I am a music aficionado and find that portable speakers are a difficult product to get right. The major tradeoff is between price and quality – speakers with genuinely desirable sound quality tend to be much too expensive. There is also a tradeoff between quality and portability. Jawbone’s portable speakers strike a pretty good balance – not perfect, but desirable enough that it suits my needs. The quality is very good, with sufficient bass and volume for its size. Its shape and black finish are sleek and futuristic, making it look aesthetic when placed on a shelf rather than a clunky, purely function-oriented device.