Xiaomi Square Box Speaker II (Gen 2) Review: Another Great Mi Bluetooth Speaker
Today we want to show a review, rather a quick review of the new Xiaomi Square Box Speaker II (Gen 2). This is another version of the popular Mi bluetooth speaker that most of you probably have. Although the shape and appearance have not changed much, the new Xiaomi Square Box Speaker 2 received some important features that you will read later in the review. This is the fastest and easiest review what we‘ve written. We encourage you to read.
I want to say thanks to Banggood store for sending us a Xiaomi Square Box Speaker II to review. Now Xiaomi Square Box Speaker II (Gen 2) is available on Banggood for $27.99 + free shipping.
Xiaomi Square Box Speaker 2 (Gen 2) specifications:
- Microphone: Yes
- Connectivity: 3.5mm line-in, Bluetooth connection
- Bluetooth Version: V4.2
- Transmission Distance: ≤10m
- Support Audio Protocol: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP
- Output Power: 2.5W*2
- Speaker Impedance: 3Ω
- Frequency Response: 100Hz-18kHz
- Frequency: 2402MHz-2480MHz
- Battery Capacity: 1200mAh
- Input Voltage: 5V 1A
- Color: White with silver frame
- Net Weight (g): 155g
- Dimensions (mm): 154.5mm*60mm*25.5mm
- Working Time (h) : About 10 hours (40% volume)
- Mi Square Box Speaker II (Gen 2)
- Quick Start Guide (Chinese language)
The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more Xiaomi Square Box Speaker 2 (Gen 2). In the recorded video you will find: how to connect Mi Square Box Speaker (Gen 2) with a smartphone and how the speaker plays.
First impressions, overview of features
In the new version, the Square Box Speaker is equally well made, in the characteristic style of Xiaomi, with great attention to detail, quality and aesthetics. On the front of the speaker in the new version missing the “Mi” logo, the white cover covering the bottom two speakers (2x 2.5W) looks very elegancy. In place of “Mi” logo, there is an LED that lights up in red and blue (while searching for a pairing device), and blue when paired with a device (via Bluetooth).
The entire speaker frame is made of aluminum. There are buttons on the top of the speaker. Power button / call answer and volume button + / -.
In the previous version the Power button, LED and USB port were on the right side of the speaker (below).
At the back of the Square Box Speaker II (Gen 2) we find a Micro USB port and an AUX line-in port for connecting older devices (MP3 players) via an audio cable. If you do not want to waste your battery on the phone, also a smartphone can connect to the speaker with an audio cable and listen to your favorite music or watch movies.
At the bottom of the speaker, there are two rubber stands that allow the speaker to be placed in a good position and prevent slipping.
Below are some pictures compared to the match pack (to make it easier to imagine speaker sizes), in hand, and with other equally famous Xiaomi speakers.
As we mentioned earlier, the 2nd version of the Square Box Speaker, speaker has received several significant features. First of all, in the new version we will find Bluetooth version 4.2. For those who do not know what the difference is between Bluetooth 4.0 / 4.1, and 4.2: “Bluetooth 4.2 introduces several new features that improve speed and privacy over Bluetooth 4.1 but the main advantage is allowing chips to use Bluetooth over Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) for direct Internet access. With this, the possibilities expand beyond thoseof current designs and markets to include any type of Bluetooth device requiring speed and security in the IoT. (source)“. In short, Bluetooth 4.2 provides more stable signal with lower power consumption and better compatibility.
The Square Box Speaker II has a built-in microphone and the ability to receive incoming calls, and so, if you are within the speaker simply press the Power button and easily hold a conversation through the speaker. As for the sound quality coming out of Square Box Speaker 2, there is nothing to fault about. Speaker playing very clean. For such a small speaker, highs, midrange, and low tones are well balanced. The Bluetooth signal is indeed strong and the signal transmitted between the smartphone and the loudspeaker is stable. Despite the movement of the phone between the rooms (the speaker stood in the kitchen), there was no interference in the sound. Of course, the distance was no more than 10 meters. And the most important speaker is really loud (considering its size). If you want to make an ad-hoc home party, the Xiaomi Square Box Speaker II will make it easy for you. Considering the size and features of the speaker and its price ($27.99) this is a very good value for money.
If you are looking for an inexpensive, high quality Bluetooth speaker (Bluetooth v4.2), which also lets you connect MP3 players, with a great aesthetic appearance, with a large 1200mAh battery (about 10 hours (40% volume), you must be interested in the Square Box Speaker 2. It is also a small speaker that can be used in any travel, office or home. Nothing more nothing less. This is a really great speaker from Xiaomi and better than the previous version. We recommend Square Box Speaker II (Gen 2).