Most tabletop speakers have to be small to be attractive. Otherwise, they are not very portable and the whole point is lost. Unfortunately, a small appearance often goes hand in hand with as small sound. But there are exceptions.
Jawbone's small wireless and Ultimate Ears BOOM is some of the most honest, and has a remarkable sound quality. Boom is additionally water resistant and will last about 15 hours on one battery charge.
SoundLink Mini is not water resistant and lasts only a maximum of 7 hours. Moreover, it´s relatively heavy with its 1.5 pounds divided into a modest 2.3 x 7.1 x 2 inches. But oh, how good it sounds!
The reason for the somewhat hefty weight is that Bose wants to do SoundLink Mini better than other wireless Bluetooth speakers. Therefore, they have, among other things, used two drivers per channel, positioned on either side of the front. In addition, it has two passive drivers - one on the front and one on the rear - that enhance the bass. Everything is deliciously wrapped in aluminum and the feeling of quality is impeccable.
First, one is struck by how loud it plays. Turning the volume up and cover your ears. Ok, the bass is not overwhelming, although it has plenty of pressure coming from such a small speaker. But it sounds clean and balanced, even when you go crazy on the volume control. The soundstage is surprisingly large and spacious. Stereo perspective is not as wide as it cann be with two UE Booms, but the SoundLink Mini has a wider and deeper soundstage than a single Boom. Voices and instruments that mostly reside in the midrange are spot on. And although not directly ‘lively’ in the treble, it is agreeably present, and within the bass range it has fine control of the rhythm and dynamics of the lower notes.
SoundLink Mini recharges either in the included cradle, where it can rest in your home or office and always be prepared to be taken out, or directly with the charger. It is possible to connect an audio source with a 3.5 mm mini-jack cable.
The USB connector is not charging the portable player, as it does with the JBL Charge for example. The USB port is there solely for software updates, and there is also no hands-free microphone with speakerphone capability. In case someone calls while listening to music.
But this is forgiven as it sounds like it does. One can get the same great sound in much larger speakers, but few of the small portable speakers sound as dynamic and engaging as the Bose SoundLink Mini. Few are as nicely built either, with proper metal intstead of plastic. Well worth the money!
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• Wireless Bluetooth link eliminates the need to physically connect your Bluetooth capable audio source.
• Rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides hours of Bose® performance.
• AUX connector lets you connect your Bluetooth device or other music source device directly to your speaker.
• Pair up to six Bluetooth devices.
• Easy grab-and-go mobility.
Power supply rating Input: 100 - 240V , 50/60Hz, 360mA
Output: 12VDC, 0.833A Max
Input power rating Input: 12VDC, 0.833A Max
Dimensions 2.0" H x 7.1" W x 2.3" D (5.08 cm x 18.03 cm x 5.84 cm)
Weight 1.44 lb. (0.655 kg)
Temperature range for use 0°- 45°C (32° - 131°F)
Soundlink® Bluetooth® Mini speaker
AC power supply