The Urbanista Bluetooth speaker fits into your pocket is about the size of an iPhone SE and nearly three times as thick. In the test of the compact speaker, we do not expect sound miracles but are positively surprised. The part is so strong that it vibrates itself from the table!
The Swedish manufacturer Urbanista estimates that the Bluetooth speaker Melbourne will cost 70 euros. The price seems to be quite high; after all, the small cube is just 130 x 65 x 22 millimeters and weighs 195 grams.
The Melbourne is in many different colors, we are in a green tone. The entire technology is equipped with a rubber cover that protects against splashing water. The Melbourne-based company is also claiming an IPX4 certificate. However, in contrast to these candidates, the test device must not fall completely into the water, so it is only waterproof and not watertight.
In our review copy, the protective cover is also not 100% accurate. This has no effect on the function. The connections (microUSB, line-in input) are accessible after opening a rubber bag.
A look at the back is a surprise, but the manufacturer installed a passive radiator with a proud five-centimeter diameter. It can be pressed with a finger. Do not worry, because he does not take any damage. The actual drivers are well protected behind a grid on the front.
It comes with a short USB cable to charge the internal and non-replaceable battery, as well as color-matching laces. This can be attached to the corresponding recess in the housing as carrying straps.
Although you have to do without the comfortable coupling by NFC, the connection set-up via Bluetooth 4.0 nevertheless easily. Once connected to the smartphone, Melbourne also serves as a hands-free system, as a microphone is installed.
Unfortunately, the device itself does not allow any title jump. You can only change the volume or pause / resume the music. To select the next song in the playlist, you must move your smartphone. The battery life is 6 hours according to the manufacturer.
And there is the surprise: we would not have trusted such a sound to the small speaker. Yes, it exceeds at maximum volume and yes, the physical limits cannot override the Swedes either. So loud is the speaker therefore not.
But everything in between can indeed is heard. Above all, the deep tones have the Melbourne relatively well. So good that it is difficult to find a suitable position on a flat surface like the desk. Because at higher volumes the case simply vibrates away, the speaker becomes independent.
You can find alternatives to the test device in our large test overview of Bluetooth speakers.
Sound, processing, optics, sound: We like the Urbanista Melbourne very well. For the price, we would just have a few additional features like a radio or more buttons, among other things for the title jump desired.