Genuis is a Taiwanese company created in 1983 specializing in PC peripherals. These peripherals include mice, keyboards, tablets, gaming headsets, and speakers. Today we will be looking at one of Genuis’s latest audio products designed for use with portable devices, the SP-i400 Magnetic Portable Music Player Speaker.
The speaker itself is a third party audio output option for items ranging from laptops, mobile phones, MP3 players etc. What’s interesting about this speaker is it can also play music off SD cards without needing to keep the speaker plugged into a wall socket, or a USB port for power. This particular product is not aimed towards audio enthusiasts, but rather geared towards the casual user who just wants an alternative to the built-in speakers of their preferred portable device. Without further delay, let’s take a look at what the speakers offer up.
The speaker itself is protected by a hard plastic casing while resting in a silver box with the Genuis logo on the top, and a laser sticker of the Genuis logo on the bottom. On the back of the box are pictures of the speaker, showing the different mounting options available. This includes the ability of placing the speakers on surfaces such as a refrigerator, or a laptop via the speaker’s magnetic underside, or utilizing its Stick-N-Go attachment. Granted, most users should frown on placing anything magnetic on, or even close to their laptops, but Genuis seems to imply that their product is safe to do so. [Editor's Note: We don't care what the illustration suggests, if you put a magnet on your computer, you're going to screw something important and possibly expensive up, and we are going to laugh at you.]
Opening the box, you find the SP-i400 speaker itself, a Y cable, a traveling bag, and a multilingual instruction manual. Please note that Genuis seemed to have gone out of their way to include every known language within the instructions.
The Y cable itself is comprised of a USB cable, a mini USB cable, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The standard USB cable is used to charge the speaker from any USB port. The mini USB cable makes it possible to link Genuis speakers to one another for simultaneous usage. There seems to be no limit to the number of speakers that can be daisy-chained together at one time [Editor's Note: someone with a lot of free time, desk space, and USB ports could probably have a lot of fun with this feature]. The 3.5mm audio jack is used to connect the speaker to your device’s audio output port.
The speaker also comes with a travel bag which seems to be made of a black velvet like material with the Genuis logo on it. The bag closes via draw strings. While most people don’t carry their speakers in a travel bag, the bag itself is a nice touch, and can protect the speaker from unwanted scratches, dirt etc. when it is not in use, and is being transported.