one that can connect wirelessly via Bluetooth and that can be easily carried from place to place

2019/03/29     view: 

5 Bluetooth speakers: Make your music mobile

you need a speaker -- preferably, one that can connect wirelessly via Bluetooth and that can be easily carried from place to place.


There are a variety of mobile speakers now available, many of which have been recently introduced. In this roundup, I look at five speakers that cover a range of sizes and prices, from the $50 Jam from HMDX to Jawbone's $300 Big Jambox. Because they connect to your device via Bluetooth rather than a specific mobile OS, they should work with any recent phone or tablet.

 

No matter what the size or price, all five have several features in common. Besides their Bluetooth connections, all are portable and are powered by rechargeable batteries. Each offers a certain number of controls on the unit itself, including (but not confined to) on/off, forward (to the next track), back (to the last track), play and pause. One of the speakers, the Sound Kick, even has a smartphone app that lets you control it remotely.


In addition, three out of the five (the Big Jambox, the Logitech Mini Boombox and the Matrix One) also work as speakerphones should you get a call while you've got your music playing.


The following reviews are ordered according to cost, from the least to the most expensive. With this wide a selection, at least one of these speakers should suit your needs -- and your budget.




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