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Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Advanced audio performance delivers a full-range listening experience
- The most compact speaker from Bose easily goes where you go
- Wirelessly connects to your Bluetooth device
- Rechargeable battery plays up to 7 hours
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Enjoy better sound on the go, everywhere you go, with the Bose Sound Link Mini Bluetooth speaker. It delivers full, natural sound from an ultra-compact speaker that fits in the palm of your hand. The speaker connects wirelessly to your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth device. A lithium-ion battery gives you hours of unplugged play time. And the included charging cradle keeps the speaker fully charged while serving as its convenient home base. The Sound Link Mini speaker is engineered with a solid, aluminum housing and skid-proof rubber bottom, so it can stand up to everyday use. Take your music, videos and games places they've never been before.
From the Manufacturer
Bose® SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth® Speaker
Ultra-compact. Wireless. Better sound.
Enjoy your music on the go, everywhere you go. The SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker delivers full, natural sound from an ultra-compact speaker that fits in the palm of your hand. It connects wirelessly to your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth device, so you can listen to your music, videos or games anytime, anywhere. Just grab it and go.
Plays where you play
The SoundLink Mini speaker is small and light enough to tuck into your bag. It weighs in at just 1.5 pounds. Its low profile lets you place it almost anywhere and provides a low center of gravity that makes it nearly impossible to tip over.
The rechargeable lithium-ion battery delivers up to 7 hours of playtime. And at home, you can listen even longer-—the charging cradle lets you listen while it charges. An empty battery usually fully recharges in three hours.
The speaker has a range of about 30 feet, so you can enjoy the sound you want without wires. It pairs easily with your smartphone, iPad or other Bluetooth devices. And it remembers the most recent six devices you've used, so reconnecting is even simpler.
Big performance, small size
You might not expect sound this rich from a speaker this small, but the SoundLink Mini speaker is something new. You don't have to sacrifice performance for portability. Proprietary technologies and an innovative driver configuration combine to deliver full-range sound—-including deep lows-—in an ultra-compact package. It lets you take your music to places it's never been before.
Easy operation, elegant design
The SoundLink Mini speaker is designed for sleek simplicity. Its single-piece aluminum casing is both attractive and durable. The speaker features power and volume buttons—-you control all other functions from your Bluetooth device.
- Charging cradle recharges the battery and serves as a convenient home base for your speaker, and it lets you play while it charges.
- Wall charger can be plugged into the cradle or directly into the speaker.
- Auxilary port lets you connect other audio sources, like an MP3 player.
- USB port allows for software update to ensure ongoing Bluetooth device compatibility.
|Speaker dimensions||2.0"H x 7.1"W x 2.3"D|
|Speaker weight||1.5 pounds|
|Shipping weight||2.76 pounds|
What's in the box
- SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker
- Charging cradle
- Wall charger/power supply
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The first impression you get when you take the SoundLink Mini out of the box is how substantial it feels. It weighs 1.5 pounds and has heft. When you place it on a table or on the charging cradle, it is stable and does not wobble. The enclosure is solid aluminum. Its got a matte finish to it and there is a row of rubberized buttons on the top. The front and back grills are metal.
Weight 1.5 pounds
Dimensions 2.3 x 7.1 x 2 inches
Battery: 7.4V, 2330mAh, 17Wh, Li-ion battery (battery is user replaceable)
AC Adapter: 100-240V, 50/60Hz
On the right side of the speaker (as you look at it) are a 3.5mm AUX-in port and a DC input for the AC Adapter. The AC adapter is thin in design and has a clever folding plug that makes this a cinch to throw in a bag or suitcase when traveling. The generously long cord length of 62" means you have a little more flexibility in where you can put the charging cradle. It's also possible to bypass the charging cradle and plug the cord directly into the SoundLink Mini.
The only other port is a MicroUSB port on the bottom of the speaker, right next to the charging contacts (for when the speaker is placed in the charging cradle.) The USB port is only for firmware updates. I was very disappointed that the speaker cannot be charged via USB since that is almost the most universally accepted way to charge most bluetooth speakers that I've seen. However the charging dock is convenient to use and you don't have to fiddle with USB cables, so in that sense it's fine. The charging dock is not perfect though... I often have to fiddle with the speaker to get it positioned properly on the dock.
The battery is 7.4V, 2330 mAh Li-ion and is accessed by gently lifting up the marked corner edge of the rubber base of the speaker. It's secured by 4 Torx-T9 screws.
