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      04.03.2014 20:36
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      Love it and would definitely recommend it to people.

      I bought the Kit Sound Mini buddy Penguin on an impulse, during a grocery shopping trip to Tesco. Its price was £9.99.It looked cute and interesting. To be honest I had never seen a mini speaker like this before and was curious to know how it would work. The fact that it looked like a tiny penguin, with such a cute face and those big eyes, did not help at all. And I just had to buy the speaker. To my utter surprise my impulse purchase turned out to be a fantastic product which I use regularly now and enjoy using it very much. ****DESCRIPTION **** The Kit sound mini buddy comes in a transparent box, which allows you to have a peek inside at the speaker. The box has information about the speaker and which devices you can use it with. The speaker itself is in the shape of the most adorable penguin ever! It is approximately 2 inches wide and 1.5 inches high. It only weights 82 gms .The penguin is black and white with an orange beak and feet. The flippers at its sides are made of rubber but its feet are plastic. The speaker cover is at the back of the penguin. From the top of her head comes out a small cord about 3 inches long that has a 3.5 mm jack. On the same spot there is also attached a key ring loop on a cord. On the base of the penguin there is the On/Off button, volume control and a light that glows when the speaker is turned on. There is also the charging port where you plug in the USB charging cable. ****ITEMS IN THE BOX**** 1. Kit Sound Mini Buddy Speaker 2. USB charge cable ****FEATURES**** Here is a list of the main features of the Kit sound mini buddy speaker: * The speaker has a compact design and small size that makes it easy to carry around and take any where. * The speaker is very stylish and funky. * Irrespective of the small size the speaker has a great, big and punchy sound. * The speaker is rechargeable, which saves you from buying batteries again and again. You can charge it with the USB cord ,included with the speaker * The speaker is compatible with a variety of devices. It works with iPod, iPad 2/3/4/Mini, iPhone 3G/3GS/4/4S/5/5S/5C and Android Devices * The speaker also has a buddy jack feature, which enables you to connect it with other speakers to create even louder sound. * The speaker has a key ring attachment, so you can always have it with you. ****MY VIEW OF THE SPEAKER**** When I first bought the speaker I was not expecting it to be this good. I just bought it on a spur of the moment and thought it would be a cute gadget to try. I really liked the cute packing and loved the adorable penguin shape. Holding the penguin in my hand I realized that it is very light weight. I charged and plugged it into and my iPod. I got the shock of my life when I played my first song on it. I had never expected such a tiny speaker to give such a loud and clear sound. Since that moment my penguin is always with me .I use it to play music from my iPod, watch videos on my Iphone 4 or my iPad even use it with my laptop. I really enjoy how convenient it is to use. ****DEVICES IT WORKS WITH**** I have tried the speaker with a variety of devices and it works perfectly well with all of them. The 3.5 mm jack gives it the flexibility to be used with almost any device. I use it in a lot of ways. I use it * With my iPod to play music * With my two phones; iPhone 5 and Sony Xperia S ,while watching videos, playing music or even doing web chatting on Skype * With my Ipad, both at home and when I am out and about. * With my laptop. I love watching movies on my laptop. But earlier I had to attach my bigger speakers to my laptop, before watching a movie on it and I (being seriously lazy) used to find this very inconvenient. With the mini speaker I can watch movies or do other stuff on my laptop any where, very conveniently. ****HOW TO USE IT**** The speaker is very easy to use .All I need to do is to charge it to charge it by simply plugging the supplied USB cable into a PC, laptop, USB mains charger or USB car charger. When it is fully charged I connect it to which ever device I am using. Then I simply turn it on from the button on the bottom of the speaker. The volume can also be controlled from here. The speaker can also be connected to other speakers in a daisy chain for a bigger sound. ****CHARGING TIME**** The charging time for the speaker is between 2 to 3 hours. After a full charge my speaker can be used for about 5 hours. I find this charging time very convenient and fantastic. ****ADVANTAGES **** I love my mini buddy. In fact it is, almost my best buddy. Here are a few reasons why 1. The first thing I love about this speaker is how small, compact and light weight it is. It is so easy to carry and use. I can carry it around with me in my pocket or my bag. It is almost always with me. I can just take it out and use it any where and every where. 2. The look of the speaker is very funky and cute. The penguin shape of it is very eye catching and my friends are always asking me about it. 3. The best feature of the mini speaker is the huge sound you get from such a small speaker. It certainly is loud and perfect for listening to music or watching videos. The sound remains clear without any distortion, even on its loudest. 4. I like the light on the back as well, because it stays on when using the speaker. This prevents me from forgetting to turn it off after use. Otherwise I would just waste the battery. 5. Another brilliant feature of the speaker is the fact that it is compatible with almost all devices I have. This means I don't need to have a separate speaker for my IPod, my phones, my IPad or my laptop. All I need is to have this speaker with me and I am done. 6. I also like the key ring option on the top as well. This makes it much easier to carry around with me. 7. The speaker also has a buddy jack feature, which means you can connect it to other speakers to get bigger sound. This is fantastic because I have bought another Kit sound mini speaker buddy (the yellow and black bee) and I just pair them together for more sound. Occasionally I also pair the mini speaker with other speakers, and it works perfectly with them as well 8. Last but not the least I love the fact that the speaker is rechargeable. This prevents me from having to spend money on buying batteries. This is fantastic and makes the speaker more economical. Also I can charge it with my laptop or even with a car charger if I am on the go, how convenient! ****NO DISADVANTAGES**** So far I have not found any disadvantages with my kit sound mini speaker. It is perfect! ****OTHER DESIGNS AVAILABLE**** If you are not into penguins (how can any one not be in to penguins?) the same speaker is also available in many other cute designs like bee, frog, pig, monkey, bear, panda, bomb, owl, bunny, devil and cat. All of these have the same features and benefits. ***MY RATING OF THE KITSOUND MINI SPEAKER BUDDY IS 5 OUT 5*** ****THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR READING MY REVIEW****

