X-Mini Happy Speaker MP3 player review: X-Mini Happy Speaker MP3 player

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X-Mini Happy Speaker MP3 player

(Part #: XminiHappy)
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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The X-Mini Happy features an innovative all-in-one design with an impressive-sounding speaker and a built-in MP3 player. The unit comes with an SD card slot and an SD-to-microSD adapter, and it can be daisy-chained with other speakers. A stowaway line-in cable on the bottom makes it easy to attach to other audio sources.

The Bad The integrated MP3 player on the X-Mini Happy has no navigation options or organization. The speaker always starts up at the loudest volume.

The Bottom Line The X-Mini Happy is a great little speaker that offers a creative all-in-one solution with an integrated MP3 player and a cable for attaching external audio sources. If you want to share music on the go, this is a great option.

8.3 Overall
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
CNET Editors' Choice Mar '10

Finding portable speakers for your iPod or other MP3 player isn't much of a challenge. Manufacturers have made speakers ranging from the pocketable to the boom boxy in terms of size and design. However, if you want a tiny speaker with an MP3 player built right in, look no further than the X-Mini Happy, an itty-bitty portable music player with an all-in-one design. This little unit retails for about $100 and offers solid sound quality and an impressive array of features. If you're on the market for a simple way to share tunes on the go, this product is definitely worth consideration.

The X-Mini Happy could almost fit in a pocket, if not for its bulbous shape. When the unit is twisted down and locked for transport, it measures just 1.6 inches high and 2.2 inches in diameter. Popping the unit out extends the height to about 2.5 inches and reveals an accordion-style "subwoofer" of sorts that maximizes bass. Around the base of each speaker you'll find a variety of ports and controls; the bottom stows an integrated stereo patch cable for connecting any external audio source with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. There's also an LED that glows blue during charging, static red when the speakers are powered on, and flashes red while songs are playing through the internal memory.

Actually, the memory is not quite internal, as the X-Mini Happy has a built-in SD card slot for this purpose. Two handy extras are included to this end: a 2GB microSD card and a standard SD-to-microSD adapter card. This means the player can accept either the larger or the smaller media, which is very cool. Other ports include a Mini-USB for charging and syncing and a 3.5mm jack that lets you "daisy-chain" other X-Mini speakers to create a more dynamic sound space.

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