3 portable wireless speakers we love
Looking for a portable speaker to play music from your phone or tablet wirelessly? Here we round up three of our favourite portable wireless speakers and explain just why we love them so.
Looking for a portable speaker to play music from your phone or tablet wirelessly?
Here we round up three of our favourite portable wireless speakers and explain just why we love them so.
Why buy a portable wireless speaker?
- Stream music from your phone, laptop or tablet via Bluetooth.
- Listen to music any room of the house with just one speaker.
- Take your tunes into the garden if it's a nice day.
- Throw in a bag and take on a weekend away - whether that's to a festival, to the beach or on holiday.
The UE Boom
The UE Boom is the perfect soundtrack to your weekend, whether
you're going away or chilling in the garden.
It has a long battery life at 15 hours and is also splash proof /thanks to a specially designed cover, making it beach and festival friendly.
Connect it to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth or NFC (near field communication), and stream your music using the clever app. You can even connect up two UE Booms from one phone for increased volume and stereo sound.
Stand the cylindrical speaker upright and it will throw out 360-degrees of sound. It's loud for its size too, with bright, punchy audio and great clarity.
What we really love: 15 hours of battery power, the big sound and the ability to connect two speakers to one device.
Our experts say: 'The UE Boom epitomises the ability to take your music anywhere and enjoy great sound. 15 hours' battery life is sufficient for a weekend away without charging and its specially designed cover means that rain, dust or sand are unlikely to dull your day.'
The JBL Flip 2 makes listening to your favourite tunes on the go
simple and easy.
It features NFC technology so you can connect your phone or tablet to the speaker by simply tapping the two devices together. Once the devices are paired you can stream your tunes via Bluetooth.
It also features a built in microphone so you can use your Flip 2 as a handsfree speaker.
The speaker can be stood up vertically or laid flat, and will give you five hours of battery life on a single charge.
Despite its compact size, this speaker delivers on sound - it can get pretty loud and it handles rhythm well.
What we really love: The NFC one-tap pairing with your phone is cool and convenient.
Our experts say: 'Building on the success of the highly rated Flip, the Flip 2 wades in with a longer battery life, higher speaker output and NFC, making it a great all-round speaker.'
Click here to view the range of JBL Flip 2 speakers
Bose SoundLink Colour
Want a small portable speaker that's big on sound? The Bose SoundLink Colour is a good option.
Bose has decades of audio heritage, and with this speaker it has packaged that expertise into a bite-sized portable package.
The sound is big and clear and has excellent bass for a small speaker.
The speaker can easily fit into a bag to provide a soundtrack to a weekend away. It comes in a range of colours for those who like to accessorise their tech and offers seven hours of battery life.
What we love: The Bose audio heritage and really impressive sound.
Our experts say: 'Bose has long been a byword for quality audio. Their new Bluetooth speaker provides this and more in a modern-looking, colourful shell.'