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No iPad Screen Can Compare to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+


The Galaxy Tab S7 may not have immediately stood out among Samsung’s avalanche of new products announced during last week’s Galaxy Unpacked event, but after getting the chance to actually spend some time with a Galaxy Tab S7+ and use it some more, it’s quickly becoming a contender for Samsung’s most improved new…

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Logitech’s $400 G923 Racing Wheel Offers Incredible Feedback for Simulation Fans

Logitech G923 racing wheelLogitech

If you like your racing games serious, you know that the only “real” way to play is with a wheel. Those who prefer to simulate rather than merely play can pour thousands of dollars into an advanced gaming setup, and Logitech is here for them, with the $400 G923 Racing Wheel. It’s up for pre-order now and shipping later in August.

The wheel comes in Xbox and PlayStation varieties, with both of them boasting compatibility for the PC. (If you’re primarily a PC player, I’d go with the Xbox version.) The wheel uses a steel and aluminum construction covered with hand-stitched leather, complemented with steel pedals and steel racing-style shifter pedals. That wheel can turn a total of 900 degrees with a hall-effect sensor.

But the star of the show is the force feedback system, what elevates this from merely a controller to a wheel simulation. Its internal motors continually adjust their electrical current for precision simulated feedback, which is fancy talk for “it really feels like you’re driving a car.” Other notable functions include an LED rev indicator and dual-clutch launch assist in supported games, and full Xbox/PlayStation controller inputs on the inner wheel for easy game navigation.

Logitech G923 Trueforce feedbackMichael Crider

Players can either use automatic, developer-supplied profiles from supported games (like Farming Simulator—yes, really!) or customize their own in Logitech’s G software. The long list of supported titles mostly includes dual clutch functionality, though only a few take full advantage of Logitech’s TrueForce feedback system, including GRID 2019, Assetto Corsa Competitzione, and Gran Turismo Sport on the PS4.

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4 Reasons Everyone Should Own a Portable Battery

Four portable batteries laying together on a brown swirly rugCam

Portable batteries are one of my favorite accessories, but they’re also admittedly pretty unsexy. They’re not as glamorous as a new mouse or set of true wireless earbuds, but that doesn’t mean a solid portable battery is any less of a must-have for literally everyone. So, if you don’t have one, you probably should. Here’s why.

Use It to Charge Smaller Gadgets

A RavPower battery charging a Logitech MX Keys keyboardCam

I use a wireless keyboard and mouse at my desk, and I absolutely hate plugging them into a wall wart (or even a USB port on my computer). Something about that cable across my desk drives me nuts, not to mention how annoying it makes using the mouse. So instead, I’ve been using a portable battery for both of these.

It may seem trivial, but it makes a pretty big difference. It’s easier than dragging a cable across my desk and more convenient than plugging into the computer. The portable battery sits flush next to the keyboard while it’s charging, and the neatly wrapped cable keeps things tidy. The mouse is also easier to use attached to the battery because the cable is able to move about freely.

I also use a portable battery to charge other small gadgets like wireless earbuds, flashlights, and whatnot. I can get multiple charges for a variety of small devices from the battery. And, as long as I don’t forget to charge the battery (which I usually do overnight), it’s always ready to go.

A PD Battery Is a Great Couch Companion

A RavPower battery on a tan couch with a teal pillowIf I get it a little blanket, it may never leave this spot. Cam

I’ve been working from home for a long time, and some days I get sick of looking at my home office. And on those days, I will camp my ass on the couch for as long as I can (until my wife gives me the boot so she can watch TV or whatever). But sometimes my laptop isn’t up to the challenge, and I hate digging around behind the couch for an outlet.

But the RAVPower battery I’ve been using has a 65-watt PD (Power Delivery) port, which means it can power most laptops. It works beautifully to juice up my Pixelbook and Surface Laptop 3, and saves me a bunch of hassle when I last longer than my laptop (often). One full charge of either laptop will basically drain the battery, though, which is a potential downside. Something to consider if you’re looking for a couch buddy—get one bigger than you think you’ll need.

