UE Boom

While it's not cheap, the UE Boom delivers very big sound and is a great choice for outdoor use.

Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:

Bose SoundLink Mini

It may not deliver as big a sound as Bose's step-up Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II speaker, but the slickly designed SoundLink Mini is significantly smaller, costs $100 less, and sounds good for its tiny size.

Updated:
Photo by: David Carnoy/CNET / Caption by:

JBL Flip

The JBL Flip offers a decent amount of bang for the buck, though its battery life could be a bit better.

Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:

Sony SRS-BTX500

The Sony SRS-BTX500 may be a little pricey at close to $300, but it looks slick, sounds very good, and comes with a neoprene case for on-the-go use.

Updated:
Caption by:

JBL Charge

The Flip's slightly bigger brother offers a touch better sound but significantly better battery life for $50 more.

Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:

Cambridge Soundworks' The Oontz

Cambridge Soundworks recently dropped the price on the Oontz from $69.99 to $49.99, making it one of the better deals in Bluetooth mini speakers.

Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:

Logitech UE Mobile Boombox

At just under $100, last year's Logitech UE Mobile Boombox offers good build quality and decent sound for its size.

Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:

HMDX Jam Plus

The sequel to the popular HMDX Jam speaker offers slightly improved sound for under $50.

Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:

Philips SoundShooter Wireless

People often refer to the Philips SoundShooter Wireless as "the grenade speaker."

Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:

JBL Micro Wireless

The compact JBL Micro Wireless fits nicely in a laptop bag and also has a built-in cord for wired use.

Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:

Jawbone Big Jambox

It may not be as portable as the original Jambox, but it offers much bigger -- and better -- sound.

Updated:
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET / Caption by:

Audyssey Wireless Speakers

Audyssey's Wireless speakers have come down in price, so they're now a nice deal if you're looking for a set of computer speakers that you can also stream music to from your smartphone or tablet. The only downside: they're not portable.

Updated:
Caption by:

Peachtree Audio Deepblue

As its name implies, the Peachtree Audio Deepblue gets deep -- at least when it comes to bass response. At $399, it's a higher-end model, but it's also one of the better-sounding Bluetooth speakers.

Updated:
Caption by:
Hot Galleries

Last-minute gift ideas

Under pressure? These will deliver on time

With plenty of top-notch retailers offering digital gifts, you still have time to salvage your gift-giving reputation.

Hot Products