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I tried the speaker all the UwU girls have and fell in love

Divoom's Ditoo Pixel Art Speaker is as powerful as it is cute.

If you frequent certain cotton-candy-colored corners of Instagram, you’ve no doubt encountered Divoom’s Ditoo Pixel Art speaker.

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The $130 speaker is a gamer girl staple, nestled between pink cat-eared headsets, pink keyboards, and pink kawaii accent pieces on any setup destined for the uwu-‘gram. It’s usually pink in this setting, of course, though it does come in other colors, and looks like a mini retro computer, complete with six mechanical keys and a tiny joystick. On the screen is… well, a pixelated representation of whatever you want to be there.

It’s cute as hell and it’s absolutely everywhere.

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Don’t believe me? Just look for yourself at the Divoom tag on Instagram.

The wild Ditoo in its natural habitat.via @mmidori_31
We see you back there. @sakura.hellokitty

See what I mean?

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Now, this is not at all a knock on the aesthetic; I am very much about that life. But is this seemingly ubiquitous speaker even any good?

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Hell yeah, it is, as I’ve recently discovered.

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I’ve been wondering about Dittoo’s sound quality for a while after running into it time and time again on my Instagram Explore page — I’ve even bookmarked it more than once by accident. So, in need of a decent but not superfluous speaker for at home, I finally just went ahead and bought it.

80dB

Ditoo's signal-to-noise ratio in decibels — aka crisp, rich sound.

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Ditoo’s Bluetooth pairing range is a little over 30 feet, which is more or less standard. If you live in a relatively small space, it’ll link to pretty much anywhere you’re streaming from under that roof and is pretty good about maintaining a connection as you, say, move from room to room with your phone in your pocket.

Mine lives on my desk, which isn’t nearly as adorable as other Ditoo owners’ setups but, hey, it’s not that bad for a haphazard work-from-home station born out of pandemic-induced necessity.

As it turns out, this little speaker is loud. Like, loud loud for something of its stature, arguably sitting on par with my go-to tiny powerhouse, the Bose Soundlink Micro.

The sound it produces is surprisingly rich, too, not suffering from any of the tinniness you tend to get with more gimmicky small speakers. I initially feared Ditoo might end up falling into that latter category, but I was so wrong.

It truly is a speaker first and an adorable countertop piece second, not the other way around.

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That stellar performance makes the novelty packaging feel all the more exciting. The creation aspect is totally addictive.

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It’s challenging to bring some of your trickier ideas to life in the 16 by 16 pixel display but so fun to see them pop as your music bumps.@aley_yusn
POV: It’s Pride, you’re vaccinated, and “Call Your Girlfriend” comes on in the club.

You can publish these to be seen and used by other Divoom device owners, or keep them local for you alone.

The library of usable designs from other creators is vast, too. If you don’t feel like putting in the time to make that dancing Pink Yoshi you’re envisioning, chances are it’s already out there. And getting a like on one of your designs from a random user always feels nice.

So, the takeaway?

Uwu girls are always right.

The rest of us should probably just fall in line.

📷: @soundcake on Instagram

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