The mini Bose SoundLink Bluetooth speaker so much gets a pass for a carefully crafted device from the Bose Corporation with its small… or rather mini design, its sound output, it’s charging time, and its general features.
With the company logo, expanded over the face of the very portable speaker, I think Bose doesn’t want people, especially their revered customers to confuse it with the product of other brands. If you do not take a meticulous look at the SoundLink, especially in the absence of the Bose logo, there is a very big chance you would think it was made by anyone of their other competitors.
Some of those already getting back value for their money on the SoundLink mini speaker have said there is something not totally Bose about the speaker.
Maybe it is the fact that at a weight of just 1.5 pounds it feels considerably more substantial than many of the tiny all-plastic Bluetooth speakers now on the market or rather than the usual resonance friendly plastic, this one has a unibody aluminium enclosure that surrounds the two small drivers and front and back radiators.
Whatever it is, there hasn’t been much of a negative feedback about the compact and very portable speaker, except for those who mistakenly purchased the Bose SoundLink in a hurry and ended up paying for the original product and getting the impression.
Just in case you’re planning on making a purchase soon, please make a deep scrutiny as you’re sure to notice the difference between the impression and the real product.
SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker Features
Let us have a quick look at the SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker Features:
- Advanced audio performance delivers a full-range listening experience
- The most compact speaker from Bose easily goes where you go
- Wirelessly connects to your Bluetooth device
- Rechargeable battery plays up to 7 hours
- It is quite light
- Nice design
- Very stable on surfaces
- No integrated speakerphone
The features of this device give more meaning to the statement: Simplicity is the uttermost form of sophistication”. One distinctive feature that makes the SoundLink mini very simple to use, is the thoughtfully arranged and clearly labelled buttons on the top. It will stream audio wirelessly from virtually any smartphone or tablet, plus any Bluetooth-enabled PC or audio player, just like any other Bluetooth speaker.
Another interesting feature about the SoundLink mini Bluetooth speaker is the Bluetooth sync which remembers up to six devices, so you’ll only need to sync each one once. You would only need to remove and replace a device on the seventh time of asking, and your already synched device should automatically pair again with the speaker if the device’s Bluetooth is activated and it is within range. Also the speaker needs to be turned on.
Also, In terms of connectivity, there’s a Micro-USB port on the back for potential firmware upgrades, an auxiliary input on the side for non-Bluetooth devices as well as the charge… no, you find the charging port behind it but don’t worry, it’s part of the original design features.
The SoundLink Mini comes with a flat base charging dock/cradle which makes it very easy to use and charge. The dock doubles as both the base and the charger and it is detachable from the speaker. The speaker cannot charge with the USB. We’ll talk about the battery life later in the review.
SoundLink Mini Design
The product is designed to be very simple to use, and I think Bose is right to say that the better part of speaker users prefer it portable and with a wireless connectivity option. Just as with its newer product, the SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II, Bose is targeting the broad audience with the SoundLink mini.
SoundLink Mini Performance
Sound Quality: Since this is almost the whole basis for this review, let me quickly say; For what it’s worth, the speaker happens to have an above expectation sound quality. For a palm-sized speaker, you can rightly assume that you’re getting the maximum sound output from the device, as there isn’t any form of distortion or reverberation as it happens is some other cases, when you increase the volume of the device.
Battery Life: Still somewhat in line with the 3-hours charge, 7-hours use claim, I managed to get a bit over 8 hours of use from ‘around’ 3 hours charge. (I said ‘around’ because the time wasn’t up to 3 hours) Though I switched it off on two different occasions, the total off-time wouldn’t be more than 45 minutes. That’s decent enough, for the average daily use.
Comparison: The SoundLink Mini is in fact a step up in build quality and design from most of the competition and while it has its sound limitations it delivers bigger, fuller sound than most similarly sized Bluetooth speakers. In other words, it definitely stands out from the pack, even if in some cases the sound difference is relatively small.
Pricing: Affordability is one thing that very important to product consumers and although the Bose SoundLink Mini in terms of price, is at the high end of the spectrum for ultra-compact Bluetooth speakers, I can confidently say it delivers. If unlike me, you feel it isn’t worth the $200 price tag, then it has other features that are sure to serve as compensation.
How To Turn On & Off The Bose SoundLink Mini
To connect a previously paired device, turn on the device and press Bluetooth on the Bose® SoundLink® Mini speaker. Until the device connects, the Bluetooth indicator on the speaker blinks white. When the speaker and Bluetooth device have successfully connected, the Bluetooth indicator remains on.
A lot of retailers are online, that do sell the speaker. On Ebay, you get lot of sellers. However, I have found overtime that you get better discounts over at Amazon. Everyone knows and trust Amazon.
That why buying from the Amazon brand will give you a better shopping experience, with free shipping and 2-3 days of shipping, for those on the Amazon Prime package. Keeping, reading on and I’ll show where to get a discount & free shipping, on the speaker.
Over all, Bose’s SoundLink mini Bluetooth speaker is a handy and well-crafted one for those who know the value and importance of Bluetooth speakers. The sound signature is somewhat laid-back and the sounds come out as more filtered than various other speakers. The bass goes pretty deep, but it doesn’t sound incredibly tight or punchy. If you place it close to a wall (facing the wall) you might get slightly higher sounds.
All in all, you use the SoundLink with a sense of satisfaction that Bose eked out about as much as it could from a speaker this size. It can fill a small room with sound and does all right in medium-size rooms, too. If you’re disappointed the device didn’t come with a speakerphone feature, you not alone.
I also wish the Mini had an integrated speakerphone but I guess Bose probably intentionally omitted it, since it’s one of the least used features in a portable Bluetooth speaker. However, the function is now available in the newer SoundLink mini Bluetooth speaker II.