During my trip in Guatemala I was contacted by X-mini for a review on their X-mini HAPPY speaker. Without thinking it twice I said yes because I already knew how these little speakers perform and how good they are. Funny enough, I was contacted just after I returned from my stay at a remote eco-lodge in Semuc Champey, where a few of my travel companions took out their X-mini speakers, plugged in their iPhones, and that was all we needed to have some good music and dance in the middle of nowhere, with no electricity.
So, what is the X-mini?
The X-mini is an ultra-portable, self-powered speaker system that is able to deliver impressive sound quality compared to its size and other portable speaker in the market. It has a patented Bass Xpansion System, which allows you to twist and extend the speaker to deliver a deeper bass to enrich the sound.
The latest X-mini speaker, X-mini HAPPY, doubles up as an MP3 Player and a card reader. It has the same features an sound quality of its predecesors but it now incorporates a memory card to allow you to use it as an independent mp3 player, instead of having to connect it to an external iPod or mp3 player.
How does it perform…
The first time I heard the speakers I was surprised by how loud they sound. You can only wonder how is it possible to have so much sound from such a small speaker, and how good is the sound quality. It has up to 5 hours of battery life, which can be charged by USB through your computer.
Basically, the X-mini HAPPY can work as some sort of iPod Shuffle. It can support up to 8GB High Capacity memory card –enough space to hold a decent playlist– and you can go through your songs (skip, play, back, pause) with its small button on the side.
What I love about it…
First and foremost the ratio of size and sound quality. It fits everywhere, even in my pocket (which I actually used to carry it while at the beach in Puerto Rico), so it won’t take much of the precious real estate space inside your backpack.
Also, I love the “buddy-jack” feature. If you have more than one X-mini, you can connect them in chain to have a louder stereo sound. While in Semuc Champey, the Australian guys and the Swedish girls I met and traveled with, each had their own X-mini. What they did was to connect three of them in chain, and the last one to an iPod… the rest was plain good music, good and loud sound, and a good time drinking, dancing, chatting, and everything in between.
On a separate but related note; X-mini donates 10% of all sales profits to Children International. So by buying a speaker you’re also helping to provide basic healthcare and education to underprivileged children in third world countries.
What I don’t like…
I pretty much like the way the X-mini happy performs. My only comment would be that when you turn on the speaker, it blasts the music at almost its loudest volume. But that’s just a minor thing.
I’m really happy with my X-mini HAPPY, and now I carry it with me when I travel since it takes no space. Like they say, good things come in small packages.
Check out X-mini’s site to see all their different speakers.