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X-mini II Capsule Speaker vs Generic “Greenhills” Speaker


Teehee. Check out the XMI X-mini speaker I won at a media raffle. The X-mini II is a small and compact speaker that connects to any device with a 3.5mm jack. The capsule twists and folds out to reveal an accordion diaphragm (it’s called the Bass Xpansion System or BXS for short). I can see why this thing won a Red Dot design award in 2008. It’s sleek. The X-mini charges via USB with a claimed battery life of 30 hours. One thing I failed to show in the demo, for lack of another X-mini, is the feature to link several of these together to form a wall of sound. The X-mini retails for about USD .00. For the X-Mini’s older brother, check out the X-Mini Max II.



Now let’s compare it to this P250.00 portable speaker I bought a few weeks ago. I don’t even think it has a name: ST-01 is the product code? It’s … well. Aesthetically, it’s really just a hodgepodge of stuff put together and painted matte black. Turning it on, I was greeted by flickering disco lights. So it isn’t just a speaker: It’s a portable party (!!!). This speaker charges using any of the two types of Nokia chargers (LOL) widely available in the market. Battery life is at two hours.



Here’s a video I made demonstrating the audio quality we get from both of these little things.

Hands down, the X-mini II comes out as the definitive winner in terms of features, but come on for P250.00, you can forgive the generic speaker. Not bad at all. This is a Christmas gift you can give to all your friends with the sticker of your company or website. Technology is cheap.