We all know that there are tons of options available in the market today so you’re probably wondering if we have already reached the maximum saturation for Bluetooth speakers. Most manufacturers find many ways to easily characterize their own products from their competitors whether it’s a really small size, extreme ruggedness, huge sound production, or even water resistance. You will be able to find a Bluetooth speaker that suits your needs, and that will be adequate for any type of situation that you may encounter.
BenQ is a company that is known for making projectors and monitors; however, they also create their own set of durable and effective portable speakers that produce great and quality sounds. Today, we are going to look at the BenQ treVolo S Bluetooth Portable Speaker which is the very first portable speaker to successfully integrate Electrostatic speakers that deliver pure 3D sound.
BenQ produced this Bluetooth portable device to shift the attention back to the sound quality of speakers; the highlights of the product are its Electrostatic speakers which are mostly found on high-end equipment. These types of speakers are known to produce high-quality, accurate, and crisp audio but we really don’t know if this feature will translate perfectly to a portable speaker.
Before anything else, let’s go ahead and take a look at what’s in the box of the BenQ treVolo S Bluetooth Portable Speakers.
BenQ treVolo S Review – Whats in the Box?
The treVolo S comes in a simple yet clean-looking white box where the image of the device is seen at the front and sides of the package; at the back, there isn’t really much except for a couple of information about the device. We liked that you can just easily pull off the box’s cover to reveal the treVolo S along with the other necessary accessories to make the device run and charge properly.
Inside the box, you’ll see the portable Bluetooth speaker which looks really sleek and classy so we think that’s really cool. BenQ also provided a nice silky carrying case which can be used whenever you plan to take the speakers out with you; aside from this, you will also find the micro USB charger, an adapter, as well as the user manual that are all laid out neatly inside the box. Simple, clean, and neat – that’s what we noticed about the packaging of the treVolo S Bluetooth speakers and it’s really good since you don’t have to really struggle pulling out the accessories from the box which is quite common in other similar devices.
Now, let’s go and check out the BenQ treVolo S Bluetooth Portable Speaker to learn more about the device, its specifications, features, and if it performs well enough to suit your needs and requisites when it comes to listening and music sharing.
BenQ treVolo S – Compact with a Kick!
The treVolo S is actually based on the original treVolo which first appeared early last year as it featured a similar setup. The treVolo S features the Bluetooth 4.2 instead of the 4.1 version, has NFC support, as well as a stereo duo mode for a second unit; its power rate was reduced from 12 volts to 5 volts and its old type of mic has been removed.
Compared to the older model, the treVolo S is much smaller and lighter, weighing at 1 kg as opposed to the 1.2 kg of the treVolo. It also features a central chassis that holds the 12 W amplifier as well as the dual bass drive units. At the back is a mini-USB charging port, as well as a 3.5 mm wired input option. If you look at the sides, there are two flat and hinged electrostatic speakers that handle the upper frequencies. These fold out and look great.
Right at the top of the device, you’ll see the interface buttons that will allow you to change the sound mode, stop or play the music, turn the device on or off, increase or lower the volume, and pair up the Bluetooth.
The treVolo S is a sleek and rather funky looking portable Bluetooth speaker that is stylish and very appealing to the eyes. We also like the fact that it gives off this really cool vibe even if it’s just a simple device without any fancy designs and such.
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.2
- Frequency Response: 60 Hz to 20 KHz
- APT-X Support: None
- NFC: Yes for auto-turn on and BT pairing
- Input Type: 5mm stereo input | USB audio DAC
- Duo Mode: Yes for Stereo / Party Mode
- Sound Mode: 3D / Pure
- Mic: None
- LED Indicator: Red LED 1x, Blue LED 1x – pairing key, Green LED 1x – power key,
- Battery: Built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery
- Key Definition: BT Pairing Key, Power Key, Play / Pause, 3D Mode Key, Volume Keys
- Temperature Range: 0 to 40°c
- Play Time: approximately 18-hours depending on the usage
IO Port: Micro USB 1x | Line-In 1x
- Input Power Rating: DC-5V, 2A
Dimensions: 2 x 157.1 x 96.3mm closed
BenQ treVolo S Features
Distortion Free 3D Mode
The treVolo S Bluetooth Portable Speakers from BenQ feature a proprietary non-distortion 3D mode that gives off quality sounds similar to that of a live music scene. Simply activating the non-distortion 3D mode in order to enhance your listening experience. BenQ treVolo S’ non-distortion 3D mode does not alter the original soundwaves as it significantly boosts the dimensions of your listening space.
Designed with the company’s EST, or Electrostatic Speaker Technology, which ensures that the speakers give you the best clarity they are able to when listening to music. The treVolo makes use of the same EST that is commonly utilized for top-notch speaker systems. Without any cabinet resonance and with just a distortion amount that is only one-tenth of the traditional speakers, these electrostatic devices deliver spacious and all-natural sounds for your enjoyment.
