In my quest for a portable speaker, I picked up one of these and an XMI Mini II speaker (see my other review)... they are both very similar products.
The idea behind the orbit is very similar to the XMI Mini II, to provide portable sound to carry with you whilst out and about, or perhaps to travel light on holiday. The Orbit is quite large, about 90mm across, even though it only houses a 40mm speaker unit. The 3.5mm headphone jack has a cable that is just over 20cm long (so longer than the Mini II) and it neatly stores in a groove in the side of the speaker unit. This does not have rechargeable batteries though, instead it uses three AAA cells. This has one positive, if it runs out you can pop in some more and continue listening. A double negative though... it makes the unit heavy and also in my use they last about 4 hours and then run out of juice.
You turn the unit on by rotating the whole top section of the unit. This was a nice idea, but it does prove quite hard to turn. After just two months it is so stiff to turn the speaker on, that it is a real chore rather than a pleasure.
Sound is good though. A very full bodied sound. Nice bass tones, nice detail. It also delivers a very large sound, so can easily fill a small room, sounding a lot bigger than its tiny size.
If you can live with the dodgy on/off control and less than average battery life, then it is a good contender in the mini speaker market. If it were my money, I would buy the XMI Mini II.
I got this speaker as I wanted a well priced speaker that was small to transport around Europe with me and that would give me a decent sound when I got it out. This piece of hardware certainly fit the bill. The speaker gives great sound both bass and treble, is surprisingly loud without distorting and has a couple of really good functions that go with it. Place the speaker on its bass (as seen in the picture) and it projects the sound up and you it goes around the space you're in. Place it on its side directed specifically at something and the sound is far more concentrated in that area and makes it better for the listener to enjoy. This speaker is unarguably great value for money, its light, well sized and smartly designed and has great battery life even when you accidently leave it on over night. Two small faults are 1 - The 3.5mil jack lead is not really long enough and 2 - it's tricky on occassions to turn on and off but aside from this I would thouroughly recommend this product.
The palm-sized, lightweight Orbit-MP3 speaker system is an ideal iPod or MP3 player companion when you want a break from headphones. Or slip it out of a pocket or purse for an attention-getting way to share your tunes anytime, anywhere. The full-bodied, 360-degree sound will make your friends wonder where the speakers are. And with its long battery life, the music keeps playing long into the night.