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Nokia MD-5W Review


According to information provided by Nokia, the battery pack can last up to 30 hours when playing or 550 hours in standby mode, which is quite an achievement and your phone battery will actually run out of power faster.

Despite their small size, the 2x1.5W speakers are pretty loud, but when the volume is at maximum level, you can hear the sound distortion.  They should be enough for a small room, but don't expect miracles. The quality isn't great, and reminds more a phone, than portable speakers. The rival Parrot Party does better job in this direction. Another drawback is that, when you reach the maximum volume level, while turning the device up, an annoying indicator sounds interrupting the music. The idea is good, but it would have been much more appropriate if the signal was more discrete.

You should not be worried about missing a call, while listening to music. The music stops automatically, when somebody is calling you, so you can accept the call.  The sound you hear is mid level, with low tones only; the voices are unclear and hard to understand. The situation is similar at the other end of the line, and the level of the sound the collocutor  hears, depends on the distance between the mic and your mouth. The voices heard have no high tones and if you move away from the speakers, your words will not be understood at all. If you want to have a normal conversation you need to be standing at 1-1.5 meters and speak directly in the microphone.

Generally we recommend, you to take incoming calls using your phone, since the MD-5W are mainly intended for music playback and then as a handsfree.

It would have been very convenient if the AC adapter could fill up the batteries, if there are rechargeable in place, but unfortunately it doesn’t. In the rival model, Parrot Party, the elegant solution is offered by the external charger, which does that.


If you enjoy listening to your favorite music, no matter where you are, and the power of the sound your phone provides is not enough, then MD-5W is an option you should consider. You have the advantage of being able to use the system with batteries or charger and connecting it wirelessly (Bluetooth) or by using the audio in cable, which broadens the possible ways to use it.

As speakers, MD-5W are doing a satisfactory job, but you’ll have to live with their mediocre performance while talking. If you don’t care about the latter, you should also consider Parrot Party which offers better music quality and different design.


  • It operates with standard batteries or an adaptor (Travel Charger)


  • You have to support it while pressing the buttons
  • It would have been much better if we had rechargeable batteries
  • It’s no good as a handsfree

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