Nokia Mini-Speakers MD-6 review: Nokia Mini-Speakers MD-6

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CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The Nokia MD-6 Mini-Speakers offers an easy to use, compact design, and respectable performance.

The Bad The Nokia MD-6 Mini-Speakers suffer from static at the highest volume levels. Also, the hinge construction is rather loose.

The Bottom Line The Nokia MD-6 Mini-Speakers are far from perfect, but they offer decent performance for what they are.

6.7 Overall

If Nokia's MD-7W Bluetooth speakers are the Rolls Royce of cell phone accessories, then the company's MD-6 Mini-Speakers are the Nissan. Sure, they're reliable and easy to use, but you wouldn't want to take them to the prom. But even if they're not particularly flashy, the MD-6 speakers deliver decent sound quality for their portable size and affordable $79.95 price tag.

You wouldn't be alone if you thought the MD-6 speakers resembled an oversized lipstick case. Indeed, many people made such a comparison when the speakers were laying around the CNET offices. At 4.8 by 1.3 by 1.3 inches, the bar-shaped speakers are small enough to slide into a bag or a large pocket. Also, as they weigh just 4.9 ounces (with the batteries), they're relatively light for their size. And for even easier portability, Nokia includes a carrying bag in the box.

The speakers are clad in a black plastic skin with red caps at either end. The only other exterior features are a tiny light and a sliding button that pushes out one end of the bar to expose the phone connection cord. The cord stretches a generous 2.3 feet, but it wraps up neatly; just the end is left dangling outside the case

To expose the speakers just flip open the opposite end of MD-6. Doing so activates the power automatically, so there's no need for any other controls or buttons. Though we liked the simplicity of the design, the hinge didn't click into place in the open or closed positions. As such, be careful that the MD-6 speakers don't flip open accidently when you're on the go. Otherwise, you'll just waste the battery. Setup is completely painless. All you need to do is connect the cord to your phone's headset port. The MD-6 speakers feature a 3.5mm jack, but Nokia includes a handy adapter for connecting to 2.5mm ports.

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