Small on size, big on sound.
The Atomo mini speaker was pretty hit at the Tbreak office as the little guy packs quite a punch. As you can see from the pictures, the Atomo mini speaker is true to its name: very portable, easily fitting in the palm of your hands. The packaging is very minimalistic as well; only a mini-USB/3.5mm to USB charging cable comes with the speaker itself.
The speaker works in two ways: the USB cable that not only charges but can also be plugged into your PC (or any other device) to playback audio while it’s being charged, and a 3.5mm headphone jack attached at the bottom of the unit that can be plugged into any device once the speaker is charged and running on batteries. While charging the LED glows red, and during playback it glows blue. Doing both will give you a purple output as both colours are displayed simultaneously.
Playback on the Atomo mini speaker can be done while the the speaker sits flush inside the main body, or even when it’s slid open to pop out on the top. While in the latter stage, the sound is definitely better as there’s enough room between the speaker and the ground to provide bass. This basically means that your songs (or movies if you will) won’t sound flat or tinny. Of course, the higher you increase the volume, the more pressure is built into the speaker, so much so that during heavy beats the little guy starts vibrating so much that it starts moving itself. Even still, this vibration doesn’t cause the sound to get distorted. That said the sound does break up at the highest volume, although it’s so loud at that point that most people won’t feel the need to go that high. Otherwise (90% and below volume levels) the Atomo mini speaker performs admirably.
My only other concern outside of sound breaking at the highest level are the buttons. You have to really press them hard in order for them to click, which basically means you have to hold the speaker tightly in one hand while pushing the volume or power button with the other. Still, this is an inconvenience you only have to deal with occasionally as you would be adjusting the volume on your mobile phone or mp3 player itself.
Retailing for around AED 90, the Axtrom Atomo portable mini speaker is only worth it if you’re constantly on the move and would like to have some decent open air playback. It’s louder than what you’d expect judging from its size, and the audio quality stays very clear until the highest levels.