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Sony SRS-X11 review: A tiny cube Bluetooth speaker with some pop

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The Good The Sony SRS-X11 is a very compact, attractively designed Bluetooth speaker that plays pretty loud and sounds pretty decent for its tiny size. It has an integrated speakerphone, can be paired wirelessly with another X11, and offers 12 hours of battery life.

The Bad Should cost about one-third less.

The Bottom Line While you can get even cheaper Bluetooth models, the SRS-X11 is one of the better-sounding micro wireless speakers and offers 12 hours of battery life.

7.2 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 7
  • Sound 7
  • Value 6

At $70 (UK£54, AU$99), Sony's SRS-X11 is at the higher end of the micro wireless speaker market, which is rather crowded these days.

While you can certainly get better-sounding speakers for that price, you'll be hard-pressed to find a tiny wireless speaker that sounds as good as the SRS-X11. So, by good I mean good in the relative sense.

Weighing 7.6 ounces or 215 grams and measuring 2.4 inches (6.1 cm) by 2.4 inches (6.1 cm), the X11 is smaller than a Rubik's Cube and seems well built, with enough heft to it to make you think it's got some substance. Available in multiple color options, the speaker has a soft-to-touch finish on both the back and top of the speaker, where you'll find the power button, volume controls and an answer/end button for the built-in speakerphone, which works OK (in other words, don't expect this to perform like a business-grade speakerphone).

The SRS-X11 comes in multiple color options and has a built-in speakerphone.

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Additional features include and an audio input, NFC tap-to-pair technology for smartphones that support it, and the ability to join two speakers together wirelessly and create a left/right stereo pair or just double up the sound.

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