Kinivo ZX100 Mini Portable Speaker
The Kinivo Mini Portable Speaker is a compact product. It fits right into the palm and is exceptionally lightweight. Build quality is great and its sound production, too, is superb. However, the speaker is available in limited number, which has resulted in a price hike. Now it sells for around 2,831 rupees. However, keep in mind that price also depends on the color variant you choose to go for.
Durable Body: Although the outer shell of this product is made of premium plastic (mainly) but still it offers great durability. The onboard speaker has been designed to look more like an eroded “X” shape figure. The control buttons are located on the edges. Before using it, you will have to open up the top part by rotating it in anti-clock direction. Moreover, the speaker is small enough that you will be able to carry it in a bag or pocket. You are also getting a nice looking carrying pouch along with the box.
Loud and Clear Audio
This speaker produces omnidirectional audio that does not distort at higher volumes. Frequency response range is good and bass production is much impressive. However, the driver unit does face some problem while generating high frequencies.
Great Connectivity Options: The people who are looking for wireless connectivity will certainly get disappointed with this device. However, that does not mean you will be limited on this front. The end users can feed audio to this speaker in three ways mainly. The cable that sprouts from the bottom features a 3.5 mm audio jack at the other end.
Kinivo ships a USB cable that splits into two ends, using this cable one can play music on the speaker and charge it at the same time. Moreover, the manufacturer has also featured a 3.5 mm audio jack on the product itself. Another surprising thing is users can connect multiple units of this speaker in a chain.
- 360-degree omnidirectional audio production
- Compact and attractive outer shell
- Crisp and clear audio
- Offers six hours of power backup on a single charge
- LED indicator light
- Three ways to connect
- Comes with a carrying pouch
- Onboard control buttons
- 1 Year of warranty
- Does not support microSD card
- Higher frequencies are not produced properly
- No inbuilt microphone
Verdict: Considering the size, Kinivo ZX100 is a mind-blowing device. I am sure you will like its audio quality and design. However, I personally believe that the current price of this device is too high.
|Dimenions||9.4 x 5.1 x 11.9 cm|
Portronics Glitz -Ultra-portable wireless Bluetooth speaker POR148
Consider Portronics as the Micromax of the speaker world. This brand takes ideas from other manufacturers and produces its own budget speakers. This proves when we discuss the Portronics Glitz – Ultra Wireless Speaker, which seems to be inspired by JBL Pulse Speaker.
While the JBL variant will cost you a fortune, but the speaker that we are here discussing comes at a much affordable price tag of 2900 rupees.
LED Lights on the Outer Shell: The very first thing to discuss would be the MSP of this gadget, which is its outer shell. Like the JBL Pulse, there are hundreds of RGB LED lights on the body of this speaker that act as individual pixels. The LED panel also supports multiple themes using which you will be able to personalize the environment. The inbuilt accelerometer changes the orientation of LED patterns according to the position of the speaker itself.
Generates Loud Audio: The users will be stunned by the audio quality of this speaker. Its driver unit gives seven Watts of RMS output that is more than what inbuilt speakers of most budget segment TVs offer. The design of the enclosure amplifies the frequencies and helps in eliminating distortions. Crisp music is produced at all the frequencies. However, what this speaker lacks is a dual channel support, but that is manageable as there is a single driver unit.
Bluetooth and NFC Support: Inbuilt NFC support will certainly impress many customers to this amazing speaker. One can easily pair his smartphone using this technology. The Bluetooth connectivity offers a range of 10 meters, which will be enough for normal usage. One the left side, you can also find a microSD card slot and an aux-in port.
The speaker has been carved out in triangular and is highly portable. Moreover, it is much easier to use this device, as there are seven buttons on the top, some of which include play/pause button, volume rockers, mode button, and track control buttons.
Calling Functionality: One of the main highlights of this device is that users can receive mobile phone call. But there is a catch. To use call functionality, you will have to connect a smartphone using Bluetooth connectivity. In addition, the onboard microphone is not sensitive enough to transfer high-quality audio.
Power Efficient: The LED panel is present only on the front side of the speaker. Although this might disappoint certain customers but it certainly helps in saving battery. Its battery, once fully charged, gives about 3-4 hours of power backup. Turning off the LED panel will further increase the battery life by a great factor.
- Elegant design and sturdy build
- Lightweight and portable
- Produces loud, clear and immersive audio
- Beautiful LED panel with 5 themes
- Inbuilt accelerometer
- NFC support
- Bluetooth range of 30 feet
- MicroSD card slot
- Good battery life
- Users can receive calls wirelessly
Verdict: At this price point, you cannot get a better product. Portronics POR148 is certainly one of the best alternatives to the JBL Pulse speaker. The thing that makes this speaker stand out is its price.
|Dimenions||185 x 71 x 80 mm|
|Connectivity||Aux-in, Bluetooth, and NFC|
Portronics Pure Sound Pro BT II POR118 Bluetooth Speaker
Generally, we do not get quality from portable sound bars in the budget segment. Popular brands try to fetch the maximum profits by increasing the price of their products. However, a relatively less popular brand Portronics is trying to set an example by offering premium features at budget prices.
The Portronics POR118 Speaker, which is available in the market for an attractive price of 2875 rupees, is a great product. It comes equipped with so many great features that other brand will not even dare to offer in this segment.
Two Channel Audio: The sound bar packs in two powerful drivers capable of generating high-quality audio. Stereo effect gives an immersive experience to the listeners. Both the drivers are designed to offer a total RMS output of 10 Watts. This speaker produces loud audio for a medium size room.
In my opinion, it is a perfect device for watching movies and listening to music. Two passive radiators not only help in producing clear audio, but also widen the frequency response range. As a result, users get to hear deep bass levels.
Sleek Design: You will not have to spare a lot of space for this device. It measures just 58.5 mm in height and 64 mm in depth. Users can hang it on a wall or just under the TV for a better audio listening experience. The product weighs in at 850 grams, which means it will be a little hard to carry this sound bar from one place to another. Track controls are located at the top and give nice feedback upon pressing.
Bunch of Connectivity Features
I do not know why, but brands that focus budget segment always offer more connectivity features than the premium brands at the same price. Setup is clean and does not require a bunch of wires. This speaker comes equipped with Bluetooth 4.1 technology that covers a range of about 30 meters. There is also a micro-USB and a full-size USB port on the back. Aux-in port allows for universal connectivity across all platforms. The manufacturer also ships a remote in the box. You can use the remote to operate the sound system.
MicroSD card support and inbuilt FM radio allow the users to listen to music even without an external music-producing device.
Long Battery Life: The driver units offer a much low impedance of 4 ohms each, which helps a lot in extending the battery life. Its high capacity 2000 mAh battery gives about 7 hours of power backup on a single charge. However, the problem is that the battery gets charged through a traditional DC power-in jack, which will disappoint those customers who like to charge devices with universal USB cables.
- Looks amazing and that does not occupy a lot of space
- 2 active driver units and 2 passive radiators
- Deep bass levels
- 7 hours of battery life
- Micro SD card support
- Inbuilt FM radio
- Comes with a remote
- Works wirelessly using Bluetooth technology
- Gets charge through a DC port instead of a USB one
Verdict: Portronics POR118 Bluetooth Speaker is a great solution for those people wants a clean and simple setup for their TVs. The sound bar will enhance your music listening and movie watching experience.
|Dimenions||45.6 x 6.4 x 5.8 cm|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth, USB and microSD Card Slot|