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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2013: Editor's Choice - Part 1

Best Wireless Portable Speakers

Best Portable Wireless Speakers

While many manufacturers still produce docking speakers, the trend these days belong to their wireless counterparts. Indeed, who like wires, and the inflexibility of having to dock their Android or iOS device while they move about in the room? For this year's Best Portable Wireless Speakers category, we sought to include devices with Bluetooth capabilities and the ability to function without being plugged into a power socket. Of course, the ease of portability is an important evaluation criteria. The four candidates that we've here have a price range of between S$200 and S$500. Regardless your pick, you can't go wrong with either of them - but let us tell you which is the one that gets our nod.

Nominees: 

 

  • Bose SoundLink II
  • Jawbone Big Jambox
  • Logitech UE Boombox
  • Yamaha PDX-B11

 

And the Winner Is...

For this category, the Bose SoundLink II is the clear winner. Nice aesthetics, we like its bi-fold cover that helps to protect the device when it is being carried or stowed away, and which also doubles up as a stand. Compatible with the Bluetooth A2DP profile, you can playback content from iOS and Android devices with ease. Bose has fitted the SoundLink II with full range drivers and dual opposing passive radiator design enclosed in waffle cone surrounds; and along with an an improved DSP, sound quality is indeed very high. With bright highs and mids, the SoundLink II projected a strong presence and is the best speaker for pop and top 40s audio fare.

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model Bose SoundLink II Jawbone Big Jambox
Logitech UE Boombox Yamaha PDX-B11
Design 8.5 9.0 7.5 8.0
Features 8.5 8.5 8.0 7.0
Performance 8.5 7.5 7.0 7.0
Value 8.0 7.5 7.0 7.0
Overall 8.5 8.0 7.5 7.0
Price S$449 S$458 S$399 S$229

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.