For the music fan on your gift list, here are four portable Bluetooth speakers that I reviewed this year and think are worthy enough to consider. They are all small enough to stow in a gear bag or backpack (I’ll admit that one of them is borderline too big for that statement) so that you can take your tunes with you anywhere you go. Keep reading for the details.
1. Killer Concepts RocksteadyXS Bluetooth speaker (price $$99.95) – This speaker is very compact, has a rugged metal case, replaceable battery, can pair with two devices at once and can be used as a speakerphone. Most importantly, it also has excellent sound quality with an impressive thumpy bass.
2. Cambridge Audio Minx Go Bluetooth speaker ($149.00) – This one isn’t quite as portable as the others, but wow, does it have a good sound. If you don’t mind a little extra weight and a bigger price tag to go along with it, it’s a real keeper and makes a very nice table top speaker for small rooms.
3. Arctic S113BT Portable Bluetooth Speaker with NFC Pairing ($79.99) – This one has the least impressive sound of the four speakers listed here, but it has a low price point and it offers NFC pairing, which makes it quick and easy to get your music playing.
4. UE MINI BOOM portable Bluetooth speaker ($99.99) – Of the four speakers, this one is my favorite due to size, looks and of course sound quality. It features NFC pairing, speaker phone capability and daisy chain capability that allows you to use two speakers for better stereo separation. But by itself, this little guy will impress you with sound clarity and bass.