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I received this X-Mini II speaker for Christmas and didn't have high hopes for it. I've had many portable speakers which have frankly been quite rubbish and sound like the music is in a different room!
This is totally the opposite! WOW!!! You won't believe that sound is coming from such a small device.
The speaker is extremely compact and takes up minimal room and is easy to carry about.
The sound is crystal clear and i haven't yet heard it create any tinny or distorted sounds.
The bass on it is just incredible for a small portable speaker.
Battery life is great. It has a rechargeable battery installed which you can plug into the USB port of yoyur computer so there is no need to keep having to buy batteries!
The downside for me is that the cord is extremely short so it literally has to be right next to your device when plugged in.
Ok, not my windows, but it did blow my mind away, and every friend I had and heard this little thing turned on, was just as amazed. It is an amazing little "toy" indeed. I got it about a year and a half ago when I did not yet have my 2.1 system, but I did need something for my laptop with some extra punch in the sound.
First of all, here's a wee secret. If you happen to want to buy this for under £10, because you'll see some offer God knows where, restrain yourself. According to statistics the X-Mini and X-Mini II are one of the most counterfeited portable speakers out there. Right now they go for around £13 on Amazon. Those are real. Everything else... suspicious and you're better off not getting it.
Packaging is a cylinder shaped see-through plastic, inside which you will find a wee user manual, warranty leaflet, the X-Mini II and a pouch. The design of the X-Mini is probably unique, and I have to admit, extremely clever. When you open the packaging, you'll find it in extended mode, but it allows you to also twist the two halved together, so it will be reduced to about half of its initial size. Why would you want that? Simple. You might want to slide it into your pocked. It's true however that by "shrinking" it you do lose the about 70% of the bass' punch, but it will still be very loud. You will also find the following on the bottom side: volume, a status indicator led, a standard jack input, an on/off button, a mini usb connection for charging, and a short (and I mean SHORT like 15-20 cm) lead with a standard jack. The input is for people who have more than one X-Mini and would like to hook them up together. Both halves have a slightly rubberised feel to them. I have to say, it is very beautifully designed and gives you the impression of a premium product.
How is the sound like? After all, that's the most important feature, isn't it? It's very good but not perfect. While the bass is strong and heavy (thanks to the new 40mm driver), it tends to distort from 90% volume upwards. Mid and highs are more or less there, but in extended mode you'll clearly feel that the bass is what rules, leaving less space for everything else. However, you will still find most types of music enjoyable. When the battery - because it does have one, and it lasts around 10-12 hours - starts to be close to flat, it will distort at any volume, so badly that you'll instantly realise, it needs some juice.
All in all, it's an amazing little speaker. You have to be a complete audiophile and very deep pocketed not to be satisfied with what the X-Mini II offers for such an affordable price. Unfortunately I do not have it any more, as my ex liked it so much (and I was in love too much) that I gave it to her.
My brother used to have 3 of these little bad boys which he would connect up to each other and use for his phone. After hearing how good the sound quality was i decided to get my boyfriend one, you can get them in many different colours but the black and red was the cheapest (i think it was about £12) so i went for that one. He absolutely loves it, when using it you cant tell from the sound that it is such a small speaker.
It is charged via a usb cord which plugs into the little slot on the side. You can connect as many of these together as you want by plugging it into the little jack slot on the side. To store the item you push the top down and twist lightly until it stays closed (the ridged middle can't be seen) and then you put it into the little sleeve provided. This is a great little gadget for both use in the house and taking out with you to parties/gatherings etc. The speaker can go loud without distorting the sound.
This is a great gadget for anyone with a passion for music. Also makes a great gift.
**heres a heads up, ive known many people have their speaker stolen, so dont put it down when youre out at a party etc**
The X-Mini II
Why buy X-Mini II
I have a Sony MP3 player and until quite recently it was near impossible to find speakers for the player. Oddly enough Sony made docking systems for iPod players but not for their own brand -- not that were available in the UK at any rate. There are a few available now but all too late.
