If you’re looking for a mini-speaker for your laptop or iPod but don’t want to be one of the thousands of X-mini owners, why not get one from a more premium brand. JBL just announced their very first mini-speakers, the JBL On Tour Micro.
This Pokeball-looking speakers (the top profile of the red one at least) is very compact and can connect to any music player, phones, devices having a 3.5mm headphone socket. Underneath the speaker is a space where you can easily stow-away the audio cable for a clean-looking storage. There’s also a carrying pouch that goes with a unit so you can safely store it when not in use.
The JBL On tour Micro is good for personal consumption or a chill-out session with a small group of friends but there’s also the option to daisy chain it with other On Tour Micros for a wider coverage. A single battery charge via USB would last this speaker for about 4 hours, a far cry from the X-mini’s claim of 12 hours but that’s what you have to sacrifice for its compact form.
Pricing and availability are a bit hazy. We only got an estimated price of Php1,995 for the JBL On Tour Micro when the Orange color becomes available next week. Black Carbon and White Glacier colors will follow soon after while the Red Dragon might not even reach here since it seems that it’s a limited edition color. Shucks.