Looking for big sound in a small package? One of the first samples monoprice relinquished to my control is something that covers just that need. The “High Performance Portable Speaker” from monoprice will help your phone, tablet, laptop or anything that needs that sound boost loud enough for you and company.
Coming in a rather small package I was pleasantly surprised by the volume and sound quality coming out of the small speaker. That’s not to say it will compete with top of the line speakers but as portable speakers come this is the best bang for the buck I have experienced. The speaker itself twists to expand giving it an unexpected amount of base. This also makes for great portability giving you a smaller more solid package for travel. The extra kick comes from a built in rechargeable battery that charges from a mini USB connection on the speaker. This unfortunately means the speaker needs to either be plugged in to USB or be charged to work.
There is a pass-through 3.5 mm jack allowing you to daisy chain multiple speakers. An attached 3.5 mm jack wraps on the undercarriage for storage but the speaker also comes with a USB/stereo wire for charging and listening while charging. Three of the four corners are depressible for volume +/- controls and power on/off. The power button has to be held to turn the unit on but this also keeps the unit from being turned off accidently.
Starting at $14.79 this is a great value for the person on the go, just remember to charge the speaker before venturing out. The only real drawback to this device is the short stereo wire that is connected but I don’t think that is enough of a drawback to negatively affect this review. Especially when the cable is short to make it easier to transport and the same company will sell you a 6 ft 3.5 mm stereo extension wire for less than a dollar.