It’s a Must-Have in an Emergency

The Anker Roav portable battery with car booster cablesYou can boost your car with this battery. Cam

A storm is rolling in, and there’s a chance your power could go out. Your phone is at 12 percent. What do you do? If you have a portable battery, you don’t sweat it. You’ll be able to make sure your phone is juiced up at least a couple of times, which might be crucial in the case of a real emergency (not just a power outage), like a natural disaster.

There are also portable batteries that are designed to be able to boost a dead car battery. They’re slightly larger than other portable batteries, but having one in your car for emergencies could be the difference between having to call someone and getting your car boosted immediately. Most of those batteries also have other features like a built-in flashlight. In many cases, they’re also capable of charging your phone or laptop if you need them to. Just remember to get it out of your car and charge it once every six months or so!

Charge Your Battery-Hungry Gadgets Right in Your Bag

A portable battery charging a laptop inside of a messenger bagIt’s in ur bag, chargin’ ur laptop Cam

After CES 2020 (which feels like a lifetime ago), I wrote about how a 45-watt RAVPower battery saved my ass on more than one occasion. A big part of that was because I could charge my laptop or phone while they were in my backpack between meetings. That made the “downtime” while traveling between places incredibly valuable when it came time to get stuff done during or after those meetings. Plus, at events like CES, any outlet you might potentially find will almost certainly be occupied by someone else.

Of course, not everyone is going to CES, but you should still be the appeal for other real-life events too. Like on vacation, when you might be using your phone for navigation to find your way around.

Okay, Which Portable Battery Should I Buy?

So you’re convinced, but a quick look through Amazon has you absolutely overwhelmed with the number of options. I don’t blame you! Portable batteries are prolific—everything from small and ultraportable $5 “tubes” to massive beastly bricks that could bludgeon someone make it a hard choice.

Never fear, friend, because the RG staff has used more portable batteries than you can shake a stick at (why are you shaking sticks at batteries?), so we have some favorites. But first, a quick word about those cheap-ass “tubes.”

I can see why those are so popular—they’re cheap and ultra-portable. I’m sure they’re great in a pinch, but if you want a battery with some real utility, I’d suggest skipping those. They’re more than likely only big enough to charge your phone one time (and certainly not powerful enough for anything else), so they’re honestly not all that useful. Unless, of course, you only buy one to supplement your real battery. I dunno man, I guess that’s a thing someone does.

Secondly, you might be tempted to pay a little extra for a battery that has wireless charging. In a word: don’t. I’ve used several batteries with wireless charging and in every situation, it’s been a superfluous feature that does nothing more than jack the price up. It’s simply not worth it.

And with all that, here’s a look at the batteries you probably should buy (or at least consider).

Best Overall: RAVPower 20,000 mAh 60w PD Charger

RavPower's 20k mAh 60w chargerRAVPower

If you’re looking for a killer use-it-at-your-desk-or-throw-it-in-your-bag battery that can charge everything from your headphones to your laptop, this is it. It’s small enough to be truly portable, but powerful enough to juice up damn-near anything you throw at it.

It has two USB ports—a 60w USB-C port with Power Delivery and standard 18w USB-A port—so it’s versatile enough to cover most bases. It also has a 30w input, so it charges quickly and will be ready the next time you need it.

The Best for Emergencies: Anker Roav

The Anker Roav with car booster cablesAnker

As I said earlier, some portable batteries can boost your car if you get caught with a dead battery—the Anker Roav is one such battery. This 12,800 mAh battery doesn’t have the biggest capacity, but it’s also not meant to be a battery you toss in your laptop bag for everyday use. Nay, this is a beefy emergency battery that’s best left in your car so it’s there in case of, well, emergency.

Aside from the ability to boost your car’s battery, it also has a built-in flashlight, 45-watt charging, two USB-A ports, and a USB-C port. It’s a big boi.

