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.
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.