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        04.03.2014 18:08

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        Good little unit, 100% reccommend

        I got this little speaker from a secret santa, the budget was £10 so im guessing thats how much it cost! I thought it was a cute little speaker but i didnt expect much from it, but dont be fooled by its size and cuteness, this little penguin knows what hes doing. It can go quite loud without any distortion and actually has a decent sound quality. I love this little guy because he small enough to take anywhere, or even just use anywhere in the house. I always wanted a little speaker to use in the bath but i'd never actually gotten round to buying one. The plastic appears firm, and i have dropped it a fair few times and everything is still in tact. If anything i would like a slightly longer lead, that would allow me to use my phone while listening to music without having to have it dangling in the air. I think this little gadget would make a great gift for a child who is just starting to take an interest in music, or anyone with a busy lifestyle who wants to take their music wherever they go.

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        01.03.2014 13:08
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        Little penguin speaker with a big voice

        Background We bought this for my son as a small Christmas present, paying £9.99 through Amazon. I believe the current price is £5.99. Look, feel & Purpose Basically, the speaker is in the shape of a cute round penguin, approximately 2 inches wide and 1.5 inches high. He has rubber ears and plastic feet that allow him to stand up on his own whilst playing music. from the top of his head there is a shorts 3.5 mm jack lead, about 3 inches long and a key ring loop on a cord. To the rear is the speaker cover, and on the bases is the on / off switch and a volume control. There is also the charging port which requires plugging into a USB port. The build appears pretty good, though obviously for the price all switches are plastic - not a problem at the moment, but will obviously affect the length of life for the little chap. He will easily fit into a bag or pocket, though I am not sure I would want him in a trouser pocket with keys attached - it might look a little odd! In use Firstly, as a key ring, you can attach keys to the loop for use as a normal key ring - the loop is however small and will not hold many keys, see also caveat above! Personal view is that the key ring bit is an add on to make it more attractive. As a speaker, he really is pretty good - for a little chap, his voice carries a long way and the sound quality is actually very good. On inspection, first impressions were that he would be a little tinny as the speaker only sits below the plastic shell with a series of holes to let the sound out - nothing technical at all. However in practice, the sound is rich and clear at all but the highest volume (how often do you need that anyway?) where some tracks distorted a bit - the odd thing was that it was not all tracks, so I guess that it may come down to the quality of the recording or source as well. On about three quarter volume it was fine to fill a room with sound - probably not enough for a party, but then that is not really what he is designed for. To switch on, it is simply a case of flicking the switch, plugging into an mp3 player or phone, setting the desired volume and pushing play. Please remember to turn him off after use, otherwise the next time you need him he won't be ready! To this end there is a very helpful blue light that indicates when he is switched on, not an issue in normal light, but if you have left him on in the dark you will know it! Charging via USB takes around 2 - 3 hours depending on how drained the battery is to start with, and the battery life hovers around 4.5 - 5 hours which is perfectly acceptable to me. On reflection This was meant as a joke present, but in reality has turned out to be a really useful one! The quality of the sound for such a small price means a resounding 5 stars and healthy recommendation from me. Just don't put him in tight trouser pockets - it might look a little odd! Thanks for reading.

