Proving that size is not everything, Singapore's XMI planted its golf ball-sized speakers in markets around the world and racked up global sales of US$30 million (S$38 million) a year.
Tiny enough to fit into a pocket but packing the same punch as speakers three times larger, the X-Mini family of speakers is growing. First of the new additions this year is the Kai 2, the Bluetooth version of the original Kai speaker,
The design elements are all intact, with an accordion-like collapsible body and a 3.5mm cable to connect to the headphone port on your smartphone.
Set-up is easy, with playback controls on one side and the Power and Bluetooth slider switch on another.
The Kai 2 looks like a mini Transformer. Aside from being collapsible, it has a removable cap that can be placed to protect the base. A thin cable links the cap to the frame, in case you forget to re-attach it when you leave.
Audio quality is decent from a speaker this small. Let's face it - the Kai 2 offers tremendous convenience and portability so the trade-off in sound quality is acceptable.
As a bonus, it can also be used to answer calls through your phone and is a great accessory for your car.
Additional feature: Hands-free calling
This article was first published on July 16, 2014.
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