Logitech X300 Mobile Wireless Stereo speaker review: A quality mini Bluetooth speaker at an affordable price

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The X300 in vertical mode. Sarah Tew/CNET

In all, I liked the X300 and have no problem recommending it. It doesn't come with any sort of carrying case or have a pause/play button on the unit itself (except for volume, you have to control playback from your smartphone or tablet). Also, battery life is only so-so at around 5 hours.

But apart from those small gripes, I didn't really have anything to complain about. It's got a sturdy, attractive design -- it weighs 0.80-pound or 0.36kg -- that seems suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and offers decent sound for its size. The speakerphone also works pretty well, so long as you don't stray too far from the microphone, which is on the top of the speaker.

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The speaker charges via USB and has an audio input on the back. Sarah Tew/CNET

Conclusion

I'd take the better-styled X300 over most of the generic $50 Jambox knock-offs out there, as well as a lot of the more established mini speakers, including the UE Mini Boom (Logitech owns UE), which tend to retail for closer to $100.

In short, in a sea of tiny Bluetooth speakers, the X300 is a good catch -- a keeper, if you will.

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