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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2018: Editor's Choice - Part 1

By Team HardwareZone - 21 Feb 2018,6:00pm

Best Micro Speaker

Best Micro Speaker

Most people turn to pocketable micro speakers when packing for a trip as these tiny speakers offer much-improved sound over what you'd get from just your laptops. In fact, today's speakers are Bluetooth friendly so you can even stream music over from your mobile phone, so you won't even need to bring the laptop to enjoy your favorite internet streaming music services. This year's contenders are definitely small and portable (as we selected only sub 400-gram models) while adding various degrees of water resistance so they can better weather the elements.

 

Nominees:

  • Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay P2
  • Creative Muvo 2C
  • JBL Clip 2 
  • Sony SRS-XB10
  • X-mini Kai X2

 

And the winner is...

B&O Beoplay P2

While being the most expensive, the BeoPlay P2 is also easily the most musical speaker of the bunch and the best performer overall. It brings good imaging and clarity, and truly delivers good performance throughout the audio spectrum, allowing it to excel in most genres of music. While it may not be as rugged as some of the others, these speakers are easily the classiest looking. And the tap and shake control options offered by the supporting app are well thought out so you don't find yourself struggling with tiny buttons that are too small to accurately touch. This is one time when performance actually lives up to the higher price tag associated.

Scoring Breakdown

Criteria
/Model

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay P2 Creative Muvo 2C

JBL Clip 2

Sony SRS-XB10

X-mini Kai X2
Performance 9.0 8.0 8.0 8.5 8.0
Design 9.0 7.5 8.0 7.5 8.0
Features 8.5 8.0 8.0 8.0 7.5
Value 7.5 8.0 7.5 8.5 7.5
Overall 9.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0
Price S$259 S$69 S$99 S$79 S$99


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

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