Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker Review

Posted: May 11, 2012
Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker Review

The Bose SoundLink mobile speaker is as portable as can be, thanks to its Bluetooth wireless connectivity, 8 hours of battery life and a built-in cover for transportation. Matt Mira joins Kevin Pereira to rate the new features for Gadget Pr0n.

What You Need To Know

  • The Bose SoundLink wireless mobile speaker is a tiny portable speaker with a nylon cover that also functions as a support stand.
  • When it's closed, it will automatically turn the speaker off.
  • The device is about 2" thick, a little over 9.5" long and 5" tall.
  • The speaker can fit in a bag or a suitcase with ease.
  • It weighs just under 3 lbs which is actually a lot heavier than we thought it would be.
  • We also really liked the layout of the few but relatively large buttons on the top.
  • The speaker comes with a rechargeable lithium battery (unlike the Dre Beatbox, which took 6 D-cell batteries).
  • Bose says the speaker can get up to 8 hours of continuous listening, which we have no reason to doubt after testing.
  • It will take around 2-3 hours to fully recharge the battery, though.
  • The Bose SoundLink features Bluetooth connectivity and the option of using the aux port.
  • We found it really easy to put your phone in pairing mode: just hold down the Bluetooth button on the speaker for 3 seconds and it's ready to pair.
  • We didn't experience any latency or dropped signals with the Bluetooth connectivity.
  • The signal was strong and didn't really cut out.
  • The connection went well past 30 feet for us.
  • The option of connecting this speaker with an auxiliary cable is a huge plus, and it comes with one, too.
  • We thought the sound was incredible; we've never been this surprised by a product so far.
  • This sounds like a speaker system with four times its size.
  • Bose has crammed a whole bunch of new tech in this speaker.
  • There are two small drivers on either side of dual opposing passive radiators.
  • This means that in the center are two oval shaped passive radiators that are delivering the bass.
  • They face each other so they cancel out vibrations.
  • The sound was incredibly clear across the full spectrum.


  • $299


  • 5 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • $300 may sound like a lot but when you factor in the size, ease of use and portability, you are going to be hard-pressed to find something that sounds as loud and good as this speaker does.

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  • pragmatic1

    Take a look at the foxL Buetooth speaker for something truly portable and great sounding. It puts the Bose to shame; especially considering the amazing small size. The price is far better than Bose with three models to choose. I've taken mine around the world (literally) and love it.

    Posted: May 16, 2012 11:07 AM