03 June 2019
Zaap is a relatively unknown brand which makes accessories like Bluetooth speakers, Selfie Sticks, Power Banks, Air Purifiers and headphones etc. One of the few interesting products of this company is the Aqua Darkstar Bluetooth speaker which is IPX5 certified speaker making it a perfect for outdoor parties, showers, pool sides, group camping & other rugged activities.
The company has been nice enough to share a retail unit for a review and I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now. So without much further delay let us get to the detailed review of Zaap Aqua Darkstar Bluetooth speaker.
In the box you get:
- Bluetooth speaker
- Micro USB Charging Cable
- An Aux cable
- Warranty card and manuals
Zaap Aqua Darkstar Bluetooth speaker review - Design and build
If there is anything that I liked the most about this speaker is its all black avatar. In terms of looks, I was really impressed as soon as I took it out of the box. It has a small rectangular block shape with both top and bottom part covered by a soft rubber cover which not only saves it from accidental water splash but also adds up a nice grip when placed on any sort of surface.
It has a black metal mesh covering on all four sides, with the charging port and aux port located at the back, covered by a soft rubber flap. The usual set of physical buttons including volume up, Volume down, play/pause, next track, previous track and the power button/Bluetooth pairing, are located at the top part of the speaker.
The rubber covering at the top and bottom have a soft feel to them, however, are a dirt and dust magnet. Removing the top rubber covering exposes the circuit board when removed while the bottom one covers the screws to open the speaker, so it is not advisable to use the speakers without the covers.
The only LED indicator is housed under the power button which turns blue when the speaker is turned on and red while charging or to indicate low battery. Sadly the only way you can check the amount of charge left on the speaker is when it is paired to the smartphone via Bluetooth. The build quality is good and the metal mesh is sturdy and doesn’t flex easily. The speaker is large enough to fit in your palm easily and is not too heavy.
Zaap Aqua Darkstar Bluetooth speaker review - Performance
The Zaap Aqua Darkstar though is small in size, yet houses 2*5W drivers producing 10W sound output. The sound output is loud enough for a large room. In my case, I used the speaker mostly at my work desk for listening to music or while watching movies and could barely turn the volume to the loudest, ever. It has deep bass and audio output while outdoor usage is also impressive.
Though, at the maximum volume, the audio did start jarring up a bit. There is a 2600 mAh battery that powers the speaker which offers a neat 11-12 hours of backup easily, though tanking it up to 100% again takes at least 6 hours, so charging it up at night was the best I could do.
For connectivity option, it has a 3.5mm audio port apart from Bluetooth 4.0 and can pair easily with any Android or an iOS device. Both the connectivity options worked great and the Bluetooth range on offer was 10 meters easily, though if there are any obstacles in between, the audio output starts getting impacted. You can also use the speaker to answer calls while connected via Bluetooth as it comes with an in-built mic as well.
Zaap Aqua Darkstar Bluetooth speaker review - Verdict
At a price point of Rs. 2749, the Zaap Aqua Darkstar is more than a decent performer. It is compact and portable and doesn’t disappoint by its performance at all. To be very honest I didn’t have any expectation from this speaker when I started using it. While I’m very impressed with the overall performance, it just falls short from being the perfect Bluetooth speaker in this range as it lacks important features like the stereo pairing mode and doesn't support Gooogle Assistant or SIRI