Technology Review: STK Bluetooth Mini Speaker Lee Williscroft-Ferris 4 Mar 2013 Tech Rating: **** The dawn of Bluetooth technology and MP3 devices, as well as smartphones, has meant that the demand for and supply of docks and speakers has increased dramatically. Visit your nearest technology store and you will find portable speakers of all shapes and sizes to suit all budgets. With the SMC950 Bluetooth Mini Speaker, STK Accessories have successfully combined hands-free capability with quality sound input at a very reasonable price. At first glance, the speaker may well remind you of some kind of miniature spacecraft. Miniature is the operative word here, the speaker fitting easily into your bag or glove compartment. Bluetooth headsets are often awkward accessories, making hands-free calling more of a chore than they should be. The non-slip mat provided with the SMC950 means that the speaker can be placed on the dashboard of your car without the need for ill-fitting earpieces. Listening to music could not be easier. Once your phone is paired with the speaker, you are likely to be impressed with the quality of the sound. One feature you may well be less than anamoured with is the bass, which is not as heavy as you may like. However, at just £29.95, one can not expect expert-quality sound. That said, the vocals sound crystal clear and replay is seamless. USB charging means that you are unlikely to ever run out of juice, although with a playback time of three hours, using the speaker for music on the move is a potential issue. Conversely, you get an average of ten hours talk time after a full charge, which is impressive, as is the standby time (up to 400 hours). If you are looking for a sleek, user-friendly speaker at a reasonable price, look no further. The SMC950 Bluetooth Mini Speaker is available in black and white and is available for purchase here.