Excerpt: When it comes to portable speakers for use on the go, there are a ton of products out there. The options available are relatively cheap, affordable and also offer a reasonably high quality of audio and performance. However, fewer options out there really push the boundary. Hopefully, Bose's newly launched SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speakers will change that.
Conclusion: Bose’s SoundLink Mini cuts out the deep features and stylistic extras to provide an attractive, minimalist speaker with a rich and potent sound signature. The speaker got too big for its britches at times, and a little bass control would have gone a long way with us. Still, it succeeded more often than it failed, blending keen detail, wide dynamic expression, and powerful force for an enjoyable sonic experience that extended far beyond its slender form.
Pros: Detailed and full sound signature, Warm, powerful midrange, Good dynamic expression, High max volume, Rugged yet elegant design
Cons: Bass can get too boomy, Short on features, Short battery life
Summary: The SoundLink Mini's lack of speakerphone capabilities may deter some, and others will gripe about the lack of onboard controls or the device's ability to charge via USB. However, nothing approaches the SoundLink Mini's sonic versatility and full, rich output at this size. If sound is your primary concern, the Bose speaker is tops.
Pros: Best sound in its class and beyond, Excellent design and build quality, Loud for its size,
Cons: No playback controls, Lacks speakerphone and USB charging
Excerpt: If it wasn’t apparent from photographs, you’ll know how much SoundLink Mini has in common with the Jambox from the moment you place them next to one another: our impression is that Bose’s engineers were tasked with creating something that was extremely similar in overall volume, but given the latitude to go just a little bit bigger if absolutely necessary.
Review: Bose SoundLink Air offers good sound, but few features
25 December 2012
Conclusion: The SoundLink Air is easy to configure and sounds good in general use. I’m disappointed that the rechargeable battery isn’t included, and I find the lack of an on-board power button bizarre. But if you like your music a little bass-heavy and won’t need the absolute peak volume the speaker offers (and the distortion that accompanies it), the SoundLink air is a fine AirPlay speaker to consider.
Pros: Easy setup, Good audio quality
Cons: Rechargeable battery not included, Bass distortion at top volume
Excerpt: If you’re prepared to pay a little more for a wireless speaker, this is the one for you. It’s not as portable as the others, but it’ll knock the others into a cocked hat in terms of sound. And like the others, it has a range of 10m. Stick it in the lounge, but just be wary of who’s sending tunes to it.
Conclusion: The portable Bluetooth-powered Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker features more powerful audio than you?d expect from its small, well-designed frame, and it integrates a cool cover that doubles as a stand.
Pros: Strong audio performance. Portable and built with sturdy materials. Clever design uses protective cover as a stand when speaker is in use. Can wirelessly stream music from virtually any compatible Bluetooth device?not just iPhones, iPods, and iPads.
Cons: Expensive for a portable speaker system. Song beginnings get clipped when skipping or un-pausing. Not for audiophiles.
Conclusion: As a manufacturer, Bose has its lovers and haters. Small wonder: We like what the Wave SoundLink does, but its $599 price tag is a kick in the teeth. There’s no denying that the Wave SoundLink would be a fun addition to any office, bedroom, kitchen or other area that could need a little musical lift.
Pros: Good sound quality, flexible design
Cons: Insane price, USB sticks out, only provides volume control for PC sources