Test: Ikea’s new speaker Vappeby with portable Spotify music and cozy lighting

Ikea Vappeby comes with a small in-six key and in two parts. All you need to do to mount is screw in the four nuts that secure the handle to the top of the lamp. Several times I hear that the lamp looks like a helmet and there is a lot in it. The design is adapted for outdoor use and it feels like Vappeby does well both on the picnic blanket, on the beach and the balcony or patio. The speaker is protected according to IP65, so a rain shower should be able to withstand it without any problems.

Different from Sonos

We are dealing with an interesting addition to Ikea’s range of speakers. This is a combined lamp and bluetooth speaker and it therefore differs from, for example, Ikea’s wifi speakers, those called Symphonic and made by Sonos.

Compared to a wifi speaker that plays music from a specific app, bluetooth means that Vappeby is more clearly connected to a mobile. The person who plays music to the speaker must not go too far away from it because then the sound starts to chop. In addition, all sound from the mobile is played in the speaker, so if I open Instagram with Spotify, the sound from there also ends up in the speaker so everyone can hear. On the plus side, however, we can count on the bluetooth speaker being significantly more portable than a wifi system.

Should stand

The sound in Ikea Vappeby is clear in all directions so it works best in the middle of the table. The sound is noticeably dependent on standing against a surface for the bass to be good. We would therefore not recommend hanging the speaker in the handle because then the sound image will be much more bass-poor. Otherwise, I would say that the sound is good in terms of price tag and the speaker provides good background music, to play while you talk, but it is nothing to bring out for the party when the music should be in the center.

Limited benefit

The Spotify function that Vappeby is the first to use means that you can press a button and in that way start spotify or let the music service randomly create a new playlist, either among those you have saved or one that Spotify thinks you will like. Based on your listener history then. It doesn’t really add much. From the speaker itself, this is the only way to change song, to completely change playlist, and if you just want to jump to the next song, you have to do it in the phone itself. Another objection I have is the lack of a battery indicator. Not even in the mobile can I see how much battery is left in Vappeby, as you can usually do with many headsets. There is no battery indicator on the speaker itself either, but the only warning about running out of battery is that the lamp starts to glow red and then it is almost too late. In practice, this means that I happen several times that the speaker just dies without me receiving any clear warning and being able to charge in time.

When it comes to the lamp, it is much like the music. It is not something that really lights up and acts as a clear light source but more of a cozy light. And for the price tag of SEK 700, it is acceptable.

Source: Mobil by www.mobil.se.

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