A portable speaker is a great accessory to your smartphone, tablet or laptop. But selecting the best speaker can be a stressful affair, especially with so many options on the market.
There’s a large variation in quality, performance and functionality of speakers. The best way to select a portable speaker is to determine the best features for the way you intend to use your new sound gear. Whether you want to take your tunes to the beach or you’re a videophile wanting to enhance your gaming experience, there are many benefits and features to consider when selecting a speaker.
We’ve outlined the questions you should ask before purchasing your next portable speaker.
Do you need Wi-Fi or Bluetooth — or both?
There are two ways to go portable with audio — Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Bluetooth speakers pair directly with a device, such as a phone or a laptop, and they tend to be battery-powered. Wi-Fi speakers connect to a home network and typically operate on AC power, so they require an outlet.
How often do you want to charge your device?
Battery life is a key feature to consider, because you don’t want to recharge your speaker every hour. The typical length of operation for a portable speaker is four to 10 hours, but larger speakers often have larger batteries that can operate for longer.
If you plan to take your portable speaker on hikes or to the beach, shop for models with longer battery life. Alternatively, bring a backup portable charger or power bank and the correct power cord.
Do you want voice control?
Voice-assistant technology enables you to control your playlist, get the latest news, set a timer, check the weather, or operate other smart home devices via your speaker. You can use voice assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Microsoft Cortana.
Where will you use the speaker most?
If you’re selecting a speaker for home use, you should consider something that will complement your home decor. If you intend to use it at home, but somewhere moist like your bathroom, you’ll want a waterproof speaker.
If you plan to use your speaker outdoors, it’s important to consider a rugged, waterproof speaker. Another reason we suggest shopping for a more rugged portable speaker is if you intend to have your kids use it, whether for distance-learning or backyard play.
Do you want any additional features?
Many portable speakers offer direct access to music streaming services, such as Apple Music, Spotify or Pandora, while others feature hands-free speakerphone functionality that enables you to take phone calls through your speaker. Additional features, such as music streaming and hands-free functionality, are optional considerations in the speaker-buying process.
When you buy portable speakers from an authorized reseller like us, your speakers will come with a full manufacturer’s warranty. Toton’s TV provides many options for high-quality speakers from industry-trusted brands, along with expert technicians who provide product service and support.