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As sales of notebooks and netbooks increase so will the need for portable accessories increase. These include things like wireless mouse, USB devices and speakers. As you are aware, the built-in speakers found on most notebooks/netbooks aren't that always powerful, and they don't ususally produce decent sound of adequate quality. So when you're listening to music or watching movies, the sound can be very "tinny" and lacking in bass. You can really blame the manufacturers, as they're only trying to reduce costs so that you'll be able to afford these wonderful portable machines ;)
So what's the solution? Well, the answer is simple ... invest in a pair of portable speakers. However, there are probably hundreds, if not thousands of these products on the market ... some good and some really bad.
Today, we get to play with (or should I say, listen to) X-Mini's Capsule Speaker. We have to models to show you. The first is X-Mini's Hello Kitty Special Edition, and the other is the orignal X-Mini II (Black). Both are based on the same design powered by a large 40mm driver which delivers precise highs for superb sound clarity. What's more, it comes with Expanded BXS (Bass Xpansion System), which drives a fuller, richer, low-end response.
These innovative X-Mini Capasule speakers are produced by a company called XM-I, which is based in Singapore. In fact, the design of these speakers are so innovative, they were winners of the coveted reddot design award in 2008. Let's see what they're really like ...
Features and Specifications
Innovation - The·X-mini II comes with an all new feature called the "Buddy-Jack"; X-mini II owners can now come together and connect a row of X-minis to a single music source (e.g. MP3 player) to enhance the overall volume and audio clarity among a larger audience.
Design - Award-winning compact capsule design retained, but packed with a bigger sound.
Sound - Delivering on the promise of "Sound beyond size", the X-mini II Capsule Speaker is petite in size but massive in sound. Hook it up to your mobile phone, MP3 player or laptop, and impress your friends with this pocketsize boom-box. Pump out your tunes with crisp clear acoustics that will easily fill up a room and elevate the mood of everyone around you. The X-mini II is the benchmark for portable sound and is the new must-have daily accessory for all media devices.
Experience - An audio revolution has arrived;·the X-miniTM II. Larger sound, better Balance and Integrity, your listening experience improved.
- New Larger 40mm driver delivers precise highs for superb sound clarity.
- Expanded BXS (Bass Xpansion System) drives a fuller, richer low-end response.
- Modular 'Buddy-Jack' design: connect a row of X-minis to get jaw-dropping sound.
- Playback time tripled to 12 hours for longer, superior on-the-go audio.
- In-built stow-away 3.5mm audio cable offers convenient cable management.
- The X-mini brand is moulded into each speaker, so you know you've got the real thing.
- Dimension (L×W×H): 60mm×60 mm×44mm (closed resonator)
- Net Weight: 83g
- Speaker: MAGNETISM PREVENTФ40 MM 2W/4Ω
- Loudspeaker Output: 2.5W
- Rating Power: 2.0W
- Frequency Response: 100Hz-20Khz
- Signal-to-Noise: ≥80db
- Distortion: ≤1.0%
- Playback Time: Up to 11 hours
- Battery Voltage/Capacity: 400mAh
- Battery Charging Voltage: 4.2V±0.05V
- Battery Charge Time: 5V - 2.5 hours.
For more information please visit X-Mini's website (Hello Kitty Special Edition) ... and X-Mini II (Black)