I was going to have the subtitle of The XX because I like the band but thought it may be misleading. I own two of the illustrated X-Mini's. I like the fact that via the little leads that are attached to them, 3.5mm audio leads, you can make a little line of them and thus increase the sound experience -- or that is the idea.
I am happy to note that the packaging is minimal, the way I like it. Easy to dispose of and not at all singing and dancing -- that can begin when you plug in your player and get on down with the tunes. Or is that just me?
The little speaker (they are neat and could easily fit into a coat pocket) is of small dimensions and come with their own little pouch that is black and has a draw string, the whole concept to make them accessible and portable -- quick and easy music when you want it. I like the idea of the portability but the compact size means that I can store them away without too much hassle and they don't take up much room.
I have to say that I only really use one of the speakers as I am usually wanting fast set up for a short duration, setting up the other not being necessary as I haven't found that it makes that much difference in one small room, though when in use in a larger setting I can see how a line of them would be a tempting option.
Coming back to storing the X-Mini, the little cutey screws into a smaller, space saving and portable, unit with a simple twist -- to extend it for use it's another simple twist. I'm really impressed with the design and it's light too.
I wanted a speaker that I could use with my Sony player, yes I have to be the awkward one that doesn't have an iPod. Importantly, I wanted good sound production and I was hesitant to order one (or two) of these speakers as I doubted the quality. As they were on offer and the reviews were good I thought I had nothing to lose.
The speaker arrives already pumped up with power, no charging was required so I could check the kit out straight away, this I did. I had no need for instructions, they are included and are concise, as it is pretty much self explanatory and very easy to set up.
I unscrewed the little speaker, it felt good quality in my hands and my expectations were raised. The length of wire from the unit is short but that hasn't been an issue for me. I plugged the jack into my player and flicked the switch on the speaker.
I turned on my player, selected a track and increased the volume via the player -- no facility on the speaker but that works for me. The sounds was really impressive for something so small and neat, there is a solid bit of base going on but not so much that it distorts the sound -- my player is really good at sound production so maybe that helps as well.
I didn't pick up any tinny sounding tones and was most impressed with that as it would have been going straight back if the tones were cheap and nasty. I am a bit difficult to please were sound is concerned and have a keen ear. Most of my tracks are rock based so I like to be able to hear guitar and drums properly, this is decent via the X-Mini.
If I compare the X-Mini to our Onkyo sound system that is connected to the TV and also has an iPod dock (but cannot accommodate a Sony MP3 player -- naughty, naughty) then, of course, there is no comparison -- sub woofer and surround sound speakers blow the X-Mini clean out of the water. But it is not realistic to compare a little product such as this with a large and costly consumer item such as a surround sound system with a substantial woofer box that blows your hair about (not really but it is impressive).
I would have liked a dock in which to sit my player and also a remote control would make life even easier, but honestly what do you want for just over a tenner, that you can throw into your bag or suitcase and use at your leisure -- try doing that with a docking station with such ease. Sound production impressed me and bass is rather good. At over 11 hours playback, via the high capacity rechargeable battery, this little gadget packs some punch.
I can't knock it. I'm really impressed and it's quite an attractive design too, modest but bold. If I play XX on here the sound is pleasing.
In a nutshell, I'm glad I got these speakers, I don't need two but the option is there if I want to. I use the speaker often, if I wasn't happy with it in any way at all it would be sat gathering dust and I would have already ordered a Sony alternative at a whole extra cost.
For the money you can't go wrong with the X-Mini II.
RRP £19.99 though it fluctuates on Amazon and at present you can get one for £13.44 I got mine for a tenner about a year ago.
Do you want compact speakers that give you the option of taking them with you easily wherever you go, at a low cost and that can belt out a decent sound with good bass reproduction and nil tinniness -- then I can recommend these to you. Battery life is excellent, 3.5mm jack connects to laptop for recharging and then straight into most MP3 Players (even Sony) for fast access to tunes. You haven't got the fancy docking station and you have to go to the player to increase volume and select the track -- but at that price it's not really an issue. This is a decent, portable and affordable speaker that you can make a daisy chain with if you wish. User friendly, inexpensive and it provides good sound. Recommended by a fussy reviewer so it must be half decent.
