You won’t be surprised if I tell you that there are tones of Bluetooth speakers in the market. From waterproof speakers to ones with long battery life, there are plenty of options. However, the list narrows down if you add the microphone functionality to the setup. Bluetooth speakers with mics not only let you issue voice assistant commands, but they also let you answer calls or makes calls. The best part is that at times, you can use it as the sole medium of communication, especially if you are not a big fan of sticking your phone to your ears for long durations.
Here, we have compiled a list of the best portable Bluetooth speakers with speakerphones. As noted above, you can summon the voice assistant (if supported) or answer calls with these.
So, without further ado, let’s get started. But before that,
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1. JBL Go 2
If you do not want to spend a fortune on a Bluetooth speaker, the JBL Go 2 makes for a good option. This one costs less than $30 and packs decent features for the price. For one, the speakerphone functionality is decent, meaning you can expect your calls to be clear. Secondly, it’s small and compact and will fit into your pockets easily, though, at 130 grams, it’s touted to be a little heavy.
The Go 2 is a durable speaker and has an IP47 rating, and the rubberized grille at the front adds to its durability.
More importantly, it delivers a good audio quality considering its price and size. It’s loud, and you won’t have trouble making out song lyrics and the likes even if the room is crowded. On top of it, the bass is a little on the heavier side.
The battery life is fairly decent, considering the price. At moderate volumes, this speaker can last around 5 hours. It will take a plunge if you listen at high volume. Charging the JBL Go 2 takes around 2.5 hours via a micro-USB cable.
2. Anker Soundcore 2
Another Bluetooth speaker with speakerphone functionality is the Anker Soundcore 2. The successor to the first generation Soundcore, this speaker boast of several features, including an IPX7 rating, Bluetooth 5.0, and a battery life of 24 hours. Wow, right? The added mic is decent for calls and voice commands. However, do not expect the world out of it. It’s good for single-person use. However, it’s not ideal for conferences and meetings.
Like its counterpart above, this one sports black metallic grilles at the front, which also adds to the speaker’s ruggedness. At the same time, Bluetooth 5 adds to its feature set. For one, at 66 feet, the range is pretty big.
However, when it comes to sound quality, it doesn’t get overly loud, and if you have a crowded room, the speaker’s audio will fail to rise above the cacophony of sounds. Plus, the bass lacks in this speaker, and this lack becomes more prominent if you play hip-hop music. On the bright side, you can summon Siri and Google Assistant at your will.
If you are looking for a speaker purely for using it in your home office to amplify your laptop or PC’s sound, this speaker is worth considering. And the 24 hours of battery life is the cherry on top.
3. Bose SoundLink Micro
The Bose SoundLink Micro is a pocket-sized speaker with surprisingly loud sound output and pronounced bass. This speaker is one of the most durable speakers. Ever since its release in 2017, it has continued to dominate the limelight, thanks to its versatility and durability. Another feature is the included bass port on its underside, which does its job in amplifying the bass.
More importantly, the mic is one of the better ones out there and offers better voice clarity and background noise cancellation. As per the folks at PC Mag, the calls were clear, without any distortion or fuzziness when paired with an iPhone 6s. However, keep in mind that the mic only works with regular phone calls. For some reason, it doesn’t play nice with WhatsApp calls or other similar apps.
As noted earlier, the sound is loud, and it rises well above the cacophony of regular ambient noises. The IPX7 rating means that the Soundlink Micro will continue to play even when it is submerged.
Its versatility has earned its fair bit of reviews in the past few years. It has over fifteen hundred reviews at the time of writing, with many praising it for its portability and durability.
4. Ultimate Ears Boom 2
If you are looking for a speaker who will double up as a fun speaker and a speakerphone, trust the Ultimate Ears Boom 2 to do the job. UE speakers are known for their unusual shapes as well as good audio quality, and the Boom 2 is no exception. It’s loud, and the built-in speakerphone is good enough to power through calls. The best part is that it can pick up voices speaking at low volumes without any issues.
At the same time, it has a pleasing audio output. This small cylindrical speaker is powerful enough to fill a standard room, and the 360-degree soundstage effect adds to the list of features.
More importantly, it’s waterproof. The IPX7-rating means the UE Boom 2 can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes, and at the same time, it can withstand its share of rain and water splashes.
Finally, the battery life is impressive. The Boom 2 lasts about 15 hours on a single charge. And hey, this cool speaker also comes with nifty gesture control. All you need to do is tap on the top of the speaker and that’s about it.
5. Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus
If you are looking for a speaker with speakerphone functionality that sounds great simultaneously, the SoundLink Revolve Plus is the one for you. When compared to the above, this speaker has a larger volume and is shaped like a lantern. However, let that not deter you from trying out this speaker because it boasts a premium look and is also lightweight. More importantly, it delivers excellent audio quality. The audio is balanced with a well-rounded bass.
As you may have expected, the speakerphone also does its job as expected. The built-in mic picks up sound and cancels out the background noise, making it easy for you to carry out phone conversations.
All the buttons are at the top of the speaker. Though the speaker doesn’t support voice assistants, you can activate the voice assistant on your phone via the multi-functional button at the top.
6. Anker PowerConf Bluetooth Speakerphone
The Anker PowerConf is a dedicated speakerphone. Unlike the ones above, it does away with the single mic setup and replaces it with six microphones. Naturally, this setup brings an all-round 360-degree sound for calls. Plus, the built-in DSP means that the background noise is removed significantly, and your receivers will hear your voice clearly. Simultaneously, the speaker amplifies the voices on the other end, thus making it easy for you to listen to conversations.
It has a small build, and the square shape makes it easily portable. All the essential buttons are at the top and can be controlled easily.
The PowerConf comes with Bluetooth 5.0, meaning you get a better range. And that’s not the end of the story. Besides pairing the speaker to any smartphone or Bluetooth-device via Bluetooth, you can also use the USB port to hook it up with your laptop.
Considering the feature-set, the PowerConf is affordable and costs less than $100. It has managed to attract a fair number of user reviews.
7. Jabra Speak 710 MS Wireless Bluetooth
The last product on our list is the Jabra Speak 710. It is a premium portable Bluetooth speakerphone that costs a lot more than some of the speakers above, and that’s the price you pay for the premium quality. The omnidirectional mic can pick up sound and cancels the background noise. The device is small and compact, which makes it easily portable. While you can just lay it flat on a table, the stand at the rear makes it easy to place it at an angle of your choice.
The Jabra Speak 710 not only produces great sound, but it also looks premium. At the same time, it also doubles up as an effective speakerphone. Apart from the slight delay in the initial handshake, there isn’t much delay in voice transmission.
Pairing it with a phone is simple and straightforward. However, if you want to pair it with a computer, it comes with a tiny dongle, making the pairing process simple.
At around 18 hours, battery life is great. Charging this sleek speakerphone takes around three hours.
These are some of the top Bluetooth speakers using which you can set up calls and conferences effortlessly. If you plan to use it sparingly, the best idea would invest in a speaker where you would be comfortable playing regular songs as well. What say?
Last updated on 02 February, 2022
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