The GXBT180 is the baby brother to the BT280 but as is so often with the younger sibling, it is better looking, more fun and fits easier into a rucksack, measuring up at 86 x 86 x 110mm it is super compact and only weighs 340g, you can even put it in your pocket (jacket, not jeans). It comes in three colours: Red, Black and Blue just like its older sibling as well as that same, handy attachment loop for fixing it to your bag, bike, tent, whatever you like.
The GX-BT280 is from Sharp’s portable speaker range and is available in three colours: Black, Red and Blue. This wireless speaker can be connected via Bluetooth 4.2 to your phone, tablet or any other Bluetooth device. It has a bold design with large obvious buttons, which makes it super easy for someone to connect and take over as DJ if they disapprove of the music. The tough little body is dustproof and water resistant thanks to the IP65 rating, and it is compact enough to throw in your backpack at 67 x 67 x 186mm with a weight of weighs 400g.
The first thing that strikes you when you see the Sphere 6 speaker is the visual design, it looks great with clean lines, circular grilles and chunky body and will get noticed in any room. The leather handle makes it easy to move around and the angled feet give it a sturdy foundation. It can store up to five different internet radio stations from all over the world as pre-sets, music can be streamed from the free TIBO app that supports Spotify, TIDAL, Napster, TuneIn and iHeartradio etc.
The StreamR portable speaker, by Pure, claims to bring together the best of Bluetooth streaming, digital radio and Alexa voice technology. This is basically three devices in one, with a whole host of functions that are, for the most part, easy and straightforward to select. Like any device with multiple purposes on offer, you need to learn your way around the StreamR, but Pure has done a great job of trying to make this as simple and user-friendly a little speaker as possible.
December might not be the ideal time for parties outside but there’s something wonderful about being snuggled around a fire with a blanket, beer, and your mates - alternatively you can wait another 6 months for the temperature to peak before venturing outside. Either way, the KS Diggit is ready when you are.
The Zero Chill from Jam has a unique design to make it stand out from the crowd at the party. It is available in Grey, Blue, Blue Camo, Cream Soda and Black with an unusual sloping top, fabric carry loop and large “X” “-“, and “O” buttons. It has a powerful range when connected via Bluetooth of up to 30m which means you can take photos from a distance of your mates dancing around like fools without interrupting the music at any point.
WOW create a whole host of water based inflatable fun, the majority of products being things you have to grip onto for dear life whilst being pulled along the water by a boat, any crazy outdoor party needs to be accompanied by some awesome tunes and WOW have got you covered. The WOW-Sound is made for all the hazards of the outdoors, it is fully waterproof, shockproof and dustproof (IP67 definition is it is totally protected against dust ingress and protected against short periods of immersion in water, waterproof for up to 30 minutes at a depth of one mete
The KitSound BoomBar 2+ is self-described as “retro inspired design meets modern innovation”, meant to look like an 80’s boombox, personally, I think the design looks rather modern and not very retro or 80’s – it’s lacking all the knobs, defined edges and bare bone design of 80’s boombox so does this mean the sound quality is equivalent to a 30year old machine?