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I’ve received several emails asking me with what pieces of technology I travel. I’m going to start a series on my travel tech, but will kick off with a re-run of a post I ran earlier in the year because the XMI X-mini II Mini Speaker which I raved about back in May really has become one of my indispensible travel gadgets.

Not only is it useful for playing music, but I use it for playing interviews I need to transcribe, and for playing downloaded BBC radio podcasts when I need something more than music to listen to. I’ve also used it on the beach, by a  swimming pool, and in the middle of a field. And it’s still only a measly £14/$28. This has to be the best bargain ever for such a dazzling mixture of sound quality & portability.
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I travel incessantly and, even in these days of hotels tricked out with gadgets and modern comforts, I still find that very few hotel rooms have iPod docks or any music available beyond cable radio. It’s essential that I have some form of good music to drown out background noise (I don’t always stay at The Peninsula), and to keep me company on long writing sessions.

I first read about the XMI X-mini II Mini Speaker on India’s blog, filing the info away for later use. When I got round to ordering one I couldn’t quite believe that a £15 speaker that fits in the palm of my hand would really be anything other than tinny with crap bass. I was wrong. (Always trust India.)

It’s bloody brilliant: definitely not tinny, instead a nice round sound that, if you wish could be doubled by adding another speaker using the integral mini jack. It charges for eleven hours through a USB port and is tiny enough to fit in my handbag without adding to my carry-on weight allowance – which I always manage to exceed.

To give you an idea of scale:

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It’s available in the UK here (reduced from £20) & in the US here Almost half price! reduced from $42)

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11 comments

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I bought this after you first posted about it! Its first outing was a road trip with the husband and I– we plugged it into our mac to watch movies (the volume on macs isn’t great). It’s the business!

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Oh, we likey.
Less IS more.
WEM xx

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My mum bought one of these for my dad, it’s brilliant, very tempted to permantly borrow it! It’s really reasonably priced too! Deffo recommend it! Have a good weekend x

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I have one like this! They’re so handy for travels and aren’t too expensive either.

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Many thanks for the re-post. I’ve just ordered one on Amazon. I often struggle to hear whenever I try watching movies on my MacBook so this will solve the problem.

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Thanks for the tip! Just ordered one…

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want. wonder if i can find it in Toronto. x shayma

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My arrived today from Amazon…amazing! Thanks for letting me know about it.

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I saw this on India’s page too and ordered it immediately. It is superb! Cannot recommend this product enough. Isn’t it lovely when we all share 🙂

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