X-mini Max v1.1 Capsule Speaker review: X-mini Max v1.1 Capsule Speaker

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4.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Elegant design Great sound for such a small size Easily portable and comes with a little travel bag 12-hour music playback on full charge Stereo sound Daisy-chain feature allows bigger sound Cheaper than older model.

The Bad Custom cable messy and potentially difficult to replace.

The Bottom Line If you're looking for a small, portable travel speaker, you would be hard pressed to find better than the X-mini Max v1.1.

8.7 Overall

X-mini has streamlined its portable speaker offering and brought out the X-mini Max v1.1, the predecessor to the X-mini Max II we reviewed just a few months ago.

Design

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.

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