If you are looking for an ultra portable speaker that won’t break the bank, the Raycon The Everday Speaker is one good option to consider. It’s extremely light, small, and packs a ton of features – all for a very affordable price. Bluetooth speakers are a dime a dozen these days, and it’s hard for products to stand out. Raycon caught my attention as an up-and-coming brand in the speaker market, so I thought I would give The Everyday Speaker a try.
In this review of the Raycon The Everyday Speaker, I will provide a product overview, detailed specs, tell you about the unique features, and give you my final recommendation. Let’s get into it!
Raycon The Everyday Speaker Overview
The Raycon The Everyday Speaker is a portable Bluetooth speaker. It’s called the ‘The Everyday Speaker’ because it can go with you anywhere. With its IP67 waterproof rating, you can enjoy some music in the shower to start your day. Then take it to work and jam out. Hit the beach after work and bring it along, it’s dustproof, lightweight, and easy to transport.
With the IP67 rating, the The Everyday Speaker can be used indoors and outdoors. This makes it incredibly versatile for many different types of activates and lifestyles. The 11 hour battery life means you aren’t going to be tied to a charger even after hours of listening. It has a built in microphone for phone calls, and also has a nifty pairing feature if you have two The Everyday Speakers.
|Bluetooth Range||30 ft|
|# of Drivers||1|
|Equalizer||3 sound modes|
|Battery Life||11 hours|
|Dimensions||3.85″ (L) x 1.87″ (W) x 3.2″ (H)|
What’s In The Box
- Raycon The Everyday Speaker
- USB Type C charging cable
- User manual
Raycon The Everyday Speaker Review
The first impression that I got when looking at The Everyday Speaker is just how tiny and lightweight it is. It weighs about half a pound, and is small enough to fit in your pocket if you really wanted it to. I was thinking to myself, this is the perfect speaker to throw in your backpack, purse, etc. and just go.
Since it’s waterproof, you can take it just about anywhere and not worry about it. There are plenty of more expensive Bluetooth speakers out there. They might be louder, sound better, or have more features, but at the end of the day I think most people just want to jam out and not be thinking about a speaker.
There is a lot of plastic, no doubt. After all, at this price point, there isn’t an alternative. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad, though. The fit and finish is acceptable, and I like the choice of colors. One thing I didn’t realize was that the bottom feet are magnetic, so it will stick to metal. Kind of a nice touch, as is the carrying loop, which you can use to attach it to almost anything for storage or transport.
Sound was about what I expected. It’s a small speaker, so it doesn’t get really loud, and doesn’t sound like a full range speaker would. But you don’t buy this for it to sound like a $300 pair of bookshelf speakers, you buy it to play some background music while you are working out or relaxing by the pool. For those purposes, the sound is completely acceptable, and much better than the built in speakers on your phone.
Now let’s get into the details:
The Raycon The Everyday Speaker has just one speaker, as you would expect from something this size. It’s maximum output is just 5 watts, so listening is best close to the speaker. This can fill up a room, but this wouldn’t be an ideal speaker for a noisy shop, job site, large outdoor party, etc. As a personal listening device the volume is good, but stretch beyond what it’s designed for, and you’ll probably find the volume lacking a bit.
Clarity and Distortion
Music and voices come through clear. When listening to podcasts, the audio comes through smooth and distortion free. Even at higher volumes with complex music tracks, distortion was minimal.
Sound quality is acceptable. I wouldn’t say good, I wouldn’t say bad. Some of the reviews on Amazon mentioned a muffled sound, which I didn’t notice. I think one of the confusing things about this speaker is the speaker grill. It wraps around both sides, but there is only a speaker on one side. If you have it facing the wrong way, it will sound a lot worse.
The controls are simple and easy to use. There are the common control buttons, power button, and you can long press for more options like Bluetooth pairing. One annoying thing that I noticed was the audible announcement when the unit powers on, powers off, or reaches max volume. I wasn’t able to find a way to disable it. You get used to it and it only happens on a few occasions, but I can see how it would be annoying to some users. There is a USB-C charging port on the side, and the microphone is right below it.
I’ve already mentioned the fact that The Everyday Speaker is waterproof, dustproof, and very portable. It does have some other nice features that make it stand out from the crowd. There are magnetic feet on the bottom, which is nice if you want to set it on your car, workbench, etc. This Raycon speaker is light enough that it can be knocked over easily, so I think the rubber magnetic feet is a nice touch.
One cool thing is the ability to pair up to two The Everyday Speakers together in stereo mode. If you own two, or have a friend with one, you can pair them up and enjoy more volume and better sound quality. Speaking of sound quality, it has 3 different sound modes so that you can customize the EQ to suite your audio.
I mentioned it briefly, but you can also use this as a handsfree calling device. It has a built in microphone so you can talk on the phone if you happen to get a call in the middle of a song.
Typical battery life will be up to 11 hours. Charging via the USB-C connector happens in about 1.5 hours. 11 hours is going to be multiple days of use for most of us, and the USB-C connection means you shouldn’t have any issue finding a charger if you need one. It does come with a cable in the box.
What I Liked
- IP67 waterproof, dustproof
- Fun color choices
- Magnetic rubber feet and carrying loop
- Budget friendly price
What I Didn’t Like
- A voice announces when the unit powers on, powers off, or reaches max volume
- I wish it had a speaker on each side for better 360 degree audio distribution
Bottom Line: Do I Recommend the Raycon The Everyday Speaker?
I recommend the Raycon The Everyday Speaker for anyone seeking a budget friendly, portable, waterproof Bluetooth speaker. It’s not the loudest Bluetooth speaker, but it is one of the smallest you can get. With up to 11 hours of battery life, you’ll be able to take it around with you all day. It has some nice features, including the magnetic feet and the ability to pair with another The Everyday Speaker.
The only two downsides are more like nitpicks. First, you need to make sure the single driver is pointing towards you for optimal sound quality. Second, the voice announcements for things like powering on are kind of annoying until you get used to it. But overall, for this price point, it’s hard to beat!