Polaroid P2 Music player – playful funkiness - Keith Wee Review
As photographer / blogger, Keith Wee is not new on Polaroid scene but it might be the first time to review the music-related product, so we let him review the NEW Polaroid Music first hand.
Read his honest view on Polaroid Music below.
Turn up the music with Polaroid Music as we will be exclusively launched at Takashimaya Department Store, Level 3 this coming November 22, 2022.
Being a ‘relatively‘ long-time Polaroid cameras user, I was tickled and curious when they announced their entry into the music player arena, and not with one but four different models in a go.
The Polaroid P2 music player plays true to Polaroid’s retro design DNA of not taking itself too seriously and ensuring good functionality in a very simple-to-operate user design. The Polaroid Music app provides access to the Polaroid Music service, ensuring firmware support and allowing room for future improvements.
The support for both Apple Music and Spotify is great. Still, I am not sure when the advertised Polaroid Music comprising 5 stations catering to different moods, will be available in Singapore.
The sound quality is decent for a casual fun portable speaker, and I wish the P2 was waterproofed. Still, for a music portable priced at USD129.99, the P2 stands out for its sense of quirky funkiness and decent sound quality, and Polaroid fans or fans of the quirky spirit will likely find the P2 attractive.
The technical stuff
Coming in 4 colors following Polaroid’s color spectrum (mine is the grey version) and at a good portable size of 220 x 90 x 50 mm (8.66” x 3.54” x 1.97”) and 660.2 grams (23.3 ounces), Polaroid has used the analogy of ‘imagining the size of two bananas’ to describe the Polaroid Music Player and hey, it’s pretty accurate so long as we are talking about the slightly larger sized bananas.
A LED display takes center stage on the player when you switch it on. This helps communicate statistics like battery level, ‘ connect to BT,’ or simple instructions to the user.
Staying true to Polaroid’s design DNA, the P2 player is straight forward in its operation and easy to set-up.
frankly, you shouldn’t even have to read the included manual.
The advertised output is 20W with a capacity of 7.2V 2500mAh. Playtime is up to 15 hours, with a charging time of approx 4 hours through the USB-C port.
Connectivity is by Bluetooth 5.0, AVRCP, A2DP ≈ 10m (30ft), and of course, if you are really old school, it takes in music through the 3.5mm AUX-In jack next to the USB-C port.
*disclaimer, I am hardly an audiophile or someone who will splurge tens of thousands of dollars on audio equipment for the sake of entering aural heaven hence the comments here are really personal.
Polaroid rates the speakers as ≥ 75dB (A), 165Hz-20KHz, and I used the Bluetooth 5.0 connection. My first impressions were, wow, the Polaroid P2 music player can go pretty loud and easily fill a room.
However, there were times I felt that while ‘loudness’ was plenty, music quality was lacking in the oomph and detail; for example, songs lacked the clarity I had expected to hear on the lower end.
Operation and handling
The most lovely part of any Polaroid product is its ease of use; in this case, the Polaroid P2 shines.
On the top, we get a good row of physical buttons, including an analog volume dial (which can also be used to switch stations on the Polaroid Music service). At the same time, other controls let you access favorites and skip tracks, which is always handy.
- Well, this is my first time writing about non-photographic equipment and making a best attempt to widen my learning and repertoire, so do be kind.
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