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My laptop has tinny sound. That’s horrible because when I find a funny YouTube video and share it with people nearby, they totally miss out on the punch line. That’s why I decided to look for a portable speaker that will give me decent audio (bawal ang lata!) for a good price. I knew I’d have to go well over CD-R King prices, but for the sake of my social life, I was willing to make the investment.

I did my research online. After days of due diligence, I decided to go for the cheapest variant of the X-mini, the X-mini v1.1:

X-mini v1.1 closed

Yes, I'm a speaker. I'm the X-mini v1.1!

The X-mini v1.1 fit my requirements for volume, portability, and price. It has very loud sound for such a little thing. You don’t need to plug it into a socket, since it has an internal battery which you can charge. Great for a laptop and a portable music player! I got it for Php990 at Hello—three times the price of a pair of computer speakers at CD-R King, but hey, I’m happy because I got the quality I paid for.

X-mini v1.1 beside a 5-peso coin

X-mini v1.1: I'm curled up beside a 5-peso coin

The X-mini v1.1 opens up to expand and expose the diaphragm.

X-mini v1.1 opened

Here's how I look when I'm open. Remember to open the lid, because otherwise, the audio will sound terrible.

 

The X-mini v1.1 has a short 3.5 mm stereo cable that tucks neatly underneath the unit.

The bottom of an X-mini v1.1, showing the 3.5 mm wire

I keep a wire under me which you'll use to plug into your computer or audio player.

X-mini v1.1 opened and wire uncoiled

When you uncoil the wire, I look like a robo-rat.

Ports and controls are at the bottom area of the X-mini v1.1.

X-mini v1.1 volume control

That's the volume control at the bottom. Start with low because I can scream really loud.

X-mini v1.1 mini-usb

I have a mini-usb port which you can use for charging and audio output.

X-mini v1.1 mini-usb cable

I come with a mini-usb cable which you can plug into a USB port for charging. The cable also has a 3.5 mm audio plug, which means you can also use it as a longer audio out wire if you find the one under me too short.

 

What I find most interesting is the X-mini’s buddy jack. It allows you to plug another audio output device into the X-mini, which means you can string a series of X-minis to get really LOUD sound!

X-mini v1.1 buddy jack

I have a buddy jack for use with, errr, my buddies.

X-mini daisy chain

Of course, you can use the buddy jack to plug in a pair of headphones, and you’d hear audio through both the headphones and the speaker. I just don’t know why you’d want to do that :D

Overall, I’m very happy with my purchase. The X-mini v1.1 fulfilled my requirements perfectly.

X-mini v1.1 closed

Demo done! What do you think of me?

About Joy Antonio

Joy Antonio is a marketing communications entrepreneur, but she's more famous for helping people with their computer problems. She likes reading mystery novels, playing table tennis, and singing her lungs out in karaoke.
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  2 Responses to “Need louder audio? Check out the X-mini”

  1. Joy, I just bookmarked this post! I’ve been on the lookout for a tiny AND affordable speaker to amp up my laptop’s sound, and I’ll definitely be checking this out. Does this come in any other colors?

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