Fingertip Mini Cube Speaker Review – Looks Good, Performs Ok…
Yet have I to see a speaker that’s smaller than any of the X-Mini’s, but also at the same time better. I thought that the Fingertip Mini Cube Speaker could be a competitor, but the quality of the product itself brought my hopes down tremendously. Though the shape is very innovative, and the product is very portable, the music reproduction is not so great.
The Fingertip Mini Cube Speaker arrived a few days ago at my house from usbfever.com and I was thrilled to see it. I opened the simple packaging in which it came in, and removed the speaker and the USB wire included along with it. After following the instructions online, which involved my letting the product charge for 2 hours, I hurriedly plugged it into my iPod Touch and boom: was faced with a surprise…
Now, this surprise wasn’t as such a good one. I’d say that it was more towards the “bad” side than the “good”. It turns out I did not receive the crystal-clear music quality I’d expected hear. No, the speaker couldn’t be turned up fully without it making the music crackly and very much annoying. However, I was able to keep the volume low, and get some good music out of the thing after that.
The speaker connects to the iPod or iPhone via a 3.5mm gold plated plug. This plug is housed on the side of the speaker, and pivots in and out whenever needed. When music is played, the sound is released from a silver grill on top of the speaker itself.
Like mentioned above, the speaker comes with a mini USB to USB wire which is used for charging the speaker. The battery in the speaker lasts for a few hours, and takes about 2 to completely recharge once again.
Well, I’ll list the pros and then the cons: first off, the speaker is very much portable thanks to its small size. It easily fits in the smallest of palms, and will slide into a pocket, purse, of briefcase without difficulty. Also, it’s light adding pretty much no bulk to a load. Secondly, the speaker has an on/off switch so that its battery won’t be draining when the thing is not in use. And lastly, the 3.5mm connector, of course, pivots in and out. Those, are pretty much it for the pros. The cons include a cheap feeling plastic used to make the speaker; the fact that there’s no battery indicator to indicate when the speaker is done charging, and when it’s dead; and lastly, the crackly music that comes out when the volume is turned up.
The Fingertip Mini Cube Speaker retails for only $9.99 on usbfever.com. It does provide some benefits over the iPod or iPhone speaker, but only just a bit. So if you’re looking for an average speaker with good looks, I’d recommend this one. But if you’re looking a for a speaker that offers crystal-clear music, I’d steer clear.