There are two new portable speakers from X-Mini and they sent in both of them from Singapore so we could check it out. I’ve had the earlier models but the new ones add more features with much a nicer design.
The X-Mini Happy follows the same form factor as the original X-Mini speakers but has more features built into the unit itself. The main one would be the MP3 player and the SD/SDHC card slot. Just copy your mp3 music to an SD card and pop it on the X-Mini and you’re all set.
The volume control also serves as playback controls for the music while a dedicated mute button is situated just beside the 3.5mm audio jack. Another audio cable is wrapped around the base so you can daisy-chain a multiple X-Mini speakers for playback all at the same time.
The X-Mini Max II is a pair of stereo speakers. The base is magnetized so they go together in a single capsule-shaped form. Each speaker has a maximum output of 2.5 watts (rms) which is fairly impressive for its size. Even the opening of the speakers are shifted to the sides so the sound is spread much wider.
That signature accordion-type body that extends the speakers for better volume and bass is still present. The X-Mini Max II does not have any mp3 player or any additional button controls other than the power (the volume control is placed on the attached audio cable).
The X-Mini Happy sells for $79 on the X-Mini website while the X-Mini Max II is only $49.90.