Mini speakers have become a fad of late with several brands competing within this small, but loud, category. The latest entrant is LG with its Music Flow P7 speaker that measures 184x55x63mm, about the height of a pencil and weighing a hefty 1.17kg. The two-channel speaker pumps out 20W of power output.
At first glance, the P7 is one of the prettier speakers in its category. Mini speakers are usually designed to be rough, but this one is elegant. It is built with a full-metallic wrap-around body with matching metallic grilles on both sides and a removable rubber base. Two main features of the device are Dual Play, which allows users to connect two P7s to the same device for stereo mode, and Multipoint, which allows up to three devices to connect to the speaker at the same time.
The main question about portable devices such as this is battery life. The speaker is fitted with a 2,600mAh Li-ion battery that can fully charge itself in less than four hours, then keep the party going for about nine before giving up and calling it a night. One of the most interesting features is the Music Flow Bluetooth app, free for Android and iOS devices.
At start-up, it uses a mini questionnaire to understand your preferences, and over time, analyses the music you frequently listen to and recommends tracks that suit your taste. Every song in your library is then categorised under 15 sections such as Romance, Work Out, Aggressive and Gloomy. This, in my opinion, is one of the best features of the device, although it does have a glitch or two — Pendulum’s cover of Master of Puppets is anything but Calm. But a perfect blend of hardware and software is a necessity for the success of any device today, and LG has nailed it with the P7.