18 best portable speakers for 2015 UK: Best budget Bluetooth speakers and cheap speakers for phones, tablets and laptops
The 18 best budget portable and Bluetooth speakers for your smartphone, tablet or laptop
By Marie Brewis | PC Advisor | 09 March 15
The Luxa2 Groovy W has poor sound quality. The combination of lo-fi Class D amplifier and low-grade Bluetooth hamper any decent audio quality from this unremarkable speaker. In our tests it had a tiresome sound when tasked with playing music but it may be more suited to casual telephone conversation.
The Otone Soundship Micro is reasonable portable Bluetooth speaker for £99. It provides very clear 3D audio and is very easy to use, the major downsides to this Bluetooth speaker are the docking design and lack of audio oomph.
This Inateck Portable Bluetooth Speaker is a useful gadget for turning up the volume on your phone or tablet, PC or laptop, and it comes in at a great price. So it doesn't offer out-of-this-world audio quality, but if you want that you'll have to pay for it.
Etekcity's Roverbeats T12 is a stylish Bluetooth speaker that's portable enough to take on your travels and loud enough to fill a room. It offers good value at this price, but its long battery life is undermined by the lack of a standby mode, and there is no mic for taking handsfree calls over Bluetooth.
The Chant Bluetooth cheaper than some portable wireless speakers and its eco credentials mark it out, but sound quality isn't the best. If you're prepared to carry something a little larger, i-box's Twist sounds better and is £10 cheaper.
At £49.90, the X-Mini Max Duo speakers aren't exactly an impulse purchase, but they remain solidly affordable. While not illegal-rave-spec, the X-Minis sound great for such portable units (alternatively, you could say they're wonderfully portable for such decent-sounding speakers) and look pretty good too. A great buy for summer holidays and outdoor loafing.
A good value, very portable Bluetooth speaker. At this price it's hard not to recommend the Maxell MXSP-BT03. Just don't expect the greatest audio quality.
The Jabra Solemate offers a big sound in a small packet (for a reasonably large price). The Bluetooth speaker is small enough to fit in a laptop bag, but can easily fill a room with sound. And it is built to last.
Reasonably priced and well built. If you don't expect awesome audio this portable speaker set will serve you well. The Scosche BoomBOTTLE is ideal for active types who like to make noise when out and about in the great outdoors.
Of the three SoundBooks we’ve opened to date, this is the first that we’ve found to really impress by its sound quality. Bayan Audio has really taken a leaf out of a good book on music here, making an affordable little speaker that bucks the trend for many of its Bluetooth breed by being a delight to listen to. And as with any such speaker though, for best results skip the Bluetooth link and just plug into the jack in the back.
Great value, easily portable and pretty tough, the Inateck BTSP-20 is an ideal Bluetooth speaker for rocking out in your shower or at the beach, and for holding conversations as you sit in the tub.
At £49 the Inateck BTSP-10 is a loud, cool-looking portable speaker that uses power-efficient Bluetooth 4.0. Sound quality is pretty good, too, but we dislike the inability to skip tracks and, Inateck, we don't do user manuals.
We like the Inateck BP2001. It looks good, it sounds good, and it's cheap. It's not in Bose territory, but if all you want to do is turn up the volume on your phone, tablet, PC or laptop, the Inateck BP2001 is a steal at £28.99.
There's little to dislike about the Edifier Sound To Go Plus at the price. It's a cheap and effective way of improving the sound from your laptop. Sleek and well finished it can also be used on the go with a range of devices using its built-in battery.
We really like iClever's Bluetooth Wireless Speaker. Audiophiles will still prefer to spend 40 times the price (and then some), but for most of us this £25 speaker is portable, good-looking and offers more than adequate sound.
We're pretty taken with the Lava BrightSounds. It won't appeal to everyone, but if you're planning a camping or festival trip, a BBQ party in the garden, or even just fancy a cool reading- or night light, this all-in-one Bluetooth speaker and LED lamp is worth a look.
It's hard to fault the i-box Twist given how cheaply it can be picked up online. It sounds great and works well as a speakerphone. Battery life isn't the best, but it's probably enough for most people.
The Lumsing B9 Bluetooth speaker is a good speaker for a good price. It has a variety of connection options and is fairly straight forward to use. Its reported 25 hour battery life means that it'll keep on going and the audio quality is a lot better than others in the same category.