The Blitzwolf F1 is the rising company’s new Bluetooth speaker. With dual 5W drivers, a dedicated subwoofer, in addition to a massive 1800mAh battery, AUX In and handfree calling.
I want to say thanks to Banggood for sending me a unit to review.
Blitzwolf F1 Technical Specifications
- Speaker Power: 2 x 5W,S/N ≥60dB
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0+EDR (A2DP, AVRCP), 3.5mm Aux In
- Range: Approx. 10m
- Battery: 1800mAh
- Battery Life (Rated): 10-12 hours (Playback)
- Power: micro USB 2.0 port for charging
- Size: 162×62.6×28.6mm
- Weight: 270g
What’s In The Box?
Blitzwolf have provided a solid set of inclusions. Inside the box, you’ll get:
- 1x Blitzwolf F1 Bluetooth Speaker
- 1x 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable
- 1x Micro USB charging cable
- 1x Wrist Strap
- 1x Instruction Manual
Blitzwolf F1 Review: Design
The Blitzwolf F1 looks fantastic The Blitzwolf F1 features a solid aluminium shell that has a nice sandblasted finish. Each speaker grill has it’s own pattern, with a bold X on the front and a diamond on the rear.
It’s also a good size – around the size of a pencil case. This means that it’s small enough to chuck in a bag and take with you.
The top of the speaker features 5 diamond-shaped rubber buttons for skipping tracks (oddly labelled as +/-), answering calls/pairing, play/pause and a power button. There’s also a tiny hole for the microphone.
Only the larger Call/Pairing button is backlit. I would have liked to see them all lit up to make it easier to use in the dark but it’s not a big issue.
The ends of the speaker are capped with contrasting red rubber. A flap on the right side hides the charging and Aux in port, resulting in a very clean looking unit. These rubber flaps also help the unit achieve its IPX-5 rating, with Blitzwolf claiming that the unit should be safe from splashes, dust and drops.
The left side has a connector for a wrist strap which is nice inclusion but I have to admit I didn’t use it at all while I was reviewing the unit.
Blitzwolf F1 Review: Using It
Holding down the power button for a few seconds boots the unit. Pairing is done like pretty much every other Bluetooth speaker, by selecting the “Blitzwolf F1” from your smartphone’s Bluetooth menu. There’s a tone that lets you know when it’s paired that sounds pleasant unlike a recent speaker I reviewed.
Music playback is either controlled via your phone or the unit’s onboard controls. Whilst the Play/Pause button’s function is obvious, the +/- buttons actually pull double duty. A short press will skip tracks whilst holding them down will adjust the speaker’s internal volume. This is actually independent of your smartphone’s volume so you can push the speaker pretty hard.
There’s also the Call button which will answer an incoming call on the speaker, whilst holding it down will put the speaker into Pairing mode.
The Bluetooth connection is rock solid, and I didn’t experience any breakups at the 10m limit, even through a wall. Bluetooth can be a bit of a drainer on your smartphone’s battery though. Thankfully, the Blitzwolf F1 supports Bluetooth 4.0, meaning the speaker sips energy from your smartphone when paired.
Auxiliary input is handy for devices that don’t support Bluetooth. Connecting up the included 3.5mm cable automatically switches the speaker to using the cabled connection making it incredibly easy to use.
Blitzwolf claims that the speaker should be good for around 10-12 hours and that feels about right. After a few hours of blasting sweet metal, I’m only down to 75% so their estimate seems right.
Blitzwolf F1 Review: Sound Quality
The Blitzwolf F1 is a great sounding Bluetooth speaker. I found low, mids and highs to be fairly balanced. It’s clear the dedicated subwoofer is at work here, as most Bluetooth speakers sound tinny due to tiny drivers not being able to cope with lower frequencies.
Bass-heavy tracks such as Hard by Tech N9ne and Bass Face by The Midnight Beast sounded great, maintaining their punch. Mellow tracks showed off good detail whilst the chaos of death metal balanced bass with treble to ensure the complex vocals remained clear over powerful drum beats.
That said, at maximum volume, highs became slightly more pronounced as the subwoofer tried to match the drivers volume. That said, audio still sounded excellent, outperforming most other speakers in this price range.
Distortion was incredibly rare, with only a single test track creating some slight crackling at maximum volume.
Speaking of volume, the Blitzwolf F1 is pretty loud. According to my sound meter, I was able to hit 95db at 30cm at 90 at 1m, which is pretty impressive, particularly for such a compact unit. BlYou won’t be replacing your home theatre or dedicated stereo system with it, but filling up a small to medium sized room was no issue.
The hands free feature is a nice addition but in practice is pretty useless. Whilst I had no issue hearing the person on the other end, the Blitzwolf F1’s microphone simply isn’t sensitive enough so I could barely be heard. Don’t throw out your Bluetooth headset just yet.
Should You Get One?
The Blitzwolf F1 is an impressive Bluetooth speaker. With great audio quality, a good mix of features and top-notch build, the Blitzwolf is a great option that offers the style and most of the features of Xiaomi’s top-of-the-line speaker without the price tag. A great option.
You can get the Blitzwolf F1 Bluetooth speaker from Banggood for around $35.
Alternatively, it’s available from [amazon text=Amazon&asin=B01BSSIB6C].
Michael is a technology expert with over 15 years of experience in IT, Home Theatre and Automation. Feel free to send Michael a message here.