There are Bluetooth speakers and there are small Bluetooth speakers. The advent of Bluetooth technology was the advent of portable sound, from speakers at least. So you don’t need to be carrying a Bluetooth speaker the size of your 1980’s boombox on your shoulder anymore. While often a large package features a little more oomph, especially in terms of bass, many of the smallest speakers on the market still excel at providing loud, clear sound as well as being more friendly to the wallet.
So if you want a Bluetooth speaker so small it can fit into your pocket, what are your options?
It is like the Bose SoundLink Color was designed specifically to sit in a pocket almost as comfortably as a flask. It is wide, but flat so that it sits as comfortably in a pocket as it does on a shelf. As it is just over a pound, it doesn’t weigh you down either. Its eight hours of battery life could be better, but with it you also get that same Bose quality sound and rich bass that you have come to know and love from its other products.
This is a speaker that benefits from its shape. The tubular design not only metes out crystal clear 360 degree sound, but it is created in the keychain design so that you can either slip it in your pocket or hook it on to your backpack. As it is both light and reinforced with a rubberized oil finish, it not only has some impact proofing, but a waterproof rating of IPX4 as well, enough to withstand splashes. It comes with a pretty standard eight hours of battery life which makes it an all around great small Bluetooth speaker, especially for the price.
With JBL you can always expect quality, as well as great waterproofing, in all their products. The Clip II is no different. Although it is about the size of the drain on your kitchen sink, this wonderful little speaker can put out loud, clear sound with reasonable amount of bass. As it also comes with an IPX7 waterproof rating meaning you can submerge it for up to 30 minutes so this is a speaker you can take any and everywhere. Its keychain clip that gave this model it’s name makes that even easier since you can clip it to your backpack or even your belt without it being a bother.
The shape of this particular speaker makes it a little less pocket friendly, but that doesn’t make it any less small. The flat cuboid design was an interesting choice, but perhaps it was chosen because of its ability to radiate sound, because that is what this Bluetooth speaker does best. For such an obscure brand name, it does a great job radiating bass while still keeping the other sound clear, but it could want for a few more decibels to its volumes. Although, because it doesn’t get quite as eardrum-ringingly loud means it has a respectable 12 hours of playtime to assure you can take your music anywhere.
The SoundCore is one of those speakers that looks deceptive in the pictures of it. You see, Anker speakers may appear bigger than they actually are. The SoundCore looks practically shelf-worthy, but it is actually not much larger than your average flashlight (though probably just as weighty). Despite the small package, the SoundCore can fill a whole house with perfect clear sound without much effort, although it does want for some better bass. However, instead of bass, that weight is added on by a 24-hour battery life and a 64 feet Bluetooth range which is superior to almost every other Bluetooth speaker product of its size.
Like the aforementioned SoundCore, the Rover Beats looks so much larger than it actually is. At just over two inches in height, width, and diameter, this is truly a tiny rolly-polly little thing, but it can bring the pain when it comes to sound. Its CSR 4.0 chipset provides the power and bass of Bluetooth speakers twice its size while it still features the standard eight hours of battery life. The nicest feature is that this is not just a Bluetooth speaker. It also has an audio jack and 33 feet of Bluetooth connectivity to give it optimum compatibility with a wide range of devices.
The Arespark is built in such a way that it is both compact enough to fit in most tight carrying spaces, but it is built to be rugged. Although it is only splashproof with its IPX4 waterproof rating, it does come built with rubber bumpers as well as reinforced plastics which allow it to take quite a pounding from outside sources. As for performance, it gives a respectable 12 hours of playtime with 33 feet of Bluetooth connectivity, but it is the powerful 7W acoustic drivers within that are responsible for the powerful sound it puts out. The bass is lacking, but the same could never be said about how loud it gets.
You know what makes the Beats by Dre Pill such an excellent small Bluetooth speaker? It is not that it is even that small, but rather long and designed in that lovely oblong pill shape that actually fits perfectly into a pocket. Not only that, but you get the quality sound that have caused the Beat by Dre products to take the sound world by storm. Despite its size, you get loud sound that also comes with the richness of top-quality bass. However, with its elevated price it makes you want to treat this speaker with kid gloves.