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The Soundcore Motion 300, a CNET Editors' Choice award winner, is just $64 right now, but you'll need to act fast to snag it at this price.

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The Soundcore Motion 300 is Anker's answer to Bose's excellent SoundLink Flex Bluetooth speaker (which typically sells for around $150). The Soundcore Motion 300 is about the same size as its Bose counterpart, and while it doesn't sound quite as good, it packs an impressive punch for its compact size -- and the best part is its price.

Right now, you can get the Soundcore Motion 300 for just $64, down from $80 (for now, the deal applies to the black model only). That matches the lowest price we've seen for this speaker to date. But if you want to take advantage of this deal, you'll need to do so before the sale ends tomorrow.

We gave the Soundcore Motion 300 a CNET Editors' Choice award. You can read our full review to find out why.

Like the SoundLink Flex, the Motion 300 can be laid down flat with its speaker firing up toward the ceiling (or sky) or propped up as shown in the photo above. It's IPX7 waterproof and delivers up to 13 hours of audio at moderate volume levels. There's also support for Sony's LDAC audio codec for Android and other devices that support Bluetooth wireless streaming with LDAC. 

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The speaker has a bass-boost button that does amp up the low end a bit. I thought the speaker sounded a bit better without the bass boost engaged because it seemed slightly overdriven with the boost on. The bass just doesn't sound that tight at higher volumes. That's where the Bose does better.

Aside from that small downside, the Soundcore Motion 300 is a very good mini Bluetooth speaker and a good value, particularly at $64. It's available in three colors but, as noted, only the black version is on sale at this price for now. The blue version is currently 10% off, and can be had for $72.

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If you're looking for a larger speaker that produces bigger sound and has a handle for easy toting, the step-up Soundcore by Anker Motion X600 is also on sale for $150, $50 off its list price of $200 when you click Amazon's coupon

The Soundcore by Anker Motion X600 has a spatial audio feature and LDAC support
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The Soundcore by Anker Motion X600 has a spatial audio feature and LDAC support

The Soundcore by Anker Motion X600 is available in three color options.

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The mini boom box has a premium look and feel with a metal grill and carrying handle and includes some interesting features like spatial audio and support for Sony's LDAC audio codec. It sounds impressive for its relatively compact size and is a good value, even at its list price. 

Anker bills the Soundcore Motion X600 as the world's first "portable high fidelity speaker." Weighing 4.2 pounds (1.9 kg), it's got some heft to it but is light enough to carry around without feeling like you're getting a workout. It comes in gray, green and blue colors and is equipped with five drivers, including two woofers, two tweeters and one full-range, upward-firing driver "in a unique speaker array that combined with Soundcore's audio algorithm and DSP helps create a wide (and tall) soundstage for listening to any type of music," according to Anker.

It's rated for 50 watts of total power, with two 20-watt amps devoted to the woofers and tweeters and a third 10-watt amp powering the upward-firing driver.