The BenQ treVolo S speaker comes in a compact design, but surprisingly weighs about 2.2lb, mostly because it encases a new type of speaker technology and a hefty battery.
We think this is a really cool and unique design, and we love that you can fold those wings in if you need to transport the speaker. That said, it’s not really meant to compete with regular portable Bluetooth speakers. The trevolo S is designed to be your go-to speaker at home or the office.
When you get this speaker, it also comes with a power adapter, quick start guide, warranty card, and a carrying case. And there are three methods for playing music with this speaker:
To operate this speaker, you can choose from six buttons. They’re located on the top of the speaker and they can control playback, volume, bluetooth, power, and mode. These buttons are clicky and they make the speaker really easy to use.
The mode button can be used to switch into 3D sound mode, which essentially provides a little more oomph to your music. Also, the speaker utilizes dual 12W woofers, dual amplifiers, and dual vibrating diaphragms for quality sound.
We like the overall sound quality of the BenQ treVolo S speaker, and were surprised at how well it handled the mids in particular. We did notice that the sound quality varied based on what type of music was playing or the audio file format of the song.
We found that lossless formats like .WAV or .FLAC made for much better sound quality, and that is by design. Those files really allow the speaker to take advantage of the electrostatic sound system inside.
As far as volume, the treVolo S doesn’t get very loud, but it will be just fine for small and medium sized rooms. It uses an electrostatic method of playing sound, which limits it from getting crazy loud, but we’d say if you play it at 60-80% it should be fine. According to BenQ, “electrostatic speakers have a distortion rate of less than 1%” whereas conventional speakers can have a distortion rate closer to 10%. We think the treVolo speaker is perfect for playing music in your bedroom or your living room.
This speaker is definitely house party material, but like we said above, there’s not a ton of bass. It’s there, but it doesn’t get pounding, which your neighbors might appreciate more anyway.
We want to note that while we do think this speaker is great for toting around because of its compact design and carrying case, we don’t think it’s great for outdoor use. There are a lot of holes in the speakers that stuff can fall into, so we wouldn’t say that this is an ideal speaker to take to the beach or camping, since you run the risk of getting dust, dirt, or sand inside of it. And while it’s made with premium metal materials, we still think that one good drop could break it. So if you want to travel with this speaker, think more house to office or home to hotel room.
On a full charge, this baby can last a whole day long. It uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and a micro USB. Battery life is around 18 hours on a single charge.
If you’re using the speaker at home more as a desktop speaker, you won’t have to worry about battery life since it will remain plugged in. We expect this is what more people will end up doing.
We think this is a really neat speaker. Ideally, it’s best for using in your room, dorm room, or around your home since it’s great for filling a small room with sound. We also love its unique design and honestly just think it looks really cool. Unless you strictly listen to bass-heavy music, we think this is a great speaker option for music lovers. We’re not 100% convinced that consumers will be willing to pay up for electrostatic sound, but the speaker has been fun to play around with.
How did SY get the treVolo S speaker?
|We were sent the speaker by BenQ so that we could review it and see if it would make a nice speaker for your bedroom.|
Where can I get the mobile app?
|It's available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, though, it looks like BenQ is phasing out the app since you can enter 3D sound mode by using the button on the speaker.|
Where else can I get the speaker?
|So far, it's only available on BenQ's websites and Amazon.|
Is it waterproof?
|No. This is an indoor speaker not meant to be exposed to water.|
Can I pair two treVolo S speakers together?
Can I play audio via USB in addition to Bluetooth?
|Yes you can. This is partially the reason why this is a great speaker for computers.|