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X-mini CES 2019 Speaker Preview: Portable, Powerful, Pocket-friendly Trio

X-mini, a Singapore technology firm founded in 2006, is renown for its miniature capsule speakers that disrupted the audio industry with the first truly portable speakers. X-mini’s iconic sound signature focuses on clarity, robustness and volume far surpassing its size and prize.

This CES 2019, X Mini unveiled a trio of speakers that indeed punch far above their price points and physical stature. The Click 3, TWISX, and the Supa 2 – in increasing order physical sizes and price points – are all  built upon X-mini’s 2019 tagline: Beyond Sound.

Through thoughtful design, X Mini’s trio of speakers aim to deliver a whole suite of sensorial experiences beyond sound: not just the aural, but the tactile and the visual. We had the chance to preview these products, which were still in the prototype stage – 3D-printed, and hand-assembled.

X-mini Click 3

The Click 3 follows up on its predecessor the Click 2, with a tiny, lightweight form factor at just 92g. Fitting neatly in the palm of the hand, the Click 3 delivers a big, full sound with a large 40mm driver. It also houses a microphone for hands-free calls on the go.

The X-mini CES 2019 lineup, clockwise from 12 o’clock: the Supa 2, Click 3, and TWISX. Image: Ian Ling

It offers connectivity via Bluetooth 4.2, which also enables the Click 3 to achieve a feature that explains its namesake: remotely clicking the camera shutter of your smartphone. A tactile silicone “shutter” button on the underside of the speaker enables this, in a variety of situations with its IPX4 splashproof rating.

True to the company’s aim to deliver a holistic sensorial experience, the speaker is adorned with tri-colour LED lights, used to indicate pairing with a blue light, charging with a red one and a white one that flashes to mimic a camera flash when triggered.

X-mini TWISX

The X-mini TWISX is the brand’s first bottle-style portable speaker. With its compact, cylindrical form, the TWISX features an interface unique to X-mini – a single swivel knob that feels good, and works well. Used to control the volume and skip and rewind tracks, the knob can also be pushed down to pause or play music.

With an IPX5 rating, the TWISX is ideal for outdoors scenarios, with textured grooves and lanyard mounts to hold or mount securely in a variety of outdoors scenarios.

X-mini’s signature sound comes through with large dual 50mm drivers and a 50mm x 120mm passive radiator. This can be altered to taste with two preset EQ settings – Vocal and X.Bass. Connectivity is provided via Bluetooth 5.0 or 3.5mm aux input. 

A pair of X-mini TWISX can be paired with True Wireless Stereo easily, and each device is intended to be used in both horizontal and vertical standing orientations. Laid down on its side, two lanyard  mounts double as a tilt stand to project the audio at a 26-degree angle for an optimal listening experience.

With its large 5,200mAh battery capacity, the TWISX offers up to 12 hours of playback time, and charges conveniently via USB C.

X-mini Supa 2

Lastly, the X-mini Supa 2 builds on its predecessor’s vintage styling, with design cues like its boxy chassis, vinyl-inspired control knob and buttons that resemble vinyl filing tabs on the Smart Magnetic Maestro remote control.

 

Most notably, the X-mini Supa 2 features six drivers: two 58mm, two 36mm, and two 60 x 120mm passive radiator drivers for a fuller sound and extended bass.

Removing the remote instantly powers on the device, while replacing it turns it off. Its carry handle doubles as a tilt stand that angles the speaker at 30 degrees for better projection and room-filling music, enabling all six drivers on the speaker to be heard optimally.

Three EQ presets enable a customisable listening experience – with options for Clarity, Vocal and X.Bass. Users can connect via Bluetooth 5.0 or 3.5mm aux.

With its 5,200 mAh battery, the Supa 2 delivers up to eight hours of playback time, and charges via USB C. This means you can bring the device around the house to deliver an enjoyable listening experience wherever you are.

Pricing and Availability

The X-mini Click 3 comes in at SGD 39.90, the TWISX at SGD 81.90, and the Supa 2 at SGD 209.90. All three devices will be available in third quarter 2019. 

 

Ian Ling
http://uncommontragedy.com
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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