speakers.jpgAre you moving in a residence or apartment in the September? Looking for a better speaker for your bedroom? Like to listen to music when you study? Do you and your roommates like to entertain? If so, you should think about investing in a high-quality portable speaker. As someone that appreciates good quality sound, I used to feel like big sound could only come from a big sound system, but technology has proved otherwise. Some of the portable speakers on the market today provide surprisingly high-quality sound for their size. Getting high-quality sound without the bulk of a full home sound system is great for small home spaces and the portability also allows you the option to pack the speaker on trips or bring it out on the patio.

Here are the best portable speakers for any student heading back to school:

Bose Soundlink Mini II Bluetooth Wireless Speaker


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Best Buy customers give this speaker five stars in all attributes and there’s plenty of reasons why! The Bose Soundlink Mini is the updated version of the Soundlink Mini that was released onto the market a couple of years ago. We loved the original and this one is even better! The sound capabilities of this speaker are incredible in comparison to the size. This powerful speaker provides consistent crisp, clear sound but the exceptional component of this speaker is its ability to handle bass. The strong aluminium casing ensures that it will withstand the wear and tear of being packed in a bag and the included cradle charges the device when not in use. This speaker will also give you up to 10 hours of battery life and it has a built-in speakerphone to take calls.

Ultimate Ears ROLL Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

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This is the smallest of the bunch, but don’t be fooled. This speaker is only slightly bigger than the palm of your hand, but since the sound is pumped out from the entire 360° circumference and the speaker is equipped with a 2-inch driver and two tweeters you get a big and powerful sound. The small size makes it great for slipping in your purse or backpack to take on a hike or to the beach and the small bungee cord on the back allows you to clip to a strap if needed. Once connected via Bluetooth, there is up a 65 ft wireless range. I also love how durable this speaker is – it is surrounded by a strong shell and can be submerged in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes without damage. It takes about 2 hours to charge, and once charged you get up to 9 hours of battery life. Looking to get an even bigger sound? The UE ROLL can be paired with any other UE speaker to double the sound using the UE app.

Bose SoundLink Colour Bluetooth Speaker

Speakers 1.jpgIt’s not surprising that there’s more than one Bose speaker on this list and it’s not surprising that it also has a five star rating from Best Buy customers. Bose has made a name for itself over the years for making high-quality sound equipment and the Bose SoundLink is another great example. Once connected via Bluetooth, the high-quality components result in a clear sound even at high volumes and with 8 hours of battery life, it can keep the party going for as long as you need. Available in five great colours, this stylish countertop speaker is guaranteed to fit in any style of living space. Want to learn more? Check out my detailed overview of the speaker here.

Ultimate Ears BOOM Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

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The UE ROLL is not the only great speaker from Ultimate Ears. The Ultimate Ears BOOM speaker has also received 5 star reviews across the board from Best Buy customers because of its high quality manufacturing, great sound and high volumes. Like the UE ROLL, this speaker also has a 360° design so the sound comes out all around the speaker, filling the room or space completely. Once connected via Bluetooth, you can change tracks and take calls up to 50 ft away from the speaker. The outer layer of the speaker also has a plasma coating, making it water and stain resistant and the built-in battery also lasts up to 15 hours once fully charged.

JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

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Though this small speaker is about the size of your hand, the two drivers and built-in bass port delivers crisp, clear, full range sound. The sound quality is further enhanced by the SoundClear echo system. In regards to connectivity, this speaker can be connected to your device either via Bluetooth or NFC one-touch connectivity if your device has it. In addition to playing music, this speaker also has a speakerphone function so you can control your phone through the speaker and the call quality remains clear with the noise cancelling system. Lastly, it should be no surprise that if it’s made my list, Best Buy customers have given it the seal of approval with 5 stars!

Whether you’re moving into residence in the fall or looking for a speaker for your desk to have on while you study, a compact speaker is a necessity for any student going back to school. A high-quality portable speaker is a great option because you get the loud volume and clear sound that you need for entertaining or playing music in open spaces but you don’t have to worry about having a bulky sound system clogging up your living space is small. Above are my top picks for the best portable speakers on the market and they are all great options. Regardless of which one you settle on, they will all provide you with reliable crisp, clear sound, long battery life and wireless connectivity that will provide you with the soundtrack for your home, work or travel!

Lucy Woodhead
My focus is to discuss tech products that are trendy and in demand amongst the younger generation. Over the years I have reviewed, compared and wrote about a wide variety of products, including headphones, speakers, sound docks, iPods and mp3 players. With Best Buy’s launch of VIVA and Home & Lifestyle, I have had the opportunity to expand my focus to include a younger person’s perspective on many of these great products as well!


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