Product Type: XMI in PC Speakers
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Worth its (tiny!) weight in gold - don't underestimate because it's small.
XMI X-mini II
Member Name: iosmond
XMI X-mini II
Advantages: good quality and volume for size, great value, very handy, long-lasting charge, no batteries needed
Disadvantages: Would have liked an extendable cable but it's a minor gripe
I asked for these xmini speakers for Christmas (they were £11 on Play.com at the time), and they were certainly the most useful present that Santa got me this time! The speakers may look small, but as soon as you turn them on you discover they are both louder and with a higher quality of sound than you'd have guessed. I was really surprised when I first tried them out.
So why did I want to get xmini speakers?
I'm a music nerd, and like to play music more or less constantly. However it's annoying to have to unplug and move a whole speaker system if I change rooms. Besides sometimes I want to listen to music where there aren't any plugs anyway (my garden, my bathroom, camping with friends etc). Before I had my xmini speakers this meant I would put up with listening to low quality sound out of my laptop, straining my ears, then sometimes deciding not to bother. Now I have a solution... The x-mini is so small and the battery life is great, so I can just plug it into my laptop or mp3 player wherever I may be. For something that takes up so little space to bring along in a bag, the xmini really does make a difference.
Taking a closer look at the xmini:
Holding the top and base of the xmini, the speaker can be opened or closed with a simple twist motion in opposite directions. To turn the speaker on there is a simple on/off switch, and the on status is indicated by a blue light. This helps to remind you to turn it off when not in use, it also glows brighter when the xmini needs charging. The xmini has a cord near the base wich connects into a pc/laptop/mp3 player etc. When not in use this cord is tucked away neatly within the base of the speaker. The xmini is charged via a usb port, so can be charged on a pc/laptop, or using a plug socket with a usb connector. It says 11 playback per charge, but I seem to get far more in reality. It's great not having to use batteries, as I did with a portable speaker years back.
As I've mentioned before, the xmini is much louder than you'd expect for something of its size, which is fantastic when you are packing light. I generally find it to be loud enough for everyday use, although it cannot replace the potential of a full speaker system for volume and sound quality. It may not be suitable for noisy events or some outdoor use, but it still earns its place through its portability, and so is a great compliment to a full scale speaker system. A great feature is that you can plug one xmini into another, chaining them together to increase the volme. I have tried this with a friend and it works well, particularly if you are going to be out of doors, where it is harder for speaker sound to be heard.
The xmini is available in a range of colours although I own the standard black edition myself. It is smart looking, and also comes with a small material carry bag to keep it clean on its travels.
So far I have had mine for 8 months with no problems whatsoever.
I have no regrets choosing the xmini speaker. There have been so many times when I've been pleased to have it, and when I set off on my round the world trip next month it is coming with me. At the current retail price, it is great value, and I would definitely recommend it.
Summary: Brilliant value for money and brilliant sound for its size.
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