• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Speaker for the price out there

    • Written by from Columbus

    I purchased the Bose Soundlink Mini a few weeks ago. I've owned other speakers like the Small Jawbone Jambox and a Logitech UE boom box. Nothing compares to this. The clarity is absolutely amazing and it is almost as loud as the Bose Soundlink II which is $100 more. It comes with a charging dock and travel charger. Note: the micro USB port is for firmware updates. If you're looking for speaker in the $199 range, nothing touches this.

    697 of 734 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't waste your time looking at anything else, buy these

    • Written by from Allen

    Just bought my second speaker yesterday. Wife needed a bluetooth speaker for her office to go with her IPod. Super easy to hook up and the sound is Bose.
    I just got a IMac last week for my home and desk space is limited but with these, no problem. This speaker fits perfectly under the monitor and on top of the IMac base.
    Haven't used this feature but can grab the speaker off it's base and go, without disconnecting anything. Battery is 7 hours so great for going out on patio or anywhere.

    I am happy, happy, happy. Price was hard to shallow on first set but not on second.

    540 of 573 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Orlando

    This Bose speakers r awesome trust me you wont be disappointed, the bass & treble sound makes it even better so don't hesitate to get these speaker because they r "OFF THE CHAIN"......BAM

    435 of 490 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.

    129 of 147 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This speaker will rock your socks.

    • Written by

    The Bose SoundLink Mini is a rock solid speaker. After going through countless portable bluetooth speakers--mostly under $60--without reaching complete satisfaction with the sound, battery life, design, etc., I felt it was time to invest in one from a company that consistently makes quality sound products. Sure enough, my expectations were met, and then some.

    The SoundLink Mini is surprisingly stocky for its compact size, weighing in at 1.5 lbs, which gives it a sturdy and powerful feel. It's aesthetics are clean and beautiful, matching the look and feel of adjacent Apple products; the aluminum body matches my MacBook Air almost exactly. The buttons are soft to the touch and make a subtle "click" when depressed.

    Setting it up is easy: turn it on, go to your device's bluetooth settings, tap "Bose Mini SoundLink." The speaker makes a satisfying boodala-bing sound to let you know it's paired, and the indicator light goes from a pulsing blue (discoverable) to a solid bluish white. Switching from one device to another is literally one bluetooth button-press away, sending it back into discoverable mode. (No more holding the button down for some arbitrary amount of seconds or wondering when and if it will pair, as with many other bluetooth speakers and headsets.)

    As far as sound goes--WOW! I was thoroughly impressed as I held the volume up button and Radiohead's Everything in its Right Place filled my living room. I found myself wondering how such large sound came from such a small device, but didn't question it for long as I enjoyed my favorite tracks in all their complexity and richness. (I highly recommend searching YouTube for a series of videos that a reviewer created, titled "Bose vs. ____." You can see how the SoundLink Mini stacks up against comparable models, including the BIG JAMBOX by Jawbone, which costs roughly one hundred dollars more.)

    This speaker is worth every penny.

    86 of 89 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth every penny.

    • Written by from San Antonio

    I got the Bose Sound Link speaker in June and saw this little gem at the apple store while snagging an Apple TV. I listened to this, the beats pill, and the little jaw bone and the sound quality is hands down the best on Bose.

    Good bass sound in a compact size. The charger is sweet cause it charges wirelessly similar to a electric toothbrush. Just grab and go. Lasts for 7 hours!!

    68 of 70 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound but one glaring weakness

    • Written by from Tecumseh

    This speaker has excellent sound, especially for its size, but the one weakness is that it shuts off after 30 minutes if it receives no audio signal. This makes it totally unusable with my iPod alarm. I could understand it if this happened on battery power, but it makes no sense whatsoever on AC power. The same thing happens if I use the aux input on the speaker - this makes even less sense. To me this is a major design flaw. I have searched for an app that would send an audio signal (inaudible high frequency) to the speaker every 20 minutes or so, but have not been able to find one. Has anyone come across such an app?

    74 of 88 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Miami

    What can I say, I'm in love with this small, beautiful and powerful speaker. More than 10hrs of battery! Is the best Bose product so far

    56 of 60 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best

    • Written by from Dana Point

    I've tried many bluetooth speakers ad these are the best in this price range. Very well made and perfectly match Apple equipment. More importantly awesome sound. Best bass I have ever heard on a BT speaker.