(c) dawnymarie 2014
Published on Ciao
I purchased this during the summer of this year. I wanted a portable speaker which I could take along on nice days out to the beach or to use whilst out sunbathing in the garden. I have an IPod so wanted something that I could plug that into, and listen to my music without too much fuss and hassle of taking a big stereo out with me.
What Drawed Me to This Speaker?
I saw this in my local Tesco whilst doing my weekly shop. I didn't want to spend a huge amount of money, so was looking for something on the lower end of the scale. At the time I spotted this for just £20, which I thought was very reasonable for such a product. So the price tag was what appealed to me at first. Once I picked it from the shelf I was completely shocked at the size of it, it was one of the smallest speakers I had seen. I thought this would be ideal for me as it is extremely portable, around the same size of a standard tennis ball. Allowing me to carry it around with me where ever I went. I liked the size of it, but due to it being so small I was cautious of how well it would work, so I decided to do some research before picking it up. I went onto Amazon and saw the majority had a 5 star rating, so I just needed to get one of these miniature speakers!
About The Product
I purchased this from Amazon for £19.99 at the time. I just went back to see if this is still this case and this is currently on sale depending what colour you want for as little as £15.So if you are considering buying one then as always its best to search around. This is available in up to 9 different colours, so would suit everyone's preferences. I purchased this is in pink, and my sister later purchased this in red. The difference in colour gives our speakers an original feel. One of a kind.
In the box you will receive a USB charging cable and a felt carry case. You simply connect the USB charging cable to the speaker, and your laptop or other charging devise, and this will start to charge up. Once charged it has a very impressive 11 hour battery life, so you never have to worry about this running out of charge on a day out. This was very important to me as I didn't want to take it out and have it drained half way through the day. The actual weight of the speaker is around 100 grams, so can easily slip into your handbag and such almost unnoticeably.
The speaker uses a speaker jack to connect to your chosen device, it is 3.5mm long, and will fit into any iPod, iPhone, mp3 and such products with a headphone socket. When not in use the jack lead tucks away into the bottom of the speaker. This is great for people like me who are quite forgetful, as there is no lead or anything else to remember in order for this to work. All you need is the speaker itself.
There is also a previous model of this product, but from some research I've found that the sound quality has been greatly improved on this 2nd version.
After my sister purchased hers we noticed that we could connect both of our speakers together. By connecting my speaker jack lead into her speaker port, music can be heard from both speakers. You can continuously connect other speakers if you had them, into an endless chain if you wanted. I think this would be perfect for parties and BBQ's.
On first usage of this product I was totally shocked at how loud it went. I had read some reviews so was expecting the sound to be relatively good, but I was not expecting such quality! I was worried that the speaker would show some negatives with songs which included a lot of bass, but the speaker twists up revealing an accordion like middle piece. This improves the sound greatly I've found. I can't say I have noticed any inaudible sounds when the volume is turned up full like I have with other speakers, normally the sound gets muffled but not with this one!
Would I Recommend?
I cannot recommend this highly enough. It's very cheap, one of the cheapest on the market I would say. It's very portable, light weight and stylish. The vast array of colours will suit everyone's taste, and the sound quality never fails to amaze me. For such a small product I couldn't ask any more of it. With the great addition of attatching other speakers makes it great for parties and larger events. I have to give this a full 5 stars and would urge everyone to purchase one, they are simply great!
This speaker is just brilliant, I have owned it for almost three years, at the time it costs around £40 online. Now I have been seeing it for around £9.99. I had a voucher for £10 to spend at O2 a while ago through Priority Moments, and bought the version of this that has a sort of cap over the top of the speaker. This keeps it clean when not being used and also keeps the volume down if you want to use it quietly. So I have two of the speakers and the sound quality is fantastic for such a small speaker.
