We reviewed the Harman Kardon Esquire a short time ago and were impressed; it sounds as gorgeous as it looks. I was thrilled to see that the company was releasing the Harman Kardon Esquire Mini Bluetooth Portable Speaker. This smaller version of the Esquire is under $150, and it has the same refined look and feel as its big brother.It is, I am happy to report, the most gorgeous, most refined, and most substantial mini Bluetooth speaker for under $150. It looks like something that costs much more. Oh, and yes, it sounds great too!
Inside the box I found Esquire Mini wireless speaker, a USB cable, a leather wrist strap and paperwork.
I was surprised- shocked actually- that the speaker didn’t come with any sort of protective carrying bag or punch. After all, this speaker is designed for portability and makes a great traveling companion. Keeping it looking as sharp as it does is something pretty much anyone buying this speaker is going to want to do. Sadly I can see it getting pretty scratched up after just a few trips if you aren’t careful.
From Harman Kardon:
The Harman Kardon Esquire Mini is a bold, state-of-the-art solution exceeding the needs of the on-the-go professional. No attention-to-detail has been spared – from the lineup of premium materials utilized by master craftsmanship to the chic urban styling of its sublime, uni-body design. Completely portable and wireless, it provides exceptional sound from its dual, high-performance drivers and enhanced bass port design – for the best quality sound in its category. Esquire Mini is also Bluetooth-enabled, for full stereo streaming with your favorite devices. It’s the must-have accessory for your audio style. It doubles as a conference phone system with dual-microphone and built-in echo and noise cancellation technology for superb sound and USB access to recharge your favorite devices. An 8-hour, rechargeable Li-ion battery promises remote accessibility while its runway-ready, head-turning appearance translates to an indispensible travel companion for work or play. This is one Harman Kardon designed to deliver surprising levels of style-conscious satisfaction and workhorse levels of professional purpose to enhance what you do in a manner to which you’ll likely grow accustomed.
Esquire Mini is both thin and durable – built to go everywhere you go – and to places you’ve never been before. With its slim, uni-body design and reliance on premium materials – featuring real leather-backing, aluminum finish and, scratch-resistant, ceramic-coated speaker grill – you’ll find yourself in upscale company
The back of the speaker is beautifully wrapped in leather. It is only interrupted by a silver strip that serves as a built-in stand for the speaker. When open it holds the speaker at a perfect angle for listening when placed in front of you on a desk. It also provides a convenient way to use the speaker as a hands-free speakerphone.
The look and feel are refined, solid and more reminiscent of fine jewelry than portable technology.
Video Review of the Harman Kardon Esquire Mini Bluetooth Portable Speaker:
The speaker puts out excellent sound that is bigger… And better… Than one would expect from something this small and inexpensive. Add in the dual-microphone conferencing system and its echo and noise cancellation and you realize that this is a rare animal indeed… Yes, this small Bluetooth speaker was designed for adults!
Good looks. Great sound. Quality design. Under $150. Can you say “Home Run”? I knew you could. And you should because the Harman Kardon Esquire Mini Bluetooth Portable Speaker is one. Learn more and order yours here.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample Harman Kardon Esquire Mini Bluetooth Portable Speaker
What I Like: Small size; Good sound; Built-in stand; Easy controls; Works with Bluetooth connection or a wired one; Excellent speakerphone thanks to dual-microphones; Solid build
What Needs Improvement: No included protective pouch; Battery life is okay but not great