AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Good battery life, OK sound for the price

On off switch is on the back. It would be better if it was on the top with the other controls.

This is perfect for using with my hudl. It was so simple and quick to set up – even for a technophobe like me. It’s light and compact making it easily portable. It takes up hardly any room on my desk. The sound quality is good enough for watching films or listening to music.

I was pretty knocked out at the quality of this little beauty, given the price tag. Not the tinny, echoing sound you expect from a ‘value’ speaker, but clear tones with a reasonably powerful range. I’ve been using it in the kitchen to watch shows on my phone and it made an enormous improvement to the experience. Unless you are a serious tone junkie, this little speaker will meet all of your needs for a very reasonable outlay.

For a budget, no-nonsense bluetooth speaker, this does a great job. You won’t expect 360 surround or anything with this, but for an appliance from a ‘basics’ range, it produces a nice, clear and bassy sound that definitely beats the phone / tablet / laptop speakers they’ll be taking the load from. It’s pretty good across low to high ranges, and avoids being too tinny in the upper range. Top volume is decently loud too, and will fill a large-sized room quite easily with music. It’s as basic as you can get in terms of controls – no playback / forward / back buttons – but it’s no-nonsense you pay for here. The pay-off is not only in price, but in size / weight – it has just a little footprint, and weighs barely anything. Ideal for popping in a bag or case. Bluetooth pairing is very simple, and there’s even a standard 3. 5mm jack socket for connecting non-bluetooth devices. It charges quickly and easily with the (irritatingly very short) usb cable too.

I wasn’t expecting superb quality from this budget speaker (it’s from the basics range after all) but i was pleased that it was better than i thought it would be. The product comes with a thick booklet which contains instructions in english, french, german, italian, spanish and japanese. You have the charge the speaker for a few hours first using the extremely short (23 cm tip to tip) usb cable supplied. Once charged switch it on at the back and press the power button on top (i’m not sure why there are stages to this??). There are three other control buttons on the top – volume up and down and one to switch to phone mode if a call comes through. The speaker paired with my iphone quickly and the led light at the front turned blue to indicate this. The sound is pretty decent for such a small, basic device. It’s not as tinny as i expected and at mid volume it filled a large living room without distortion (as the volume went higher it did wobble a bit). All in all a good budget option if you’re just looking for something which will amplify your phone a bit, but the sound quality probably won’t be good enough for some.

Sound okay but not as loud as i was expecting. Okay for price but not for level of volume.

  • Good sound + Robust + Good Battery life
  • Bad speaker but great Amazon
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I agree with the comments made by other reviewers. This represents a good balance of quality and price. The construction is slightly plasticky and sound volume a bit limited. I have a bose version of this which is far superior – but costs 4 times or more as much. Pairing with bluetooth is easy, there are simple on/ off and volume controls and a dedicated phone call button for using this as a speaker phone. It is fairly robust and not too heavy. Whilst not representing the ultimate in hi fi quality or volume, it is certainly fir for purpose and is ideal for some amplificationon the move. Has a line input too so can pair with just about any electronic device.

This is the third portable bluetooth speaker i’ve tried. The others are a small amazon basics model (no longer available) and a jam audio 2. Both are cylindrical single-speaker models. This model is somewhat larger and has three speakers, perhaps with separate left/right signals and a more resonant central speaker; yet on a side-by-side test with the jam, i felt that, if anything, the jam had the better sound (though there wasn’t a lot in it). It sometimes seems to perform ventriloquism – once, when i was testing the speaker and had it on my lap, i was half-convinced i’d somehow triggered a speaker elsewhere. The sound is best within a fairly narrow cone: moving to the side or above there is a noticeable drop-off at higher frequencies (though that doesn’t mean it sounds muffled, just a little less clear). It can never be a loud speaker, and so far i’ve used it mainly for ambient music, which is not the most exacting of sources; but the few times i’ve played rock through it, it has been ok. Recently i finally got the chance to use it in the garden (which is where i expect to use it most), and it sounded fine, even when it had to compete with nearby construction work. I’m impressed with the battery life; indeed, one reason for the delay in writing this review is that it took many hours of casual use to run down its initial charge, and i’ve yet to exhaust it again.

