One of the hottest gadget niches right now is the Portable Rechargeable BlueTooth Speaker.
You might think to yourself “Why would I need one of these?” Imagine you’re sitting outside – at the beach or the pool – and you want to listen to music with friends. The old school option was the boom box. Hard to find one of those these days. Until recently, the options were very limited and expensive, but now a simple Google search yields about a dozen relatively inexpensive, user friendly, portable speakers that connect without any wires to your iPhone or smartphone.
I chose the UE Boom. Logitech makes it. It costs about $200 and is at the upper end of the Portable Rechargeable BlueTooth Speakers, but what makes it fantastic is its small size, portability, ease of use, and sound. It also has some additional features that are very cool:
- If you buy a second UE Boom, you can pair the two together for BlueTooth stereo sound;
- If you press the + and – together, a voice will tell you how much battery time is left;
- It is water-resistant;
- There’s a smart phone app with an EQ that lets you select from a variety of equalizer settings
They come in a variety of colors and the accompanying marketing material even suggests that you might put it in your bottle cage when you go for a bike ride…might have to try that myself.