Best for Emergencies

Anker Roav Jump Starter Pro 1000A, 12800mAh, 12V Portable Car Jump Starter (Gas Engines up to 6.0L, Diesel up to 4.0L), Battery and Phone Charger with 3 USB Ports, SOS LED, and Jumper Cables

This chonky boi can charge your laptop or phone, has a built in flashlight, and can even boost your car in a pinch. What more could you want?

Best for Fast Charging Laptops: Zendure SuperTank

The Zundure SuperTank in silver with charging cableZendure

If you’re looking for something that is powerful enough to juice up even the beefiest of laptops, look no further than the massive 27,000 mAh SuperTank from Zendure. It has not one, but two USB-C ports capable of outputting at 60w and 100w, respectively. That’s enough to power a 15-inch MacBook Pro.

But it doesn’t stop with a pair of USB-C ports, because it’s also packing a pair of 15w USB-A ports. And despite its fatboy 27k mAh size, it can hit a full charge in just two hours with a 100w brick. As an added bonus, it’s made of aluminum and weighs over a pound, so it can also double as a weapon in a pinch. Consider that a perk.

Best for Fast Charging Laptops

Zendure Power Bank, SuperTank 27,000mAh External Battery with Dual USB-C PD (100W&60W) and USB-A (15W&18W), QC 3.0 Portable Charger for USB-C laptops, MacBook, iPad Pro, Switch, etc.-Silver

With its 100w output, this battery can handle even the most power-hungry laptops. Plus it would likely knock someone out if you throw it at them.

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The Best Turntables and Vinyl Accessories for Beginners

Young audiophile playing vinyl record on turntable in her homePopartic/

If you’re just getting into vinyl, it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed by all the options for turntables and vinyl accessories. Lucky for you, we rounded up a solid list of beginner-friendly (and budget-friendly) turntables, and some basic accessories for storing, playing, and cleaning your new vinyl collection.

We know that everyone’s audio tastes differ. Our suggestions won’t create the perfect audiophile setup; rather, this is just a starting point for anyone who’s new to vinyl. All you really need to get started is a turntable, good speakers, and a safe place to store your vinyl. Undoubtedly, expanding and upgrading your turntable setup will naturally progress as time goes on. We listed a few turntable options—all of which are under $500—as well as some vinyl storage solutions and other accessories that’ll start your vinyl-listening experience off on the right note.

The Turntables

The expression “you get what you pay for” is widely applicable but in few places more appropriate than with turntables. If you’re bargain hunting or hoping to snag a used turntable online, you run the risk of ending up with one that’s made of low-quality material, missing important features, or that’ll do a poor and inconsistent job of playing your records—something that could ultimately damage them.

Paying a little more for a new turntable is a good investment. It ensures you’ll end up with the latest technology, higher-quality components (like a built-in preamp and a nice tonearm), which in turn means you’ll get a clean perfect sound. Though the more inexpensive options are a perfect jumping-off point, the most costly devices are worth every penny, and you should be able to hear the difference.

Audio-Technica LP60X

The Audio-Technica LP60X budget-friendly turntable for beginners, with attached dust coverAudio-Technica

The Audio-Technica LP60X ($99) is your best bet for a quality turntable that won’t bust your budget. Its super-simple design won’t overwhelm beginner users, yet its quality components are good enough to impress serious audiophiles. Its automatic belt-drive operation can run at both 33 and 45 RPM, and it can even convert your vinyl to digital audio if that’s something you’re interested in doing.

The LP60X’s solid platter is designed to minimize vibrations, and its newly redesigned headshell and tonearm base mean better tracking and reduced resonance for crystal clear playback. It also has a built-in preamp for line- or phono-level output, and included in the box is an RCA output cable, a 45 RPM adapter, and a hinged removable cover for keeping dust out whenever you’re not using the turntable. The only notable downside of the LP60X is its fixed cartridge that can’t be upgraded if you don’t happen to like it.

