With the ever increasing number of online services that stream music to your phone, gone are the days of having a CD player for playing those things called compact discs. Services such as Spotify, Pandora and Google Play Music provide you with a library of literally millions of songs that you can enjoy on your phone. Although listening to music on your phone using earbuds is nice, sometimes you want to blast that music out during a party of when you are wanting to sing along with your favourite artist in the shower. This is where Bluetooth speakers come in, offering a way to stream your music from your phone to a wireless speaker so everyone can enjoy your sweet tunes. Herein lies the problem, most Bluetooth speakers aren’t exactly the cheapest things which is something that Xiaomi recognises and is trying to resolve with the release of their Xiaomi Stereo Bluetooth speaker. Does the Xiaomi Bluetooth speaker offer great sound with a price tag to match? Let’s take a look in our review of the Xiaomi Bluetooth speaker.
Xiaomi Bluetooth Speaker Review – What’s in the Box?
The Xiaomi Bluetooth speaker was shipped in the usual cardboard shipping container that we are all used to and there were no visible signs of damage to the box. Opening the shipping box I was greeted with the Xiaomi Bluetooth speaker packaging.
The packaging of the speaker is similar to what we generally see with Xiaomi products with its use of matte white colouring and very minimalist design. I love the minimalist design as it does create a feeling of a premium product. The packaging and branding is reminiscent of the Apple branding, so you can’t really go wrong there.
On the front of the there is nothing but the Xiaomi logo which is located at the top right of the box. This keeps the design very clean which I like. Turning the box to the rear there is simply the barcode and company information at the bottom. Most companies will generally slap all sorts of logos, specifications and imagery all over the packaging of their products which generally doesn’t look great. I think Xiaomi has taken the write approach when it comes to their brand.
Contained inside the box there is:
- 1x Speaker carry pouch
- 1x Xiaomi Bluetooth speaker
- 1x Instruction manual
It is important to note that the instruction manual is written in Chinese however this wasn’t an issues as I did not need to reference it at all in order to get the speaker working.
The Xiaomi Blutooth Speaker – An Amazing Looking Product
When it comes to product design Xiaomi leads the pack and it is great to see that they have made the time and effort to make the Bluetooth speaker look great. Removing the speaker from the carry pouch I was taken back by the build quality and design of the device.
The Xiaomi Bluetooth speaker is made up of an aluminium body which looks and feels great. It appears that it is one continual piece of aluminium that wraps around the body of the speaker and the curves on the corner ensure that there are no sharp edges.
The front of the speaker is perforated which allows the sound to escape and Xiaomi has included a patter within the perforation which looks great and really adds a bit of character to the device. At the bottom of the device is a subtle Xiaomi logo which doesn’t take the attention away from the products design. Under neath the speaker there are rubber feet that ensure the speaker doesnt vibrate around on the table whilst you are playing your music.
In terms of design this thing looks brilliant. It carries a nice weight to it when you hold it in the hand and does not feel or look cheap in any way.
In terms of colours the speaker is available in gold, orange and pink as well blue which is the unit we received. The colour looks great as it’s the colour of the aluminium rather than just a painted frame.
The Ins and Outs of it
Xiaomi has included all the functions and buttons that are needed in order to have a Bluetooth speaker that is easy to use and works as intended.
On the left hand side of the speaker you will find a micro SD card slot, micro USB port for charging the speaker, microphone and a 3.5mm aux port.
Turning the device to the right side is where you will find your playback controls including the power and play button, volume up and down which services at track skipping as well and the batter status and pairing button. The buttons are of a high quality and it is clearly indicated as to what each button does. In order to use the secondary button functions such as track shipping you simply need to hold the button down.
- Compatible with: iPhone,iPod,Laptop,Mobile phone,MP3,MP4,MP5,PC,PSP,Tablet PC,TF/Micro SD Card
- Supports: Bluetooth,Hands-free Calls,Microphone,TF Card Music Playing,Volume Control
- Connection: Wireless
- Interface: 3.5mm Audio,Micro USB,Microphone,TF Card Slot
- Audio Source: Bluetooth Enabled Devices,Electronic Products with 3.5mm Plug,TF/Micro SD Card
- Bluetooth version: V4.0
- Battery Capacity: 1500mAh
- Charging time: 2.5 Hours
- Lasting Time: 8 Hours
- Product weight: 0.209 kg
- Package weight: 0.409 kg
- Product size (L x W x H): 16.80 x 2.45 x 5.80 cm / 6.61 x 0.96 x 2.28 inches
- Package size (L x W x H): 7.50 x 3.50 x 21.00 cm / 2.95 x 1.38 x 8.27 inches
The Xiaomi Bluetooth speaker is a very simple thing to use, which is great considering the instructions are in Chinese along with the voice commands. The speaker came with a nice amount of the battery charged which meant we could jump right into using it. The process of charging the speaker is simple however, simply connect a micro USB power to the speaker and plug it in to a power source and it will charge the battery. Once the battery is fully charged the power button will flash white.
In order to turn on the speaker you simply need to hold down the power button until the speaker. Once turned on the speaker will play and audible tone to let you know that it is now turned on. The next thing you need to do is pair the speaker with your media source, such as your phone.
In order to pair the speaker with your phone you simple need to power the speaker on and then head to the Bluetooth devices section on your phone. The speaker will be shown in the list of available devices and you simply need to select the speaker from the list of available devices. It is important to note that the speaker name is in Chinese however this should be a problem considering most other devices listed on your phone won’t be in Chinese.
As is similar with other Bluetooth speakers, you are only able to pair the speaker to one device at a time. To connect to a difference device you simply need to enter pairing mode again and connect to the new source. To enter pairing mode its just a matter of holding down the pairing button on the speaker.
In order to start playing music once the speaker is paired with your device you simply need to start playing a song on the device and of it goes. When it comes to controlling your media you have two options available to you, firstly you can control the music as you normally would on the device or alternatively you are able to use the media playback controls that are located on the side of the Xiaomi Bluetooth speaker.
Should you not wish to stream music from your device to the speaker you are able to make use of the included micro SD card slot or the Aux. Like pairing the speaker with your phone, using these two options is also simple. If you would like to use the micro SD card to play music simple save your music to the SD card, plug it in and use the on-board media controls. Likewise with the Aux in port, simply connect an external source to the Aux in port and you are good to go.
Besides music playback the speaker can be used as a hands free unit for mobile phone calls. Pair your phone with the speaker and you are able to make a phone call and use the integrated mic in the speaker to chat. The conversation will be output via the speaker.
Whilst using the Xiaomi Bluetooth speaker I found that the batter like was great, allowing me to enjoy uninterrupted music playback over Bluetooth for around 9 – 10 hours.
Ok, so, we have gone through how great the thing looks and how simple it is to use, but how good does the Xiaomi Bluetooth speaker sound? Well the answer is pretty clear, its sounds brilliant.
The speaker comes with stereo speakers which outputs audio via left and right channels independent of each other. Whilst playing music the stereo playback worked flawlessly. The speaker packs a serious punch in terms of volume meaning that it will easily be able to be used for a social gathering and be able to be heard clearly over the noise of the people. This was achievable thanks to the 3W of power in the drivers allowing for 90db of volume. The audio playback quality was fantastic with the music being crisp and clear with the bass being nice and low. I did not notice any distortion when using the speaker at full volume. The Xiaomi Bluetooth speaker is absolutely amazing.
Where to Buy
If you are interested in purchasing the Xiaomi Bluetooth Stereo Speaker you can do so over at Gearbest for only $35.89.