Portable Bluetooth speakers have become increasingly popular in recent years, as they allow users to enjoy and share their favorite tunes while travelling, camping or just on-the-go, without being wired to a power socket. While smartphone speakers can do the job in a pinch, often times they don’t make the cut when it comes to volume.
In this guide, we’ll take a look at the key factors you should consider when buying a Bluetooth portable speaker, as well as 3 of the best options for different budgets.
What to Look for When Buying a Portable Bluetooth Speaker?
When shopping for a portable Bluetooth speaker, there are a few important factors to consider. The first is sound quality. Look for speakers that offer clear, balanced sound with decent bass response.
You should also consider the size and weight of the speaker, as well as its battery life. A speaker that’s too heavy or bulky can be cumbersome to carry around, while one with a short battery life will need to be recharged frequently.
Finally, consider any additional features that may be important to you, such as waterproofing, voice assistant integration, or the ability to pair multiple speakers for a surround sound effect.
Budget Pick: Edifier MP85
The Edifier MP85 is a tiny yet powerful portable Bluetooth speaker if you are on a budget. It is very lightweight at only 70 grams and is about the size of your palm, making it very portable and pocketable. It is powered by a 40mm 2.2W speaker unit, which is great for a more intimate listening experience.
The speaker itself houses physical control buttons and has 8 hours of play time with a single charge. You can even connect it to the Edifier Connect app to adjust the sound signature and play some soothing white noise to unwind.
Entry Level Pick: Anker A3109 SoundCore Motion B
Going up our list is our entry level pick, the Anker A3109 SoundCore Motion B. This Bluetooth speaker has 12W of power delivered via dual full range drivers and a bass reflex port. It is also IPX7 waterproof allowing you to use it nearby bodies of water (think fishing, swimming, or camping).
It is powered by a 2,600mAh battery, providing it up to 12 hours of playback time with only a single charge. It also has a decent bass response, thanks to a dedicated bass port.
Mid Range Pick: Tribit Stormbox Pro
The Tribit Stormbox Pro is a great Bluetooth speaker if you have about RM500 to spend. While it is not the most compact speaker on our list, you can still fit it into a bag pocket or a water bottle holder.
What makes this speaker special is that it can play 360-degree sound. Powered by two full range drivers, two passive radiators and a dedicated subwoofer, you can expect crisp and clear sound with powerful bass. It can get quite loud too, with a total RMS of 40W.
One benefit of the increased size is the battery life. It has a 10,000mAh battery that delivers up to 24 hours of playback time. This is a great speaker to have if you love to go on camping or hiking trips with a group of friends and have it playing by the campfire.
High End Pick: Sonos Roam
The Sonos Roam is the only smart speaker in this list. This means that it has Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in. It is also the only speaker in this list that has both WiFi and Bluetooth audio options. As with other speakers in Sonos’ lineup, it can be connected to your home’s audio system via the Sonos app, but with the added option to be portable when you need to.
Instrument separation is excellent, and gets even better with Trueplay, allowing the speaker to perform room correction for best sound quality. In terms of battery life, we managed about 9 hours of playback per charge.
Do check out our in-depth review to learn more about the Sonos Roam.
When shopping for a portable Bluetooth speaker, it’s important to consider factors such as sound quality, size and weight, battery life, and any additional features that may be important to you. With the right Bluetooth speaker, you can enjoy your favorite music wherever you go.