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Friday, December 27, 2013

XBOOM Mini Portable Capsule Speaker with Rechargeable Battery and Enhanced Bass+ Resonator - Green

 I preface this with the fact that I was given this product to provide a product review.  I'm sure if you have read my reviews you have noted that I don't hesitate to do a one star review when a product deserves it regardless of whether I paid full price or not.  Conversely if a product deserves a 5-star review, I must give it the appropriate score regardless of whether I received it for free or not.  

Admittedly I was a bit skeptical when I saw how tiny this speaker was even before I compressed it to it's even smaller travel size.  It puts out some darn good sound for something that is smaller than a racket ball.  (or for you foodies, a clementine.)

I tested it on an Android tablet, a Kindle Fire and a Galaxy S4 phone.   It performed superbly on each.   In fact I didn't realize how bad the sound output was before it was enhanced.   I know on all three devices that headphones are really the only realistic method of playing them unless you are hooked up via bluetooth to a bluetooth enabled soundbar or via hdmi on a TV or sound system. 

The color of this particular unit is to my untrained eye, chartreuse or as in the 1969 Javeline, Big Bad Green.   I have a soft spot for vivid colors and this nailed it.  It comes with a carry case, a charging cable and a 32" 3.5mm M/M stereo cable for connecting to your devices.  It also has a 4" built in 3.5mm cable with male jack for plugging into your phone or other device if you don't want to use the longer cord. 

It charges through USB and there is a separate Y cable that allows you to charge the speaker while you use it.   They claim a charge will last 12 plus hours but I have yet to have 12 contiguous hours free to test that part. 

My only complaint is the instructions are printed on a font appropriate for a magnifying glass.  Bump up your font for those of us who aren't 15 years old. 

Overall this is pretty impressive tech for $16.99 at Amazon.

 From the vendor:

Enhanced Bass+ Expansion System (BES) enables Full-bodied, 360-degree superb sound - 40mm Driver 3-Watt Output.

Ultra-portable compact size with long-lasting embedded rechargeable battery provides 12+ hours of continuous playback from one single charge. Free splash-proof carrying travel pouch for easy storage and enhanced portability.

Modular "Buddy-Plug" Design: Integrated stowaway 3.5mm stereo audio jack plug and socket connects multiple XBOOM Mini Portable Capsule speakers together for maximum sound.

Universal Compatibility: All iPods, iPhones, iPads, Samsung Galaxy phones, Android phones, MP3 players, CD players, PC and laptops, and More.

Rated Best MP3 Mini Portable Capsule Speaker of the Year.

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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