    51 of 54 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, Bluetooth less than great.

    • Written by from lethbridge

    Wanted to use this speaker paired with my phone as an alarm. The reviews about the sound are true, its the best sounding speaker out there in this class. Unfortunately the speaker turns off to conserve battery and disconnects bluetooth from your device, even when it is charging in the docking station. So wanting a speaker that I could use as a great sounding alarm left me sleeping in.

    56 of 69 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Powerful, Deep and Smooth

    • Written by from New Westminster

    I purchased this dock over the Bose C20 because of the size, portability, and the impressive sound quality it gives considering it fits in the palm of your hand. This speaker will not disappoint, it has a rich sound with clear treble and deep base tones, and does not sound tinny. It comes with a charging dock that is low profile, and can also accept auxiliary input. The aluminum shell matches MacBook Pro / iMac aluminum perfectly. 5 Stars!

    45 of 47 people found this useful

  • 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.

    39 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Bangkok

    I just bought this days ago and the sound performance is amazing. You'll never imagine how great this small speaker can give you!!!

    40 of 42 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Size vs. Sound

    • Written by from Chicago

    Recently purchased and it is fantastically small and lightweight. The sound clarity pretty much blows the competition in this size and price range out of the water. However, when I compared it to my Bose SoundDock Portable, I was pretty disappointed. The SoundDock's actual bass and ability to belt out sound at high volume without distortion makes the SoundLink Mini sound like it's whimpering; to me, it is well worth the extra $100, and trumps any advantages of the smaller size, weight, and bluetooth functionality of the SoundLink. Just ask yourself what you are really going to use this for, for me, the SoundDock does a better job >90% of the time.

    63 of 90 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Chicago

    This speaker is everything all the positive reviewers give and more. This is my first Bose one piece product because the past products always sounded canned or muffled, and the bass boom almost drowned out everything else. The highs, mids and bass on this unit are perfectly balanced. The sound is warm and rich. Just like any other speaker(s) though, location is very important. LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! Experiment with the speaker placement and find the sweet spot(s). Sometimes a few inches front or back from a wall or the edge of a table makes a noticeable difference. Does well on a desk top and fills small to medium rooms nicely. Not good on enclosed bookshelves. Perfect companion for iTunes radio from my iPhone.

    36 of 37 people found this useful

  • 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.

    36 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Crazy Good!

    • Written by from Muntinlupa

    Just bought the SoundLink Mini and it just blows the competition away! Bose focused on sound quality, bass is very much present and chest thumping when placed in a corner, and they were able to do this without compromising clarity. It's build quality is better than them Beats Pill. The only drawback I noticed besides the slight heft (it's aluminum) was that when using the Aux cable, there's a slight drop in volume, but I'm sure you're gonna pair it via Bluetooth anyway so don't worry. A must buy for those on the go, and you'll see people passing by scratching their heads thinking how that big sound came from a very small aluminum box.

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product!!!!! a MUST buy!!!

    • Written by from Hobart

    just got this from a local distributor. I have only spent less than 20 minutes on this gadget.

    Absolute amazing sound quality!!! It has the best sound quality in the similar price/size product range!!! hands down....

    The design is also very beautiful.

    If you are looking for a portable speaker. This is the one!

    Good job!!! Bose.

    27 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow! What a speaker. It's a keeper!

    • Written by from Whitinsville

    I own a lot of Bose gear and wanted a Bluetooth speaker for Christmas, but when I opened this box and saw the small Soundlink mini! my wife could see my disappointment, but I decided to give it a try before returning it for a bigger speaker. I'm a musician and picky about sound and as soon as I started listening to this thing my disbelief and joy started growing. This speaker sounds great, feels great and looks great. I can't say enough good things. It's not going back and if this one were stolen id go right out and get a new one. It's also great for using with GarageBand on the road and fits in my guitar case. A keeper that is so good it forced me to write about it. I hope this review helps others to decide if it's right for them. Great clarity, excellent output, cool looking and super portable. I'm its biggest fan. :-)

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disable auto switch off

    • Written by from Hong Kong

    The major and only complain about this device is the lack of standby mode. It will switch off completely after minutes of inactivity.

    34 of 51 people found this useful