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This Bluetooth speaker is apt for house parties

May 21, 2019 13:50 IST

At Rs 3,200, the Zaap Hydra Extreme is a versatile speaker.
It is rugged, loud and gives a steady playback of over six hours, says Veer Arjun Singh.

IMAGE: Actor and lifestyle celebrity Radhika Bangia with Zaap Hydra Extreme Bluetooth Speaker. Photograph: Kind courtesy, zaaptech.com
 

Even though it is prioritised way behind a pair of balanced, noise-cancelling headphones, a portable speaker has made its way into the travel bag.

But to graduate to the universal backpack, it has to offer much more than loud music in a small package.

Design (3/5)

A seasoned traveller needs a reliable gadget.

Something that can withstand extreme weather and at least a few drops and splashes.

Zaap Hydra Extreme is designed for the job.

The black, rectangular twin-speaker apparatus has a rubberised exterior that has the capacity to withstand a good amount of shock.

I tested it by dropping the speaker from about five feet more than a few times on cemented floor, road and grass.

It did stop playing once, but only because the fall accidentally hit the pause button.

IMAGE: The IP65 rating makes the speaker extremely rugged. Photograph: Kind courtesy, zaaptech.com

It also survived many splashes near a pool and moderate rain at a terrace party.

The IP65 rating makes the speaker extremely rugged.

Under the rubber exterior, the top panel has four buttons, play/pause, volume up/down and Bluetooth.

All are equally hard to press.

It's a small compromise for a sturdy piece but a design flaw nonetheless.

A basic design and lack of colour options do nothing to enhance the design.

IMAGE: Weighing a little less than 500 gm, it is meant for medium-sized travel bags (not backpacks) and intimate house parties. Photograph: Kind courtesy, zaaptech.com

Performance (3.5/5)

Its 12W speaker unit is markedly more powerful than those in popular ultra-portable ones from Sony and JBL.

But the sound quality is only comparable at low volume.

Closer to peak volume, the sound has a high distortion.

Still, the overall sound quality is above average.

Verdict (3/5)

The Zaap Hydra Extreme is rugged, loud and gives a steady playback of over 6 hours (the company claims up to 8 hours).

Weighing a little less than 500 gm, it is meant for medium-sized travel bags (not backpacks) and intimate house parties.

For Rs 3,200, it's a versatile speaker if you don't possess a terribly demanding ear.

Veer Arjun Singh
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