LIBRATONE ONE CLICK (RM1138)
A throwback to boomboxes of old, the Libratone ONE Click features a removable rubber frame with two interchangeable handles. One’s a hook for hanging the thing and the other is a carry strap for, erm… you get the picture.
Either way, this speaker isn’t built to be cooped up indoors. Its 360° sound makes sure of that, with drivers firing out your favourite tunes from both sides of the ONE Click.
To be sure, this speaker isn’t bad when laid flat, but you get a wider, more balanced sound when it’s placed upright – one that’s pleasingly refined for the price.
Dimensions: 120x41x21mm, 0.9kg • Battery life: 12 hours • USB: Micro • Waterproof: Splash proof
One of the better options, but the Boom 2 is better stil
JBL FLIP 3 (RM629)
A clear step up from last year’s Flip 2, JBL’s latest Bluetooth effort beefs up its bass and battery life with sterling results.
The cheapest speaker on test here, it offers plenty of noise without skimping on the nuance needed to handle more delicate fare; even finger-picked guitar sounds decent on the JBL when lesser offerings can be left floundering.
The speaker also has a splashproof casing and comes with the ability to connect three speakers together – perfect for when someone sticks on Phil Collins out of misguided irony. It’s a neat feature that caps off a welcome comeback.
Dimensions: 64x169x64mm, 0.5kg • Battery life: 10 hours • USB: Yes • Waterproof: Splash proof
You can’t say much fairer than the Flip 3 at this price