If you spend time in my house it doesn’t take long to realise that Alexa is a little performer and absolutely loves to sing. She’ll sing along to the radio, to Mummy’s Justin Bieber playlist on YouTube and songs in the car, to theme tunes on tv and she’ll often be found making up her own songs just so she has an excuse to sing. She often asks for a microphone to sing with but mean-mummy here keeps putting her off for the sake of my bank balance and most importantly my sanity! So, when I was sent the Mi-Mic Bluetooth Microphone Speaker to review I was torn over how to feel, I was happy that she’d be happy but honestly, I was dreading the constant noise that I just knew was coming – at least I only had one child that would want to use it, right?
Wrong. One look at it and Scott was dying for a go too. Then my nieces came round and before I knew it I’d locked myself away in my room whilst my two and the teenagers went all out and tried to outdo each other whilst using it….yay :/
Packaging is minimal and inside the box you receive the Mi-Mic, a speaker stand (the rubber bit around the top end where the microphone is that stops it rolling away when you lay it down to use just as a speaker), a USB charging lead and instructions. (My one didn’t have instructions but I know they’re meant to be there!).
So what is the Mi-Mic Bluetooth Microphone Speaker? Well, exactly that. It’s a Bluetooth speaker with a microphone built in that allows you to play any song direct from your device and sing along. In effect it’s a portable karaoke system only without the screen and words (but hey, you could have those on your device in front of you whilst playing the music).
The Mi-Mic’s key features include:
- Quality speaker & microphone – clear & loud sound quality…unfortunately true!
- 7 LED colours that can either be static or flash along to the beat of the music…Alexa loves this, anything that flashes along with the music is a good thing to a 5yr old.
- Connects quickly and easily to your phone or tablet through Bluetooth and has a 10m range…great for me as it means I get to upset the kids from another room by skipping the songs I don’t like 😉
- Echo function that adds a fun effect to your voice…or depending on how you talk through it, a creepy one according to Scott!
- Adjustable volume…not only for the music but also the microphone, enabling you to mix your voice in with the track being played (or maybe just make the music a bit louder to disguise it!)
- If you don’t want to use Bluetooth you can use an SD card instead.
- Fast forward, rewind, pause and play functions, you can even change the track from the microphone…not so good when your evil sibling/cousin/friend skips the track you were hoping to hear.
- Built in high capacity rechargeable battery to give you up to 4 hours of song time…the plus point here is that the battery is charged via USB cable so if you mislay the one that’s included you’re likely to have one from your phone laying around. The bad point being you have to endure 4 hours of wailing singing from your little angels.
- Available in three colours: black, pink and silver.
We’ve had microphone/karaoke type toys in the past that have been big, bulky and often forgotten about after a few days as they’re rooted to the one place. The Mi-Mic is literally hand-held and can be taken absolutely everywhere….or by what I’ve witnessed, can be used whilst jumping around the room like an over-excited kitten which clearly helps your performance skills!
I love that all the kids have been able to have fun with such a simple thing and that I can also just use it as a speaker wherever I want without the need to use it as a microphone too.
Overall the Mi-Mic has been a huge success in our house and the teenagers have now requested that I get it for them for Christmas. With an RRP of £29.99 but average prices on Amazon and Smyths Toys being at least a third cheaper, I think I can happily get it for them without feeling I’ve wasted my money, though I think I’ll be stipulating that they leave them at their house!
Disclosure: I was sent this item for the purpose of this review, however all words and opinions are entirely my own.