Sure, there are several on the market known mostly for their popular name, but those often come with a large price tag and at times don’t even have the quality performance to back up the expense. If you are looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker that doesn’t compromise sound quality for under $50, you are in luck. Read on.
The first on the list is the JBL Clip Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Mic. This has consistently been at the top of many reviewer’s lists due to its compact size, rechargeable battery, and powerful sound. With an integrated audio cable, you can plug it in directly or pair it with the Bluetooth-enabled device of your choice. This device has a built-in speakerphone, which allows you to make and take phone calls hands-free.
The convenient JBL Clip comes equipped with a decent quality carabiner, so you can attach it to your bag or belt loop for easy portability. An added bonus with this product is the company’s reputation, which for years has been making great quality products while providing equally great customer service.
At the top of Amazon’s best seller list is the DKnight Magicbox Ultra-Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. With over 5,000 customer reviews, this is clearly a buyer favorite. Available in three colors (black, blue, and red), this little speaker comes with an unexpectedly big sound. DKnight has listened to their customers and recently changed up some features that make this product even more user-friendly. In addition to raising the buttons on the top for easier control, they’ve also removed the loud (and to some, annoying) voices that help you set up your Bluetooth connectivity.
Now, you simply hear a series of low-volume beeps, which signify a successful pairing. Most talked about among users, besides the quality sound, is how easy it is to get it hooked up to various devices. Even older phones and tablets seemed to pair easily with the DKnight Magicbox.
Two OontZ Ultra Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speakers have made this list. The first is the OontZ Angle. With an incredible battery life of 12 hours, this lightweight speaker is both reliable and transportable. The speaker fits comfortably in a purse or pocket, and the angled shape makes it easy to get a good hold on. Several users have commented that they have compared this wireless speaker to other products twice the price and have found OontZ’s sound to be comparable, if not better. You can even upgrade the Angle to a water resistant, weatherproof version, which still manages to sneak in below the $50 level.
The second is the OontZ Curve. While it only has around 5 hours of play time, it does come with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. So small it can fit inside an 8 oz glass, this is the ultimate in portability. It’s attractive shape and availability in a half dozen high-gloss colors make it a great addition to your desk or bookshelf, while still looking stylish.
Both the OontZ Angle and the OontZ Curve come with a built-in speaker phone for hands-free usage and an auxiliary port for connecting with your non-Bluetooth devices.
With some of the previously listed speakers, one common denominator seems to be the lack of a truly rich bass sound. You won’t find that with the Photive CYREN Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker.
The CYREN comes equipped with Bass Enhance Technology and users find that makes it the perfect speaker to use at the beach, when many others fall short of providing enough volume to carry outdoors. The CYREN’s sound is full and loud, and it even comes with a carrying case to help keep out the sand.
Rounding out this list is the Anker Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. Touting an unbelievably long battery life of 20 hours, this speaker has the best play time for the price by far. While the battery makes it slightly heavier than others, for most, having that much time on one charge is worth a little more bulk. The cube design is esthetically pleasing and feels durable.
The Anker comes with a micro-USB charging port and a universal cable, which also feels quality-made. Like the others, it too comes with a built-in microphone, so it can be used wirelessly as a speaker phone. The range on the Anker is an impressive 33 feet and it comes with lifetime of technical support.
Getting amazing sound out of a portable speaker doesn’t have to be complicated, and you don’t have to spend your life savings, either. From the list provided above, you can see that there are several options that will give you the sound quality you want without a hefty price tag.
Though most offer many similar features, there are definitely qualities about each that set them apart from the others. So, whether you are looking for a great bass sound, lightweight convenience, or long battery life, one of these products is bound to meet–if not exceed–your expectations and do it for under $50.