If you’re not looking for super-fancy sound quality but decent in-house, basic use then this is a must buy product.

Its a good speakers , not very bad , but by this price you can have better speakers , with water proof and can charge your phone , but its still a good choice.

Right, first things first: this is cheap as chips. In everything that follows, bear in mind i am comparing this to my other bluetooth speaker – jam heavy metal stereo bluetooth wireless speaker which was over £100 when i got it. The amazon speaker is part of the basics range and it is, indeed, pretty basic. The sound, though, is better than you might expect. It’s clear and volume is ok. Set up is easy and straightforward – no difficulties at all. The main downside is that there’s an issue with the volume control – it’s basically inaudible at less than half volume via the bluetooth controls, and then it gets incredibly loud incredibly quickly past that. So this is cheap, fine but you’d probably not want it as your main speaker.

Features of AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Black)

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  • Portable Bluetooth speaker with 10 meter wireless range for streaming music, podcasts, and more from your compatible Bluetooth-enabled device
  • 2 internal 2.5-watt speakers and 2 full-range drivers for high-quality sound; provides rich bass without distortion, even at highest volume
  • 3.5mm aux in jack for connecting non-Bluetooth audio devices
  • Rechargeable battery allows for up to 8 hours of playtime on a full charge; small and lightweight for take-anywhere convenience
  • Built-in microphone for hands-free speakerphone calling; choice of stylish colors

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AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Stream music, podcasts, and more from your smartphone or other compatible device with the AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker. Offering a wireless range up to 10 meters, the rectangular-shaped cordless speaker makes an ideal choice for streaming audio when working in the yard, camping, hosting outdoor parties and indoor soirees, or simply relaxing at home.

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  • Stream music, podcasts, and other audio content 10 meter wireless range
  • Up to 8 hours of playtime on a single charge
  • Rich bass and high-quality sound at any volume
  • 3.5mm aux in jack for connecting non-Bluetooth audio devices

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Advanced Bluetooth Technology

Equipped with advanced Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology, the portable speaker pairs effortlessly with laptops, smartphones, tablets, and other compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices (Bluetooth V2.1 and over). Non-Bluetooth audio devices can be connected with a 3.5mm stereo cable.

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Ultra-Portable and Rechargeable

On a full charge, the battery-operated speaker provides up to eight hours of playtime (at 70-percent volume). No need to be tied down by cords or location. The lightweight portable speaker offers an ultra-compact size that slips easily into a shoulder bag or backpack for take-anywhere streaming audio.

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High-Quality Sound

For such a small compact size, the portable speaker produces a wide audio range. The speaker includes two internal 2.5-watt speakers and two full-range drivers, making it easy to fill a kitchen, living room, classroom, or other space with resonant, robust sound. Enjoy strong, rich bass without distortion, even at the highest volume.

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Good little speaker just lacking bass.

Plastics feel cheap but sound quality is ok. As good as expected for this value price.

For the money, this speaker is good for small spaces, low volumes and background sounds. Comparing it directly with similarly-sized speakers from, say, bose, it’s definitely a bit tinnier, with more distortion at higher volumes – you can get around it slightly by turning up the bass in the equaliser settings if playing from a phone. Ultimately, i’ve found myself using it for playing music in the background. In terms of design and ease of use, it looks ace. In particular, the ‘quilted’ metal mesh in the front of the speaker looks really smart. It’s really easy to pair up with a smartphone via bluetooth, and you can hook it up to a computer and charge it with the included usb cable. The amazonbasics speaker essentially does 75% of what other more expensive speakers manage, but for half, a third, a quarter, or even a fifth of the cost. I’d personally be tempted to stretch to a slightly more expensive portable speaker, for better bass and a more rounded sound at higher volumes, but for the money, this isn’t bad.

I want to play music from my iphone in my car which still has only a cassette player. The portable speaker works but i have not yet found a satisfactory method of mounting it in the car.

