Travel speakers you should pack for your summer holidays
Wowee One Slim
Along with its tiny tweeter, the phone-sized Wowee Slim also has a mini sub-woofer that emits an almost inaudible bottom end growl that causes it to literally shake in your hand. But position this clever gel-backed box of trickery on the right kind of surface – a wooden chair, glass table, etc – and the bass suddenly comes alive. The top end distorts if the volume's wound up too much, but you'd be hard pressed to find a bigger sounding speaker packed into this small a box.
Sony's flair for minimalist design is very much to the fore with this classy-looking 10W iPhone speaker dock. A single charge will keep it pumping for over five hours – pretty impressive for the beef on offer. Normal mode sounds a bit dull, to be honest, but flick it into 'extra bass' or 'spatial' mode and it starts to sing.
Geneva Sound System Model XS
Don’t be put off by the Geneva’s price. The most expensive dock here is also in a class of its own. Even the old-fashioned alarm clock-style case feels a million dollars and that's before you've discovered there's an FM radio, alarm clock and external mini-jack on board too. Shame there’s no holiday insurance thrown in.
Gear4 StreetParty Size O
With its brightly coloured liveries, Gear4's ultra skinny but big-hearted stereo unit is clearly aimed at the teenage iPod set. It's more cheaply constructed than online pictures suggest, but it dishes out a commendably loud, bright sound and doesn't distort unless pushed to the limit. It's not particularly bassy but that's to be expected given its 16mm depth – about the thickness of two iPhones.
Yes, it’s cutesy, but can the boomCAN really live up to its big-talking name when it’s a good half inch smaller than the X-Mini? The tiny rechargeable cylindrical mono speaker performs well when presented with sparsely-arranged acoustic-orientated genres like folk and classical but, like a mid-60s Dylan fan, it starts to protest when you throw in some electric guitars and big drums.