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.

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:


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

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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!


Oh, we likey.
Less IS more.
WEM xx


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


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


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.


Thanks for the tip! Just ordered one…


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


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


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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