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5 Best Portable Mini Bluetooth Speakers

The mini bluetooth speaker is a range that is increasingly appreciated by users. Often, these speakers are practical, light, space-saving and allow you to listen to music for hours. The mini bluetooth speaker is more and more efficient over the years.

Today, there are numerous models on the market. However, it is difficult to choose because of the multitude of products available, and at prices which can vary greatly depending on the brand and the associated technologies.

After analyzing all of the mini Bluetooth speakers on the market, we realize that in this range the sound performance can vary extremely, even for speakers displayed at the same price.



1. JBL Clip 3 Mini Bluetooth Speaker

JBL Clip 3 Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker-min

Current Best Price on Amazon: $42.99

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Pros

  • Best form factor portable speaker.
  • Pretty good battery life
  • Good conectivity and easy pairing
  • Pretty loud volume
  • Responsive and quick buttons
  • Good looking and nice color
  • Lightweight and small

Cons

  • Pretty mediocre sound with little bass
  • Fabric quality not the best
  • Specially annoying on/off and pairing beats
  • Mesh Face Plate

Specs

  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 3.8 x 1.8 (in) – 13.7 x 9.7 x 4.6 (cm).
  • Weight: 0.22 Kg – 0.49 Lbs.
  • IPX7 waterproof.
  • Battery type: Lithium-ion polymer, 1000 mAH, 3.7 volts.
  • The battery charge time: 3.0 hours
  • AC adapter (suggested specs): USB 5 volts, 0.6 amp, 3 watts out.
  • Bluetooth transmitter frequency range: 2.402 – 2.480 GHz.
  • The Bluetooth transmitter power: 0 – 9 dBm.
  • Bluetooth transmitter: GFSK, π/4 DQPSK, 8DPSK.
  • The Bluetooth version: 4.1.
  • Program playing time: Up to 10 hours (affected by volume setting and program content).
  • Support: A2DP V1.2, AVRCP V1.5, HFP V1.5, HSP V1.2
  • Transducer: 1 X 40 mm.
  • Output power: 3.3 watts RMS.
  • Frequency response: 120 Hz. – 20 kHz. (- 6 db).
  • Signal-to-noise ratio:  More than 80 dB.

2. Sony SRS-XB13 EXTRA BASS Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Sony SRS-XB13 EXTRA BASS Wireless Bluetooth Speaker-min

 

Current Best Price on Amazon: $58.00

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Pros

  • Nice color options
  • Sound quality
  • Portable
  • USB type C charging port
  • Can get loud

Cons

  • Speaker point upwards
  • Sound goes one direction

Specs

  • Drivers: 1 x 1.8″ / 46 mm
  • Passive Radiators: 1
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Built-In Mic: Yes
  • Bluetooth: 4.2
  • Supported Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
  • Supported Audio Codecs: AAC, SBC
  • Wireless Range: 32.8 feet / 10 m (Bluetooth)
  • Wired Inputs: 1 x USB Type-C (Power)
  • Estimated Battery Life: 16 Hours
  • IP Rating: IP67
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 3 x 3.75″ / 7.6 x 9.53 cm
  • Weight: 9 oz / 255 g

3. Anker Soundcore Mini Bluetooth Speaker

Anker Soundcore Mini Bluetooth Speaker-min

 

Current Best Price on Amazon: $24.99

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Pros

  • Very portable
  • Build quality is good
  • Surprisingly loud for such a small speaker
  • The many options for playing audio (Bluetooth, Micro SD card, Auxiliary port and radio)
  • Built in microphone for making calls
  • Long lasting battery
  • Color options
  • Price

Cons

  • FM Radio feature is not good
  • Not waterproof
  • No battery indication

Specs

  • Driver Peak Power: 5.0 W
  • Battery Type: Li-Ion
  • Playback Time: 15.0 hours
  • Battery Capacity: 900.0 mAh
  • Size: 6.9 x 6.9 x 6.9
  • Weight: 200g
  • Bluetooth, aux-in and SD cart
  • Bluetooth Version: 4.2
  • 66ft transmission range
  • FM radio 
  • In-built microphone

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker-min

 

Current Best Price on Amazon:  $99.00

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Compact, robust and waterproof, the SoundLink Micro has a particularly well-kept construction. The sound performance is superior to most current ultraportable speakers, with a consistent and polished finish. The commands are comprehensive and intuitive.