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          05.02.2014 22:24
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          Small but loud

          My wife got me this cute little beauty for my birthday last year. She got it at Argos for around £10.99. She bought me this because I like playing my music quite loud and that penguins are my favourite animals. When she gave me this present, it was presented in a big box, in which I thought I got a big present. But after unwrapping the present I just found this little cutie. My first reaction was is this it :/. It is a great present but for my birthday I wanted something bigger and a bit more expensive, this was the only gift my wife got me :(. In the box you get this little cutie, and you get a USB charging cable. You can plug it to a computer or a laptop to charge it up. It comes with a 3.5mm audio cable that is attached to the penguin. The speaker is just shaped as a penguin, which looks so adorable. It has rubber wings. The speaker is located at the back of the penguin. The speaker is well protected I have thrown the penguin quite a few times in my bag, I try to pretend I'm a basketball player and try to get the penguin into my bag (yeah I know I'm childish, but one day ill become a professional basketball player :) ).The audio cable also comes attached with a keying. Which is useful I have it attached to my house keys. Every time I take out my keys I just looks cute, I spend at least a couple of seconds watching it dangle it's just so cute. At the bottom of the penguin you have the off and on switch and you also have the charging port You can get this speaker in different styles such as a bear, flower, bunny, football, cat, panda owl and many more. The speaker is super easy to use you just connect it to your mobile device, laptop or mp3 player. This speaker packs a punch, I have played music at full volume but at times the audio would become distorted. The audio is very clear, for a little speaker it is phenomenal, the sound is crisp and clear. The battery life is decent even though I don't us it that much, I would say that I use it for around an hour max. Charging the device does not take that long, for it to fully charge I would say it takes around 2 - 3 hours or maybe a bit more. For a small speaker this is great. I definitely recommend this even if you don't like penguins there are other styles available to meet your needs. It is well made and it comes with a key ring which you can attach to something.

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            05.01.2014 15:39
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            A lovely little speaker!

            I came across this Penguin speaker on Amazon for £9.99. I would never have bothered buying a speaker like this before, but since having my Android phone, I like playing music on it, and find that the music doesn't play loud enough for my phone, and so I decided to buy this little penguin speaker. This speaker is compatible with laptops, ipads, iplayers and android phones. The speaker is basically a black ball with penguin features. It's very interesting and funny to look out and it stands out because it is quite unique. The speaker is fairly small which means that it is great because it is small and light enough to be able to carry around in your handbag. I love this penguin as it's so cute to look at. There are also many other 'animals' available such as IOwls, Bunnies, Cat, Bumble Bees and Frog to name a few - so there is something to suit everyone. The speaker is very easy to use, simply attach it to whichever device you have - phone or laptop etc, and away you go. My only criticism is that the penguin doesn't light up when it's on, so sometimes I find that I end up leaving it on as I forget to turn it off which is annoying. So it would be good if it had a light on it that would notify you when the speaker was on. The speaker gives out a surprisingly loud sound. I was really impressed with how this little speaker can 'pack a punch'. To be honest, I had expected this speaker to be quite 'pathetic' due to it size, but I am so impressed as it is quite loud. In fact it plays so loud that I find that I don't need it on the 'full volume' the majority of the time. However, if you do need the sound to be louder (say if you are having a party or something) then you can connect another speaker to it to get an even louder sound. Although I am pleased enough with the level of volume it gives out as it is. Also, the sound is very clear which is a bonus and isn't at all 'muffled' like it sometimes is on my phone. To charge it you have to connect the little penguin up to the computer using a USB lead. I find that it doesn't take that long to charge - perhaps a couple of hours if the battery is really flat. The speaker has good 'lasting power' and I find that it lasts at least 5 hours before it needs charging again which I think is good, especially for such a small little speaker. All in all, I would definitely recommend this speaker. Thanks for reading! January 2014 Xd-o-n-z-x

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              02.01.2014 15:29
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              A fantastic, loud speaker