U-Turn Orbit Basic

U-Turn Orbit Basic turntable least expensive turntable from U-TurnU-Turn Audio

If you want a turntable with a clean minimalist look, look no further than the U-Turn Orbit Basic Turntable ($179). You have six fun colors to choose from that are, frankly, a welcome and exciting respite from the armies of plain black turntables smothering the market. The Orbit Basic is easy to set up and use, and it ships with an AC adapter, RCA cables, a dust cover, and a felt slipmat. Its external belt-drive motor is designed to run quietly while spinning at a consistent speed for pure-sounding playback. The Orbit Basic even has a precision gimbal tonearm with an adjustable counterweight that ensures accurate tracking with low distortion.

U-Turn also has another fairly inexpensive model, the Orbit Plus ($289), that’s a solid choice for vinyl newbies with an extra hundred bucks to spare. It has slightly better components than the Basic, so your records will sound better, and the turntable itself will last longer. Who wouldn’t want that? Both turntables come with an impressive three-year manufacturer warranty.

Audio-Technica LP120X

Audio-Technica LP120X turntable best recommendation for new vinyl collectorsAudio-Technica

The Audio-Technica LP120X is one of the most widely recommended turntables for beginners. After all, it’s the remodel of the well-loved LP120USB that many seasoned vinyl enthusiasts enjoy using. The turntable’s magnet-powered direct-drive motor is a nice treat, as it rarely (if ever) will require servicing and is a feature more commonly found on high-end turntables than on those at this price point. On-system playback controls feature a variable pitch control with quartz speed lock, and the popup stylus has a target light for easy song cueing of your favorite 33, 44, and 78 RPM tracks if you happen to be vibing in dim light. The S-shaped tonearm has hydraulically damped lift control, and you can lock it into a rest position when needed. It also has a built-in preamp that’ll allow you to switch between line- and phono-level output with the flip of a switch.

The fully manual turntable ships with a detachable RCA output cable, USB cable, AC adapter, 45 RPM adapter, felt slipmat, counterweight, and hinged dust cover you can remove during use. It can also convert your analog audio into digital audio via the USB output, which is great to have if you’re streaming or simply want to digitize your vinyl collection.

Fluance RT81

Fluance RT81 turntable with a wooden plinthFluance

If you want a great turntable with a beautiful solid wood plinth, the Fluance RT81 ($249.99) is an incredible choice at this price point. The diamond elliptical tipped stylus tracks with precision and accuracy which, paired with the balanced aluminum S-Type tonearm, gives you stellar-sounding audio. The turntable even has a built-in Texas Instruments preamp, gold-plated RCA line outputs, and a ground terminal.

The RT81’s solid walnut-finished wooden cabinet has an aluminum platter, isolation feet, and an included rubber slipmat so you won’t have to worry about unwanted vibrations interfering with your music session. Plus, it looks stylish and classy. Also included in the box is a dust cover, 45 adapter, RCA cable with ground wire, AC adapter, and a quick-start guide.

Denon DP-300F

Denon DP-300F turntable with glossy platter and slipmatDenon

Though the Denon DP-300F ($329) costs a bit more than the other turntables we’ve covered so far, it has additional features and functionality that justify the jump in price. Its heavy super-solid base means added stability and reduced vibrational impacts to its performance whether you set it to 33 or 45 RPM. Automatic startup makes the turntable starts playing at the press of a button, and the tonearm will also automatically return to its rest to minimize possible damage and scratches. (Though it also has a manual lifter mechanism, which is nice to have in the event you want to cue up a specific song.)

The DP-300F’s diecast aluminum build is designed for smooth, vibration- and flutter-free performance. It also has a phono equalizer built-in to connect to an external receiver or integrated amp lacking its own phono input.

Rega Planar 1

Rega Planar 1 turntable with excellent components for such a low price pointRega

The Rega Planar 1 has a super-glossy minimalistic design, and is a stellar under-$500 choice for vinyl novices. The turntable is known for its excellent hi-fi sound as much as its modern design, and is probably the closest any beginner will get to a professional-grade set up on this kind of budget. Though the Planar 1 lacks a built-in phono preamp, it is designed to easily connect to an external one. Its other high-quality components—including zero play ultra-low friction bearings and a 24v low-noise synchronous motor—more than make up for this omission.

