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Got My Love To Keep Me Warm.”
Sadly, there’s no speakerphone capability. In
the event that a call does come in, the Soundlink
pauses the music and resumes as soon as the
The $299 Bose Soundlink Wireless Mobile
speaker gives listeners big, rich sound in a sleek
and stylish portable package. Those needing
speakerphone capability will want to look else-
where, but overall the Soundlink is a great choice
for those are willing to spend more for a superior
portable audio experience.
❸ Best for:
Music lovers on the Move
logitech Mini Boombox
Beneath the friendly, rounded frame of the
Logitech Mini Boombox lie some seriously mean
speakers. This small Bluetooth device delivers
suprisingly good bass, but not at the expense
of higher tones.
Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the
Logitech Mini Boombox has rounded edges that
make it a lot more approachable than squared-off
The front of the Mini Boombox is dominated by
a black oval speaker grille with the Logitech logo
at the bottom. The top is a shiny black plastic that
picks up fingerprints easily.
For such a small speaker, the Logitech Mini
Boombox brings the noise in a big way. The device
has an acoustic chamber that vents out the rear of
the device, which makes a huge difference. In fact,
the Boombox reverberates so much that the only
thing that kept it from bouncing off our desk were
❹ Best for:
spar Zephyr 300
Is that a speaker in your pocket or are you just
happy to hear us? Spar’s $99 Zephyr 300 is small
enough to fit in your jeans and still deliver plenty of
volume. And when it’s not streaming music from
your laptop or smartphone, it doubles as a mobile
At 4.7 x 2.4 x 0.8 inches and 4.8 ounces, the
speaker is half as thick, and about 3 ounces lighter
than the Logitech Mini Boombox. While we could
easily fit it into our pocket, the device was bulky and
Decked out in matte soft-touch plastic, the Zephyr
300 was comfortable to hold, and didn’t pick up
fingerprints at all. However, its design is rather drab.
The front has a plain-looking speaker grille, and the
back is empty save for an imprinted Spar logo.
After turning on the Zephyr 300, we held down
the Battery/Bluetooth Connect button until we saw
four flashing lights (about 5 seconds), which signaled
the speaker was in pair mode. Using the Bluetooth
Control Panel on our laptop, we added the Zephyr,
and we were streaming music in no time.
The Zephyr 300 is best heard at mid-volume. At
maximum volume, Styles P’s bass-heavy “Harsh”
sounded heavily distorted, as did the synthesized in-
strumentals on Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger.”
At a moderate volume, Kool & The Gang’s
“Summer Madness” sounded little better than an
AM radio. However, on “Moves Like Jagger,” Adam
Levine and Christina Aguilera’s vocals were crisp,
clear, and playful.
Not all good things come in small packages.
While the $99 Spar Zephyr 300 is extremely portable
and we like that it can recharge gadgets, its audio
quality doesn’t impress. Consumers should pick
up the Logitech Mini Boombox instead. It’s a bit
bulkier, but we’ll gladly give up extra space in our
bag in return for better sound.
the two strips of rubber located on its bottom.
Desk tremors aside, Ella Fitzgerald’s voice came
through clearly, and was complemented by a subtle
bass on “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm.” On
more contemporary tracks such as “Moves Like
Jagger” and “Harsh,” sound was on the hollow
side whether we were paired the Mini Boombox to
a laptop or smartphone.
We had a better experience with the speak-
erphone, which provided loud, clear audio on
both ends of our call. As with other Bluetooth
devices, the Mini Boombox has a range of about
Small, shiny, and cute, the $99 Logitech Mini
Boombox does a good job of delivering loud, clear
audio for a speaker of its size. Audiophiles won’t
be overly impressed, but overall the Mini Boombox
is a solid choice for business travelers or anyone
who doesn’t have a lot of desk space.
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