              They say that the two things that every product has to have are form and function, style and substance. That is it should look good and it should do its job well. I'm going to lay my cards on the table right from the start of this review. I think that this small portable music speaker from Kitsound puts lots of ticks in both those boxes. I don't think that anyone could argue that this impossibly cute little penguin scores on the first count. It looks brilliant. It's such a fun little item. It's basically just a black round ball housing a speaker. It's about ten centimetres across and has some black moulded wings and a pair of orange moulded rubber feet securely attached to the ball body. That's all there is to it, apart from a cute paint job to make it look like an incredibly appealing penguin. Just look at the picture above. What comes between Q and S? That's right. Ahhh....... As for function - well it's a little speaker so I didn't really expect much from it. I just wanted something that was hopefully a little better than the built-in speakers on my laptop. Well I got what I wanted and so much more! The sound is clear and loud without being trebly at all or muddy at higher volumes. I expected it to be really tinny but it's a very balanced sound for such a small unit. Obviously it's never going to compare with one of those triple-speakered-super-sub-woofer thingies that bad boys stick in the boot of their cars but it bangs out a tune with the best of them. Crank him up to eleven and he's one shouty little penguin, brilliant for annoying old ladies with badass rap at the back of the bus or for listening to downloads of the Archers while relaxing in the bath (guess which I use it for?). For those who know / care about such things, here's the tech details... Frequency response: 100 Hz -20 kHz Driver size: 36 mm S/N: 85 dB Output: 2 W RMS @ 4 ohms Cable length: 8.5 cm There's also a socket under his wing into which you can plug another speaker or a pair of earphones. This works exactly as it should and he doesn't seem to mind having a plug rammed into his side too much. I guess you could chain a little penguin colony up this way if you wanted some serious noise. He's rechargeable, and comes with his own USB charger cable. Sadly it's a non-standard type so you'll have to be careful not to lose it. Even more sadly, you have to stick it up his bottom to charge him. Fortunately it doesn't need to be done very frequently though as he keeps his charge for an impressively long time, around six or seven hours of play time on a ninety minute charge. For those of you who aren't particularly attracted to penguins (and who couldn't be?) you can also get these speakers in several other equally cute shapes such as bear, monkey, dog, owl or bee. But it's the penguin that does it for me. And it's priced at just under a tenner. What's not to love?

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                Wonderful stocking filler : A lovely little penguin that makes a hell of a racket!

                I won this Kitsound Mini Penguin Speaker on Dooyoo a while back with my review of the Samsung Netbook I have. Now that I've owned it for a few months, I feel it's time to give everyone the low-down.. and it's all good! To begin with, it's loud... In fact, it is much louder than I anticipated from such a small, battery-powered speaker, that looks pretty gimmicky if I'm honest. It has exceptional sound quality even at high volume, without any of the 'fuzz' that some speakers suffer with. With a standard headphone cable it is perfect not only for on the go but also at home, where the sound quality exceeds that of my netbook and laptop by miles. Whilst on the go, though, it is simply amazing, especially when with friends out and about. It works on most phones, MP3 players and iPods, with the exception of some Sony Ericsson mobiles, which have their own "unique" charging and earphone port. This is most annoying, but is no fault of the penguin, I must admit... It's also possible to connect it to a keyring. However, I was somewhat apprehensive and reluctant at first, afraid to break it in the first week of owning it: but it does appear to be very durable when travelling and has survived many adventures with me thus far.. And I am known amongst friends as a destroyer of ALL things portable. Only last week did my phone take a leap of faith from the car door-pocket out into Wilkinson's car park. Ooops! It has a very reasonable battery life, I've not timed it but it does seem to last several days without charging being needed. Even when it needs charging though, this is easily done with the USB cable provided. It is unfortunately a non-standard cable which can be a bother as finding it in a hurry can be a nightmare, when I have countless of the standard cables around. The light comes on when it is turned on, but is on the bottom, so I'm still prone to leaving it on overnight and the battery running flat quicker. However, for £9.99 RRP, it would still be very good value, provided it continues to survive the perils of living with me. I doubt I would've paid this much for it before, but having used it, it's definitely worth it. Looking online, there seems to be some great designs available. Given the choice, I would've probably chosen the bomb rather than the penguin, but as a prize it was non-negotiable. Beggars can't be choosers, I'm told! I'm not complaining though, as it's still really cute. All in all, it's a great little speaker and coming up to Christmas would make perfect a stocking filler. My only real issue is with the non-standard cable and perhaps the light being underneath.. But these are minor things, and I'm just being finicky. You can't expect utmost perfection for £9.99, can you? (Or free in my case.. Thank you, DooYoo!! :D )

