The purpose of a Bluetooth speaker is to wirelessly fill your room, event, or evening with sound. However, nowadays these devices have so many different capabilities which can sometimes be overwhelming and you don’t know where to start. Here are some of the top Bluetooth speakers of 2017 and the many features they can now offer to help you make the best decision for you and your needs.
#1. Creative iRoar
This Creative iRoar can connect to almost anything. In addition to Bluetooth, the iRoar has near-field communication (NFC) capabilities, a micro USB, 3.55mm auxiliary plug, optical audio plug, and a microSD slot to allow for connection to whatever you need. You can even plug in a microphone to turn the device into a public-address system, or for a karaoke or band night. It has very powerful sound and offers the ability to expand to surround sound systems and potentially an iRoar subwoofer dock in the future. However, it can be too advanced if you’re simply looking for simplicity and it can be a bit pricy.
#2. Ultimate Ears UE Boom 2
Appropriately labeled, the Boom delivers bass. It is a small package – only seven inches long and 2.5 in diameter – but it provides a kick in sound. It is also waterproof and can be submerged for up to 30 minutes in one-meter of water, allowing you to enjoy music at the pool or by the beach. The device only has a 3.5 mm jack for physical connections and although the micro USB jack will not charge your phone, it will give up to 15 hours of music before requiring a recharge. One drawback of the device though is that the navigation controls are unreliable, but this shouldn’t be a problem if you’re connecting through a smartphone or tablet.
Picked by many because of its stylish look, the Fugoo comes in three different shells: Style, Sport, and Tough. This allows you to pick what type of protection you need for whatever you will use the device for. Fugoo is also waterproof and one of its best features is its battery life. On half-volume, it will last you about 40 hours without a charge, and on full blast, it is about 20. Fugoo connects via a 3.5mm jack if you have a device that cannot connect with Bluetooth and a micro USB port that can charge your phone or tablet. The Fugoo does not however have NFC capability.
#4. EcoXGear EcoCarbon
If you’re looking for durability, the EcoXGear EcoCarbon is one of the best bluetooth speakers on the market. It is very durable for camping, hiking, or the great outdoors and is made with rubberized ends for protection against a harsh environment. The device also floats in the water, and therefore could be great for a day out on the water. The back panel has a cover which protects all its connections, which include a regular and mircoUSB port of charging devices. It also has a 3.5mm aux input but no NFC capabilities. This may not be the best bet for a bass addict, but its rear speaker does act as a subwoofer.
Bluetooth speakers are no longer just to wirelessly connect your device, but now have many features that can sport whatever you need. Depending on whether you’ll take your device out for a day by the pool, or a night camping, you are sure to find a device that fits your activity.