Sound quality against price is mind blowing. It looks a bit plasticky but this is compensated for by its robustness.

The sound quality on this was good for such a little speaker. Even the husband who’s a bose snob was impressed. Only taking one star off as it’s a little plasticy and cheap feeling to hold but for the price that’s expected. The battery lasted well when it was off charge.

Portable Bluetooth speaker with 10 meter wireless range for streaming music, podcasts, and more from your compatible Bluetooth-enabled device

This bluetooth speaker is better than you would expect from that price range. Of course there is the rolloff at low frequencies and the lack of clarity in the midrange but for it’s size (and price) this is not out of the ordinary. If you’re looking for high fidelity sound then you won’t find it here, nor should you. The sound is adequate, and amazon has thrown in an aux input for you non bluetooth devices, rubber feet for sturdiness, even the ability to answer calls from the speaker unit. Connecting to my devices was pretty straight forward, i’ve run into more problems connecting much pricier bluetooth equipment than this so the no hassle pairing and connecting is a plus. Charging time is fairly quick and i was quite impressed by how long the speaker stayed operational before needing a recharge. Not a killer bluetooth speaker but if you’re on a tiny budget then it’s a product you should be considering.

Works well for the money paid.

When , at last , i figured out the instructions, it worked really well with my phone. I am not technical and this is the 1st bluetooth device i have used. A bit of a learning curve but i got there. Have not yet used it with my computer. It is small and compact so good for travel. Not much weight in the suitcase and the sound is loud enough with my phone. The sound ,so far is a bit tinny but not bad. I like it really well as a good basic speaker for music and talking books and meditations when travelling. I will get a cord with speaker jacks which i certainly think it should have with it. I am over 75 by the way s have some technical problems. Or rather problems with technology. This did not take long to sort out.

Fantastic speaker for the price. Goes quite loud for what you would expect, and maintains good quality sound. My teenage daughter and 10yr old son approve highly.

Small and light enough to hold in the hand and put in your pocket this wee speaker sounds pretty good for its size but just lacking in a little more bass but thats to be expected due to its size.

Simple and basic, but actually it produces a really decent sound for what it is. It filled my room with sound that was fairly rich and not distorted and that wasn’t even at full volume. A little plasticy looking but for the price range and the fact it is a basics range, it’s pretty good.

2 internal 2.5-watt speakers and 2 full-range drivers for high-quality sound; provides rich bass without distortion, even at highest volume

We’re talking basics here – everything works, but it’s all frills-free; the sound is clear but quite cold and hard (better for dialogue, but good enough for music if you’re not too fussed), but it does go quite loud. The metal grille gives it a bit of tactile interest. Like nearly all bluetooth speakers, it. Can handle calls which it does in a typically utilitarian way. Budget range, no-frills – works well.

This is so good, the sound quality on it is great and it goes quite loud.

This little wireless speaker arrived with a good charge so it was just a matter of turning on (switch at the back of the unit), connecting to an android phone, and i was up and running. The sound is good for the size – but of course there are compromises. Still, this does tick a lot of boxes:1. 4 cm and 227g this gadget is small and light enough to fit in a coat pocket or handbag without any trouble. Battery life is quoted at “up to 8 hours” which is decent, and standard usb charging means you can use your phone charger to top it up. It sounds miles better than the tinny internal speakers in your phone, tablet or laptopalthough the appearance is rather plasticky it does have some thoughtful touches like two rubber strips on the bottom which make it sit nicely on a table. There are two internal speakers so it is stereo, though unless you hold it close to your face you would hardly know, since the speakers are so close together. You can control volume either on your source device or on the speaker. If i put them both on full for maximum blast it goes fairly loud, but also a bit harsh; it’s better at medium volume. 5mm jack input for wired connections, and you can also use it as a speakerphonei compared it to some other wireless speakers.

Not to small not too large, just perfect and will fit almost anywhere from your desk to bedroom side table. Great product from the basics range.

Great little speaker for the price.