I was able to fully charge the speaker in just about 3 hours and the speaker will play for up to 7 hours and maybe a bit more if you keep the volume down.
The rubberized row of buttons are: Power On/Off, Mute, Volume -, Volume +, Bluetooth, and AUX. When you first turn on the speaker, a white light briefly flashes above the power button to indicate power is on but it quickly turns off again. At this point the speaker will automatically be in bluetooth pairing mode if it has not previously been paired. There is a flashing blue LED to indicate that the speaker is in pairing mode. Pairing is accomplished quite easily and in some cases you may have to enter a code to complete the pairing: "0000." Not all devices ask for the code... my iPhone4 did not ask.
Once you are paired, you can begin playing music from your connected device. Volume is controlled by both your device and the speaker. When you've reached the maximum level of loudness using the controls on the speaker, the white light above the bluetooth button (or the AUX button if you are connnected via a cable to your device) will blink.
I found the sound quality to be excellent. For best sound reproduction you should place the speaker so that there is a vertical surface behind the speaker to allow the bass to reflect from that surface. You should also be careful not to "enclose" the spekaer in a cabinet or that will play havoc with the way sound is dispersed with the Bose speaker. Please note that because of the way the Bose directs sound out of the front and the back of the speaker to achieve its signature sound this is not the best choice in speaker if you plan to use this outdoors with no abilty to place the speaker in front of a wall or other suitable surface that will reflect the sound. Additionally, since it is metal, it's not the best choice if there is the persistant chance that this will be banged around (although Bose does sell "soft skins" to help protect the speaker.)
i honestly prefer the sound of the mini to the full-sized SoundLink and SoundLink II. While it is true that the sound level is significantly greater with the SoundLink and SoundLink II, the bass is too boomy for my tastes. I much prefer the overall sound quality of the mini. It has a decent amount of bass that is balanced really nicely with great mids and highs.
Some people will no doubt be disappointed that the SoundLink Mini does not include a lot of extra features that are prevalent in even the least expensive of many other bluetooth speakers such as hands-free capability, USB charging, travel bag or even a 3.5mm AUX cable. But these omissions don't deter me from giving the SoundLink Mini a high recommendation.
This is a beautifully designed, great sounding bluetooth speaker that produces a satisfying amount of volume. It's understated elegance is easy on the eyes and if you do want a more flashy appearance, Bose has "soft skins" available in a variety of bright colors. These will protect the mini against damaging bumps and dings but at the same time make it look less "elegant" because you lose the look that beautiful and solid aluminum enclosure. Bose 360778-0010 Soft Cover for SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker, Orange.
If you plan on taking the speaker with you when traveling, you may want to take a look at the travel bag that is also available.Bose 360779-0010 SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker Travel Bag - Retail Packaging - Gray. A car charger cable is also available.
I was duly impressed with the SoundLink Mini. It's about as solid and good sounding as a mini bluetooth speaker could be.
A few other speakers that are getting attention (August 2014) would be the Creative Sound Blaster Roar, the IK Multimedia iLoud 40W Portable Personal Speaker, and the Sony SRSX3 Portable NFC Bluetooth Wireless Speaker (Black). Lots of competetion in the mid to high end bluetooth speaker arena.
I purchased both speakers because I wanted to see which one sounded the best because even though I was initially attracted to the small size of the Mini, I figured I'd keep the II and spend the extra hundred bucks if it sounded better overall. After testing the two, the Soundlink II is headed back to Bose. I actually ended up getting the II first because the Mini was backordered everywhere at the time.
I don't even know how to explain it to you but the Mini actually sounds better than the II and it is 1/3rd the size. This makes no sense to me because the II has four drivers and two larger radiators and the mini has two drivers and two smaller radiators.
When I played the Soundlink II, the first thing that came to my mind was that somehow this speaker was lacking in more than a few ways. The bass was weak, it sounded rather flat, it wasn't as loud as I was expecting it to be (yes, I pressed the volume button on the speaker till I saw the flashing light which means it's on max), and it had absolutely no stereo separation because you could easily pinpoint which direction the sound was coming from even at louder volumes. Honestly, I'd be embarrassed to turn the Soundlink II up during a party with a group of friends because I know it wouldn't allow us to "feel the music" because the sound has no depth. I knew I was going to send the II back after about five minutes of listening but I listened to it a little more to see if I would change my mind. If you remove the Bose logo from the II, I don't think you would pay more than $30 for it based on the sound quality alone. Yes, it sounded that bad to me. It sounded so bad that it made me angry that I even purchased it without listening to it in a store and even more angry that there are people out there writing positive reviews about how good the sound quality is when, in reality, the sound reproduction is lacking so much of the dynamics that give music its true impact. I'm not saying that I am expecting something like the Soundlink II to produce the sound of a much larger sound system but I do feel that it should be more refined considering its price tag and larger size.
