BMG TECH: $100 budget speakers

If you are on a budget and want to get best bang for the buck, take a look at what we found for you here. Naturally, we’ve prioritized mobile gaming as a guideline, not music or other uses, and this does affect the choice rather a lot. For a good gaming speaker, you need loud and strong ambient sound and, preferably, good positional audio for those FPS games. We also exclusively picked speakers that can work seamlessly with both Android, iOS, and any other mobile device used for gaming.

Our picks for currently best speakers for mobile gaming, just under $100 bucks:


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Tribit MaxSound Plus

Besides being considered a budget unit, it can accommodate mobile gaming needs…


Tribit MaxSound Plus review, specification, statistics


Tribit MaxSound Plus portable Bluetooth speaker is very affordable, currently selling for about $55 bucks. However, besides being considered a budget unit, it can accommodate mobile gaming needs on the go. It is decent for probably everything except playing FPS games competitively, for which you do need positional audio to be top-notch and rarely any portable speaker of this size can live up to it. But, on the plus side, it is light, small, but also strong, and has a 20-hour battery time.

This budget unit will surprise you with its audio quality, which is well beyond its size. It has a full and strong sound with powerful bass multi-sensory bass technology. It is also 100% waterproof and rated IPX7 for resistance to the elements. It has a chargeable battery, and it connects via Bluetooth. With its budget price and very decent features, Tribit MaxSound Plus earns its place on our list multiple times.

  • Up to 20 hours of battery life
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Strong bass and multi-sensory sound
  • Waterproof and resistant to the elements
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Sells for about $55
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LG Xboom Go PK5

Is among those rare portable small units that can provide even decent positional audio, for FPS games…


LG Xboom Go PK5 review, specification, statistics 1


LG PK5 Xboom Go wireless speaker is among those rare portable small units that can provide even decent positional audio, for FPS games, but it is surely quite sufficient for other gaming genres. The unit currently costs around $85 bucks and it brings very high quality for its money’s worth, starting with its design, dual speakers, and its decent set of features. Firstly, this gadget can work for up to 18 hours without recharge and it has a neat handle design for easy carry and use. It is naturally water-resistant and rated IPX 5 against the elements and outdoor conditions.

Secondly, its sound, coming from the two drivers, is amplified with sound processors and Qualcomm aptX technology, which is where the X in the LG Xboom Go PK5 comes from. Its Bluetooth and optics connectivity is also tuned to bring greater sound quality, and it shows when playing any game genres on them. The HD streaming capability, the LED lighting, and even the ability to answer calls via the speakerphone are all high-class features, while the unit is still in a very affordable price range.

  • Bluetooth and optical HD connectivity
  • Bluetooth speakerphone for calls
  • iPK5 resistance and waterproof
  • LED lighting
  • Dual drivers
  • Currently sells for around $85
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OontZ Angle 3 Ultra

The very durable and stable design of this device makes it easy to set up and very reliable to use anywhere…


OontZ Angle 3 Ultra review, specifications, statistics


OontZ Angle 3 Ultra is a highly versatile portable speaker that comes at a very affordable price of around $40 bucks, currently. However, it brings all the necessary features to be a decent option for mobile gaming on the go, with decent sound, great wireless connectivity, and high-quality sound. First off, the very durable and stable design of this device makes it easy to set up and very reliable to use anywhere, anytime. It has an estimated battery life of up to 20 hours.

Secondly, the digital audio processor, strong bass, and clear mids and highs make the audio on this portable speaker feel like it costs way more than its ridiculous asking price. It has 14W stereo drivers, which can do positional audio for FPS games, while it uses Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity which is guaranteed to work to up to 100ft range. It can also connect via 3.5mm jack, and you can use multiple OontZ Angle 3 Ultra devices in sync via its integrated channels, that will enable a stereo separation to a further degree.

  • 14W stereo speakers
  • Up to 20 hours of battery life
  • Bluetooth 4.2 and 3.5mm jack connectivity
  • Strong audio
  • 100ft wireless range
  • Currently sells for under $40
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SCOSCHE BTMSC1 BoomBottle

This speaker has perhaps the strongest and richest sound on the market at this price range…


SCOSCHE BTMSC1 BoomBottle review, specifications, statistics 1


SCOSCHE BTMSC1 BoomBottle got its name by its design, which is a modern thing on the mobile speaker market. The speakers are made in a way so that it can stand upright on its own and mount a Smartphone on top of it. Once placed to stand, the top side has something called The Magic Plate, which are four strong neodymium magnets that hold the Smartphone mounted in place. There are also 7 magnets on the opposite side to hold the device in check. But, this feature is unnecessary for gaming, as you will be holding your device in other methods, most likely.

