Best Bluetooth speakers comparison (2017): sound quality and price

Looking for the best Bluetooth speaker in a mid size form factor?
We take a look at the top Bluetooth speaker options in late 2017 and highlight the speakers that shine with great sound, battery life and additional features. Of course, the price of a speaker matters as well.
So which Bluetooth speaker should you buy if you had to shop today? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons for each one of them right below.

JBL Charge 3Top battery life, super loud and water-proof make it our top choice

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Apple HomePod manufacturer sees facial recognition eventually coming to smart speakers

The company that assembles Apple’s HomePod smart speaker, Inventec Appliances, said last week that it expects features offered by 3D-sensing cameras to eventually be available on smart speakers. That would include facial and image recognition that could make the product “more convenient and…easier to use,” according to Inventec Appliances president David Ho. The executive did say that he isn’t sure that a smart speaker with AI would be in demand by consumers.

While Ho didn’t mention Apple’s HomePod by name, he did say that Inventec Appliances is also producing a voice enabled smart speaker …

Real Google Pixel 2 photo apparently leaks out, dual speakers visible

Google is unsurprisingly working on a 2017 generation of Pixel smartphones – which debuted last year with a 5-inch Pixel and a 5.5-inch Pixel XL. While we’ve already seen renders allegedly showing the upcoming devices – possibly called Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 – we can now take a look at what seems to be the first real photo of the Pixel 2 (the smaller among the two new handsets).

Uncovered today by Venture Beat, the Pixel 2 photo in question (embedded above) shows a smartphone that doesn’t really have thin bezels – at least not at the top and bottom of its screen. …

Echo and Echo Dot smart speakers get discounted by Amazon once again

Keep missing out on Amazon Echo details? Fret not, there’s another one for you! The retailer has discounted its Echo and Echo Dot smart speakers to sweeten up the purchase. Amazon is taking $40 off the regular Echo speaker, selling it for $140 in both black and white versions. Meanwhile, the Echo Dot is discounted by $10, coming down to $40.

You ought to know the difference between the two speakers, of course, seeing that the one costs $100 more than the other. The Echo is a big, tube-like speaker that’s able to play your favorite Spotify tunes (also Pandora, Prime …

Deal: JBL's "Dads & Grads" sale offers big discounts on various wireless headphones and speakers

 

Notable items on saleProductLocationItem ConditionCurrent PriceOffer Expires
JBL T450BT
Wireless on-ear headphones

JBLNew

$44.95 ($59.95)
25% off

While supplies last

Synchros Reflect-I
In-ear headphones for iOS

JBLNew

$14.99 ($49.00)
70% off

While supplies lastJBL Xtreme Splashproof portable …

Apple SVP Schiller says smart speakers can be improved with screens

By now, almost everyone knows what the Amazon Echo is. The device, which combines a speaker with an AI virtual personal assistant, is currently one of the fastest growing innovations in tech. Google has the similar Google Home device, and the Harman Kardon Invoke is coming later this year. The latter will include a premium Harman Kardon speaker combined with Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana.

Last week, we passed along two interesting rumors related to smart speakers. One, Amazon’s next generation Echo product is apparently going to include a screen. This speculation started late last …

5 best $100-300 Bluetooth speakers to consider in 2017

A quality Bluetooth speaker is omnipresent at almost any casual gathering or social activity nowadays – be it an evening hang in the park, a mountain trek, or a home party – you better not come, unless you brought your music blaster.

From cheapo $15 units to high-end $1000 pieces, we are truly spoiled for choice, when we look to spill some cash on a portable speaker. And choosing a speaker is not exactly easy, as striking the balance between features, sound and price that suit you is like chasing a super-rare Pokèmon – it takes time and gets you mad along the way. That’s why we are giving …

One of the best Bluetooth speakers gets a huge price cut, dropping to the lowest price we have seen

If you are looking for a lightweight and extremely portable Bluetooth player with excellent battery life, the Logitech UE Roll 2 is among the best you can get: the tiny hockey-puck-like speaker features a catchy design, large buttons, battery percentage status read-outs, and most importantly a great sound quality and battery life.
The Logitech UE Roll 2 normally retails for $100, but you can now get it for nearly half its original price.
At just $55, the Purple version of the UE Roll 2 represents the best deal we have …