You can literally hold it in the palm of your hand, it twists and locks together to store, and then untwists in one movement to show a rubber spring section in the middle. This gives it a good sound quality and allows for reverberation I think. Its very loud, if you have it on full volume with the computer also turned up it is super loud and you can get a great cinematic experience. I have even attached mine together when watching an action film and it was almost like surround sound with one either side of me.
They both have a nice shiny red colour on the top, when its turned up you can see that wobbling. It charges via usb to the computer, so its cheap to run when bought. I charge it whilst watching so its always got battery. Its very light and so if your travelling with your laptop and want sound then its easy to transport. You can also plug the usb into your iphone charge plug, but this does not come with the speaker you need to already own a charger.
As its so cheap now you cant go wrong owning this, its stylish, has great clear sound quality, and is light and takes up no room at all. Its very easy to use and set up, and I love the way that it turns and locks in one movement in your hand.
I won a set of these Laptop speakers in a raffle at a charity fundraising event, I don't often win anything so it was a nice feeling to just get something for free! I'd never heard of or seen this product before so when I arrived home with my newly aquired gift I gave it a quick google and found them selling between £20 and £30, so Okay I wasn't quite rich from my new fortune but it was still something which looked quite funky and seemed to be selling quite well on eBay, so even if they really wern't all that at least I could sell them on and earn a nice £10 or something close too.
After opening the package I found the unit to be totally drained of power, perhaps it had being bought a while before the raffle and was left standing which in effect caused the battery to drain, so following instructions I connected the USB power cable and charged for just over 2.5 hours.
I then connected the speakers via the 3.5mm audio jack lead to my smartphone and began playing some music, it works and comes straight through!! The speakers are only low wattage at 20Watts each max output but are powered by a considerably powerful 40mm driver which produces richer and fuller sounds resulting in superior end-user experience from its capsule design.
The design itself really is quite unique, It reminds me of a small air freshener sitting at your office desk, only small in size they can fit comfortably around your work area without making you feel all cluttered in. I believe the run-time for the speakers is between 8-9hours of constant use, which to be honest is quite remarkable running via battery power. There's not many battery powered devices out there which would be able to operate smoothly for this length of time whilst under-taking constant use.
I see these speakers as more of a novelty product due to the appearance however don't be mistaken by the performance, for the price tag of around £20 the quality of audio produced from these tiny capsules is truly un-real, It is quite impressive the quality and volume of sound which is produced from such a small device. The unit has volume controls on it so you can change the audio levels without having to edit the settings on your media device. I really like the look, feel and sound of this product and would recommend to anyone looking to purchase something similar.
Thanks for reading
As a music lover and someone who has tried various speakers over the years, I would say - for their size - these are the best out there.
Given that they look somewhat like a bug, I think that they look great with a cool matte finish. The array of colours is impressive enough to meet almost anyones taste, although some of the colours can be pretty 'in your face' and I prefer the standard; black. Its nice to see a subtle logo printed on top so you don't feel like a walking advert!
As for the sound, I have to say they blew me away. They give out an impressively large sound for something so small, so if your taking them away on holiday you could replace them for your car speaker (which wouldn't necessarily have mp3 functionality) on that long old journey, without noticing difference in volume or quality.
The battery life also exceeds expectation, quickly and easily charged by and easily last you a day at the beach, or an evening in your hotel room. I like using them with my laptop as the quality is so much better than the in built speakers and they charge directly from usb. I'd forget they were there if they weren't so loud!
My only criticism of them is that they can produce a little too much bass for something so lightweight and can bounce themselves and my Ipod right off the table (although they are pretty sturdy too).
Being the size of a large chickens egg and cheaper than a watermelon, its impossible to argue with these little gems and I think they're a must have if your going away or ever listen to music on the go.