Good quality sounds and seems durable, i hope it can last a long time so i can get absolute brand satisfaction.

Small bluetooth speakers to use with ipad. . Amazing for price and size (tiny) but good punch.

3.5mm aux in jack for connecting non-Bluetooth audio devices

Part of the excellent amazon basic range, the wireless speaker is compact (about size of a hard sunglasses case), finished in a matte jet black with the front grille finished in a quilted pattern. The base features two small non slip rubber feet, the main operational controls are located on the top of the device. The front grille features a led to indicate status of the device (solid blue = the device is on and paired/connected, flashing blue = not paired or connected, ). The rear features an on/off switch, usb port for charging (usb cable provided) and an aux connector (no aux cable supplied). Setup is easy requiring pairing on first use, then you’re ready to use. The sound level is good for what this is, bass is a little weaker than i would like, but for the size you cant complain and if you really wanted deep bass this may not be for you. Overall a good buy for personal use or for gift purposes. Positives+ compact size+ good volume level+ smart design+ easy setup+ usb rechargeablenegatives- weak bass- no aux cable supplied.

For the price, this is a brilliant little speaker. It’s lightweight, very attractive and the sound is great. Easy to use (even i can manage it, and i can’t work a dvd player). I’m really impressed with this speaker and the sound it produces.

This is a nice small portable speaker which we didn’t have any problems in pairing up to phones or ipads. This meant that i was able to run audible books through it and listen whilst pottering around. Also very useful when on a conference call as this speaker made it easier for me to work whilst in on the call. You can of course use for listening to music also. The sound was pretty basic, a little tin sounding and quite flat as there is no real noticeable ‘bass’ sound, however, this is a basic little speaker and frankly for the price i think its a good little speaker too. Its not trying to compete with the big guys its just fulling a need in the market and it does it well.

Bought this model last year & i have to say it’s a great speaker which i use with my mp3 player. Good price and great bit of kit 😎 if your looking for a speaker for your music device i would def recommend this product, great sound and all round nice device 🖒🖒 10 out of 10.

A tad tinny, but easily connected via bluetooth (took 10 seconds) and lasted a couple of hours on a charge. Small enough to slip into a pocket or laptop bag. Perfect for use in the loft when i was up there sorting out stuff to throw away.

I have given this five stars because i expect it to be very competitively priced. At the time of this review it was showing as unavailable so no price was shown. It is a small portable device. It connected smoothly to bluetooth on my phone. You can also connect by cable. There is an absence of bass but that’s pretty much inevitable in such a small speaker. And if you push the volume too high it doesn’t sound great. But within those limitations i think it is excellent and if is priced in the budget end of the market it is worth five stars. I’ll try to remember to check back and see what the price is so i can edit this review if necessary.

Rechargeable battery allows for up to 8 hours of playtime on a full charge; small and lightweight for take-anywhere convenience

The speaker was making cracklings noises when playing. I give three stars because i could just drop the item in an amazon drop off point and o got my refund straight away without spending extra money for the postage. Another great display of efficiency by amazon.

I don’t think anyone purchasing this little bluetooth speaker would be expecting top quality sound, rather a reliable unit giving reasonable sound quality. My daughter though, was thrilled. It appealed instantly and actually in reality it offers a perfectly acceptable sound quality for her needs (and mine- not too loud). Its a little fiddly to pair up vi bluetooth, but once set its fine.

The amazonbasics portable speaker is yet another of amazon’s budget range technology goods – the bare minimum product with no extra ‘bells and whistles’, so to speak. As expected, the products are well produced for the price, but unfortunately for the bluetooth speaker, the sound just isn’t great. There is no bass, nor clarity – it is merely ‘ok’ for the size and price. I quite like the design, the pillow-shape front is lovely and the blue covering is nice, if a little ‘cheap’ looking. Overall, if you upgrade in price and even slightly in size, you will get a much better result; however, if you’re dead set on it being this small and cheap, and can cope with the tinny sound, this isn’t bad value for money.

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AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Black)
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4.3 of 5 stars, based on 45 reviews