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                  08.11.2013 19:14
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                  a small gift for kids who love music

                  An attractive novelty portable speaker which is designed for kids and also the 'bigger' kids too. Sold online at amazon for just under £10, The penguin is one of two of these portable speakers available on sale, the other being a pink owl, quite a random combination really, the unit can be charged via USB so plugged in to your laptop or if you've got a wall charger for your iPhone etc you can connect it to that without having to buy an actual charger. Audio can be connected via any source which allows connection for the 3.5mm mini audio jack lead i.e smartphone, laptop, tv, etc. One quite cool feature about these speakers is that they can be interlinked with one another so if you had 1 or 2 of each you can link them and receive more volume. The volume in itself isn't bad at all, unfortunately I don't have much technical jargon to provide for you but for the price your paying and the size of the shell which is holding the speaker its is quite suprising just how loud this little gadget really is. They look quite attractive to the eye and seem to grab the attention of the little ones and if it keeps em interested for 5 minutes then its gotta be a good investment. Available via Amazon or eBay, perfect little stocking filler for christmas! Thanks for reading

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                  30.04.2013 00:19
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                  Great little portable speaker for kids.

                  This is a cute speaker for kids who like technology (or adults that like penguins). I bought this a while ago for my daughter as one of a bunch of portable speakers that we now own for assorted phones, mp3 players, PSP etc and we have taken it out and about on our travels with no problems. It is well build and packs a surprisingly good noise into such a strange looking casing. It does have a nice feature in the buddy jack (more about this below) and like a lot of these mini speakers, it has a keyring clip. A nice touch but it is not something that I would really want hanging off of my keys :) Amazon have two versions of this little speaker on the listing, a rather groovy pink owl and this little penguin. Included in the price is a universal size smartphone cover and a set of headphones which appear to be exclusive to Amazon as the products on Ebay just include the speaker. FEATURES: Fits in your hand at around 10cm with a shiny hard wearing plastic case. The cables and jacks work well and there is no crackling or bad connection. The so called "buddy jack" is on the bottom edge and it has a charging connector for USB charging. The main cable to connect to your device is short but should that be an issue it would be easy to use an extension 3.5 cable to make it much longer. Buddy jack: Apart from the very obvious penguin design, this has something called a "buddy jack" which means that you can pair it up with other speakers for a fuller sound experience. The buddy jack is a standard 3.5 sized jack which means any 3.5 cable will fit. Easy to pair up with the portable pop up speakers (of which we have a few) or of course another penguin.... Portability and charging: This little speaker has a USB (supplied) charging facility and a built in Li-ion battery which means that there are no annoying batteries to buy or replace. Ours charges up in less than two hours from my laptop and it gives us up to 6 hrs play. The speaker is highly portable and very versatile. The 3.5 jack means that it will fit a laptop, any phone with headphone socket, tablet etc and we have used this for all of those items with success. It looks silly but does it work? For a portable speaker this does what it says. It works well, the sound is good for something so small and it is actually surprisingly loud. If you want it loud then you are obviously not going to get a quality sound experience but for portable music or gaming this thing is fun. We have used it out and about, on the beach, at the childminders (with PSP attached) and at home to stop my daughter from hogging my posh new laptop speaker system. Connecting it up is self explanatory and my 4 year old can work it and plug it in no problems so it is not complicated at all, and of course this is one of the reasons that I chose this for her. She is very independent and likes to do things for herself. This would make a great present for kids who like their technology and music. It travels well, it has not cracked or got scratched despite being lugged about and shoved in various bags. Although not remotely the cheapest portable speaker out there (some go for just £4.99), it is good fun and sounds decent. Ours came with the extras that are included in the Amazon listing which as well as the little phone case have some bonkers penguin headphones too. Summary: * USB charging * Fits any tablet/ phone/ laptop. PSP etc with standard 3.5 jack out. * Fun little speaker for kids that stops them pinching your stuff! * Surprisingly loud and decent sound for what it is. * Keyring clip * Amazon listing also includes penguin headphones and phone case PRICE: Range from £7.99 on Ebay to £19.99 on Amazon (with extras - headphones and case). I paid £11.99 for mine so do shop around.

