I really underestimated the Zebronics UFO Bluetooth speaker. But boy, was I surprised! As the name suggests, the Zebronics UFO does look like a quintessential flying saucer our friendly Martian would come to Earth on. The 605g unit is beautiful to look at, and has a fair build quality. The speaker comes with an audio cable and charging cable. Apart from Bluetooth, you can connect to the speakers using a USB port, an AUX port or a TF card slot —all of which worked perfectly for me. The speakers were easy enough to pair to my phone the first time.
What is good?
After I had played the first song, I realised there was more to the Zebronics UFO than I initially gave it credit. The music was loud, crisp, and detailed. Since the UFO is not a front facing speaker, and instead a sit-flat speaker, you can place them anywhere in a room, in whatever position you prefer. And did I mention they are loud? I feel uncomfortable sitting close to the speakers when they are at full volume.
Being a Rock music guy through-and-through, I found that the speakers were more than well equipped to play songs from Rock greats like Metallica, AC/DC, and others. Lyrics on the speakers are on point, with no distortion or lack of depth. The speaker manages to balance the treble and bass together quite well. Another song I really love is an instrumental track that I have, which I often use to check out bass quality of headphones, speakers — the works, and to my surprise the UFO passed the test and then some. This was the same song that left me disappointed with Bose’s Soundlink Mini II recently.
The distance to which the speaker stays connected to a Bluetooth device is pretty decent. I had no problem playing music on the device for four hours straight, and really enjoyed my time with it. In fact, I made a full evening out of listening to the entire playlist of Coke Studio on Youtube with my family — with a lot of appreciation given to the speakers.
Let’s talk about the cordless handset for a second. It looks like a standard handset that you get with a cordless phone with a small screen inside showing you the battery, Bluetooth connection and a message reading ‘Ready’ (When connected). If you have connected your phone to the speaker and get a call, you can simply pick up the handset to attend the call (leaving your phone be). I do not understand why you wouldn’t just pick up your mobile, but hey, I am not judging.
What is not so good?
Saying all this, there are still a few shortcomings with the Zebronics UFO. You cannot play the speakers on the absolutely maximum volume, as there is a certain level of distortion. But that doesn’t mean that it is not super loud on 95% volume.
The other thing that annoyed me with the UFO was the reconnection to the device when it disconnected on Bluetooth. There is a power button slider that needs to be turned on, along with the centre button on the handset top. It is a little confusing to reconnect to the device sometimes, but I simply refuse to read the manual to understand what I did wrong — I mean who does? I can’t even find where I threw it along with the box.
The cordless handset, useful or not, has one serious issue. The volume of the headset is barely audible, and my experience using it wasn’t out of this world in anyway, get it? — UFO (out of this world). Well, in any case, you can pick up the handset and dial a number to make a call as well. It’s a neat thing to have, but as far as I am concerned — unnecessary.
he UFO comes with a 1400 mAh battery —1200 mAh for the speakers and 200 mAh for the handset. Considering that it doesn’t show me when the speaker is fully charged, it ran for me untethered for somewhere close to four hours while connected to Bluetooth.
For someone who himself is in the market for a Bluetooth speaker, I would recommend the speakers. Maybe I’ll buy one for myself soon enough. The speaker is priced at R2,999, and I think it is a fair price for the good experience I had with them.