Are you looking for the best cheap wireless speakers? You've come to the right place! We've tested over 25 new affordable portable speakers to find a perfect, money-saving alternative for the excellent Bose SoundLink Mini II. The winner of these tests is called the Anker Premium. It's at the very top of our list of top cheap portable speakers, offering essentially the same Bluetooth audio as the expensive Bose. Best of all, Anker's product is very affordable. It offers a well-designed balance of features and price, making it a very good cheap portable speaker (with brand new Bluetooth 4.0). Ready to find out how the two contenders compare? Let's get started!
The Bose SoundLink Mini II is one of the bestselling Bluetooth speakers on the market and for a good reason. It offers excellent audio quality and top features. However, the Bose brand name is also known for a hefty price tag. Therefore, we recommend the SoundLink Mini II only to people who are looking for maximum Watts and also to folks who want a speaker that can be used for phone calls. For everybody else, we highly recommend saving money and going with the equally excellent and affordable Anker Premium wireless speaker.
The Anker Premium emerged as the winner of our extensive tests. In short, it's the best inexpensive wireless speaker currently available. It offers virtually the same listening experience as the expensive Bose SoundLink Mini II. Best of all, it's very affordable. So if you're looking for great cheap portable speakers with good bass and lots of features, look no further. The Anker Premium is a high-quality product with great sound, a long warranty, and high-end Bluetooth 4.0 connection. It's a great match for music, movies, podcasts, and much more.
The Bose SoundLink Mini II is, of course, fully Bluetooth compatible. You can connect all common devices wirelessly, from phones to tablets to laptops. Bose does not specify which Bluetooth standard they are using. However, setup is quick and easy, and the connection quality was very good. Additionally, the Mini II recognizes devices it has previously connected to and then automatically pairs with them again - reconnecting is therefore quite simple.
The Anker Premium is also fully Bluetooth enabled. However, it takes that connection one step further by using the cutting-edge Bluetooth 4.0 standard. This is a great choice as it makes the speaker very future proof and also compatible with all current and upcoming devices. Setup and connection quality are excellent! Last but not least, the speaker automatically reconnects to the last device it recognizes. This makes everyday use very easy.
In our tests, the Mini II averaged about 9 hours of playback time. We tested music, podcasts, audio books, and more at different sound levels to find representative averages for everyday use.
The Anker Premium's battery lasted about 8.5 hours in our review. This is outstanding for the price and only half an hour shorter than Bose. In short, you get a lot of playback time with this speaker.
The Bose SoundLink Bluetooth speakers have a wireless range of about 30 feet (9 meters). This is a very good range that allows you to use the speaker in different rooms and outside as well.
The Anker Premium beat Bose in our tests, offering an extraordinary range of about 35 feet. That's quite far and enough to use the speaker even in larger homes easily.
The SoundLink Mini II offers 50 Watts of power. It's more than most people would need from such a small, portable Bluetooth speaker but still nice to have if you're planning on playing loud music.
The Anker Premium features 20 Watts of audio. That's a typical value for a small speaker and enough to play loud music even in large rooms. Audio projection is strong and refined.
The Bose SoundLink Mini II comes with the speaker itself, plus a charging cradle, power cable, and wall charger. It's everything you need to get started quickly, though a 3.5mm audio cable (and port) would have been a nice extra accessory to have.
The Anker Premium includes the Bluetooth speaker itself, a Micro USB cable, and a 3.5mm audio cable. The latter is a great extra: It allows you to connect all kinds of devices which may not have Bluetooth built in. This expands the speaker's usability quite a bit.
The Bose SoundLink comes with a standard, one-year warranty. We'd liked to see a longer warranty period, beyond the minimum that's required,- especially given Bose's premium price.
Anker, in short, offers a better warranty than Bose. The company covers the speakers with an 18-month warranty and also offers customer service options for questions and issues. Well done!
The SoundLink Mini II measures 7.1 x 2.3 x 2 inches.
The Anker Premium measures 8.3 x 2.4 x 2.4 inches.
The Bose SoundLink Mini II weighs about 1.5 pounds. That's a nice, light weight for a speaker and great if you're on-the-go.
The Anker speaker weighs about 1.4 pounds, making it very portable and easy to carry with you, wherever you go.