Thumbs up TouchMini Boombox
The TouchMini Boombox measures 6.5x7x5.5cm and weighs 123grams. This is the smallest such unit and using the notch in the top or side it can be a little unstable if you insert a large SmartPhone.
The front facing speaker on the unit is 4cm across, when you use the notch be sure to place the speaker on your phone towards the front of the unit.
Most recent phones have speakers on the back some are at the top and some at the bottom so check with your ear if you are not sure and this will probably mean the back of your phone will face the front of the unit which will take a little getting used to.
The previous unit I reviewed from Thumbs Up was one where you laid your phone on the top of the unit but that of course was larger.
The notch is 11mm across and 2cm deep, even though the width of the unit is only 5.5cm the notch is 6cm wide as it is placed at an angle.
Set your phone volume quite low or you may find the output more than you want to have, once on turn the volume up to get the desired volume.
I was very happy with the sound both direct from the phone and also wired connection available for anything that has a 3.5mm output. I played a small MP3 player for hours with excellent sound quality and more than enough bass.
There are two connections on the rear DC input for the supplied 45cm micro USB to USB to charge the internal battery and the Auxiliary input (lead not supplied) next to these is a blue light when the unit is on and finally a small on/off slider.
This is not a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth unit so no additional connection is required just drop your phone into the notch and the volume will be increased. Also connectable via a 3.5mm to 3.5mm lead to anything that has a 3.5mm output and as with the notch sound will be increased.
There is a small eight language instruction sheet with English being on one folded side, it states that the speaker is 3w and the internal battery 500mAh.
I have this running all-day on the desk beside me playing recorded MP3 sound at a high quality and for a small speaker the output was superb.
My one criticism is that a large smartphone could overbalance the small unit so why not connect via the 3.5mm port and without Bluetooth being required then your phones battery will last longer anyway. It is also useable on its side but then you need a level surface beside the unit to keep the phone in place.
If it had a wider base then it could be more stable but let’s not detract from the excellent sound and if it were more stable it would have had highly commended status.
The Thumbs Up Touch Mini Boombox Speaker is available from the link below for £21.95
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