When I received the Mini, the first thing that I noticed was not the sound but the design and build quality. I'm actually still in awe of how nice this unit really is. The case is made of SOLID ALUMINUM!!! It actually feels more like iron! Sometimes I just stare at it because they just don't make stuff of this quality anymore. I like to hold it in one hand and tap on it with my knuckles and hear the solid sound that it makes! When you hold it in your hand you will just know right away that it is a high quality product. The Mini also has a nice rubber base that is slightly elevated and blends well with the surface you place it on so there is no ugly gap between the unit and the surface it is resting on. The rubber also provides a slip-proof surface and it probably absorbs excess vibrations produced by the speaker. The rubber base is removable and exposes the replaceable battery which is inside. The charging cradle is nice and slim and you can charge the Mini while in the dock or just plug the cord directly into the unit itself.
Now the II doesn't look that bad either but there is just something about the Mini that is very attractive. Actually, I take that back, the Soundlink II is built well but it doesn't look that good because it doesn't even look like a speaker. It looks more like a book? More specifically, a book that is about to tip over at any moment. It looks even uglier when you flip the bi-fold cover on and lay it flat. The Mini, on the other hand, does look like a speaker. I actually can't imagine designing it any better. Bose must have hired a new guy or gal to design it! I even think the small detail like the painted Bose logo looks so much better on it than a regular metal logo. The buttons on top feel nice and solid too. Build quality and design for the Mini gets 5+ stars!!!
Regarding the sound, as I stated earlier I am still scratching my head as to how or why this smaller unit sounds better than the larger II. Since I can't explain it to you I will just say that there is nothing mini about the Mini's sound. It addresses all the issues I had with the II. The reason I am happier with the Mini's sound is because the size/performance ratio is much better than the II. With the II, I kept saying to myself "it should be louder than this" and "where's the bass?" because the II should definitely be louder and more refined considering its larger size and higher price. When you crank up the II, it just sounds "sloppy." When you crank up the Mini, it sounds tighter. I also want to say that I actually enjoy listening to the Mini on my desk at lower volumes. That's actually what I bought it for. It's just nice to know that it can get loud if you want it to. Also, I want to add that placement makes a big difference in sound. With either unit, you should have it face away from a wall so that the rear radiators can reflect the bass off the wall to amplify the sound. Try it for yourself and you will hear the difference.
In all fairness, I didn't listen to the II for more than a few hours but I highly doubt there would be a night and day difference with any type of speaker break-in period. I have been an audio enthusiast for some time and I know that what I'm hearing with the II is pretty much close to how it was engineered to sound. I can't see a speaker break-in period getting the bass to go down another note on the II. Even without any type of break-in period with the Mini, I am very happy with the sound.
To give you some faith in my review and to prove that I'm not one of those people who looks at Bose and automatically thinks "Bose is the best speaker company in the world because they are expensive and they advertise everywhere..." I sold my Acoustimass 15 home theater speakers years ago for an NHT and Velodyne setup for my living room and I have never looked back. I'll even be the first to tell you that I own the Wave Radio and I think Bose's Waveguide technology is just hype with phenomenal marketing behind it. I don't think Bose is anywhere near the best as far as sound reproduction goes but there are some things that the company does right and the Mini is a perfect example. Sound quality is a major factor in picking a speaker but believe it or not it is not the only factor. Aesthetics, build quality, and size to performance are also equally important factors when choosing a speaker. Ask yourself if you would buy a boxy 300 pound tower speaker with a giant footprint and put it in your living room just because somebody rated it as the greatest speaker in the world? Why do you think so many people bought the Acoustimass cube speakers? ...It's because they look good, blend well, and sound GOOD ENOUGH. So that's why I am saying the Mini is an excellent speaker; not because I think it's the best-sounding speaker but because there isn't a Bluetooth/portable speaker on the market right now at this price point that comes close to offering you everything that the Mini does. I know I said earlier that the Soundlink II sounded disappointing because I felt that it was not refined but in the case of the Mini, I'm saying its a great product because it has some other factors going for it as well as the fact that it produces large, high-quality sound for its small size...which I believe is more refined than the larger Soundlink II.
