Hand of woman with play button overlayA portable Bluetooth speaker can be a neat accessory to have for your laptop or smartphone, but choosing from the thousands of models available can be quite a challenge. You have speakers of all shapes and sizes, ranging from $20 to $800, and some with a price tag beyond that.

Hearing the sound is still the best way to gauge if a speaker is right for you, but when you can only read through specifications, you need to be sure of the features you want. Experts at FUGOO round up a checklist of features you should consider before taking that plunge:

Bluetooth version

The distance you can keep between your device and the speaker, as well as the quality of audio transmission, will all depend on the Bluetooth version. Look for Bluetooth 4 or higher, as this version is known to have better battery life and can maintain a distance of up to 60 meters.

Frequency response

Measured in Hertz, the frequency response is typically called a range. Some can range from 100Hz to 20,000Hz. It signifies the speaker’s ability to reproduce sound as it was intended and the higher the range, the better. It is important to note, however, that “good sound” may vary from person to person and how your ear perceives it can affect the audio regardless of range.

Drivers

The driver is considered the heart of any speaker, so it is only natural for you to get a decently sized one. Most portable models have a 40mm driver, which is a good place to start. A bigger driver can produce louder sounds, but it also means larger overall size, so keep that in mind if portability is your priority.

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Understanding these specifications will help you find the right Bluetooth speaker. With this basic guideline, you should be able to narrow down your choices and find the one that best suits your taste.