Five Awesome (Budget) Mobile Speakers

Five Awesome (Budget) Mobile Speakers

Jeff Heaton
Feb 16, 2012

We're tired of the tinny sound of the tiny speakers on our mobile devices. Our headphones produce beautiful sound and look good doing it, but when we have to move around and don't want to wear them we're relegated to the tin can tweeter. Here are some stylish alternatives…

1. Jawbone Jambox ($179.99)
Yup, you've probably seen it on the shelves of an Apple store near you, the Jambox is a well known contender in this area for its slick looks and audio quality. It's also got MyTALK, a platform for software updates and apps that add functionality to the device. We like the amount of bright colors to choose from, the question is 'which one?' as we won't be matching it to our sunglasses like this gentleman.

2. Zooka ($89)
The Zooka, a device we suspect is named for it's bazooka-like shape and not the sound a kazoo makes, is a bluetooth enabled tube with speakers on either end. It's made to smoothly slip over devices like the iPad or a laptop and bolster their normally bad speakers. Made of medical grade silicon the device can take a beating and it's minimal buttons make use dead simple. If your device doesn't have bluetooth it's also got a 3.5 mm audio input jack.

3. Razer Ferox ($59.99)
Billed as gaming speakers, Ferox's create 360 degrees of sound for up to 12 hours. While these don't boast quite the sound quality of some of the other models we've mentioned, they definitely do boost the volume level and do so more stylishly than most. The tops can be compressed for easier storage while traveling and the Ferox's work with any 3.5 mm audio jack.

4. Soundmatters FoxLv2 Platinum Portable Speaker ($229)
Probably the best competitor in size, looks and audio quality to the Jambox, the FoxLv2 Platinum portable speaker has a 20 hour battery life and two tweeters that double as woofers. Bluetooth connectivity and an AudioQuest Evergreen audio cable mean that you're pretty much set for any device. We like the included speakerphone capabilities for use with your mobile.

5. Altec Lansing iM277 Orbit ($25)
A tiny mono speaker, the Orbit is the best budget option we could find. The sound quality is good and the volume plenty loud for a speaker so small. If you don't spend enough time moving with music or would rather dip a toe in than take the dive on a Jambox, the Orbit is a good choice.

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