While headphones will always be the best method for carrying your music around with you, sometimes they are just not enough and you need something a bit more open so that you can share the sound. Of course, carrying proper speakers around with you would be far too cumbersome but mini, portable speakers have been around for some time now and with developers finding ways to cram more technology into smaller spaces, the portable speakers currently on the market provide a surprisingly high quality of sound. One of the better examples currently available is the JBL Micro Wireless speaker, which can be yours for $59.
The JBL Micro Wireless is very true to its name as it is indeed very tiny and at just 3.3 inches in diameter and 1.6 inches thick, you would not expect to achieve much sound from it, especially since it could easily fit in your pocket. But appearances can often be deceiving and that is very much the case here because the sound is very good for its size and cost.
The speaker is available in a number of colours and comes with all the standard features you would expect. The power button doubles as a pairing button for Bluetooth connectivity while a dial provides the volume control. The speaker has a battery that can be charged by connecting the included USB cable to its Micro-USB port and the compatible power source of your choice. Charging takes around to hours but will provide you with around five hours of playback time on a full battery.
Another great feature is the 35mm auxiliary output jack that allows you to connect it to a device without the use of Bluetooth if need be. However it also provides another rather cool function. If you happen to own more than one of these speakers, you can connect them together with this jack and achieve more coverage with the sound. Better still, there is no limit to how many you can add to your chain.
The sound is far from perfect but then on a micro speaker like this that would be near-impossible to achieve. It does however rise above its tiny size and produce a clear sound that is not let down by the tinny sound often associated with small, portable speakers. Considering its size, the sound quality is excellent. It is also supposed to have bass capabilities but this aspect is not so easy to hear and, while it does not ruin the sound at all, it would be nice if this had been tweaked a bit as it does take something away from certain types of music. Overall, the sound is fine but you will need to take placement and angle into consideration as it will affect the quality.
For what it is, the JBL Micro Wireless speaker is a great little device and excellent value for money. It is easy to use and connect to, the battery life is generous and the sound quality it is capable of is impressive. If you need a portable speaker, this will not disappoint.