X-mini has streamlined its portable speaker offering and brought out the X-mini Max v1.1, the predecessor to the.
Like the Max II, the Max v1.1 is a set of two speakers that lock together in an egg shape via magnets on the base. It's a stylish basic design, and it's nice to see that X-mini knows when it's onto a good thing. Also like the Max II, the Max v1.1 speakers twist open to reveal an accordion-like resonator for very slightly enhanced bass.
They're smaller than the Max II, though, weighing in at 104.8g (compared to 178g), and a simpler, cleaner design. We also really liked the matte finish, even on the metallic red colour; in this day of piano-gloss gadgets, it gives the speakers quite a refreshing, refined chic. And it doesn't attract fingerprints like a crime scene.
For little speakers, the X-mini Max v1.1 packs a decent punch. You will find — and this shouldn't come as a surprise, given the speakers' size — that the sound gets less robust and even tinny if you move more than a couple of metres away from them; if you want a set of speakers that's going to fill a larger space well, you really do need to look at something bigger. However, they do work quite well in a travel context: cars and hotel rooms, for example. Not public transport, though. If you use these on public transport, the Demon of Inconsiderate Commuters will take your soul.