I love a good Bluetooth speaker, especially one that's battery-powered and portable. Mine goes everywhere with me: to the bathroom for shower tunes, to the garage for honey-do-project tunes, even on trips for hotel-room tunes.
The nicely rounded, brick-shaped ChilBox measures 6 inches by 2.5 inches by 2 inches and weighs around 14 ounces. Its built-in rechargeable battery is good for up to 12 hours of listening, according to Chil.
The speaker delivers 6 watts of two-channel audio -- not enough to fill your living room with music, mind you, but probably good enough for bedrooms, bathrooms, garages, and other places where audio fidelity is less important than audio existence.
You can pair it with your Bluetooth-capable smartphone or tablet (which gives you the secondary option of using it as a speakerphone, thanks to the built-in noise-canceling microphone), or plug any old music player into its 3.5mm input jack. (Monoprice sells the cord you'd need for 85 cents.)
CNET hasn't reviewed the ChilBox, and it must be a new product at TigerDirect, as there are no user reviews to be found. However, over at Amazon (where it's also sold by TigerDirect, and for the same price), nine buyers collectively rated it 4.9 stars out of 5 -- a pretty solid endorsement in my book.
The only thing left to decide: what color to get. The ChilBox comes in your choice of black, blue, red, or purple. If you haven't yet experienced the joys of the portable Bluetooth speaker, this might be your ideal opportunity.
Bonus deal: If you're looking for a loaded 8-inch tablet, IceMonkey has the refurbished iPad Mini 64GB Wi-Fi + 4G LTE for $519.99 shipped. Apple's price for a new one: $659. What's interesting here is that you can stick with Verizon 4G if you want, but it's also unlocked for use with AT&T 3G or T-Mobile 2G (if you BYO micro-SIM). The warranty is a bit shorter than standard for Apple refurbs, but still decent at six months.
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