Apple products too. On the outset, it looks great, but upon a closer look, you can see that it is made almost entirely of plastic except for the top area where the texture is matte and the sides where a glossy surface can be seen. To be fair though, there are very few portable speakers that are made out of heavier material to account for the weight issue. Despite that however, the Soundfreaq still weighs close to 50 ounces, which is rather significant. It has a long size too (at about 13 inches), meaning it won’t fit easily into small bags or backpacks.
The buttons for controlling the volume, pause/play and whatnot are placed neatly on the bottom platform which protrudes slightly outwards. The middle portion of the platform consists of a thin slot that functions as an Apple dock. You can connect the speaker to a PC or laptop via a USB charge port if you wish. The speaker itself can be controlled via your iPod or iPhone once the Bluetooth has connected or you could also do so with a remote control that’s provided as part of the entire package.
This remote control can be hidden from sight or be carried about with ease when not in use by inserting it into an entrenched slot made specifically for it.
There’s a particular UQ3 feature that comes with the Soundfreaq SFQ-02RB that supposedly makes the audio quality better, but even then, I can’t help but feel that something was lacking in the sound. The specifications of this speaker seem decent enough, what with four frequency drivers and all but the music that it produces doesn’t have the kick that you would expect from a $150 speaker. The sounds simply weak and the bass is worse. It almost feels as if there’s a muffler within the front of the speaker where the sound comes out of, which filters the clarity and boom of the song.
Design & Features
In exchange for that, however, the Soundfreaq SFQ-02RB has a great design and a multitude of features that you wouldn’t typically find in Bluetooth speakers. It comes equipped with an antenna for the radio, a remote control, and a wall charger. There are enough buttons to navigate your way through its settings, and there’s also an Apple dock. If your device does not have Bluetooth enabled, you can just plug it in via an aux-in port, which is pretty convenient. The battery life is decent and can last about 6 hours at full blast. Recharging it is as simple as plugging it into a power socket with the wall charger or attaching it to a power source via a USB cable.
The Soundfreaq could have done a whole lot better, that’s for sure. It has almost everything you’ll ever need for a portable speaker, with a significant exception being the sound quality that it produces. If they could release a newer and improved model on that particular aspect, there’s no doubt that it’ll sell well. At the moment though, you can find better alternatives to this Bluetooth speaker.