If you’re still looking for a suitable Bluetooth speaker for your upcoming beach holiday or the next pool party, you’re spoiled for choice: Should it be a high-quality branded device like the Sonos Roam SL or JBL Flip 5? Or would you prefer a cheap alternative from China? Xiaomi Mi Portable Bluetooth Speaker belongs to the latter category and aims to offer good sound for little money.
Xiaomi announces the speaker with high quality sound and IPX7 certification. A battery life of up to 13 hours should make the device suitable for everyday use. We subjected the Xiaomi Mi Portable to a comprehensive test and checked whether the speaker’s price-performance ratio is convincing.
design and processing
In terms of design, the Xiaomi Mi Portable is quite unspectacular. A simple mesh surface encloses almost the entire rectangular case with rounded edges. Two rubber feet ensure that the speaker cannot slip or roll away. A control panel in the same color as the grid is located on top of the speaker. The panel is clear and the buttons are easy to operate. The controls are simple and self-explanatory. Incidentally, the Mi Portable has no lighting, which makes it difficult to read the buttons in low light, but is tolerable in this price range.
Unlike branded outdoor speakers from well-known manufacturers such as the Sony XB33 or JBL Flip 5, the Xiaomi Mi Portable does not have a separate rubber coating or shock protection. If the speaker falls on a hard floor or falls from a great height, the unit may be damaged.
After all, the speaker has an IPX7 certification and is therefore splashproof. It survives a heavy downpour, a walk in the shower or a short immersion in shallow water. However, penetrating salt water can damage the speaker – so you should take care of the device by the sea.
service and operation
The connection of Xiaomi Mi Portable to the smartphone or a comparable playback device works via Bluetooth 5.0. It’s all a matter of a few seconds – a push of the Bluetooth button is all it takes to start pairing. A computer voice informs us when the connection is established.
The other buttons on the control panel of the Xiaomi Mi Portable are neatly arranged and can be used intuitively. In addition to the power button and the Bluetooth button, there is a play button, volume control and a stereo pairing button with another Xiaomi Mi Portable. Because there are no separate keys to change individual pieces of music, users must use the dual assignment volume keys. This works quite well, but an extra button would not have hurt.
My portable Bluetooth speaker
My portable Bluetooth speaker
By the way, there is no separate app to operate the Xiaomi Mi Portable. While premium manufacturers like Sony or JBL offer appropriate software to control their hardware, the Xiaomi device runs without the appropriate additional applications. A connection via Bluetooth is also quite sufficient, because the Xiaomi Mi Portable manages without additional functions such as lighting or extra sound effects. If you want, you can use third-party apps with an integrated equalizer to enjoy the corresponding features.
If you buy a Bluetooth box like the Xiaomi Mi Portable for less than 50 euros, you do not usually expect a miracle of sound. Nevertheless, the Xiaomi speaker offers an amazingly good sound for its size and the suggested retail price. Mi Portable has two speakers with a rated power of 8 watts and a frequency range between 80 Hz and 20,000 Hz. It is therefore in a similar spectrum as the JBL Flip 5 with 65 Hz to 20,000 Hz, but it has the lead with 20 watts of power.
In terms of sound, however, the Xiaomi Mi Portable can keep up with the JBL Flip 5. The sound comes pleasantly rich and clear from the little roar of the roar and remains consistently balanced. Lovers of balanced ups and downs will get their money’s worth. Neither the bass nor the high registers dominate. Such is the case with Adeles, for example Rolls deep noticeable, where the sound comes reasonably clean out of the box even at high volume.
The song also shows how well the interplay between ups and downs works Love / hate things of whales. The high background vocals as well as the beat and the song itself come into their own with the Xiaomi Mi Portable. But there are sound areas where the speaker has to give up, for example at classical music or at very high volumes, where individual passages in extreme frequencies sound unclean. But in our opinion, this is absolutely tolerable with a cheap model like the Mi Portable.
battery and accessories
According to Xiaomi, the battery life of Xiaomi Mi Portable is 13 hours. The driving time varies depending on how much we turn up the volume, but we were able to easily exhaust the 13 hours in the test at 50 to 70 percent volume. Although the Mi Portable with its 2,600 mAh battery can not keep up with the more expensive competitors like the Sony XB33, we found that the performance in the test was adequate and better than the low price of the speaker suggests.
Incidentally, the Xiaomi Mi Portable does not have many accessories to offer, but we did not expect that in this price category. After all, users can accept incoming calls on their smartphone by pressing the play button.
Xiaomi sells Xiaomi Mi Portable in blue and black for a list price of 49.99 euros. This is roughly equivalent to the price of comparable Chinese models like the Earfun Uboom or cheap alternatives like the Tronsmart Element Force (test report). However, some stores sell the speaker from around 30 euros, which makes it a really good deal.
If you are toying with the idea of buying Xiaomi Mi Portable, do not expect top sound performance. The outdoor volume of the speaker can also be improved. However, this speaker is also unbeatably cheap, especially if you buy it for a little over 30 euros.
The sound of Xiaomi Mi Portable can score in this price range. If you make sure that the speaker does not come into contact with large amounts of water or dirt at a pool or beach party, you will not go wrong buying the device. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a higher quality model with better protection against external influences, it is best to take a look at Ultimate Ears Boom 3 (test report), JBL Flip 5 (test report) or Sonos Roam SL (test report).