review: veho mimi qube wifi speaker system

The last few posts seem to be reviews. This one is going to be no different. I blame Twitter, personally.

Here we have the Veho VSS-002w Mimi Qube 2.4 GHz WiFi Speaker System Including Transmitting Dongle. That's is seemingly the official name of it. Most of it, anyway. I'll refer to it as the Mimi from here on out as I'm not clinically mental.

I've wanted a speaker in the bathroom so showering is a less tedious affair. Wiring a speaker into the bathroom would take a lot of time, effort, and money. Then I stumbled up on the Veho Mimi Qube. Yay me, guys!

What Is It?

The Mimi, as its name suggests, is a wireless speaker. It comes with a dongle that you plug into a USB-enabled computer (both PC and Mac compatible) and allows the computer to stream audio directly to the speaker, up to 50 metres away. The wireless functionality is accomplished via a 2.4Ghz signal, which has 8 selectable channels to help avoid interference.

The speaker features a built-in Lithium ION battery that provides 6 hours of playtime and can be charged via the supplied mini-USB cable.

The speaker unit itself has 1.5 watts power output per speaker (it has two drivers, so is a stereo system) and has an internal bass deflector which improves volume and clarity. Also featured is a 3.5mm line jack for MP3 player integration without using the dongle.

An unlimited number of speakers can be run from a single dongle. Cor.

Package, Contents & Installation

The packaging is very nice. The speaker and its accessories come neatly packaged in a transparent plastic box with the usual printed cardboard.

Upon removing the speaker unit itself, it has that nice plastic "rubber" coating. I tried explaining this before but I just can't seem to - so I won't bother. It's what you get on electric shavers and such. The dongle itself also has the black rubberised coating.

The box contains the speaker itself, the dongle, a USB to mini-USB cable, and a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable.

Installation? There barely is one! I plugged the dongle into a USB slot in Windows 7, and it was ready to go after a few seconds of automated driver installation. Sorted.

Usage

I'm using the Mimi Qube with Windows 7, so that's the reference point I'll be using here.

The dongle appears as a standard audio device in Windows; you'll need to choose that device for audio output in either Windows or the application you're using. Once done, turn on the Mimi Qube by pressing on the Power section of the sexy button atop the unit and start playing something in your application/Windows.

Use the Volume + and Volume - keys to set the sound level. That's it, that's all there is to it.

If you find that you're getting interference (as you already have devices operating on the 2.4Ghz radio frequency), then you can change channel by pressing the +/- buttons on the dongle.

Conclusion

It works exactly as it says it does. Although I need to note here that there was a bit of interference after about thirty minutes of use; the cause of the interference is unknown. But, saying that, I have DECT phones and a router that runs at the 2.4Ghz frequency. That frequency is very active where I am.

Apparently a few users have had the Mimi Qube completely drop-out their WiFi signal until the audio streaming is stopped. I haven't experienced this personally as I typically use the Mimi while in the shower. I don't use my tablet while showering - I'm weird like that.

I really, really like this system. I've used it a few times so far and haven't yet needed to recharge it. I love the soft blue ring of light on top of the unit while it's powered on, and I love the red and blue light mix that happens when it's on and charging at the same time. The circular design of the unit is very pleasing.

The speaker and dongle are both solidly built, and the sound quality is excellent for its size.

Pros

Cons

Pricing

At the time of writing, the Veho Mimi Qube is priced at just under £34 ($56 USD). For the build and sound quality that you're getting, I consider it a very reasonable price. There are other much worse systems out there that cost considerably more.

All-in-all, a big thumbs up from me.

Posted: 2011-04-25 at 14:06:40,