When i first saw this i thought it was a small cheap speaker that would last for a second. But when i turned on music, i was wrong. The music is crisp, clear and loud! The bass is insanely loud. They almost bounce around when you play music! You can also conect as many as you will together to create a full suround feeling! It's tiny, and easily fit into a pocket. And with 8 hours of standby time you can have music whenever you want! I personally carry mine around all the time, and i barely feel that i have it in my pocket! This is a super speaker for its price, and i will buy more of them, and recommend them to friends. So if you want a speaker with good bass and lots of sound, you dont need to search more. You have found it! Buy NOW!
The phrase 'pocket rocket' is the best way to describe the X-mini II because never has so much power been stored in such a small, unassuming package. The first thing that struck me when i opened the packaging was the size - I was expecting small but not that small!!! So small in fact that I could fit two on the palm of my hand. This is a great feature as it can easily be taken anywhere, even carried in a jacket pocket, and the sizeable and strong feeling storage pouch provides protection against wear and tear. The only drawback of the pouch is the less than durable pull strings which i had to re-tie onto the plastic pull togs after first use.
The speaker itself is a remarkable piece of audio kit. For a speaker of its size it goes really loud - I've pumped it up all the way on both my laptop and ipod and I was truly amazed at the sheer volume it can achieve, and as far as my ears could tell, with no noticeable distortion!!! Couple this with the ability to chain them together and they are a force to be reckoned with. After testing them with some alternative/indie music whose vocals were very well reproduced by the X-Mini, I submitted it to some strong heavy metal and heavy bass tracks which it again reproduced to an almost scary volume and bass level. One tip - on tracks with any powerful bass or guitar make sure that you uncompress the speaker to its full height to allow the bass to resonate.
One minor problem I have encountered is that when you squash it down to store it away, the twisting motion needed to lock it into place can be a little stiff.
On a less important note, it looks great. The matte black finish is very attractive whilst also not drwaing too much attention to it (the sound does that!!) and the red speaker cone contrasts beautifully.
Last year I was on the look out for some portable speakers.
I had previously bought one from sainsburys for £5, which although were good did not have any way to change the volume and were not very loud.
I came across this online on Amazon for £20, I had a £10 gift voucher and ended up paying £10 towards it and thought it was a good price. Now I have to confess I do not know much about the technical side of portable speakers and did not really look into this purchase.
I had never heard of x-mini speakers before and didn't shop around before looking in to it, it was actually the first one I saw and I thought i'd give it a go as it seemed alright by the description. When the speakers arrived they were well packaged. They came in a cylinder box which stated on the box that it is sound beyond size, the back of the box had warning unbelievably loud on it and it had a list of features of the speakers.
When unboxing the speakers the first thing I saw was how tiny it was. Although it was bigger than my previous pair of speakers, these certainly looked better made, and of good quality. The speaker looks just like the above picture so I won't describe it.
The speaker itself has on the side of it the volume up and down button which is a scrolling button, an audio port - which would be to plug in your mp3 player, the on and off button and underneath it there is a 3.5mm audio lead which enables me to plug it into my iphone. The lead sits in the base of the speaker so that it is not dangling, I thought this was a good feature as it meant the lead could be sat securely in place and it would allow the speaker to sit on a shelf or wherever without the lead causing an obstruction.
Now when the speaker came it was fully up and I didn't realise that the speaker itself was collapsible. The speaker was already charged when unboxing so I plugged it in straight away to see what it would be like.
I set it up on my phone and was amazed by how clear the sound was. I then put the volume gradually higher until it was on the loudest setting and I have to say that it is definitely unbelievably loud!.. especially from such a small speaker! I personally have not used it on the loudest setting much as it is much louder then I need it.. though I know others would find it to come in useful for a party!
Since having this speaker I have used it to listen to music and podcasts and also when watching tv programmes on my phone. I'm not very knowledgable on the technical sound aspects of reviewing speakers but I find these to be the best portable speakers i've so far owned, i've not had any problems with the sound quality, and when listening to music the lyrics as well as background music has always been crystal clear.
