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Bose soundlink mini bluetooth speaker

by 2015/02/04
Overview
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£150 ($200)

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Bose soundlink mini bluetooth speaker

Positives

Superior build quality
Sleek design
Sharp audio performance with slight bass boosting
Very portable
Charging cradle is appealing
Very Durable

Negatives

Bass does not feel tight and punchy
May have battery issues in some units

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Bose SoundLink Mini is definitely one of the best portable wireless speakers out there that keeps the bar high!

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Just recently we reviewed the Beats Pill 2.0; an expensive bluetooth speaker which failed to provide the expected performance. In the same price range, we have the Bose SoundLink mini bluetooth speaker, which feels and sounds like a boss. There are several cool features about the Bose SoundLink that will make you buy one for yourself.

Build and construction

The Bose SoundLink bluetooth speaker has a complete aluminium body that makes it feel expensive and premium. There are control buttons at the top to help you pair the speaker with your mobile device. There is also volume up and down buttons and a mute button which is rarely found on bluetooth speaker.

The SoundLink speaker is flat on almost all the sides except two, which are curved. There are two passive speakers in the front and the back behind a black metallic shield. On the front you can see the nicely painted Bose logo. The two speakers are quite effective and radiate very well in almost every direction.

On one of the sides you have the Auxiliary jacks and on the button surface there is a connector for the charger. You may ask what the hell is the charging jack doing on the bottom? Well, you get a custom charging station that lays flat on your table and all you have to do is mount your speaker on it. The charging setup looks cool, perhaps very different from all other speakers. You can also charge the speaker via wall adapter that has a jack just below the aux connection.

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Sound performance

Sound is the most important factor in buying speakers. The Bose SoundLink mini Bluetooth speaker has been able to keep the line of high quality Bose speakers by delivering excellent audio performance. A lot of reviewers and customers have loved the true to life sound reproduction of these speakers. It is very rare to find a portable speaker, loud enough to reproduce every small audio detail in the music.

Compared to the Beats Pill 2.0, Bose SoundLink actually features a sleek design and excellent audio performance that raises the bar for all other mini speakers.

It is a shame that Bose has not provided a technical data sheet for us to look into. Hearing the sounds from it, you can feel that the bass is deep but does not pack a punch. The hard hits on bass drums feel a little bit muffled. Nonetheless, there is no other problem apart from this. Vocals stand out from the background audio, whereas the mids and highs are very sharp as well. Sometimes, the bass appears to be slightly too much and that can ruin the true essence of classical or instrumental music.

Most speakers of this size that output loud audio vibrate on any hard surface. That can change the sound we hear. Being an all aluminium body, Bose SoundLink does not vibrate at all. It just continues to provide consistent sound.

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Battery and general performance

There is a problem in some of the SoundLink mini speakers related to the battery. In some defective units the battery seems to last for very short periods before dying out. This has caused some annoyance among the customers. Although, such defective units are very rare. Generally, the battery will last for 6 to 7 hours depending on the volume you are using it at.

Pairing your device with the speaker is quite easy just like most Bluetooth speakers. The good thing here is that the speaker can store identities of 6 different devices. So, when one of those devices has the Bluetooth turned on, it can immediately connect to it.

The speaker is so small that it can easily fit in your backpack, but trying to fit the charging cradle will need some more space.

Bose has also come up with the Soundlink III that has a much larger form factor and packs 4 speakers. Naturally, it outputs very loud audio. For comparison between size and audio performance, the Bose SoundLink mini packs a punch even though it is tiny compared to the latest SoundLink III and that makes the mini a superior wireless speaker.

United States: Target, Amazon, Newegg

United Kingdom: JohnLewis, ArgosSelfridges 


International

Nordstrom

Mini Size, Great Performance

I can understand that some of the units have battery problems and that I probably just got a bad one

I can't think of a better travel speaker. I very highly recommend it.

I love the MINI, because it is so small, but sounds big.

  • Wireless range up to 30 ft
  • Battery life up to 7 hrs
  • Power rating: 100 - 240V
  • 3.5 mm auxiliary input
  • Micro-USB port
  • Height: 2.0 in (5.1 cm)
  • Width: 7.1 in (18 cm)
  • Depth: 2.3 in (5.8 cm)
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs (.67 kg)
  • 2 speaker configuration
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About The Author
Salil Tembe

Salil is an electronics engineer who has a passion for expressing his love for technology through writing. He firmly stands for open sourcing everything that makes our lives better.

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