Review: Aukey Eclipse Bluetooth Speaker, a classy exterior with plenty of bass

The Eclipse is designed more for the indoor environment with its woven fabric surface and classic design. The speaker sports dual 10W drivers and passive radiators to deliver energetic sound and weighty bass. Along with providing quality audio playback, the Eclipse offers basic hands-free calling features.

If you need a classic looking speaker for your home or office, the Aukey Eclipse Bluetooth speaker is worth considering.

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Conservative Design

Aukey Eclipse

The Aukey Eclipse sports a rather conservative appearance when compared to other Bluetooth speakers the company offers, such as Aukey's rugged outdoor speaker.

The Eclipse measures 8.3 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches and weighs 28.2 ounces. The speaker has a bit of heft to it but remains light enough to be portable. The body of the speaker is wrapped in woven fabric that delivers an appearance reminiscent of old-school box speakers.

Aukey Eclipse

Along the top of the speaker is a set of control buttons, while the base holds the speaker's microphone, LED indicator, charging port and auxiliary cable port. Controls buttons include power, mode (bass enhancement on/off), play/pause and volume/track controls.

Under the hood, the Eclipse has a 4000mAh battery that is rated at over 12 hours of playback time. Audio is pushed out with dual 10W drivers and dual passive radiators.

The Aukey Eclipse comes packaged with a micro-USB cable for charging, a 3.5mm audio cable and user manual. As far as build quality is concerned, the Eclipse is well built for the indoor environment. The low-key styling allows the Eclipse to fit in at the office as well as around the house.

Solid sound quality

Aukey Eclipse

While looks and build quality are important factors for a Bluetooth speaker, sound quality can be a deal breaker. Fortunately, the Aukey Eclipse not only has great build quality and eye-catching looks, but it also rocks outstanding sound quality.

Pairing the speaker is simple. The Eclipse goes into pairing mode when you first turn it on, and the LED light starts to rapidly flash blue. From there, launch the Bluetooth settings on your Windows 10 PC or Mobile device and the speaker is listed as "Aukey SK-M30". Tap the listing to pair and when successful the LED light shifts to a solid blue light.

Button controls are responsive, but may take a little time to get used to. For example, pressing and holding the volume/track buttons adjusts the volume levels. Tapping these buttons changes the tracks. I kept getting this reverse and often changed tracks when I needed to adjust the volume.

Hands-free calling features are also controlled by various touches of these buttons. You can always answer/end a call from your Windows 10 Mobile phone or you can press/hold the play/pause button. Last number redial is controlled by double tapping the play/pause button.

Aukey Eclipse

Along with connecting to a device via Bluetooth, the Eclipse also has a 3.5mm auxiliary port for wired connections. The speaker automatically disconnects from your paired device. When the aux cable is disconnected, simply tap the Mode button to reconnect to your Windows 10 PC or Mobile device. Also, please note that the track changing feature is disabled when the Eclipse is connected via auxiliary cable.

The Aukey Eclipse has good sound quality but may have a tad too much bass for some. Battery life wasn't too far off from the estimated 12 hours of playback. I could get just over 11 hours of playback across four days of use.

Overall impressions on the Aukey Eclipse

Aukey Eclipse

Overall, I give the Aukey Eclipse high marks for build quality and appearance. It is a refreshing change from the speakers with plastic finishes and can adapt to a variety of decors. It is an indoor speaker, and if you do venture outdoors, I doubt the fabric cover will hold up to the elements for long.

Sound quality was nice and easily filled a room. Listening to music over Groove or streaming audio from videos was slightly above par with the Aukey Eclipse. I found that the speaker had a tad too much bass, but nothing that can't be compensated for from your Windows 10 PC or Mobile device's equalizer.

All things considered, the Aukey Eclipse is a solid Bluetooth speaker for indoor use. The speaker is currently priced at $59.99 and is available through Amazon.

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George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.