When watching television programmes or videos, at first I thought it may be distracting that the sound is coming from elsewhere whilst I am looking at the screen... but the quality is really good with no delay or static sound coming through the speakers. Sometimes I prefer having my headphones in, not only so it's only me who can hear whatever i'm listening to but also so the volume is clearer and offers better quality.. but these speakers offer the same sound quality as my headphones so it's been a great purchase for me.
Now as I mentioned the speaker is collapsible, I found this fiddly to do at first and I have to admit I was a bit worried about pressing down on it as I was certain I would break it!.. I didn't even think it would be collapsible as the little instruction paper that came with it did not even have a picture of it collapsed!.. but as the amazon listing stated it was collapsible I did a quick google of it and ended up watching someone on youtube collapse the speaker lol to see how it was done and ensure I wouldn't break it!
To collapse the speaker you press down on it from the top, the reason I was hesitant to do it is because as I was pressing down on it, you could hear a noise, a bit like something deflating but it is just the 'spring' (it's a bit like an accordian) of the speaker (I don't know of the technical term to describe it! lol) going down. When you have pushed it fully down so that the speaker is a ball in your hand you have to turn it clockwise for it to secure itself and stay shut. Again I found this fiddly to do and it needed both hands. The speaker is still fully functional in this state and it just makes the volume a little quieter. So if you are after a louder and clearer sound you just raise it up again. It is also good to shut the speaker if you are travelling etc with it as it is just easier to carry.
Now the speaker says it has 11 hours of continuous playback in one charge. I believe this is correct although I have never timed it but the charge life is long, the speakers have never died out on me in one day... well i've never used it for that long and it has been a few days before I have needed to recharge the speakers.
To recharge them, the speakers came with a usb lead which had 3 connections, one to go in the speaker, one to go in your computer and the other was the audio lead so that you can continue using the speaker whilst it is charging. As you plug the speaker into your computer, it begins recharging straight away and there is a red light at the bottom of the speaker to show you it is being charged. What I like about the usb lead is, that most products that you purchase has them little plastic wire grips to wrap the wire around.. I always ended up taking them off and throwing them away or losing them rather than using it to wrap it up again. However on this usb lead there is a little velcro strap which enables you to wrap the usb lead. This is handy as it doesn't get lost and is also a lot less fiddly then wrapping one of the plastic grips around it each time.
Along with being collapsible another great feature of the speakers is that if anyone else has the same speaker or if you have more than one you can connect them together so it offers even better/louder sound. Now I can't comment on this feature as i've never done it, but I suppose it would offer amazing sound!
The speaker that I have is in black but I have also seen it listed in red. I went for the black as I preferred it more and thought it wont stand out as much as the red.
There's only 2 things I dislike about this speaker which I thought i'd mention.
1) that the audio port is so small, it's only 3.5mm long.. which although advertised as a bonus for being more portable.. I think it would of been even better if it was a bit longer or could be wound down as at times I have preferred to have the speakers at a greater distance (for instance if it's plugged into my phone and I want to send a text or quickly see something, then the speaker ends up having to be lifted as well, instead of staying where it was) and 2) I find the collapsible aspect of the speaker quite fiddly!
The speaker that I have is X-mini 2, though there is a model before this called X-mini which is cheaper, priced at £9.99.. the only major difference I can see between the both really is that the model below has less battery life and offers 6 hours rather than 11 hours, and that the newer model has an even better sound system.
Overall it's a great speaker though and I would give it 5 stars due to the amazing sound quality, but i'm knocking off a star for the last 2 points. The speaker also comes with a black felt bag to carry it in. It's currently priced at £17.50 on Amazon.
-- Technical Details from Amazon --
11 hours playback time
Modular 'Buddy-Jack design
Built-in retractable 3.5mm audio cable
Dimensions: 60 x 60 x 44 mm (closed resonator)
Frequency Response: 100Hz-20KHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: ≥80db
Playbacktime: Up to 11 hours
Battery Charge Time: 5V - 2.5 hours *I have never charged it fully for 2.5 hours and just plug it in for as long as I can, it still lasts me fine.
Thanks for reading :)
(It's now my longest review on here, but had a lot to mention to cover it all properly lol)