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 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.