A weighted tonearm is mounted to the 23mm phenolic resin platter, and ideal tracking weight is marked on the arm as well. The Planar 1 is fully manual but includes directions so there’s no need for beginners to feel put off by this; it also means you’ll have to manually switch between 33 and 45 RPM. The turntable is available in a white or black finish, both glossy.

Rega Planar 1

Rega – Planar 1 (Black)

A solid beginner-friendly turntable with amazing components and features for a low price point.

The Accessories

From slipmats to speakers to storage, having the right accessories for your vinyl setup is a must-have for keeping it clean and organized. Because vinyl is fragile and, in many cases, rare, having the right accessories on hand makes it easy for you to maintain and enjoy using your vinyl collection.

Quality Speakers

Edifier R1850DB active bookshelf speakers with bluetooth and optical inputEdifier

Having good speakers is the other half of the bare essentials vinyl turntable setup! The Edifier R1850DB Active Bookshelf Speakers are terrific speakers that are widely recommended for pairing with modern turntables. The set supports Bluetooth 4.0 and has lossless Optical Input options. You can adjust treble and bass on the rear panel, and even connect a subwoofer via the sub-out jack. The R1850 speakers ship with a wireless remote for quick adjustments when you’re away from them, along with a two-year warranty on parts and labor.

Storage for Your Vinyl

Old vinyl records in a box standing next to a turntable on a tableSerge Ka/

Even though having floor-to-ceiling shelving full of the choicest vinyl is the dream of every aspiring vinyl collector, it’s not exactly a realistic starting line. Something a little more humble, like the Ikea Kallax ($70) is where most people start, though you can always choose something a little more stylish and functional, like the Novogratz Concord Stand, which has storage for your vinyl, drawers for accessories, and a flat top for your turntable.

Novogratz Concord Stand

Novogratz Concord Turntable Stand, Double, Walnut

This stylish stand has a place for records, accessories, and your turntable.

Protect Your Vinyl with Sleeves

Mobile Fidelity Original Master Inner Sleeves pack of 50 for protecting your recordsTurntable Lab

The best way to become a serious vinyl collector is to care about your vinyl. Newbies and hardcore collectors alike swear by Mobile Fidelity Original Master Inner Sleeves ($19.95 for 50) from Turntable Lab, which keep your records from slipping out and protect them from the bumps and scratches that tend to occur during handling. The clear three-ply sleeves are anti-static and safely hold your vinyl as well as its original sleeve, so you can still see which record you’re looking at. They’re perfect for safely storing new vinyl as well as rare classics.

Keep Control with a Slipmat

SICMATS Pinwheel SlipmatTurntable Lab

A slipmat is an accessory that’s both fun and functional. Above all, a slipmat keeps your vinyl spinning and in position, and prevents it from sticking to the platter beneath it. And if you get one with a cool design, like this SICMATS Pinwheel Slipmat ($20), it looks cool when you’re not using your turntable. They’re commonly sold in sets of two and are an easy way to personalize your setup a bit.

A Turntable Weight for Stable Spins

Hudson Hi-fi BigBen turntable weightHudson Hi-Fi

Turntable weights, also called record weights, perform a number of benefits that help playback sound cleaner and less distorted (especially when playing older, warped records). A weight, like the Hudson Hi-Fi BigBen, keeps records flat when playing, dampens vibrations caused by the stylus as it moves around, and even reduces other problematic distortions, like flutter. It’s not a total essential if your record collection consists solely of brand-new vinyl, but if you’ve got older records, a turntable weight is absolutely worth investing in.

Keep Your Records Clean

Hudson Hi-Fi record cleaning kitHudson Hi-Fi

Clean vinyl is happy vinyl. Though your personal cleaning process and products might change over the years, the Hudson Hi-Fi Vinyl Record Cleaning Kit is a great place to start. It includes a rubber label protector, a stylus cleaner, a microfiber cloth, cleaning solution with a brush, mitts, and an anti-static carbon fiber cleaning brush, which is enough to keep your records in mint condition and sounding great for years to come.

