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Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2019
1) No security — means ANYONE can connect to your speaker if they wanted to. No confirmation on the speaker is required.
2) No way to rename the speaker. What does this mean? It will permanently have this factory name: “Bose Mini II Soundlink”. You might think, so what, who cares? Well I didn’t. Until my neighbor apparently got themselves one too!! Now I see two of them and I have no idea which is which!
3) No way to completely switch very loud (louder than your current volume) audible beep alerts. These loud beeps occur when you perform a certain function, like when my iPad connects to the speaker, when I plug or unplug the USB cable etc. Really BAD idea. Especially in the middle of the night... *BEEP*!! The unit already has pretty indicator lights that blink or change color to tell you what’s going on, why do we need audio alerts? I mean think about it, I’m listening to my music, decide to plug it into power. The speaker mutes my music for like a second, produces a loud beep, and then resumes the music. This speaker comes with verbal alerts by default. It is possible to switch them to audio alerts. But no way to disable audio alerts.
These things can be easily fixed if Bose released a firmware update. But apparently they think this is not a problem? They didn’t think that our neighbor could get this speaker too?
Aside from these MAJOR flaws, the speaker sounds pretty good for a mobile speaker. It’s probably one of the best in sound quality in compact-size range. It doesn’t sound like a good stereo system of course, but it sounds much better than what I’ve come to expect from speakers of such size. It’s heavier than others but seems to convey the most frequencies that “matter”. In other words although it certainly doesn’t have a great frequency response/separation and things sound more “together” than they should, the sound that comes out of this speaker feels somehow ”pleasant”. Other speakers are more likely to distort some frequencies and sound harsh in certain situations, SoundLink Mini II doesn’t do that. It’s probably doing some sort of EQ-ing, reverb and other fakery to achieve this, but the result is that I can listen to it for a long time and not get fatigued. I like to listen to LoFi tracks in the evening, it creates pleasant ambience. Because it’s heavy, it uses the surfaces as a sort of “extension” to transfer vibrations (in a good sense). So depending on the mood, I place this speaker in different places around the room, and that changes how it sounds (warmer on the rug, crispier on the wooden table, etc)
I really want to like this Bose SoundLink, but with those flaws above, the firmware feels BROKEN. Bose, please fix this, it’s a product in a Premium price range, don’t treat it as some sort of brand-less generic imitation.