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Xiaomi External Speaker Mini Review: Cheap Ultra-Portable Speaker for Good Reason

Xiaomi External Speaker Mini Review: Cheap Ultra-Portable Speaker for Good Reason

Among the countless products sold by Xiaomi are labeled speakers, including an external speaker mini. It comes in 86mm diameter and 45mm thick buck shape, mostly made of plastic, easy to carry with small elastic ring. Seems strong throughout and can undoubtedly withstand some shocks.

Like most speakers of the same type, the external speaker focuses only on the wireless Bluetooth application except for the mini-jack input. Coupling is accompanied by a soft melody and a single mechanical button located under the speaker with a pressure of six seconds when switching. Allows you to pause or restart a simple press playback and manage calls. Because yes, the external speaker has a microphone to answer mini calls. But the quality is very good, so we advise you to answer directly using your phone.

This casing is IP55 certified (resistant to dust and water jets but not against sinking).

This casing is IP55 certified (resistant to dust and water jets but not against sinking).

A moderate amount, but enough for a small room (70% of the maximum size), we reached 15:30 hours of autonomy against the declared 10 hours. Autonomy decreases until it reaches only 5 hours when the speaker is pushed to its limits, apparently at high volume. We also measured a delay of 263 ms in Bluetooth communications. Such delay proves to be widely perceived and particularly annoying to view content. However, most apps and sites, such as YouTube, Netflix or Disney +, make up for the delay automatically.

Two external speakers can be connected to the mini by double-clicking on a button to receive stereo rendering.

Two external speakers can be connected to the mini by double-clicking on a button to receive stereo rendering.

External speaker Mini’s sound programs are very simple: Siomi’s small speaker actually shows a good frequency balance and good emphasis on voices, but with its inaccuracy and very low extension. Boss is hurting him.

Although it is not very bulky, the external frequency mini has more difficulty than its competitors in reproducing low frequencies. Due to the lack of rendering body and depth, the censorship of some instruments seems to have changed (large rhythms like bass drum, bass, cellos, some synths layers …). The accuracy of the closure leaves something to be desired, and we continue to experience difficulties in correctly identifying the different sources operating in this region, especially when they are plentiful. This is especially true when one decides to push the speaker to its limit: beyond 70-80% of the volume heard, the distortion is awakened and the dynamics appear to be particularly crushed. It is good to be below this threshold to retain a certain listening pleasure.

The discovery makes Midrange and Treble a little more exciting. Their reproduction is certainly not again with insane accuracy (not the most elaborate and “fragile” aspect of the snails, as evidenced by the traces of the siphons) but the balance is in order. The voices stand out particularly well, and their brilliance is never compromised, for example a good point for following a video or podcast. Again, be careful not to overdo the amount of asking under the penalty for changing their sizes, which can become a little too nasal.

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