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New charging standard promises full charge in less than 15 minutes


‘Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 5 not only provides superior charging capabilities but helps intelligently extend a device’s battery life,’ says Xiaomi manager

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0 to 50 in 5 Minutes: Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 Could Be Wicked Fast


Qualcomm’s Quick Charge platform has sort of become an industry-standard having been used on a wide range of phones, tablets, and more. But now for Quick Charge 5, Qualcomm is giving its charging platform a massive boost in speed.

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The TheoryBoard is a Pricey Music Theory-Teaching MIDI Controller

The TheoryBoard is a MIDI controller with two purposes: to teach you some music theory and to help you compose and produce music. Its unique notes versus chords setup makes it easy to play only the “correct” notes, even if you don’t have much experience.

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How to Choose Your Microphone on a Mac

Whether they’re built-in to your computer or webcam (or not), you likely have multiple microphones on your Mac. If you’re unsure which one is capturing audio, it’s time to review the audio input settings. From there, you can choose which microphone you want to use.

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The 6 Best Google Assistant Speakers You Can Buy in 2020

Person carrying Bose Portable Home SpeakerBose

If you’re heavily invested in the Google ecosystem, using Google Assistant is likely second nature for you at this point. Whether it’s smart home commands or listening to music, Google Assistant is just useful to have around. So, why not have it around everywhere and the addition of great audio quality with a Bluetooth speaker that has Google Assistant built-in?

What to Look for in a Google Assistant Speaker

When it comes to selecting your speaker, there are a few things you should consider.

  • Audio Quality: Obviously, this is the most important part of any speaker. You might have your preferences on how you like your audio to be tuned, but regardless of that, the speaker you buy should output audio worth its price tag.
  • Connection Requirements: Google Assistant requires an internet connection for most features. You can still use the Bluetooth functionality without the internet, but if you want full access to Google Assistant, you’ll need to be connected to some form of network (whether that’s from the local coffee shop or your mobile hotspot).
  • Build-Quality: You don’t want your expensive new speaker breaking within the first week. The speaker should be durable—able to survive a drop or two. After all, these speakers are built to be taken out of the house.
  • Waterproofing vs. Water Resistance: Going along with build quality, it’s important to understand the difference between a speaker being waterproof and being water-resistant. A waterproof speaker can safely survive being submerged in shallow water for short periods of time. Meanwhile, a water-resistant speaker can only survive splashes of water and rain. Some manufacturers may also provide an Ingress Protection rating, which can clue you in to how waterproof the speakers are.
  • On-Device Inputs: While you can use voice commands to control your speaker, that doesn’t mean it can’t be useful to have some tangible buttons to manage things as well.
  • Size and Weight: If you’re packing a speaker in a bag, you want it to be fairly compact. Even cutting an inch or two can make a surprising difference, and the same goes for how much it weighs. It is worth noting that, generally speaking, smaller speakers have to make the trade-off of lesser sound quality to achieve their compact size, though.
  • Battery Life: An obvious factor for sure, but you want your speaker to last a decent amount of time before dying.

A Line with Options: JBL Link Portable and Link 20

JBL is probably the most well-known for producing these sorts of speakers, and for good reason. Its lineup balances price, audio quality, and portability insanely well, and you even have a couple of options to choose between in the Link Portable and the Link 20.

JBL Link PortableJBL

Starting at the smaller option, the JBL Link Portable is built for, well, portability. It’s fully waterproof, lasts for about eight hours on a full charge, and still features the quality sound JBL is known for. Naturally, as a fairly small speaker, the audio quality can’t match larger speakers like the Link 20, but it’s still great for the size. The on-device inputs on the Link Portable are pretty simple, with a Google-Assistant button and volume controls on the top of the speaker.

The Link Portable comes in three colors: grey, blue, and black (pictured above).

JBL Link 20JBL

If audio quality is your main concern, then the JBL Link 20 is the way to go. It’s significantly taller than the Portable at 8.26 inches, but in exchange for that increased height, you’re getting better audio quality. And, just like the Link Portable, the on-device inputs can be found on the top of the Link 20.

