January 23 2018
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Altec Lansing Mini H20 Review

Altec Lansing Mini H20 is a Bluetooth speaker, designed for hardcore music enthusiasts. It is completely waterproof, shockproof and most importantly floats in the pool, making it an ideal companion for a long shower or a swim. In addition to this, the Mini H20 is also light and compact, which makes it easy to carry along in a bag or even a pocket. It comes at Rs. 3600 (MRP), which seems ideal pricing for this kind of a product.

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If you need a shower companion or are looking for a Bluetooth speaker that you can take outside and not worry too much, the Altec Lansing Mini H20 is a good pick in the low-range speakers. It is something that can work well in a small party or at the beach.

Design

Altec Lancing has endowed the Mini H20 with an octagonal shape, stretched out in the middle. It’s frame measures 2.3 x 4.1 x 1 inch, which makes it a pocket fit. It isn’t heavy either, weighing in at 120 gms. The color options include black, aqua blue, gray and red.

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The Altec Lansing Mini H20 is 1p67 certified, i.e. It is waterproof and not just water resistant. This speaker being shock proof, dust proof, rust proof and floatable is an added advantage.

The front of the speaker houses the speaker grille, and inside there are a couple of 1-inch speakers.

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At the top, you can see three buttons – Power and Volume +/-. At the bottom, you have a covered USB port and a 3.5-mm AUX input. Both cables come in the package.

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For the adventurous kinds, they have provided a Carabineer loop on the left end of the top of the speaker. This metallic Carabineer loop is accompanied by a Carabineer in the package.

Controls

You need a little time to adjust to the controls. The buttons are multi-function ones. If you are not tuned to it, you might be skipping tracks when you meant to increase the volume. Added to that, you are also navigating tracks using the same button. The buttons are little hard being waterproof and shockproof. If you happen to double press the volume buttons, like we did, you might end up calling the last called person.

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While Altec Lansing claims a 6-hour battery, It generally depends on how loud you play the music. On average it lasted us around 3-4 hours of regular playback.

Performance

We played different kinds of tracks on the Altec Lansing Mini H20.

On heavy bass tracks such as ‘Papercut’ by Linkin Park, there is a little distortion. We didn’t expect too much bass anyway, considering the size of the speaker. When we played dance tracks and a little jazz, it responded well.

The sweet spot of the device is just a little below maximum volume. If an attached phone is at medium volume, we found the sound output to be good.

That being said, the playback is at par, if not better than most of the speakers in this price range.

But the USP of the Mini H20 speaker is it being waterproof and floatable. There are not many speakers that can claim the same. That is the main purpose it is designed. Otherwise, speakers like the JBL Clip+ offer better playback  at a little more premium.

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