Product Type: XMI in PC Speakers
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XMI X-mini II
Member Name: spiritwood
XMI X-mini II
Date: 24/05/13, updated on 25/05/13 (97 review reads)
Advantages: Brilliant little speaker which is surprisingly loud.
There are many of these types of pop up speaker available, some sell for around £4. This is pricier than some but this is very well made. This little pop up speaker gives out a lot of noise for such a small device. I spend most of my online time on a laptop and these are not known for their great speakers so I bought myself a decent set for music. My daughter then wanted to pinch these to play her games on the tablet (equally not blessed in the volume department) so this is where this little speaker comes into its own and saves a lot of hassle. Another great thing about this is the portability, it can fit anywhere. It means that I can listen to radio from my phone in the bath tub and enjoy it rather than grimace at the tinny phone speakers.
The plastic casing of the speaker twists to open and close. Once open the main body is like a little concertina and the top half stays up on its own. The casing has a soft feel and is strong. The device is very user friendly with a simple on/off switch on the side and a status light which is a gorgeous blue colour. On the base you will find the little cable which is your main device jack (MP3, iPad, tablet, PSP etc) and this has a little channel which is there for you to tuck the cable away after use, stopping it from getting damaged. The X-mini is comes with a little fabric bag to keep it dust free and is available in a variety of colours.
The X-mini has an internal rechargeable battery which is charged via a usb port, so can be charged on a pc/laptop, or using a plug socket with a usb connector. The actual useage that you get from one charge is stated at being 11 hours which seems about right for us. The only downside (and I realise that this is me being really demanding) is that when it runs out you have to recharge via usb. Annoying when out and about (which is why we have a few) and I would love a mini-speaker that could also take batteries. Somebody please invent one.
One would expect something so small to be tinny and not loud enough to make any kind of impact. This assumption would be wrong. This little thing is surprisingly loud and to be honest I would not have believed that a tiny rechargeable speaker could emit such a noise had I not bought a cheaper one before this one. It is more than loud enough for gaming and listening to music around the home although obviously it will not be loud enough to annoy the neighbours, I have a nice separates system for that.
It enhances the sound of the PSP both in volume and also in depth, making the game much more engrossing. It is also great for the beach and garden on a sunny day...
One amazing feature of this little thing is "chaining" it. I am not talking about smoking here either, chaining is connecting several speakers in a line to increase depth of sound. This works well and I have managed to do it with speakers of several different makes so long as they all have a 3.5 jack which they nearly all do. My daughter also had great fun chaining her speakers with her friends which resulted in a chain comprising many colours and a lot of noise.
We have had this now for several months and it has already had a hard life! Our speaker has been lugged all over the house and outdoors and has survived sand and the odd dribble of sploshed drink. So far we have had no problems at all and it works brilliantly for what we need. The wiring has stayed true and does not crackle annoyingly when in play or when connected. It would seem that this is a very well made little portable speaker.
This is an excellent little speaker for all ages. it can be used for business use or entertainment and fits every device with a 3.5 jack. It fits snugly in my daughter's PSP bag alongside the console and several other charged mini speakers. I recommend this totally, it is especially good for kids or teens who like portable devices.
We paid £13 for ours including postage from Amazon but the prices change all the time so shop around.
Summary: Super duper portable sound.
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