Altec Lansing Mini H20 Review


Altec Lansing Mini H20

The Mini H20 Bluetooth speaker is IP67 rated, and the inbuilt drivers produce a huge sound. There are so many features about the H20 Mini that make it one of my best Bluetooth speakers, like floating on water and being deep in 1-meter water. In this Altec Lansing Mini H20 Review, we will discuss all these features in more detail below.  

The Altec Lansing Mini H20 performs well in sound quality, durability, Bluetooth range, connectivity, microphone, call quality, battery life, and everything proof (waterproof, soundproof, shockproof, rustproof). 

The Altec Lansing Mini H20 is a small waterproof speaker that produces massive sounds. It is classified as an everything-proof speaker, meaning it is waterproof; it is also sand-proof, snow-proof, shockproof, and even rustproof. 

The specifications 

  • Dual neodymium drivers
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • 6 hours battery life
  • Everything proof speaker, IP67 certification
  • Aux 3.5mm input
  • 33 ft Bluetooth range
  • Weighs 113g

The Features

  • The Mini H20 allows you to use an aux connection. With this, you will be able to connect your speaker to your device using the audio cable included in the package.
  • It has Bluetooth support; therefore, you can connect your devices and stream music wirelessly on the speaker. The Bluetooth range is up to 33 feet, allowing you to use it even when away from your device. 
  • This speaker has a rugged design. It is everything proof and can easily be used in harsh weather conditions like rain without being damaged. 
  • It can submerge in water and float on water. This speaker is suitable for outdoor parties at the beach or on the poolside. 
  • The Mini H20 has controls that are very easy to use. You can easily pause or play the songs and switch between the tracks. 
  • An integrated carabiner allows you to easily attach this speaker to your bike or your bag for easy carrying. 

The speaker comes in an excellent package, and the box is small and portable. Inside the package, you will also find a lot of accessories, including a charger, 3.5mm audio cable, and a carabiner. It is available in many colors, such as blue, black, and teal. 

Build Quality and Design

The mini H20 has an outstanding design; you will find the Altec Lansing logo attached to the speakers’ back. It is a small and slim Bluetooth speaker and will easily fit into your pocket. Most of all, it is lightweight and easy to carry, even with the low profile look, which has an octagon shape casing. When it comes to the build quality, this speaker is rugged. It has a removable rubber coating which gives this speaker a shockproof design.

You will also find the aux-in and the micro USB port on the speaker’s back. A metal grille covers the 1-inch dual drivers of the speaker, giving it style and protection. The grille also covers the speaker’s microphone. The speaker has a 2.3 x 4.1 x 1-inch dimension and a perfect frame, making it a very portable speaker. 

All of the speaker’s panels are rubberized, which makes it waterproof and everything proof. It has three buttons on the speaker’s top panel, the power button, and two other buttons (+ and – button). You can use all these buttons for a lot of things. 

Also, the speaker bottom panel has this snapshot compartment that helps to keep the 3.5mm aux input and the micro USB port well protected. The cables for both of these ports are included in the device. Finally, you will see a metallic carabiner on the left panel, which allows for easy carrying.

Controls and ports

As mentioned earlier, it has three easy-to-use buttons on the top panel, but it can sometimes give you problems as all of these are multifunctional. For example, you can use the minus and the plus buttons to adjust the volume and skip the songs. 

The problem here is you can easily skip songs when you are trying to adjust the volume. You have to tap the buttons to increase or reduce the volume, but you need to hold the buttons to change the track. 

The buttons are made with rubber enclosures, which makes them waterproof, but it is also why they can give you problems when it comes to operating them. Also, you can use the power button to answer and end a call. When you double press the speaker power button, the speaker prompts your phone to dial the last number you called.

The speaker has a micro USB port for charging the speaker. There is also a 3.5mm audio port for connecting your audio cable. It can also be used when the speaker is out of power or trying to save the battery. A snapshot compartment protects all these ports.