But, despite the fact this feature will remain unused throughout sessions of mobile gaming, the feature package on this SCOSCHE BTMSC1 BoomBottle is sufficient for it to be well worth its current price of just under $100. This is firstly proven by their audio-sensing EQ, 2 built-in passive subwoofers (which is extremely rare for speakers of this size), a microphone for calls, and even a bottle opener, which shows this was intended for the outdoors. However, the main feature is yet to come, and it is its sound which is provided by 2 45mm high-quality speakers. Together with the subwoofer, this speaker has perhaps the strongest and richest sound on the market at this price range. It has 12-hour battery life, a 4000mAh battery, is dustproof, waterproof, and connects via Bluetooth.

  • Magnets on top and bottom to hold your Smartphone device and stick to metallic surfaces
  • Up to 12 hours of runtime
  • Two 45mm speakers
  • 2 built-in subwoofers
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Dustproof and waterproof
  • Audio-sensing EQ
  • Possibly the strongest sound at this price range
  • Currently sells for just under $100
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Sony SRS-XB21

It is easy to carry and very durable and is going to get the money’s worth…


Sony SRS-XB21 review, specifications, statistics


Sony SRS-XB21 wireless portable speaker comes from the renowned manufacturer that has delved into all branches of technology electronics for several decades now, and they’ve successfully established their speaker line in the ‘90s. This speaker comes in several variations, but they all carry with them the 3D sound experience, which is incredibly rare at this price range and this outdoor speaker class. It is waterproof and dustproof with IP67 certification for design.

The battery lasts up to 12 hours and the speaker can work with up to 99 more of the same models in sync. It is easy to carry and very durable and is going to get the money’s worth. It currently sells for as low as $70 bucks, and it is a pretty decent portable speaker for a bargain. Sony SRS-XB21 connects via Bluetooth, but it also has a 3.5mm jack, USB and audio optical port.

  • Very affordable, current price around $70
  • Up to 12-hour rechargeable battery (via USB)
  • 3.5mm jack, optical, Bluetooth
  • Durable design
  • Waterproof and dustproof
  • 3D sound capability
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how to pick them?

Our criteria for picking the best speakers for mobile gaming under $100:


Audio power

Portable speakers are usually required to be loud and to satisfy the basic sound qualities, for people who play music on them outdoors. However, playing mobile games is somewhat more demanding than that, and the sound needs to be clear, even at around 80% of volume or higher. Also, if possible, the speaker set selected needs to be capable of positional audio, although no speaker can do this better than a good set of headphones. That said, some stereo speakers are capable of providing positional audio and it is why we’ve included them into this list.


Portability

Talking about positional audio, having stereo speakers or a larger speaker with a single body will make the sound better and enable positional audio, but it will also make it less portable-friendly. This is why we’ve included a bit of both. Some choices are easy to carry and quite portable, but can’t provide positional audio. Other choices, like both of the Edifier models, have excellent sound and positional audio but are mainly intended to be used at home.


Connectivity

Having Bluetooth connection is paramount, for even if a speaker is intended to be used at home, i.e. stationary, it is at least good that you are free with your mobile device so you can sit anywhere and position yourself in the way that suits you the most. Besides Bluetooth, most of the models also have the 3.5mm jack which is always good to have, they have a USB port which is used for charging and to connect them to PC, and some even have AUX and SUB out, so you can connect them with additional audio outputs.


Price

It was important not to go over that $100 price range, which is a decently high price, but still far below those prices of some luxury speakers on the market, that can go anywhere from $400 to infinity. It is a good solid middle price range, but we’ve strived to include those models which features and quality that surpass that $100 mark.


Build

Design and build were also very important in choosing the best speakers for mobile gaming under $100. If a speaker’s portability is high, meaning it will be used on the go more often, it was very important for it to have high durability and strong, sturdy build. This meant that the design also needed to be more in favor of longevity, but it also meant that the model has to be waterproof, dustproof, and resistant to the elements to a high degree. Contrary to this, if the selected model was intended for use at home, we’ve strived to include speakers with wood finish and similar stuff that will make the sound richer.


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