Tablets are great for watching movies, listening to music, and other forms of entertainment. In order to fully enjoy any of these experiences though, you may want something more than the standard speakers that are found in most tablets. We’ve rounded up a few great audio accessories that provide a crystal clear sound you’ll appreciate.
Kinivo ZX100 Mini Portable Speaker
Kinivo’s ZX100 is an ultra-compact speaker that fits in the palm of your hand. This speaker features an Expansive Resonator Construction Design to provide the best low frequency output from some a small driver.
The old saying that good things come in small packages definitely holds true with this speaker. Simply put, for the money, the ZX100 is impressive. During our tests, we felt the ZX100 had good frequency response, impressive lows for the size of the speaker, and expected good highs. In addition, the speaker was able to put out a surprising amount of sound. And even when cranked up to maximum volume, we didn’t notice any clipping.
This speaker features a rechargeable battery that Kinivo claims will last for up to 6 hours. There’s also a built-in audio cable that stores in the base of the speaker. And if one ZX100 doesn’t put out enough sound for your needs, you can connect multiple units together.
Because the ZX100 connects to your device via a standard 3.5mm headset jack, it’s compatible with virtually any tablet or smartphone on the market. In the box, you’ll find the speaker, a longer audio cable/USB charging cord, carrying pouch, and user manual. The ZX100 is available in a handful of different colors as well.
Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile speaker II
Bose has a reputation for creating high-quality speakers. The company lives up to its reputation with the SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile speaker II. Simply put, the sound that comes from this relatively compact speaker is phenomenal. You’ll enjoy excellent mid and high sounds as you might expect. During our sound tests, lows performed far beyond our expectations, given the size of the speaker. At full power, we heard no clipping.
Output volume from the SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile speaker II is excellent as well. We tested this speaker both inside and outdoors. When used inside, we were able to fill the room with excellent sound. Outside, we still enjoyed excellent sound quality and you could hear the speaker very well from 20-30 feet away in a large open outdoor space.
Connecting the SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile speaker II to your tablet, phone, or other device is very easy using a Bluetooth connection. To initiate pairing, hold the Bluetooth button on the top panel of the speaker. The speaker can store up to six Bluetooth sources in memory.
The SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile speaker II has a rechargeable battery. We tested the unit on battery power and plugged in to the wall. When we unplugged the speaker, we experienced no interruption in output. According to Bose, the battery will last for up to 8 hours. There’s a status light on the front edge of the speaker that changes from green to yellow (60-99% power) to red (less than 60% power) to give you a sense of how much life remains on the battery. The SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile speaker II measures 5.1 x 9.6 x 1.9 inches and weighs less than 3 pounds.
The top of the unit houses the power, Bluetooth, and volume controls. You’ll also find an auxiliary button on the top of the unit and an auxiliary port on the back which lets you play music from other audio sources. The back of the unit also houses a microUSB port for software updates and the power port. A bi-fold cover protects the speaker when not in use and unfolds to act as a stand.