• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love this little thing!!

    • Written by from Chesapeake

    I have the Soundlink at the office and a mini at home. I crank it in the morning and love it. If I want to tote it with me to another room, it's easy to carry. The sound is so good. I compared other brands, and this sounds the best. I went to four stores to try different brands. Many of the others sound a little distorted if you turn them up.

    The battery lasts for a few days before I have to charge it again. I leave it in the bathroom so I can hear it in any adjacent rooms while getting ready. I crank it!

    In the store I could walk to the other side before it got distorted. In my home, it can only handle one wall in-between your phone and the speaker. I just leave my phone next to the speaker.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The best sounding $200 Bluetooth speaker

    • Written by from Newport

    I had my reservations about this tiny speaker. I already had the $300 JamBox Big but I found myself using that only at home since it was so large. I wanted a Bluetooth speaker system that I could use at home and take with me when I traveled. I sold my JamBox Big since it wasn't fulfilling my needs and I went on the lookout for a new Bluetooth speaker. I looked at the regular JamBox, UE Boom, Beats Pill (not the 2.0 version, the first one made by the terrible Monster), and the SoundLink Mini.

    After extensive listening, buying products and taking them home only to return them later, I went with the SoundLink Mini. The regular JamBox just couldn't even match the SoundLink Mini in either the output volume or sound quality, the UE Boom had more features but the sound quality (particularly the bass) left a lot to be desired, and the Beats Pill was the worse sounding of them all.

    The SoundLink Mini truly is the best sounding compact Bluetooth speaker. It has a surprising amount of bass that almost matches that of my $300 JamBox Big, that's not something that can easily be done since I loved the sound quality of the JamBox Big. The highs are also well represented in the SoundLink Mini. I have not experienced sound distortion with the SoundLink Mini even at high volumes. As expected, the mids leave a little to be desired but that's the standard case for speakers of this size since they don't have dedicated mid-rated speakers. There are two speakers for driving the highs and two drivers for the bass. I think it's amazing that Bose was able to cram so much into something so small.

    The SoundLink Mini comes with an AC adapter and a charging cradle. You don't have to use the charging cradle but I like to since it's easy to plop the speaker on the cradle and walk away. Otherwise you can plug the AC adapter directly into the speaker. The speaker will play a sound letting you know it is plugged in. It has a battery indicator light that changes colors based on the battery level. I wish Bose would have incorporated a vocal notification like the JamBox Big so that I could press a button and the speaker would tell me how much battery is in it. Either that or I wish Bose would update the speaker's firmware so that I could view a battery icon on my iPhone/iPad just like I could for my JamBox Big (or like I can now with my 2013 Beats Studio wireless headphones).

    My only real gripes are that the speaker gets about 7 hours on a single charge (my JamBox Big would easily obtain 14-15 hours of real world use) and Bluetooth functionality is lacking. In other words, the Bluetooth is used for audio streaming only. The buttons on your device adjust the volume of the audio being sent to the speaker only, not the actual speaker. So you still have to push buttons on the speaker to adjust it's volume. Bose did include a micro-USB port on the speaker so they can eventually release a firmware update, the port can't be used to charge the speaker.

    I am giving this product an overall 4 out of 5 stars. It has a great build quality (it looks like something Apple would come out with) and even better audio quality. The audio quality of this speaker is better than the slew of other $200 Bluetooth speakers out there and is comparable to $300 Bluetooth speakers. I am knocking it down by one star due to the lack of Bluetooth features. If Bose ever updates the SoundLink Mini, I will happily give it a 5/5 star rating.

    I do recommend buying one of the Bose protective slip covers though. I picked up the clear/green one. It has a lime green outline around the front and rear speaker grills with clear rubber around the top, sides, and bottom of the speaker. You can use the charging dock with the speaker cover on and it even fits in the travel case with the cover installed.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    good sound quality

    • Written by from Hong Kong

    i love the sound of the speakder

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Build quality sets it apart

    • Written by from Stoughton

    Ok, so I've owned the JBL Flip which is really good value for $99, but it's made of cheap creaky plastic. The SoundLink Mini in comparison feels like a premium product that Apple would have made. The weight and aluminum design alone help justify the price. Sound wise, it's much more rich and clear than the JBL, although the JBL's bass might have been a bit more punchy. Ultimately, it's priced competitively and if you want a nicely designed premium speaker next to your Mac, iPad, or iPhone, spring for Bose and you won't be sorry.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing sound, tiny size

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I've been looking for a long time for an external speaker that had great sound, but was small enough to carry while traveling. Finally Bose hit the mark. The sound quality out of this thing is fantastic - people cannot believe how small it is. The only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is that they didn't build in a mic to let you use it as a speaker phone - so it's great for listening to music or watching movies, it doesn't double as a desktop speaker phone. But thats a small criticism of a fantastic device.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    What no one wants to admit

    • Written by from New York

    I find that people who buy a quality name product for big bucks (relatively speaking in this case) tend to overlook certain valid criticisms. I believe that such is the case here.
    There is NO question that Bose lays valid claim to a great reputation, and the bass provided by this light-weight baby is vastly superior to anything else out there.
    However, it comes at the expense of the mid and treble range frequencies. I find that for a great deal of the music I listen to, the bass on this Bose unit is simply overwhelming. As a result, I often times revert to using my $39 HMDX Jam Classic.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A lot of punch

    • Written by from MILL VALLEY

    was surprised how good this sounded in relation to more expensive speakers

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Bluetooth disconnects after 30 minutes or less of idle time

    • Written by from DRIFTWOOD

    I am surprised more people have not complained about the speaker shutting off after 30 minutes of idle time.
    It disconnects the bluetooth connection and you cannot connect again until you physically turn it back on.

    I could understand it doing that when on battery power, but when being charged, it should not shut down.
    That means if I am sitting in my easy chair and decide to listen to some music from my iPhone, I need to get up and go turn the Bose unit on.
    That is just a bad idea and should be changed. I hope a firmware update fixes this.

    Otherwise this would be a perfect product since the sound quality is superb.

    93 of 108 people found this useful