Having said all of this, I cannot find anything that I dislike about this speaker. I hope you understand how I evaluate speakers and how I am evaluating the Mini. Asking for any more bass, greater dynamics, or louder volume considering its diminutive size, would be unrealistic. For what it is, I think you will be very happy with the Mini because there is nothing out there right now (that I can see) for two hundred bucks that can match it with regards to performance and overall quality. This is one of those Bose products that I wouldn't even mind paying more for because it really looks and sounds that good. Finally, I want to say that setup took about five seconds for both models as they both recognized my iPhone immediately. Another added benefit of the Mini compared to the Soundlink II is the longer battery life. I also want to add that I actually don't care that either unit doesn't have a mic built into them or any other special features because after all, their primary use is for music playback. I mean a mic would be a cool feature but I can certainly live without it. Somewhere in the future I do see Bose releasing a Soundlink Mini II but for right now, I really don't know what they could do to make this speaker look or sound any better than it already does.
5 stars and highly recommended!
EDIT 8/20/13: I ended up buying the neon green cover for it. Personally, I think the speaker looks much better without the cover but you might think differently.
EDIT 6/5/14: Today, I was at Target and I noticed that they had the Soundlink Mini and the Soundlink III on display side-by-side so I thought this was the best opportunity to test the III against the Mini. I pressed the demo button for the III first and I thought it sounded pretty good; it definitely sounded better than the older II from what I remember. I then hit the demo button for the Mini and quite honestly I actually thought the Mini sounded the same or better than the new Soundlink III. I played both speakers at a reasonable volume for what I thought was appropriate. I wasn't about to blast both units while at the store but I'm sure the III would play louder than the Mini but then again, how many of us will listen to either unit at such high volume on a regular basis? I am so happy I bought the Mini and I'm still amazed how it manages to sound so good being that it is so small. I also want to add that they had the Beats Pill and Beatbox Portable on display side by side and I tested those out too. The Beats Pill sounded very disappointing to me; I just turned it off after a few seconds. Even though the larger Beatbox Portable sounded bigger and better than the Pill, interestingly it still didn't sound anywhere as good as the Mini. The Mini is really a well-engineered product and I'm happy I own it.
Edit 2/19/15: I had been using the Mini exclusively for music but I have recently started using the Mini for watching movies and TV. We decided to hook the Mini up via Bluetooth to a projector and watch the Superbowl. I was amazed with the volume, imaging, depth, and clarity of the Mini. The small Mini actually sounded like a much larger soundbar. I can't even describe the feeling but as soon as we turned it up, it just sounded amazing. Now granted acoustics could have played an important part as I had the mini set up about 6 inches from a concrete wall and that particular room had a 20 foot vaulted ceiling. I don't know how much that helped amplify the sound but the Mini sounded like I had a decent size soundbar in the room. It was a great experience especially during the halftime show. I can honestly say the Mini brought the Superbowl to life.
The next week we watched "The Interview" and, again, it felt like we had a much larger soundbar. The dialog was crisp and very engaging and we were enveloped by the sound. The scene at the end with the guns and explosions was very realistic and had a lot of impact. I don't know all the audiophile terms but the Mini did not sound like a TV speaker or even a small speaker. As I said earlier, what amazes me about this speaker is the depth it has. Small speakers usually don't have depth because they are just so small and cannot reproduce a wide range of frequencies. This speaker somehow manages to reproduce highs and a decent amount of lower end frequencies to bring music (and now movies) to life. We didn't even have the volume up the whole way but the Mini made the movie experience very enjoyable and it did justice for the big screen. If we didn't have the Mini, we would have watched the movie on the projectors built in speaker and that would not do justice to a 100" screen. As a result of this new found ability of the Mini, I plan on watching more TV and movies at home on the projector.
This speaker continues to impress me the more I use it; it is absolutely just perfect. I honestly don't even think they could improve this speaker.
EDIT 6/5/15: I think I called it earlier...Bose has now released a Soundlink Mini II and by the looks of it, they haven't changed anything other than adding a speakerphone and USB charging capability. Like I said earlier, the original Mini was that good that I didn't believe they could do anything to improve its style or sound quality and I was right because the new Mini looks identical to the original! If I get a chance to listen to it, I will update again.