Bose SoundLink Color II Review
Bose SoundLink Color II is a member of the SoundLink line of portable Bluetooth speakers, an updated and improved version of the original SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker. It is the most affordable speaker in the line, but with solid audio performance for its size, just like the original model. Being water-resistant helps around pool parties and outdoor camping.
- The audio performance has rich lows and well-defined highs
- The speaker is portable and water-resistant.
- Useful free app
- Easy to use
- Multipoint Bluetooth
- Not for people that prefer massive bass
- Not many accessories
- Average battery life
The Bose SoundLink Color II size is 5.3 x 5.0 x 2.3 inches (HWD), while the weight is 1.2 pounds. It comes in several different colors, like coral red, light blue, gray, and black.
When you look at the speaker’s design, there are rounded ends, and it is rubberized, making it water-resistant with an IPX4 rating. That means it doesn’t have water splashes or rain problems but still can’t survive if submerged in water for a more extended period. The soft-to-the-touch finish is nice, but at the same time, it is a magnet for dust, carpet fibers, and lint, so you need to clean it from time to time. You can use a wet cloth since the speaker is water-resistant.
On the front face of the speaker is the Bose logo on the top of the perforated grille. On the left side is the connection for micro USB charging and a 3.5 mm aux input.
The control panel is on the top of the speaker, with buttons for power, pairing, input, and volume. The volume buttons work in conjunction with the master levels of your mobile phone. In contrast, the multifunction button is responsible for playback, call management, and track navigation, depending on how many times you press it. The control panel houses as well a central NFC pairing zone for mobile devices with compatible abilities. Another nice feature is multipoint Bluetooth that allows you to pair two devices to the Bose SoundLink Color II simultaneously. This way, you don’t have to switch between your phone to tablet if you want to change the source.
No accessories come with the speaker, except the included micro USB cable. If an AC adapter and a 3.5 mm audio cable for the aux input were supplied, it would have been a nice touch.
The Bose Connect app is easy to use, and it is free, so within the app, you can see the user’s manual, control playback, volume, disable voice prompts, etc. The app is not essential for the speaker, but it does come in handy.
The built-in microphone is decent, and the person talking to you from the other end can understand you clearly. You can also use voice assistants like Siri or Google Assistant. All you have to do is press and hold the multifunction button at the top to activate your voice assistant or make a phone call.
The estimated battery life is eight hours, according to the manufacturer. Still, the result might vary on the volume levels you listen to the speaker, whether connected wireless or wired. There is an automatic battery saver that will power off the speaker if inactive for twenty minutes. This option can be adjusted or disabled through the app. It takes almost three hours to fully charge the battery with the included micro USB charging cable.
If you play tracks with intense sub-bass content, the low-frequency response of the Bose SoundLink Color II is solid. If you play it at higher volume levels, it almost sounds like it is going to distort. Once you decrease the volume, the bass sounds more rich and full. It probably happens because of the DSP (digital signal processing) that controls the deep low frequencies and prevents distortion. The highs are balanced and well represented.
On tracks with less bass, vocals sound boosted and rich, and instruments benefit from the presence of mids and highs.
Bose SoundLink Color II has a solid audio delivery compared to its size. The rich lows match the crisp highs. If you are a person that prefers a massive subwoofer-ish sound or you like the sound signature to be precise and accurate, you will have to buy a larger and more powerful speaker.
Remember that choosing a wireless speaker is always a compromise between sound, waterproof/resistance, and portability. And Bose SoundLink II provides good sound quality and many features.