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Microsoft offers $130 Jawbone speaker for $69

Early birds who buy it at a Microsoft store can snag the portable speaker for $50.

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Those of you looking for a good portable speaker can grab one made by Jawbone at a hefty holiday discount, courtesy of Microsoft.

For day five of the software giant's 12 Days of Deals, the Jawbone Mini Jambox speaker is selling for a jaw-dropping $69, down from the regular price of $130. Like all the daily deals, the Jawbone speaker is available at Microsoft's online store, starting at 5 a.m. PT, and at Microsoft retail outlets when they open. The first 50 customers who buy one at a Microsoft retail store can snag it for $50 -- a total savings of $80.

What's so special about the Mini Jambox?

Well, it's small -- about half the size of its predecessor. It offers a pair of front-facing stereo drivers to better direct the sound and a bass radiator that delivers a high-quality sound, especially considering its compact size. It supports Bluetooth 4.0 and can stream audio from any Bluetooth-connected device from a distance of about 33 feet. It also includes a stereo port for direct connections. The speaker's rechargeable lithium-ion battery will give you around 10 hours of playback in a single charge.

The Jambox also comes in seven different colors.

CNET's review of the Mini Jambox said that "while you'll pay a premium for it, the Jawbone Mini Jambox is the best-sounding and best-designed micro wireless speaker." Microsoft's deal now trims that premium price tag, making the Jambox certainly worth considering if you need a good wireless speaker for your smartphone, tablet or other device.

The deal runs for a full 24 hours or until supplies last. Microsoft's 12 Days of Deals promotion runs through December 19. Saturday's deal halves the price of two Xbox One/Xbox 360 games. Normally selling for $60, Destiny and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will each sell for just $30.