Bose SoundLink Mini Review
To be small is the main factor for a portable speaker to be attractive. On the other hand, small size comes with a slight sound unless there is an exception like Bose SoundLink Mini.
- Loud sound
- Great build quality
- Satisfying bass
- Battery life
- No USB charging
The Bose SoundLink Mini comes in a box with two halves, the upper half with the speaker and the lower half with all the accessories. You also receive a wall charger and charging cradle.
Bose SoundLink Mini is a well-built, stylish speaker. The cabinet, made of aluminum, gives weight to the speaker helping its stability when placed on a table or a desk. The weight is 1,5 pounds, and the dimensions are 2.3 x 7.1 x 2 inches. Bose gives you an option if you like to add plastic covers in blue, green, or orange color.
Under the aluminum shell, there are two drivers per channel, set on both sides of the front. There are also two passive drivers for enhancing the bass. One is placed on the front, and the other one is on the rear. The general feeling is that the quality of the speaker is impeccable, and you are holding a premium device.
There are two ways to charge the speaker. You can plug it directly or connect the wall charger into the cradle and then put the speaker on the cradle to replenish the battery. It all depends on the place you use the speaker and your habits. If you are used to carrying the speaker with you from one room to another, it is better to use the cradle. If you leave the speaker at the same spot, it is better to plug it with the wall charger.
There is a rubber base on the speaker as a locator for the charging cradle. It also stops the speaker from vibrating when in use.
The Bose SoundLink Mini connects via Bluetooth and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There are rubberized buttons for switching between Bluetooth and wired connections and control the power and volume on the top of the speaker. The contact for charging without the cradle and the 3.5 mm jack is on the speaker’s right side.
Bose SoundLink Mini has a USB jack at the bottom, which is not for charging but allows the firmware to be updated to support the new Bluetooth specifications.
There is no NFC, no built-in mic for hands-free, no smart app, and no aptX streaming. So the speaker can do music, podcasts, and other similar content. It can’t be a speakerphone. There is only Bluetooth for wireless and a 3.5 mm input for wired connection because Bose is all about the music experience.
The manufacturer claims that the battery lasts for seven hours and takes three hours to charge. There are different data for the battery life, from eight hours using Bluetooth to twelve hours using a wired connection.
Sound quality of Bose SoundLink Mini
Bose SoundLink Mini is capable of being pretty loud, considering its size. Ok, don’t expect to become a DJ at a huge party, but if you have a few friends at home, the speaker will produce enough volume. And being loud does not mean the quality of the sound will be less. Even if you push Bose’s volume levels, you won’t notice any distortion or breaks in the songs.
As far as the frequencies are concerned, the high end of the spectrum is where SoundLink Mini shines. It is impressive how the highs are bright and clear.
Mid-range frequencies don’t fall back behind either. The sound is fantastic when there is a guitar or piano on the track. Vocals are clear and well represented.
Another thing interesting about the Bose SoundLink Mini is that it doesn’t need a surface or a desk to reproduce the bass. You get the same amount of bass, whether the speaker is on a table or in your hand.
But don’t expect the tiny speaker to reproduce the very low frequencies the same way that larger woofer or subwoofers can. If you are playing a track where a lot is happening at the lower end, the sound will not shine. But that is normal for all small speakers, and Bose SoundLink Mini performs much better than the other competition in that department.
Another common thing for all small speakers is that you have to be very close to them if you want to hear stereo sound. If you are far away, even a few feet, the sound turns into mono.
If you mostly stay indoors or spend much time at the office, you definitely should consider purchasing the Bose SoundLink Mini. It looks great and sounds even better.
The speaker might not have all the features of some of the competitors, but be sure it has deep bass, fantastic build quality, and severe ability to deliver outstanding sound.