Electronics

The 9 Best Budget Bluetooth Speakers to Buy in 2017

The best portable Bluetooth speakers for under £100 you can get in 2017 - ideal for the beach, barbecues, camping and general outdoor listening

Once upon a time, portable Bluetooth speakers were the problem child of the audio world. Derided for their appalling sound quality, poor battery life and flaky connections they were often rated as no better – and in many situations, quite a lot worse –  than an old school transistor radio.

But times have most definitely changed.

The 2017 portable Bluetooth speaker market is booming, both literally and commercially. Improvements in the Bluetooth protocol have helped make giant strides for battery life,  audio quality and connectivity. Bluetooth pairing is no longer aggravatingly fiddly and unreliable, and NFC makes it easier still.

Meanwhile advances in digital sound processing and industrial design have achieved the miraculous conjunction of smaller units and better sound quality – which means that these speakers can get turned up louder than before without distorting. And though these Bluetooth speakers will struggle to fit in your pocket – unless you’re a clown – they will easily stow away in a backpack or a cycle bag and not weigh you down at all.

So whether you’re on a beach, at a barbecue, on a swimming pool or trekking cross country, these are 9 of the best portable Bluetooth speakers you can buy for the great outdoors.

The best outdoor Bluetooth speakers you can buy
Electronics

The 9 Best Budget Bluetooth Speakers to Buy in 2017

The best portable Bluetooth speakers for under £100 you can get in 2017 - ideal for the beach, barbecues, camping and general outdoor listening

Once upon a time, portable Bluetooth speakers were the problem child of the audio world. Derided for their appalling sound quality, poor battery life and flaky connections they were often rated as no better – and in many situations, quite a lot worse –  than an old school transistor radio.

But times have most definitely changed.

The 2017 portable Bluetooth speaker market is booming, both literally and commercially. Improvements in the Bluetooth protocol have helped make giant strides for battery life,  audio quality and connectivity. Bluetooth pairing is no longer aggravatingly fiddly and unreliable, and NFC makes it easier still.

Meanwhile advances in digital sound processing and industrial design have achieved the miraculous conjunction of smaller units and better sound quality – which means that these speakers can get turned up louder than before without distorting. And though these Bluetooth speakers will struggle to fit in your pocket – unless you’re a clown – they will easily stow away in a backpack or a cycle bag and not weigh you down at all.

So whether you’re on a beach, at a barbecue, on a swimming pool or trekking cross country, these are 9 of the best portable Bluetooth speakers you can buy for the great outdoors.

The best outdoor Bluetooth speakers you can buy
iBox Trax speaker
iBox Trax speaker
UE Boom 2
JBL Flip 3
JBL Flip 3
Sony SRS-XB2 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Sharkk Commando Bluetooth Speaker
Sharkk Commando Bluetooth Speaker
UE Roll 2 Speaker
Logitech X300 Speaker
Logitech X300 Speaker
UE Mini Boom

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