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NEWS: Cube speaker from IXOS makes a handy travel companion

OK, it may only be mid-October, but if you're starting to think about Christmas presents, this nifty little cube speaker from IXOS could be just the thing to add to your laptop or MP3 player.

The XMM238 is just £15, and will work with any audio product that can output to a 3.5mm line-in socket. It's battery or USB powered, making it ideal for use on holiday or while travelling.

The speaker has two side-facing drive units for stereo sound, a power output of 2x1w and can run for up to eight hours on four AA batteries.

It's available in white, black or pink from HMV and Halfords, among others, and comes with a 3.5mm-to-3.5mm audio cable and USB power cable. The XMM238 measures just 7cm square and weighs 130g.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.