Review: 5 wireless portable speakers

Take the music with you at Easter

Published 31 March 2021 - 6:00 am
5 wireless portable speakers
Geir Nordby

Products in this test

With persistent restrictions on freedom of movement, it will probably be a home holiday for most of us at Easter. But there is no reason to get bored. Pack your backpack and put on your hiking boots. Take a walk in the woods in the local area, lend the swimming pool to the neighbor, or just get out and do things. If you have a holiday home that you can safely seek out, you are extra lucky.

Anyway, the Easter holidays get better with music, or what about an audiobook? There are also plenty of sports broadcasts at Easter, especially in football with World Cup qualification, series start and not least the Champions League for women. You must not watch it on TV, it is fine to listen to sports broadcasts on the radio while doing other things.

Checklist for travel speakers

  • Suitable size for a large coat pocket or a small bag
  • Not too heavy to bring along
  • Battery life that lasts a whole day
  • Fast charging so that there is no crisis if you have forgotten to charge
  • Should withstand being dropped in the sand or getting wet
  • Easy handling even if the mobile is in the bag
  • Sufficient sound level to be heard outdoors

IP Classification

The classification of robustness consists of two digits where the first indicates particle resistance and the second water resistance. For example:

IPX4 – Can stand to running water for 5 minutes

IPX5 – Can be flushed with a garden hose without nozzle (30 kPa) from 3 meters for 15 minutes

IPX6 – Can be flushed with garden hose with nozzle (100 kPa) from 3 meters for 3 minutes

IPX7 – Withstands 30 minutes at a depth of one meter

IP67 – In addition, completely dustproof

Products in this test

Sony SRS-XB23

Good sound in a handy format

The cylindrical SRS-XB23 is smaller and more convenient than its big brothers. But it lacks a bit of sound.

With a little adjustment, the sound is quite engaging, with a rich bass that does not dominate too much.
Slow charging. The speaker requires sound tuning to sound good.
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JBL Link Portable

Both smart and portable

JBL Link Portable is a portable speaker in a practical format. Google Assistant is built-in for smart home management.

Combines portable use with Google Assistant for convenient smart home management. The sound is balanced and straightforward, and the charging plate is practical.
We miss dynamics and control, it gets pretty tame. Does not support fast charging.
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Marshall Emberton

It looks tougher than it sounds

The unmistakable Marshall design will appeal to many rock lovers. But the sound of Emberton is rather tame.

Rough and tough sound, robustly built, a look that appeals to rock lovers.
Thin midrange.
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JBL Charge 5

Party on the trip

JBL Charge 5 plays loud and powerful, and is the one you want to take with you on a ride.

Powerful sound, good battery life, several can be connected.
Slightly sharp treble, no sound settings in the app.
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Sony SRS-XB33

The best portable

The Sony SRS-XB33 is, in short, the best wireless travel speaker in its class.

Impressively full and good sound. Good battery life, several can be connected.
The sound may need adjustment before it sounds at its best. Pretty slow charging.
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