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                    5 stars

                    When my eldest daughter who is 6 was given daddy's old ipod, it only took us a week or so before we realised that she probably wouldn't get the most use out if it with just earphones, so I set about looking for a fun docking station that would give her sufficient sound, be fun for her room, and didn't cost the earth. I was pleased to find the KitSound Penguin Speaker, and while it wasn't a docking station which I had originally searched for, I was happy that it would be sufficient for her needs and it sounded more than adequate in its capacities as a speaker. To use it is simple, you plug your Penguin into your device (it is compatible with iPod's, the iPad 2/3, iPhone 3G/3GS/4/4S/5 and Android Devices) with the 3.5mm headphone jack and choose your music! Easy. This is why I was happy to buy it for my daughter. I didn't want to spend a fortune as at the end of the day she is 6 years old and extremely lucky in the first place to have one, but also I didn't want anything too complicated with too many buttons etc. I wanted something that she would be able to use without assistance after being shown how to use it, and she is more than capable of using this speaker by herself. Although we bought this for my daughter, it has been known to come on several trips with us to various places! It came to a visit to the seaside in the height of the summer when we set up camp on the beach. The fact that it runs on batteries as opposed to mains electrics, means it can quite literally go anywhere with you. It's also made an appearance one evening when we had a power cut and we also sat around singing songs (the kids loved it!), all very Kumbaya! It charges via USB which is really handy as it can simply be plugged into a laptop or PC and quickly recharges. At £9.99, you simply cannot go wrong with this speaker. The sound is excellent and really surprising from something which is quite a low price and so little! The fact that it's a quirky and novelty product, falsely gave me the impression that it wouldn't be any good as a speaker, but I was wrong. It really is quite a good quality product. The sound quality isn't going to win any awards and couldn't be compared to Bose (!), but it does the job. The sound doesn't distort and is clear. At only 10cm tall, it is perfect height for my daughter. The little key ring clip on the top is surprising, I'm not quite sure on what occasion you would want to add it to a set of keys, however what do I know?! Also available as a bunny, a panda, cool bear or funky DeadMau5 speaker which all retail at around £10 (except the DeadMau5 one which is around £20), to name but a few. Perfect for children, or a gift for someone who loves quirky and fun items, the novelty of this speaker is obviously the fact that it is a little penguin! And a cute one at that! A lovely little stocking filler for Christmas, that unlike other novelty items, it serves its purpose and does it well! Recommended.

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                      this little penguin packs a punch

                      This is a great little speaker for taking out and about with you when you want to take your music on a picnic, to a festival or to the beach. Its louder than you expect for such a small speaker, and at £9.99 it is definitely a bargain! I bought this a while ago just to take with me on holiday for the weekend just so I could listen to my own music collection rather than the radio. I ordered mine for around £9.99 from amazon and to be honest I wasnt expecting anything too great - but I was pleasantly suprised by the quality of it! It is so much louder than I expected and the sound quality, although not fantastic, is definitely a lot better than I expected too! Alot of these style of speakers can sound quite tinny and only get worse the louder you have them turned up, but this little speaker is very clear and crisp and can go alot louder without distorting the sound quality than you would expect it to be able to. The little speaker comes in the shape of a little round penguin and stands around 10cms tall, which is tiny. It has a little keyring loop on the top so you can attach it to your bag or keys which is quite handy, its not too big so it can fit comfortably in your pocket or in your bag. It connects to whatever music device you have using a audio jack cable. It literally works with just about any device as most if not all have an audio jack input/output socket. What is also great about this little speaker is that it is rechargable, via USB a usb cable so it can be plugged into your laptop, pc or usb mains adapter to recharge. I was concered that it would need new batteries once every hour or so but it comes complete with a power/recharging cable so there is no extra cost there, and the battery life actually lasts alot longer than I expected it to. You can also buy this speaker in a range of other shapes and designs, including a bunny (which is slightly cheaper than the penguin design), a bear, an owl (which I think is the coolest one but I didnt notice it until after I had bought the penguin), a panda, a bomb, a devil, a koala, a raindrop, a flower and a limited edition Deadmaus one. All are available through amazon which is where I purchased mine from. I really cannot recommend this little speaker enough, it packs a big noise for such a small speaker and at £9.99 it really was a bargain. I was expecting to discard it after my holiday but I was so suprised by how good it was I have kept it. Now I use it to listen to music in the kitchen whilst im doing the pots or as a boost for my laptop. My laptop speakers are awful so I use this to boost the sound if Im watching something on my laptop in bed. The really is a style or colour for every taste as well with the range of different animals and themes. If your looking for a good portable speaker, or a cute stocking filler for christmas that isnt just a waste of money, then this is perfect!

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