- Pretty good audio quality, especially for a speaker that costs under $30
- Durable, yet sleek design
- Fairly good battery life at about 15-20 hours on a single charge
- Strong Bluetooth connection
- Has several clicky, tactile buttons and a speakerphone function
- You don’t get 360° of audio—speakers are forward-facing only
- No lanyard loop for travel
For $30, the Vtin Hotbeat R2 Speaker is hard to beat. We were impressed with the audio quality and overall design of the speaker. If you’re on a strict budget, this is one of your best options.
With all of the speakers on the market today, it can be tricky to find one that has good audio quality and also an affordable price point, but we think the Vtin Outdoor Portable Bluetooth Speaker might have figured out just that. Read on to learn where this Vtin Speaker excels, and where we found it doesn’t. Also, just to make you aware, Vtin is one of the brands of the VicTsing Corporation, a large seller of consumer goods on Amazon.
Design & Setup Process
This is a fairly small speaker with a nice, sleek design. It’s mostly hard plastic, but doesn’t feel cheap. The sound emits from the front face of the speaker, so it’s not a 360 degree speaker orientation like the UE BOOM 2, but it does have a big speaker face that we like. We also like that it’s black with a thin red detail around the speaker face. It’s a good look and again, doesn’t look as cheap as it is.
This speaker is IPX6 waterproof, meaning that it cannot be completely submerged in water, but it is resistant to steam or rain. You can even quickly rinse it off under a little bit of water if it gets dirty at the beach, or anything like that.
There are six buttons on top of the speaker. They are large, clicky, tactile, and easy to use. There is a power button, a bluetooth button, play and pause track button, minimize volume, increase volume, and then a bass+ button, which is a feature that pumps up the bass. We’ll explain this more in a bit. The pause and play button can also be used to accept or end calls.
Again, this is a smaller speaker. It’s dimensions are 7.0″ x 2.2” x 2.4″ and it only weighs 12.5 ounces, making it great for traveling.
The set-up process is super simple. Simply charge the speaker, then connect to your smartphone via bluetooth. The speaker will show up at “VTIN R2” in your bluetooth settings.
Like we mentioned above, this speaker has the option to listen in “normal mode” or “bass boost mode.” Normal mode is supposed to improve the clarity of the mid to high pitches for more lyrical, classic, or light music.
You then have the bass boost mode option, which you can switch to by simply clicking the bass+ button. This switches the speaker to focus on producing extra deep and solid bass, which they recommend when listening to rock, hip-hop, or any music which gets you into the “party” mode.
The battery life is pretty great. It can go for 20 hours at about 50% volume, or 15 hours at 60-70%. That’s a long party. To recharge, simply use the micro USB cable that’s included. It only needs 3.5H to be fully charged, so it doesn’t take long. A red light will turn on once it’s fully charged.
The bluetooth is pretty good. It’s bluetooth 4.2, and has a range of about 30-40 feet. It also comes with a 3.5mm AUX cord for wired listening.
Another feature that we like is that the speaker has little shock pads on the bottom of it to prevent the speaker from moving, and keep it a little bit elevated for better sound quality. The Vtin speaker also comes with a 12-month (full year) warranty.
We were very impressed with this speaker’s sound quality and volume capacity, especially for the price. The sound stayed crisp and clear up to about 75-80% volume, which by the way, was very loud. This speaker can easily fill a large room with sound. We noticed that the speaker is actually louder in normal mode than in bass boost mode by about 10-20%. We’re not complaining about it, though.
We weren’t totally and completely impressed by the bass in the bass boost mode. It definitely helps, but it isn’t anything overly special, so don’t expect to be blown away by bass. The normal mode really helped the mids and the highs to pop, which was great for country, folk, classical, etc. music.
Overall, even though the bass boost mode isn’t the best, it’s some of the best audio quality you can get for around $30.
We’ve been saying this bluetooth speaker is around $30, but we actually got it off Amazon for around $26. That’s a pretty good deal—we’ve tested a lot of speakers. We think you’ll be hard pressed to find another speaker of this size, with this good of audio quality, for this low of a price.
Vtin Outdoor Speaker Review: Verdict
We were genuinely surprised by how much we liked this speaker, given that we got it for under $30. We’re mainly impressed with the audio quality because it’s so clear and can get so loud. The bluetooth connection was solid, nothing special there. We also like how easy to use this speaker is. The buttons are very straightforward and make things simple.
Overall, this speaker checks all the right boxes for a budget speaker. We would recommend this for taking to the beach or a tailgate, for using around the home or the office, or gifting to family or friends.