Alongside portability though, you’re also making a couple of other tradeoffs with the Link 20. It’s only water-resistant (Ingress Protection rating of IPX7) instead of waterproof like the Portable, and it only lasts for five hours on a full charge. There is also the Link 10, which is a smaller version of the Link 20 and is around the same size as the Portable. It has the same features and battery life of the Link 20, but when it comes to that size,  the Portable is the better option.

The Link 20 comes in either black or white (pictured above).

You can’t go wrong with either of these speakers; it just depends on whether you prioritize audio quality or portability.

The Premium Option: Sonos Move

Sonos MoveSonos

If having the highest quality audio possible is what matters the most to you, then the Sonos Move is the speaker to buy. It’s not cheap by any means, but the premium audio quality it delivers for that premium price makes it all worth it. The speaker is fairly large and heavy at six pounds, which can be a pain when it comes to packing, but that’s just a sacrifice you have to make for superior sound.

The Move is also fairly durable as well. It’s rated with an Ingress Protection rating of IP56, meaning it can survive most forms of tame weather (rain and wind mostly). Do note though, the Move is merely water-resistant, not waterproof—don’t want to get that mixed up on a $400 speaker.

All the controls you’d expect are found on the top of the Move, and it can last for about 10 hours on a full charge. The Sonos Move comes in either white or black (pictured above).

The Premium Option

Premium Portability: Bose Portable Home Speaker

Bose Portable Home SpeakerBose

The Bose Portable Home Speaker is your best bet if you want premium audio quality with better portability. Being from Bose, you know that you can expect high-quality audio (even if it does come at a high price), but besides that, the speaker’s small build and handle make it ideal for travel. It’s water-resistant and features a durable build, so you can feel good about taking it out of the house.

Alongside the portable-friendly build, you’ll also find your typical media controls and buttons all placed on the top of the speaker for easy access. This speaker lasts for 12 hours on a full charge, and you can get it in either silver (pictured above) or black.

Premium Portability

Super Small: TicHome Mini

TicHome Minimobvoi

When it comes to portability, the TicHome Mini reigns supreme. This speaker is small and light (0.6 pounds) enough to never be a concern when packing. And while larger speakers may be able to give you better sound, if portability is your main concern, the Mini is the speaker to go with.

Besides that, it’s a fairly basic speaker with some simple media controls on top and a hanging strap. The battery lasts about six hours, and it’s rated with an Ingress Protection rating of IPX6, which means it should handle rain and splashes just fine.

You can get the TicHome Mini in black (pictured above), white, or teal.

And Finally: Some Battery Bases

If you’re on a budget, getting a speaker like this that’s friendly to the wallet can be a hard task. However, if you already have a Google Home or Google Home Mini lying around, you can actually convert those into portable Bluetooth speakers with a simple battery base. Google added Bluetooth audio support to the Home line a while ago, and these battery bases make sure the speaker keeps running even when away from an outlet.

It is important to note that neither the Home nor the Home Mini is built to be portable, so you’ll have to be more careful with them than the other speakers here.

Ninety7 Battery BaseNinety7

This base from Ninety7 is pretty simple, but it’ll keep your standard Google Home running for about eight hours. It also comes in three colors: black (pictured above), bronze, and white.

KIWI Design Rechargeable Battery BaseKIWI Design

Another simple base, this time from KIWI Design. It fits your Google Home Mini nice and snug and can protect it from minor bumps and falls, too. This base will keep your Mini running for about 12 hours and comes in three colors as well: Light Stone Gray (pictured above), orange, and dark gray.

We want to make it clear that this base is for the Google Home Mini, not the Nest Mini. The Nest Mini would be a fantastic speaker for this as well, but, unfortunately, neither Google nor any third-party vendors produce battery bases for it. You could always rely on an external battery pack and MicroUSB cable to keep your Nest Mini running out of the house, but that’s a pretty lame option and far from elegant.

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