We are fond of saying ‘You get what you pay for’ at KitGuru, but when it comes to these mini speakers, you really do seem to get more value than almost anywhere else. One feature that the X-mini II has that is missing on the Mobi is the audio in that lets you daisychain speakers with your mates. Sure, this is more of a gimmick than anything else, but we like it.
Modern phones, like the Nokia 920, come with a selection of music channels built in – and accessing apps for more is very simple – which is fine if you’re alone, using headphones. When you want to share your music with a small group at the beach, by the pool or even in an office environment, you need more volume – and the X-mini II and Wavemaster Mobi both deliver perfectly in this area.
Battery life on the Mobi is great. Sure, it did an all-day session in one go but after the next full charge we used it ‘normally’. Turning it on and off several times during the day and it went from Monday morning to Wednesday evening before we needed to give it more juice.
Depending on how you charge, the physical environment in which you are using it, the volume you play music at, the kind of music you are choosing and – let’s be honest – how lucky you are with your individual unit’s battery, you are likely to get anywhere from 10 to 13 hours on a single charge. In a world where mobile phones struggle to last a single day, this is fine.
On price, performance, styling and all round usability, the Wavemaster Mobi is a great little product and a fine addition to your smartphone/laptop when you want more volume on the move. It can’t challenge a £20 pair of headphones, but that’s a different market, so it doesn’t have to.
At the time of writing, Wavemaster Mobi speakers were in stock at Overclockers.co.uk for less than £20.
- Audio quality.
- Battery life.
- Standard USB connectivity.
- No daisychain.
- No Bluetooth.
KitGuru says: While the Wavemaster Mobi doesn’t stand head and shoulders above the opposition, it is certainly playing near the top of the table in the premier league. We like the packaging and the way it collapses almost flat for transport is very cool.
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