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Spotify Premium members rejoice! You’re now eligible to receive a free Google Home Mini. For those who haven’t heard of this smart speaker, it boasts a small pebble-like form factor with a fabric top that its white-colored status lights shine through and is available in “Chalk”, “Charcoal”, “Coral”, or “Aqua” color options. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
Souncore Wakey is an all-in-one bedside speaker that does more than just wake you, and it’s being offered for just $79.99 shipped, originally $99.99. In addition to the built-in wireless charger, there are also two extra USB ports out back, and the time, displayed in either the 12-hour or 24-hour format, automatically syncs with your phone. You can either fall asleep to white noise or select from 10 different sounds, making your own personalized soundscape using a combination of your favorites. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Anker’s SoundCore 2 portable wireless Bluetooth speaker has IPX5 water resistance and is being offered for just $29.99 shipped, today only. Featuring 12W of pure audio power with enhanced bass, thanks to dual neodymium drivers, while an advanced digital signal processor ensures pounding bass and zero distortion at any volume. Exclusive bass up technology and a patented spiral bass port are both designed to boost low-end frequencies and make the beats hit even harder. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Think of it as IKEA’s version of a Sonos speaker, and the SYMFONISK range includes table lamp ($179) and bookshelf ($99) WiFi speakers. Both are compatible with Sonos own product range for seamless integration and can be navigated through the Sonos app. The former combines light and sound
into one product, keeping your home organized with less devices and cords. You can either tuck the bookshelf speaker away or put it on display vertically or horizontally – the included bracket can support up to 6.6 lbs. Read more for a video review, hands-on pictures and additional information.
Logitech’s Z313 2.1 Speaker System is best in its class, and it’s being offered for just $27.72 shipped, today only, originally $49.99. Its intuitive control pod places the volume control at your fingertips, while the 25 watts (RMS) of power fills your room with dynamically rich and balanced music. The compact subwoofer is perfect for tight spaces, like under your desk, producing deep bass you can feel. Simply connect the system to your computer and you’re ready to go. Product page. Read more for another video review and additional information.
ION Audio’s Tailgater Plus is much more than a 50W ultra-portable speaker system with switchable bass boost, and it can be picked up for $89 shipped, this weekend only, originally $119. This rugged, rechargeable speaker plays music from any Bluetooth device and pumps sound out from its 2-way speaker system powered by a 50-watt dynamic power amplifier, while a special Bass Boost button really kicks up the low end. It also includes a built-in USB port, perfect for charging your mobile devices. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video, additional pictures and information.
Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 offers big, rich sound in a small, ultra sleek package. Priced at $99.99, this svelte 0.93-pound device comes in various colors, like Bermuda Blue (above), Crushed Ice Grey, Deep Space, and Radical Red. If you want a Bluetooth speaker that outperforms its predecessor, this is the one to get. Product page. Read more for our full review.
Anker’s Soundcore Motion Q Bluetooth Speaker is not only waterproof, but has two 8W full-range drivers and dual passive radiators that produce 16W of full-bodied 360° sound, all for $29.99 shipped, today only, originally $45.99. Use Bluetooth 4.2 to connect to Echo Dot and harness Alexa’s knowledge, while you’re able to access Siri and other Smart Assistants via the built-in microphone. Product page. Read more for another hands-on video review and additional information.
Brighton, England-based startup Gomi Designs collects non-recyclable plastic waste and transforms it into Bluetooth speakers. Each one of these colorful creations is made with the equivalent of 100 plastic bags, which are first melted in ovens and then kneaded together to form a “marble dough.” This material is then placed into compression molds to be formed into a rectangle shape before the electronic components are inserted, and the speaker is assembled. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Amazon’s Echo Input device adds Alexa to just about any speaker either via AUX cable or Bluetooth, and it’s being offered for just $19.99, today only, originally $34.99. Once setup, you can ask Alexa to play songs, check the news / weather, set alarms / timers, sports scores, movie showtimes, restaurant hours, add items to your to-do list, or control even compatible smart home devices. Product page. Read more for a full video review and additional information.