Closer Look: Microlab MD212 Portable Speaker
Here we will have an opportunity to look at what the Microlab MD212 Portable Speaker has to offer in more detail. This device is a great size and shape for portability. It is not going to fit well into pants or shirt pockets, but it is certainly able to fit nicely into a small purse or carry-on bag. No matter where you go, you will have a Bluetooth device with you that delivers great audio.
The box that the Microlab MD212 comes in is nothing extravagant, which is just fine with me. There are some manufacturers that like the display case-type packaging for their device, which is fine. Personally, I’d rather not pay for the marketing and merchandising efforts.
The contents are pretty simple; the Microlab MD212, the user manual, a rechargeable battery (not pictured), and a USB cable.
There are many different choices for consumers when it comes to the ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker nowadays. These devices come in all different shapes and colors. The Microlab MD212 is no different. It is available in three different colors; white, red and black.
However, some manufacturers seem to place more emphasis on form than on function. I certainly would not hang that label on the Microlab MD212. It is one of the devices in this class that have plenty of both. There was clearly plenty of thought that went into the design of the MD212. The result is not only a simple, attractive design, but also a subwoofer tube-like shape that generates high-quality audio.
The button pictured below allows you to answer an incoming call and utilize the Microlab MD212 as a speakerphone. It also is used to place the device back into pairing mode if pairing times out.
Another great feature is the pull-out tray that allows you to place your smartphone or tablet in an upright position. This really comes in handy when you are watching streaming video. The image below also shows the built-in microphone that helps the individual on the other end of the conversation hear you well.
On the bottom of the Microlab MD212 you will find feet that swivel out to provide better stability. The device was designed to slope to the back in order to give your device the perfect viewing angle when in the tray, so these feet, when placed in the below configuration, provide added stability.
Even though it overlaps the battery cover, the built-in auxiliary cable is a really cool feature. To the right of the USB cable port you will find a 3-position switch. When placed in the left position, the device is off. When the switch is moved to the center position, the device is ready for an auxiliary connection, and when the switch is in its third (right) and final position, the Microlab MD212 is in Bluetooth mode.
The Microlab MD212 was a well thought out device and I appreciated the features that were integrated into the device. It may not have some of the “bells and whistles” that can be found on other Bluetooth devices, but Microlab stuck to the essentials in order to keep the MD212 compact, highly portable, and user-friendly. Now, its time to see how it performed.