The X-Mini WE speaker is a small but capable portable speaker. And we do mean small. According to its manufacturer it is the world’s first thumb sized speaker, and even knowing that we were surprised at its diminutive size when it arrived for review.
If measurements float your boat, then the X-Mini vital stats put it at 48mm x 40mm, and a weight of 48g. Despite our overly cluttered desks we weren’t able to find something to use for scale to show you, but take our word, this thing is tiny. The colour at the moment is limited to ‘gunmetal’, but there are plans to open up the range in a similar way to the X-Mini ME speaker.
The X-Mini WE connects to your device and then streams the output from whatever device you are using through its 1.5w speaker. The most important aspect of this is that the X-Mini WE does it wirelessly through Bluetooth so there is no frustrating wired connection. The Bluetooth connection gives you up to 10 meters of range, so you can happily have your device in one room, and the speaker in another. If you do walk away from the X-Mini WE whilst streaming some ‘bangerz’ then your device will pause your music until your press play again.
Connecting the speaker to your device is pretty straightforward. Switch Bluetooth on your device, then flick the switch on the speaker to the Bluetooth symbol, and pair them up. Our X-Mini WE came with a USB charger with the required micro-USB on the other end. Charging is speedy at around 90 minutes for a full charge that then gives you playback of up to 4 hours. We managed to go a few days between charges as in all honesty you won’t be using this all day, and if you remember to flick the off switch on the speaker then you won’t drain the battery. The X-Mini also came with a headphone jack which can be plugged into the speaker and used as a dongle to play music through other wired devices.
So, that’s all the technical stuff out of the way, the real question is how does it sound? Answer, considering its size, quite good. It could handle most of the songs we played through it, and at a decent volume. Cranking things up to maximum does give some distortion, but you wouldn’t do it with your home speakers, or earphones so we don’t see it being much of an issue. Don’t get us wrong, it’s no match for your normal speakers, and our PC speakers could easily overpower it, but that’s not the X-Mini’s main draw.
The X-Mini’s attraction is its ease of use, and portability. In the time it’d take to boot up your PC or laptop, you could already be two songs into your playlist via the X-Mini. Phone on charge in the bedroom, and you’ve got a dinner to cook? No worries, flick the switch and let the music play. Want to catch some unseasonably good sunshine in the park with some friends? Pop it into your bag, and off you go. Unless the park is right next to a motorway or dual carriageway then you shouldn’t have a problem hearing it.
The X-Mini WE speaker is a fun, useful, and portable piece of kit. It can be used easily in and out of the home, and while it’s never going to blow any minds with its volume output, it’s more than capable of alerting your neighbours to your ‘amazing’ taste in music.