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Another tiny iPod speaker packs a punch

The Dancing Cube rivals the X-mini.

Crave Asia

A couple of months ago we talked about the X-mini capsule speaker, a tiny accordion-like gadget that produced sound volume you won't have expected from its diminutive form. Now here's another product that could rival it: the Dancing Cube portable mini-speaker, distributed by Singapore-based Alpha Wireless Systems.

You might have guessed from the photo that the design of this model isn't quite as interesting as the X-mini's. Although it also has that accordion-style pull-out so that there's more space for sound to resonate, it's nowhere near as cute as the capsule speakers. In fact, we would go as far as to say that it's bordering on ugly. The makers most likely went with function over form for the Dancing Cube, and they sure did squeeze in quite a number of features.

Like the X-mini, it has a mini-USB and a cable that splits up into a regular USB connector for charging and a 3.5mm audio jack (that makes sure it works with almost all music players and laptops). This portable speaker also has an Apple connector that'll fit current models of iPods. It will stick out like a sore thumb from your sleek-looking MP3 player, but is certainly good value for an iPod accessory.

Besides toggling the device on and off, the device's only switch has a third position that shows the symbol of a charging battery. We checked with the manufacturer and found out that there's supposed to be a feature that recharges your iPod, but it's been disabled. The company did not commit to including it in a future versions.

(Source: Crave Asia)