Review: 9 Travel speakers

Wireless and robust for the holidays!

Whether on a trip to a ski slope or the beach, a battery-powered, sturdy speaker is perfect for the journey.

Travel speakers are becoming increasingly popular. Many have realized how sad it is that everyone sits with their mobile phones and listens to music on their own, when you can just as well as enjoy the music as a group. But there’s also no room to lug around some huge beast during your holiday. Instead, one looks for small battery-powered speakers that can easily be placed in a carry-on luggage for a trip abroad, in a tote bag for a trip to the countryside, or in a backpack for a ski trip. The speakers must also be able to handle being dropped in the snow, or getting splashed with water from a pool.

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Last year, we tested luxury speakers at a higher price point. For that you get slightly bigger speakers with decent volume and a pounding bass rendition. However, they often take up more space in your luggage. This year we went the other way. We have looked for smaller, more convenient speakers that can easily fit inside a coat pocket. We have also tried to find speakers that can handle coming along on a trip and being used every day. And we’ve set the price limit down to half the amount, so everyone is able to afford music for a holiday.

Party atmosphere and assistants

Two trends are evident among this year’s candidates. The first is that you can connect several speakers together. Either two speakers so you can get adequate stereo sound which gives a real boost indoors when they are placed near a wall. Or a so-called party mode where multiple speakers play in sync, either to spread the music throughout several rooms when you’re inside, or to get the music to cover a larger area when you’re outside. Unfortunately, the volume from a pocket speaker does not reach far if it is a big party.

 

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The other trend is that they have a microphone. This feature has previously allowed speakers to be used as speakerphones. This is convenient if you don’t want to hold your mobile phone or if you want to host a conference call. But now it’s also used to talk with voice assistants such as Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant. Even if your mobile phone is packed away, you can press a button and ask about the weather, or make a web search to see who’s right when there is a disagreement during a party game.

 

Geneva Lab Touring XS
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Geneva Lab Touring XS
We previously tested both Geneva Touring L and Touring S, where the letters indicate size. Now is their little brother's turn, a speaker that falls into the travel category. Besides the size, the features are different. The larger models also ...
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Denon Envaya Mini DSB-150BT
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Denon Envaya Mini DSB-150BT
Two years ago we tested the Envaya Mini in a similar test of travel speakers, and we concluded that it was the best buy. Here comes the sequel, confusingly enough with the same name. So it is important to keep ...
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Braven Stryde
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Braven Stryde
The American brand Braven recently launched the Active series. Besides Stryde, there is also an omnidirectional 360 and a big brother XL. Stryde is a relatively large and heavy speaker, which might better fit in your luggage than in your ...
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Bose Soundlink Micro
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Bose Soundlink Micro
We previously tested the Bose Soundlink Mini II, which is a fantastic travel speaker. However, the Micro is a better speaker for the beach, as it is both waterproof and has a better price. It also feels very sturdy and ...
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Skullcandy Barricade XL
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Skullcandy Barricade XL
Skullcandy has previously been known for their colourful headphones. Just over a year ago, they launched a speaker series called Barricade, where the XL naturally is the largest. It is also the largest and heaviest speaker in the test, so ...
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Ultimate Ears UE Wonderboom
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Ultimate Ears UE Wonderboom
Ultimate Ears has performed well in many of our previous tests. For example, the UE Megaboom was test winner at last year’s test of more expensive travel speakers. We have also tested Wonderboom separately, but how does it perform compared ...
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Philips BT7900
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Philips BT7900
Philips speakers are part of the Everplay series, where they focus on a strong Bluetooth connection and smart charging. In this case, they promise a Bluetooth range of up to 30 metres. And you can quickly charge the speaker if ...
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Libratone Too
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Libratone Too
Libratone has previously produced portable speakers, such as the excellent Zipp Mini. However, that one was not particularly robust, and was best suited for home use. Libratone has now released real travel speakers. The slightly more expensive One is in ...
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JBL Flip 4
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JBL Flip 4
When we previously tested JBL’s travel speakers, we confined ourselves to the Charge models, for example, the excellent JBL Charge 3. Flip lacks the large battery and the ability to recharge mobile phones, but on the other hand it is ...
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