I was at Staples today and saw the Omnitech Mini-Speaker on one of the tables full of last minute gifts. For $9.99, I decided to give it a try.
I just plugged it into my phone, and I’m absolutely blown away. This speaker’s about the size of a golf ball, and it’s astoundingly loud. It also expands a little bit accordion style, giving it pretty decent bass for such a tiny package.
It’s a powered speaker, and the cord it comes with doubles as a recharging cable (via USB) and the audio connector (via standard TRS connector).
There are really only two things I can find to fault it with. First, it’s probably not feasible to replace the cord (the speaker connection is mini-usb, so you’d need a mini-usb to TRS cord, and a separate cord for charging). But at $10, you might as well just buy a new one if you lose the cord. Would be nice if it had a clip or something to wrap the cord around when not in use.
The other fault comes from the manual: it warns you that if the battery is overcharged, it may affect sound quality temporarily, and you should monitor the speaker and unplug it as soon as the light turns blue. Would be nice if it would stop charging on its own, but no biggie.
It’s also available in a variety of colors. I got red, but there was also blue, black, green, pink… maybe purple?
If you’re interested in a tiny portable speaker, give this thing a shot. You’ll be floored.