The BenQ treVolo S Bluetooth Portable Speaker features a Duo Mode where you can pair two treVolo S’ to acquire the best speaker configuration that can be utilized for any purpose.
Non-Stop Music Playback
You can enjoy continuous playback with the treVolo S Bluetooth Portable Speaker since it is packed with long-lasting, heavy duty batteries, giving you eighteen hours of endless listening and enjoyment whether you’re out on a road trip, hiking, or camping.
Share Music While On the Go
A very useful and convenient portable Bluetooth speaker that lets you play music anywhere and everywhere.
NFC One-Touch Connectivity
With its one-touch NFC connectivity, you can easily pair your tablet or smartphone with the treVolo S Bluetooth Portable Speaker. Just lightly touch your smartphone or tablet to the treVolo S’ N mark and you’re good to go.
USB Charger plus Internal USB DAC
Keep the treVolo S Bluetooth Portable Speaker charged by utilizing their micro USB cable while the micro USB connector sends audio signal transmissions directly to the treVolo S speaker.
We focused on a couple of important things when we tested the treVolo S and mainly, we had the volume turned on to max and played music simultaneously. Here is what we have observed for the performance of the BenQ treVolo S Bluetooth Portable Speakers.
We tried using the treVolo S in a temperate, low-dust, and humid environment, it pretty much worked well and without issues. We were also able to pair the device quickly with the NFC while also keeping a solid connection within the Bluetooth’s standard range.
When it comes to the battery life, we fully charged the Bluetooth speaker to see how long it would last. The treVolo S was set at top volume and it still performed well for about eighteen hours or so; if you were wondering how we knew if the charge had dropped, the LED at the top of the device helped give us an idea how much battery’s left. When it turns red, there’s less than thirty percent left in the battery – simple but very nice and efficient. Another thing that we also noticed and appreciated was that despite using it on a regular basis, we only had to plug the Bluetooth stereo a couple of times throughout the week.
BenQ Trevolo S Bluetooth Portable Speaker is said to be able to produce an immersive sound-stage due to its 3D mode. The default mode was clear and rich which was something really great since, as is, you don’t really need to change the settings to get crisp and quality audio from the device. But of course, if you want to have a live sounding experience, the 3D mode makes this all perfect. The bass was adequate enough, not too loud or too weak which was pretty good in our opinion.
When we did activate the 3D mode, the audio output sounded even better: it sounded much louder and richer which is actually great when using the treVolo S in larger spaces. Another notable thing about the treVolo S is that depth and layering could also be heard which only a few portable speakers were able to achieve.
After trying out the treVolo S for a week, we can definitely say that this is a great addition to anyone’s accessory especially for those who always listen to music even if they are on the go. Not only that, but the treVolo S is also very easy to use, has excellent battery life, simple to connect, and delivers rich and clear audio for continuous hours of play. The treVolo S is an amazing bit of kit that would honestly be a great fit for anyone that is looking for a great portable bluetooth speaker that is feature rich , truly portable and that kicks ass.
How to Use
With the treVolo S from BenQ, you will not really need to install any program for it to work. Setting it up is easy and you don’t need to have technical expertise for it. You will need to first pair the BenQ treVolo S Bluetooth speaker with your smartphone; you will just have to press and hold the pairing button that is right on the speakers before choosing the Bluetooth settings on your smartphone. You will see a list of devices there, just search for treVolo S and connect. After doing so, you can just sit back, relax, and start your playlist, scan through your music library or Spotify and listen to your favorite tunes while on the go.
The BenQ app for the iOS and Android was simple yet very efficient and functional, allowing us to easily monitor the battery levels, adjust the sound mode, as well as set the Duo Mode on the device. The systems that are also supported include Android v4 or higher, and iOS v7 or higher.
We took the time to test the treVolo S for a week and we can say that this Bluetooth portable speaker performs well and gives off really clean, crisp, and clear audio. The first impression we had of the device was that it was better than most of the Bluetooth portable speakers out in the market, but after trying it out for a much longer period, we can definitely say that BenQ did a really great job with their treVolo S speaker.
The bass, the quality of sound, the clear and crisp audio that it produces will just make it a very great addition to your accessories; plus, the battery lasted for over 16 hours which is a fantastic batter life. We also liked that the bass and treble were very clear, and what BenQ advertised about having a 0% distortion rate for its audio was true, and we really loved its performance during the whole time we tested it.
This is a little bit pricier compared to other Bluetooth speakers but with its audio sound and quality, you’re definitely paying for excellence and listening with the treVolo S will be really enjoyable. So for us, we’re definitely recommending this for you, especially if you want to listen to favorite tunes wherever you go while enjoying clear sound quality that you can also have in 3D mode.
You can pickup the treVolo S for only $199USD over at the BenQ store.