Review: Iris Speakers Too Much Plug, Not Enough Play

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Divoom’s Iris-02 Plug and Play speakers are small and portable, but still pack enough of a punch to double as your general laptop sound-system if you aren’t too picky.
Measuring up at a petite 69 x 85 x 65mm, this 2.0 sound system plugs into your laptop with a 3.5mm audio jack like ordinary earphones, but needs to be powered via USB at all times. The USB power cord is an annoying accessory just because it takes up one of your laptop’s limited USB ports while making a mess of the Iris’s cables which are joined together. A simple power and volume knob is located on top of one of the speakers.

On the sound side of things, the weighty aluminium-cone speakers deliver a rich range of sound, from punching bass notes to crispy treble hits, with clear vocals resonating in-between. Pushing it higher will still deliver half-decent sound quality, though it’s easy to pick up on the static/gain as you start to push it. Despite that, it can go pretty loud for such a cheap sound system.

Its claim to the portable market is a bit of a stretch though – the major drawback being the USB power cable that requires a constant stream of electricity outside of the 3.5mm audio jack. If you’re not planning on taking it around though, then the Iris-02 could very well be the cheap version of an iPod dock for those not looking for anything fancy.

The Iris-02 speakers will be available this month for an RRP of $27.99 – cheaper than Divoom’s tiny portable speaker range.

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