Pros

  • Probably the best sound and bass for the size
  • Connects quickly and holds connection
  • easy accessibility to Buttons and fairly logical placements
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • 4 hour charging time
  • Doesn’t float on water
  • No light indicators
  • high price

Specs

  • Drivers: 1 x 1.6″ / 40 mm
  • Battery Chemistry: Lithium-Ion
  • Estimated Battery Life: 6 Hours
  • Bluetooth: 4.2
  • Supported Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP 1.3, AVRCP 1.6
  • Wireless Range: 33 feet / 10.1 m (Bluetooth)
  • Wired Inputs: 1 x USB Micro-B (Power)
  • IP Rating: IPX7
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 3.9 x 3.9 x 1.4″ / 9.9 x 9.9 x 3.6 cm
  • Weight: 10.2 oz / 289 g

5. MusiBaby M68 BT Portable Waterproof Wireless Speaker

 

MusiBaby-M68-BT-Portable-Waterproof-Wireless-Speaker

Current Best Price on Amazon: $31.69

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Pros

  • Sound quality
  • Nice Finishes and design
  • Good build quality
  • Ease of operation
  • USB, Microchip, and Auxilliary port with cable

Cons

  • High announce sounds
  • Volume is just ok

Price History on Amazon

MonthsLowest Price on Amazon
Sep 2022$26.93
Oct 2022$25.35
Nov 2022$25.35
Dec 2022$25.35
Jan 2023$25.35*
MusiBaby M68

Conclusion

This sound companion, attractive for its practical and compact appearance, has never stopped evolving and diversifying to meet many needs. Although more people are interested in headphones recently, there are still a huge market for portable speakers. 

There are rugged speakers, capable of withstanding total immersion in water, models acting as external batteries, others that can be connected via Wi-Fi and capable of connecting to each other or having direct access. to Google Assistant / Amazon Alexa… and even luminous models!

Not to simplify things, the characteristics, weight, size and design can vary greatly depending on the model, not to mention of course the differences in sound performance. 

What are the main criteria to consider when choosing your portable speaker?

Since it is a speaker, the sound performance of the product is obviously essential. In our lab, Bluetooth speakers are subjected to the same battery of acoustic tests as any other type of speaker.

We look very closely at the capabilities of each loudspeaker in terms of power and distortion control: we will always prefer a moderately powerful loudspeaker, but which offers good sound reproduction, to a loudspeaker which promises us an avalanche of decibels but unusable at maximum volume.

Some portable speaker models do not offer exactly the same listening experience depending on their connection mode or the integrated sound profiles. We give as much information as possible in all cases in order to help you make the right choice according to your main use(s).

We also pay particular attention to the design quality of the enclosure, its robustness, its level of resistance to water and shocks, and the care taken in the finishes.

The ease of connection, the wireless communication range, the Bluetooth latency (an essential point for comfortably following a video), the possibilities of control via the commands, the various indications (source, battery, volume) are all clues on the overall fluidity of use taken into account in the final grade.

Is it possible to connect several devices simultaneously via Bluetooth?

In theory, it is possible. This very practical feature, called multipoint connection, is not common to all Bluetooth speakers. As we already explained in Bluetooth LE audio article, the new technologies will allow this feature and it will become much more convenient as well as accessible but it will take to adapt.

Some models can only connect to one and only one device at a time, others to two devices simultaneously and a few rare models can be connected to three sources simultaneously. We specify the presence or absence of this function in all our tests.

Mehmet S. Kaya
Mehmet S. Kayahttps://teknonel.com
Mehmet is one of the administrator of Teknonel. As a software developer, he loves to share his knowledge in related topics. He is highly familiar with the editorial process from the inception of an article idea, through the iterative process, publishing, and performance analysis as well as product reviews.

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