BlueAnt X1i Review – BlueAnt X1i Portable Bluetooth Speaker (RRP $99) is like the elder brother of BlueAnt X0i. The X1i’s cylinder size is twice that of X0i. With 10 hours of playtime plus a deeper low and a clearer high. It has patented Shimmerweave fabric on the outside. So let’s find out if it’s any good.
What’s in the box?
- 1 x BlueAnt X1i Speaker
- 1 x USB-C Charge Cable
- 1 x Product Manual
- Portable 14-Watt Bluetooth Speaker
- Up to 10 hours of Playtime
- Bluetooth 5.3 and AUX Playback options
- Duo mode for connecting 2 speakers
- Auto switching mode
- IP56 Splashproof
- 2 x 43mm drivers, 2 x passive radiators
- Removable Carry Handle
- Simple one-touch controls
- Siri/Google Integration
- Auto Power off
- Colours: Slate Black, Ocean Blue & Crimson Red
The pairing process is straightforward, there is no app to download, you just press the power button and the light will flash blue. Then, search for the BlueAnt X1i speaker on your phone and pair it. Once paired, it will say “Connected” and the light stops flashing.
There are a few physical buttons on the X1i speaker such as the power button (located at the back), volume up, volume down, and play button. You can also answer incoming calls by pressing the play button.
If you buy two of these speakers, you can pair them to get stereo sound. The duo mode works like the X0i speaker. Even the pairing process is the same.
Firstly, press the power button on the first speaker, then hold down both the volume buttons until it says “duo mode pairing” and release.
Repeat the process on the second speaker, until it says “duo mode connected”.
BlueAnt X1i speaker has an enhanced dynamic range to make the sound crisper. I’ve been listening to podcasts and music on the BlueAnt X1i speaker.
For podcast listening, the voice sounds clear and crisp. For music listening, it has enough bass and good treble for my taste. No equaliser needed.
It sounds amazing for its $99 price tag and portable size. Given its relatively small size, I highly commend BlueAnt for producing such an ample sounding speaker for its size.
BlueAnt X1i has up to 10 hours of playtime and it is using a USB-C connection (located at the back) to charge it. The USB-C cable is included in the box.
- Power Requirements: DC 5V 1A
- Power Consumption: 10W
- Power Consumption Standby: <1 mW
- Power Output: 7W*2(RMS) 10% THO
- Rechargeable Battery
- Total Max Power Output: 14W
- Frequency Response: 150Hz-20kHz
- AUX in Jack: 3.5mm
- Operating Temperature: 5°C-40°C
- Bluetooth Version: 5.3
- Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP, HSP, HFP
BlueAnt X1i Review Conclusion – Should you get one?
Yes, you should get the BlueAnt X1i if you’re looking for a great sounding portable speaker at an affordable price point. You can get one at BlueAnt’s website for A$99 over at Amazon. Look no further, BlueAnt X1i will also be a great Christmas present for your loved ones.
Disclosure: BlueAnt X1i review samples were supplied for reviewing