- Compact size and funky design
- Decent sound quality on the right surface
- Good, reliable Bluetooth operation
- Distorts easily if pushed
- Not ideal for bass or kick drum-heavy music
- Only sounds good on certain surfaces
Review Price £79.95
Manufacturer: Lil' Wiz
Lil' Wiz Mini Vibration Speaker - Design, Connectivity and Features
If you’ve ever found yourself stuck in a hotel room or office wishing you had a way of listening to music out loud, then you might be interested in this cool little gizmo. The Lil’ Wiz Mini Vibration Speaker is a portable device that turns any flat, hard surface into a speaker, letting you listen to your tunes in places you might not have thought possible.
You can send your music to the Lil’ Wiz Mini Vibration Speaker via Bluetooth or from any device with a 3.5mm headphone output jack using the supplied cable. There’s a rechargeable battery inside, which can be charged via USB from a laptop, for example, or a mains adapter (not supplied). There’s also a version of the Lil’ Wiz that comes with a Micro SD card reader and costs about half the price of the Bluetooth version. Both types are available from Anthem AVS through their Amazon store.
Lil' Wiz Mini Vibration Speaker Design
There are many of these speakers on the market, but what separates the Lil’ Wiz offering from the rest is its remarkably funky design. Available in black, pink, blue and red, it’s a little cylinder that stands 75mm high, with a rubber pad on the bottom. The actual speaker is located in the top section of the device, which is separated from the main body by a concertina-style plastic support. This top bit can be pressed down and locked to the main body to make it easier to transport.
Wonderfully compact and weighing just 273g, the Lil' Wiz Mini Vibration Speaker feels robustly built. The plastic round the sides is thick and tactile, while the aluminium speaker mesh on top is another sign of its solid build quality. The only thing you need to be careful of is the plastic concertina part, which is flimsy and could be easily dented.
Lil' Wiz Mini Vibration Speaker Connectivity
Around the side of the device you’ll find an LED status light and a miniUSB port, which can be connected to any device with a headphone output using the supplied minijack-to-USB adapter cable. If you’re playing music from a laptop, the cable has a 3.5mm jack and USB connector at one end, so you can charge the built-in lithium battery while playing music.
Lil' Wiz Mini Vibration Speaker Features
The most convenient way of transferring music to the Lil’ Wiz Mini Vibration Speaker is via Bluetooth 2.0. Not only can you can play music wirelessly from phones and other compatible devices, but you can also transfer phone calls to the Lil’ Wiz, turning it into a hands-free car phone kit – there’s a built-in microphone and it interrupts music to receive calls (although you do need a phone that supports this functionality).
When playing music via Bluetooth the unit has a operating range of up to 30 feet and you can control playback using a little dial on the side. You can skip tracks by moving it left or right, or play/pause by pressing it in. You can also control the volume by pushing left or right and holding it down. Another switch on the side has three positions – On (for playback via analogue input), BT for Bluetooth playback and Off.
The device uses separate high-frequency and bass drivers, with a built-in 10W amplifier, and its frequency range is quoted at 40Hz – 20kHz. There’s an optional glass mount, which allows you to attach the Lil’ Wiz to a window or windscreen and turn the pane of glass into a speaker. Supplied in the box are a USB cable and carry pouch.