I-box Slix

Por­ta­ble stereo speak­ers

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£60, £100 (two-pack) Man­u­fac­turer i-box, iboxstyle.com Con­nec­tiv­ity Blue­tooth, 3.5mm line-in Bat­tery up to 10hrs Di­men­sions 155x58x28mm Weight 200g

It’s a lit­tle pricey, but the Slix pro­vides good sound qual­ity and bat­tery life, and its sturdy de­sign is well suited to out­door use.

It mea­sures just 155mm long, 58mm high and 28mm thick, and weighs 200g, so you can eas­ily carry it in a back­pack or a jacket pocket when you’re out and about.

De­spite that light­weight de­sign the Slix is rated as ‘IPX 5 splashre­sis­tant’, which means it can with­stand a 12.5 litre spray of wa­ter for at least three min­utes. That should keep it safe on a beach or a camp­ing trip, and the 10-hour bat­tery life will keep the tunes go­ing.

Like most por­ta­ble speak­ers, the Slix uses Blue­tooth to connect to your phone or other de­vices, but it in­cludes a stan­dard 3.5mm au­dio con­nec­tor and au­dio ca­ble for wired de­vices too. You can buy a two-pack op­tion priced at £100 that al­lows you to use the two speak­ers in­di­vid­u­ally or to pair them to­gether for proper two-chan­nel stereo.

The sound qual­ity is very good for such a com­pact speaker, even when you’re us­ing just one Slix. The bass is firmer than most of its pocket-size ri­vals, and higher fre­quen­cies are clear and de­tailed too.

The only weak­ness – which is prob­a­bly in­evitable in a speaker of this size – is that the sound starts to get a bit fraz­zled when you push the vol­ume right up to max. Even so, the 6W out­put is strong enough to lis­ten to some mu­sic in a hol­i­day apart­ment, or when you’re on the move with some friends. Cliff Joseph

The Slix pro­vides good sound for a small speaker, and its sturdy de­sign is ideal for out­door use.

Good sound, can be paired up

Light­weight, wa­ter-re­sis­tant

10-hour bat­tery life

Ex­pen­sive

You can use the Slix on its own, or pair two via Blue­tooth for stereo sound.

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