Microphone

The Altec Lansing Mini H20 waterproof Bluetooth portable speaker has a built-in microphone, making it possible to take phone calls with any device connected to the speaker. The Bluetooth has a wide range of up to 33 feet, ensuring that calls are clear without any disruption. The microphone has an excellent quality, and it allows to hear the person on the line. 

The Battery Life

The battery life of the Altec Lansing Mini H20 waterproof Bluetooth portable speaker lasts for up to 6 hours. On a continuous 50% volume level, the battery can last 6 hours of playtime; however, you can get a battery around 5 hours or less at higher volumes. This battery is good considering the speaker’s size as well as how loud this speaker can get. 

Charging the speaker is done via the micro USB included in the speaker. To charge, plug in the micro USB cable into a power source, then connect this cable to your speaker. A red LED light illuminated on the speaker tells you that the speaker is charging. The Mini H20 will take two to three hours only.

Sound Quality

The sound of the Mini speaker is good; it can get deafening in some open spaces. However, the H20 speaker gives awe-inspiring sounds that you will be happy to hear for its price. The sound is well balanced with clear and forward mids sound. The bass is not irritating in any way; however, the bass is also not that deep, the sound begins to distort when the volume is very high.

Connectivity

You can connect this speaker to your devices in two ways. The first is to use the aux-in connection. Here, you will use the 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable included in your package to connect your devices to this speaker. Again, it is beneficial if you are connecting devices that do not have Bluetooth support. 

The second way is for you to use the Bluetooth connection. With the Bluetooth connection, both devices need to have Bluetooth compatibility. The speaker has a wide wireless range of 33 feet; therefore, you can even use this speaker at such distances. It lets you play your music without any signal and audio cuts. 

Overall Performance

It has a good sub-bass level that is not too deep or too light, and the outcome is balanced on all music genres. People who like bass-heavy sound may not be impressed with this Lansing H20 speaker once the music plays at high volumes. It can distort when the volume is too loud. However, at a lower level, you will barely notice any distortion with this speaker. 

The speaker has excellent controls; it is very affordable and also outdoor-friendly. The features will not disappoint you. 

Using the Altec Lansing Mini H20 Bluetooth speaker

The Altec Lansing Mini H20 speaker is straightforward to use. It does not require your device to have any specific set of drivers or software for it to work. 

Altec Lansing Mini H20 pairing: Start by powering on the speaker to connect it to your device. Once it is powered, you can pair it up with any Bluetooth device. It can pair it with devices that are Bluetooth enabled like smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc. 

Once you have connected it to your device, you can also use the power button to pause or play music. To change the tracks and increase or reduce volumes, use the + and – buttons.

Pros

  • The speaker is lightweight
  • Compact and portable design
  • Waterproof with IP67 rafting, floating design
  • Easy setup process
  • Easy to use controls
  • It can get very loud 
  • It comes with a carabineer clip that you can use to attach the speaker to your backpack 
  • Speakerphone functionality that allows you to take calls through the speaker. 
  • Voice assistants compatibility
  • Affordable

Cons

  • You cannot use the volume buttons to control the volume on your phone
  • The sound quality is not that impressive
  • The battery life is short
  • The charging time is long
  • No power-saving features

Conclusion

The Altec Lansing Mini H20 waterproof Bluetooth portable speaker is a great speaker if you want a speaker that is easy to carry around and gives you fantastic sounds. The speaker has a lot of good features that give you a great listening experience. In addition, it has a great battery life, an outstanding design, and is a durable speaker. 

If this is all you are looking for in a speaker, then this Mini H20 is worth it. It’s a great option to try out if you are looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker under $100. However, if you think that the speaker has a low battery life for you, then there are other Altec Lansing speakers that you can look at; they have the same features but will give you longer battery life. 

Eddie Mcfarren

Eddie Is no stranger to technical writing after spending years in Networking, IT Infrastructure management, and online content marketing. He is an avid researcher, Software and apps dev tester who spends hours solving problems behind the scenes. Get in touch with him via social media and you can email him via contact@gawkygeek.com

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