Introduction to the Best Portable Speakers
A portable speaker is an incredible tool, especially if you are an outdoors person. Whether you are looking for a speaker to enjoy by the poolside, camping, at the beach or anywhere else, with the best portable speaker, your experience is definitely going to be much better.
The problem, however, is that there are lots of portable speakers in the market. These come at different sizes, shapes, and prices, and although it increases the buyers’ options, it also makes it really difficult to tell the best speakers from the rest. If you don’t know what you should be looking for in the speakers, you’ll probably end up with a miserable device that will barely last a couple of weeks.
A portable speaker is designed to give you entertainment on the road. This means that the ideal speaker should be compact but not too compact to affect audio and overall build quality. Other than sound quality, the next thing you need to look into is the IP certification. So many wild activities take place outdoors and hence buying a speaker that is not water, splash, or dustproof will be a poor investment as it will limit you significantly. Secondly, you need to look into battery life. When you are out on the beach or hiking somewhere in the middle of nowhere, you’ll need a speaker that can survive for the longest time possible before you are forced to recharge them. After that, it’s all a matter of going through the extras that you can get from the speaker like connectivity options, compatibility with other speakers, multi-point pairing, and so on.
What’s the Best Portable Speaker?
The best portable speaker in the market today is the Oontz Angle 3 (3rd Gen). This best-selling speaker offers full value for your money. For less than $30, you will get remarkable sound quality, durable construction, long battery life, and a variety of other excellent features.
Let’s take a closer look at this and other incredible portable speakers:
Oontz Angle 3 (3rd Gen)
According to Oontz, millions of Angle 3 have been sold worldwide. That’s an insane number, and it goes a long way to show what this speaker really has to offer. In this 3rd gen, the speaker has received an even bigger boost through improved sound quality, increased volume, better connectivity, and a more stylish design.
Looking at the sound quality, Oontz has utilized neodymium drivers that crystal clear highs while the Bass Radiator delivers the perfect balance in sound by rocking deep bass output. The sound engineers separated the two precision drivers from the bass radiator, and this has further improved audio output clarity, and it gets better. Unlike the previous generations, this particular speaker comes with even louder volume rated at 10 watts. And here is the thing, Oontz hasn’t just increased the volume for the sake of it, but they somehow managed to do that while still retaining the speaker’s clarity. It’s insane how they have achieved this in such a compact speaker while keeping the price so low.
With the loud volume of this speaker, you can easily go outdoors doing various activities, and everyone around will enjoy your music. To make sure that you do so worry-free, Oontz has also weatherproofed this speaker. It is IPX5 certified, and hence you can go on using the speaker by the beach, in the pool or even in the shower with no worries.
The Oontz Angle 3 (3rd gen) connects to your iOS and Android smartphones via Bluetooth. This allows you to receive calls and communicate through the built-in mic.
- 100 ft. Bluetooth range
- Weighs just 9 ounces
- 14-hours battery life
- Dimensions: 5.25” by 2.6” by 2.8”
- 3.5mm aux-in jack
- Available in four colors
Ultimate Ears Boom 3
The Ultimate Ears Boom 3 is yet another portable speaker designed to deliver 360-degree audio coverage. This speaker features a cylindrical shape with sufficient tech beneath the body for an immersive experience all around.
From all the three speakers, I have to admit that the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 is the most beautiful of them all. This speaker is covered in a two-tone fabric that looks and feels amazing. You can get it in four different colors, and it wouldn’t really matter which one you choose because they are all extremely beautiful. You can even go as far as designing your own Boom 3 through their official website. This allows you to customize the fabric pattern, volume buttons, end caps, loop, spine, and text.
The fabric exterior of the speaker doesn’t just serve us with the looks, but it has also improved durability significantly. The Ultimate Ears Boom 3 survived numerous durability tests, and the two-tone fabric plays a key role in that.
The Ultimate Ears boom 3 sound as brilliantly as it looks. The highs are super clear, and with the deep, accurate bass, you will always enjoy your music or even movies in their original crystal clear audio quality at any volume!
The IP67 rating of the Ultimate Ears Boom means that you will never have to worry about both water and dust. You could easily dive into the pool with this speaker and stay down there for up to 30 minutes, and it won’t develop any issues. We’d also like to mention that the speaker is designed to float. Therefore, you can toss it in the water and have fun with your friends and family in the pool with the speaker entertaining you from close proximity.
Through the magic button, you can play, pause, and skip the songs in your playlist. You can also control your music streaming client through the button.
- 150 ft. wireless range
- Weighs 28.8 ounces
- 15-hours battery life
- Wireless charging
- Dimensions: 7.2”by 2.8”
- Customizable Equalizer
- Available in different colors
Bose SoundLink Revolve Portable Bluetooth 360 Speaker
The SoundLink Revolve from Bose is designed in a cone-like shape with deflectors fitted around it to deliver true 360-degree coverage. With this speaker standing at the center of the room, everyone around should experience an immersive experience. Even if you were to place it near a wall, the drivers are still powerful enough to pump out sound which will radiate from the wall and back into the room.
The SoundLink Revolve features omnidirectional acoustic deflectors, dual-passive radiators, and a powerful transducer. These are blended to deliver incredibly clear and loud sounds. The Omnidirectional acoustic deflectors eliminate all dead-zones, ensuring that there is uniform coverage all around. The transducer helps the deflectors in distributing the sound. With the Dual-passive radiators, the low-notes are enhanced significantly, and it also helps in preventing vibration. Instead, most of the vibration will be turned into an acoustic output that we found very enjoyable.
Other than the sound quality, the SoundLink Revolve is also very popular for its durability. The speaker is made with a sturdy aluminum body, and the water-resistant design means that you can use it in the shower or by the pool without worrying about rust of damaging the interiors. The speaker is also fitted with soft bumpers. These enable the SoundLink Revolve to survive minor knocks and falls.
At the top of the Bose SoundLink Revolve are various soft buttons. The most interesting of them is the multi-function one, which gives you access to your smartphone’s assistant. While holding this button down, you can send a text, make a call, and do other stuff through voice commands. This works with both the Google Assistant and Siri. You can also receive calls directly from the speaker.
In case you are looking for more volume, Bose also offers the Revolve+ which is also bigger in size and fitted with a bigger battery and a fabric handle.
- 30ft range
- Weighs approx. 23 ounces
- 12-hours battery life
- Dimensions: 6” by 3.2” by 3.2”
- 3.5mm aux input
- Micro-b USB port
- Available in two colors