Review: Archeer A320 (Archeer M10) Bluetooth Speaker
The Archeer A320 M10 Bamboo Bluetooth speaker is infuriating, though only because a) It’s Archeer rather than Archer (note the double e!) and b) The name contains too many letters and numbers. Is it the Archeer A320 or the Archeer M10? It’s both, apparently.
That’s where the annoyance ends, though. Admittedly, the design isn’t really my thing being rather retro-looking, but the performance is excellent, and I was surprised at the volume and clarity that came from the machine.
The official blurb boasts of the elegant appearance of the speaker, and I can see what they mean. The unit is bamboo-made and stylish (even though I’m not a fan, there’s been many complimentary remarks about it).
A single charge powers the unit for up to 12 hours using what I’d deem a standard phone charging cable. Bizarrely, there is no plug supplied, only a USB cable, but seeing as every phone I’ve owned in the past few years has come with a plug that takes USB cables, it wasn’t an immediate issue.
There are two ways to connect to the system. There is the option to use the 3.5mm audio cable which is included in the box though it’s remarkably easy to set up the unit to play via Bluetooth as you can see from the real-time YouTube clip below.
There is an 18-month warranty on the unit as well as 40 days money back guarantee which is billed as no questions asked, so in the worst case scenario you can try the unit for a few weeks.
It also has (and I quote) “2 clear tweeters and 1 powerful subwoofer to pump out 14 watts of powerful audio performance”. I’ve no idea what that means, but I think that explains why the sound quality is decent.
I’ve had the unit for a couple of weeks now and haven’t found any problems with it. It stays connected if I move around the house, which means the Bluetooth signal is fairly sturdy.
It’s remarkably easy to set up and use though it would be better if you could pair more than one item to it and then choose which one you wanted to use, but fortunately, the pairing and unpairing is so quick and easy that this isn’t really an issue.
The Bluetooth speaker comes with a drawstring carry bag and two wires; one for charging the unit and the other for connecting via a headphone port. There is also the standard set of instructions that you’d expect to find.
The buttons on top of the device are used to power it on and off, play or pause music and increase / decrease volume, though a long press of these buttons will move the track forward or back on your listening device.
On the back of the unit, there is the Aux input (for wired connections), a reset button, charging light and charging port.
Available from Amazon, the registered price for the Archeer M10 is normally £175.99 which seems an extraordinary amount.
Fortunately it’s on sale on Amazon for just £75.99 at the moment, and it’s also eligable for Prime next day delivery.
It’s still expensive, but there’s no doubt in my mind that this is built to last. I have a few different speakers that I’ve collected through the years, and though they are mostly cheaper than this, they are also an inferior quality.
There’s also the added bonus that it looks like a quality product. There are times when you can pay good money for something and it looks tacky, but this speaker is well designed and I’ll be happy with it sat on the coffee table.
I was given this product for free in exchange for an honest review.