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Microlab MD212 Bluetooth Portable Speaker Review

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Microlab MD212 Portable Speaker Final Thoughts

The performance of the Microlab MD212 makes up for the lack of “bells and whistles” found on other portable Bluetooth speakers. In fact, the simplicity of this device is a positive in my book. For example, it doesn’t have on-board volume buttons, which was no big deal to me because I typically control the audio volume with my smartphone or tablet anyway. The quality of audio, impressive battery life, ease of pairing devices, and the affordable price makes the Microlab MD212 a must-have for those individuals that are constantly on the move and are in the market for a portable Bluetooth device.

There are only a couple minor complaints to lodge when discussing the Microlab MD212 and they really have nothing to do with the main unit. Once complaint is that the USB cable provided for charging the device could be longer. The other is that the user manual could be more thorough. Individuals that haven’t had a whole lot of experience with Bluetooth devices would be better served with a bit more guidance.

The final mention I must make is that, even though pairing was very easy, I did have an issue when trying to pair my Motorola Razr Maxx. It did not pair immediately and I initially received a message that indicated the attempt to pair the devices failed. On the second attempt, I depressed the speakerphone button, which initiated the pairing sequence once again, and the pairing of the two devices was complete.

Microlab MD212 Portable Speaker

Microlab MD212 Portable Speaker Conclusion

If you’ve been reading this review to this point, you know how I feel regarding the performance of the Microlab MD212; it far exceeded my expectations. The audio quality is fantastic for a Bluetooth device of this size. Its bass isn’t going to shake the foundation, but again, it is an ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker. Whether using the Microlab MD212 to listen to music, watch movies, or to talk via the speakerphone, you will be pleased with the audio performance. And, you’ll have hours to enjoy the audio, since the BL-5C 1000 mAh lithium rechargeable battery will power the device for at least six straight hours (and probably well beyond that).

The best way I can describe the shape of the Microlab MD212 is that it is similar to a subwoofer tube, but rather than being round, it is a rhombus. Overall, the clean appearance in any of the three available colors (red, white, black) is attractive. Also, I appreciate the textured surface, which gives the MD212 more of a matte finish.

The Microlab MD212 has a very solid feel to it and seems as if it will have no problem standing up to some wear and tear. Considering that it is a device its owners will take with them frequently due to its ultra-portable size, this is a very good quality for it to have. Yeah, it’s plastic, but the mesh guards for the speakers are metal and, again, it is solidly constructed.

As I stated earlier, I have to commend Microlab for the MD212 over the thought that was put into this ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker. What a smart design. It is the epitome of a device that has exactly what is necessary and is devoid of anything that is not. The pull-out tray is a great place to prop up your device and it has feet that swivel out for added stability. The built-in auxiliary cable is a great way to expand its versatility. The speakerphone button turns the Microlab MD212 into a speakerphone. It doesn’t have multimedia or volume buttons, but I’m not aware of many smartphones or tablets that do not already include that functionality.

Considering that the Microlab MD212 can be acquired for around $32.24 (Amazon / Newegg), I can only imagine that most people will consider it a bargain. It is easy to use, sounds great, and more than fills the requirement for an ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker.

There are many options from which to choose when considering a portable Bluetooth speaker. If you are looking for one that has exactly what you need, leaves out what you don’t, sounds great and performs well, the Microlab MD212 should attract plenty of attention.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award Logo (Small)

+ Overall audio quality
+ Ease of pairing devices
+ Pull-out tray
+ Speakerphone feature
+ On-board auxiliary cable
+ Aesthetics
+ Affordable price
+ Battery life
+ Swiveling feet for added stability

Cons:

- Short USB cable
- Incomplete user manual

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.00
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 10.00

Final Score: 9.3 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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