Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker Review

Bose is known to produce high quality speakers and their latest product in the portable speaker market is the Soundlink Mini Bluetooth Speaker. With the Mini, Bose is aiming to target a broader audience especially those who fall under the category of mobile gadget users. Like any other Bluetooth speakers out there, it will seamlessly stream audio from any tablet, smartphone or Bluetooth-enabled audio player and PC.

It is also designed to be very simple and user-friendly, with buttons that are clearly labeled and positioned on top. The Soundlink Mini can remember up to six mobile devices, so once you sync your device with the speaker, it will automatically pair with that device when it comes within the range of the Mini.

What Are The Essential Features It Can Offer?

It comes with a desktop charging cradle, which lets you use the speaker while it’s charging. A folding AC adapter is also included in the package, which is a substitute for the cradle when you’re going outdoors.

This speaker can connect via Micro-USB, but that is for firmware upgrade only. It’s not for charging purposes, so you still need to use the AC adapter if you want to charge its built-in battery. When it comes to connectivity, it has an auxiliary input on the side used to connect with non-Bluetooth devices.

But there is a downside to the SoundLink Mini – it doesn’t have a speakerphone capability. While this is not a deal-breaker for most people, other consumers who want this particular feature would really be disappointed.

How Much Is A Bose Soundlink Mini Bluetooth Speaker?

The initial cost for the Bose Soundlink Mini is $199, a bit pricey for such a small speaker, but then again its audio performance can cover for its price tag. Also, if you want to protect your mini via protective sleeves, you will need to buy one for another $25, while the carrying case is also sold separately at $45.

As for me, the carrying case is only optional but the protective sleeves are necessary for accidental bumps and falls. The sleeves will also make your Mini more attractive; because it has several color options that you can choose from. It’s also possible to charge the speaker even if you don’t remove the sleeves.

What Is The Rating Of Its Audio Performance?

I rate the Mini at 4.7 out of 5 for audio performance, and a lot of audiophile and portable speaker enthusiasts out there who tested this ultra-compact speaker will agree with my verdict. The Bose Soundlink Mini can produce clear, crisp and vibrating sound, but will not overwhelm you with bass. Although it can produce impressive bass for its size, and its mids and highs are also superb.

What I like most about this speaker, is that it’s not as loud as any of its competitors in the market, but even at full volume sound distortion is almost non-existent – that’s what I call “Sound Clarity.” This mobile device can produce high quality sound that can cover a medium-sized room with a considerable number of people in it. However, if you’re planning to use it in a larger space, then you’ll need to have a more powerful speaker system.

Does It Have A Good Design?                          

The speaker’s design is substantial but not its strongest point. Although it looks good and very handy, it can easily fit inside your bag, so you can bring it with you on your travels. It only weighs 1.5 pounds and very stable – it won’t tip over.

The Mini’s enclosure is made up of solid aluminum. Its control buttons are rubberized and the front and back grills are made of metal. This portable speaker looks durable as compared to its plastic counterparts.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Sleek design, compact and very handy
  • Aluminum enclosure with metal front and back grills for durability
  • A good charging cradle plus additional AC adapter as substitute
  • Top of the line audio performance that can rival even larger wired speaker systems on the market
  • Can remember up to 6 mobile devices
  • Can be fitted with colorful protective sleeves for additional protection and style

Cons:

  • No Speakerphone Capabilities
  • Carrying case and protective sleeves are sold separately
  • A bit expensive if compared with other Bluetooth speakers in the ultra-compact category

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