Nokia Mini Speaker MD-9 Review
Music is one of the things what may have quite a revitalizing effect on parties. Of course, if you´ve failed to invite a cheerful crowd or forgot to get proper drinks, music itself won´t help, as a matter of fact nothing would. Still, imagine this is not the case and you´re cooking with gas, but you just happen to be outside or in a place, where there music is… unavailable. That would be just too bad, wouldn’t it? Well, your only option is called portable loudspeakers with autonomous power supply. Thanks to the marvels of modern technology, you can throw a proper party virtually anywhere. On our part, we are pretty pleased with the X-mini II by XMI, but in this review we are going to take a closer look at Nokia´s latest portable speaker setup, the MD-9 and compare it to the X-Mini II that, come to entertainment on the run, we consider one of the best solutions.
The Nokia Mini Speaker MD-9 is compact indeed (42mm long and 62mm wide) and weighs just 90 grams, batteries included. It´s not exactly comfy to carry around in your pocket, but put it into a small bag and you´re in the game. It comes in black and red that go perfectly with all handsets in Nokia´s XpressMusic lineup.
The only thing that deviates from the round shapes of all other design elements of the Nokia MD-9 is the 35cm long cable with a 3.5mm jack on its end. What you also get right out of the box is adapter to 2.5mm that makes the Nokia MD-9 compatible with even more devices. Keep in mind that the set will also allow you to listen to radio on your handset. Its cable can be used as aerial and you can roll it up around the base of the loudspeaker, meaning it´s really comfy to bring along. The power on/off key at the bottom is the only button on the MD-9.
One of the controversial elements of the Nokia Mino Speaker MD-9 is the power supply. In this case this stands for two AAA batteries that according to the manufacturer should provide up to 50hrs of continuous playback (depending on the volume and the particular type of the batteries). Some people consider this the better option, because you can buy another pair virtually anywhere. We, on the other hand, feel pretty comfortable with the 12 hour long playback the X-mini II delivers on a single charge and tend to think charging via USB is comfier than trying to forget to buy batteries or charge them. Still, this is just us.