Been looking for awhile at portable Bluetooth speakers. I've seen the ones at Best Buy.....Jambox, JBL, Sony, Bose, etc. Some actually sound pretty good (the Bose Mini isn't half bad). But, $100? $200? For a portable speaker? Not feeling it.
Not sure if anyone has heard of them, but I found $40 Bluetooth speakers (MP141) at Anker (Google them as they're on line only....http://www.ianker.com/product/99ANSP9901-BSA
). Been using them for external batteries for awhile, now. Good stuff.
Given my postivie experiences with their external batteries, I was surprised and happy to see they were offering small, bluetooth speakers, as I tend to place them in my offiice, around my house, etc. Gave one a try.
Speakers are the equal to, or better than any other $100 bluetooth speaker I've heard. It's a 2"x2" cube, made of rubberized materiai. It's rechargeable and I played it all weekend (5-6 hours/day). I didn't have to recharge it, once.
Pretty simple to pair and to use. On one side, It has on/off, aux in jack, micro USB jack and charging charging cable (no plug included, though). On another side, it has Play/Pause, Volume Up, Volume down buttons.
It gets pretty darn loud. It certailnly didn't sound like it distorted like the Jambox did at louder volumes. It came across quite clear. Being small, it's not going to blow you away with the amount of bass it produces, but it doesn't need to apologize to those other $100 bluetooth speakers.
It has a soft, suede like carying bag, which I throw into my briefcase.
In short, before you plunk down $100 for a Jambox (which I also own) I'd choose the Anker MP141 to be the better bet for sound quality. For $40, it's certainly a "no brainer" purchase for anyone looking for a small, bluetooth speaker.