The X-mini Kai is a fun, versatile and great sounding portable Bluetooth speaker for your Bluetooth compatible music players and smartphones. Plus, with a 3.5 millimeter plug, most music playing devices will work, just not wirelessly.

For my test, I used my iPhone 4S which paired very easily with the X-mini™ KAI. Take a look at the following video for a viewing of the unboxing and some commentary about the X-mini KAI.

The device sounds great and probably is best suited for a small room or a semi-quiet area. I have been using in my office to listen to music and as a speaker for one of my laptops. So, I’ve found that it works very well in an office setting. I also took it on a recent golf outing and provided some tunes for my group at a charity golf event and it performed well. The device is sturdy enough to be jostled around in the cart without losing any sound or getting damaged and was a great conversation piece. It’s also sturdy enough to survive a fall from the top of a refrigerator all the way to a concrete floor with no apparent issues. The sound was up high and the little guy vibrated off the side straight to the floor. It rolled around a bit and came to rest while still playing away.

The compact size make it ideal for taking along with you wherever you go and the microphone make it a nice speaker phone when needed. Similar to all other Bluetooth devices I’ve tried, very rarely you may hear some skipping or cutting in and out of the sound. This only happened once during the time I tested out this device but it only lasted a few seconds and I attributed it to some other interference.

I give the X-mini KAI a thumbs up.

The device is retail priced at – $99.00 and will be featured this year at CES – at Booth 6713, iLounge – LVCC North Hall.

If you want all the specs, check out the following (found here) –

Dimensions: 50.0mm X 62.0mm (closed resonator)

Weight: 95.2g

Speaker: Magnetically Shielded 40mm (4O)

Loudspeaker Output: 2.5W

Frequency Response: 100 Hz – 18 kHz

Signal-to-Noise Ratio: =89dB

Distortion: =0.3%

Playback Time: Up to 8 hours

Battery Capacity: 550mAh

Battery Voltage: 3.7V

Battery Charge Time: At least 2.5 hours

Operating Frequency Range: 2.4GHz – 2.48GHz

Wireless Range: Up to 10 metres[sic]/33 feet

Bluetooth Compliant: v2.1 + EDR

Bluetooth Profile support: A2DP Stereo

Bluetooth Playback time: Up to 4 hours

Talk Time: Up to 8 hours

Microphone Sensitivity: -34db

 

Features!

  • 40mm Drivers gives you that extra edge over 36mm drivers when it comes down to sound quality. It’s not that 36mm are bad, it’s just that we’ve made 40mm better!
  • Bluetooth-equipped Play your favourite tunes from any Bluetooth-equipped device while you control tracks and volume wirelessly from the X-mini KAI™ Capsule Speaker™.
  • Built-in microphone function to allow for hassle-free conference calls.
  • Bluetooth Dongle The X-mini KAI Capsule Speaker can act as a Bluetooth dongle to the rest of your X-mini Capsule Speakers and also all other wired audio products.
  • Rechargeable battery The built-in lithium ion battery is rechargeable via USB and offers an impressive playback time.

 

All in all this unit has been a joy to review. I look forward to more great products from XMI in the future.