Review: Elegant, Portable Bluetooth Speakers

I had the opportunity to try a version of the MiniS Magnetic Speakers ($99) that Growtek successfully launched on Kickstarter. These are beautiful, compact well-designed Bluetooth speakers that would be right at home in an Apple store.

The Bluetooth speakers feature a white design with black fabric circle grills and silver metallic magnets on the rear. Those magnets allow for attaching the speaker to a file cabinet, metal desk, or fridge. Beyond the magnet, Growtek also offer accessories like a bicycle handlebar attachment, armband, and more.

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I liked the beautiful design and that you can use them as a pair or separately. If you picked one up on Kickstarter, for half of the $99 list price, that was a steal, but even at list price, it's pretty reasonable.

Pros

  • Beautiful design
  • Use as a pair or separately
  • Magnetic connection
  • Adaptors for bike handlebars, etc.
  • Reasonably priced
  • Clever dual-microUSB charger mechanism
  • Surprisingly loud

Cons

  • Best price was available as a Kickstarter project
  • No Alexa or microphone functionality

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a beautiful, compact speaker, check out the MiniS Magnetic Speakers from Growtek. 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.