Divoom iBase iOS Dock Station Review
When Divoom products reached our shore, they’re mostly just speakers in all shapes and sizes. They specialize in portable speakers that you can take with you anywhere. Now they’re venturing into docking stations with the Divoom iBase, a speaker dock made for iOS devices.
The Divoom iBase is a round docking base that’s not only a speaker but also acts as a charging dock for iOS devices, even iPads! Looks really simple yet elegant to fit your office or living room and the mood light at the base adds that “cool” factor.
The four full range neodymium dynamic drivers face upwards and dominates the top. The 30-pin dock portion supports iPods, iPhones and iPads. There’s even a support stand to keep a docked iPad stable. The buttons (not touch) only control the volume and the base mood light switch. There’s a rubber pad at the base to hold this speaker in place.
At the back is the Power button, AC in, and also a 3.5mm audio line in so you can still use this speaker for other music players such as the iPod shuffle, smartphones, etc. using the included 3.5mm audio cable.
The iBase is pretty straightforward to use, connect the power, turn it on, and slap in your iPod. The base light is a cool touch but if you get tired of it, you can simply turn it off. I just wish that the dock also has the basic music playback (back, pause, next) buttons so you don’t have to do it on the iPod anymore. Or better yet, wish they included a remote control for it.
Divoom claims that the iBase can deliver superb, distortion-free, crystal-clear sound despite its size. Well I’m happy to say it does. It’s not the best quality I’ve heard but you shouldn’t expect much from its size. Even at 75% volume, it’s already loud enough for our neighbors to hear our music which still sounds clear and not distorted. If you’re after those big, solid booms then you won’t find it here. Bass is not the strength of the iBase but I’m not saying the bass here is too weak. It’s just not distinctive enough when playing bass-heavy tunes.
Overall, it’s still a very nice and inexpensive speaker/charging dock for your iOS devices. The capability to charge iPad is already a win for me but of course you need to remove those thick cases before you can dock it here. The sound output is quite decent if you don’t care much for the woof and the design of this speaker is easy on the eyes and should match your space. Oh yeah, it’s still portable enough to take on trips.
The Divoom iBase retails for just Php2,900 and you can find it (as well as other Divoom products) in Authorized Apple Resellers, SM Appliance Center, and Rustan’s.