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Bose Soundlink Mini 2 SE. A Great Speaker Updated.

Years ago, Bose introduced the SoundLink Mini 2, the second generation of its mini Bluetooth speaker. Now, they have the SoundLink Mini 2 SE. The changes are minor, but in this case, that’s a good thing. As they say, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Here, I’ll give an overview of the changes and my thoughts and opinions.

What’s different?

As I said, not much has changed. Instead of Micro USB, you’ll find USB type C on the side for charging with modern (non-iPhone) cables. On the inside, you’ll also get 2 extra hours of battery life (up to 12 hours from the previous 10), according to Bose. There’s no word on whether or not the Bluetooth version has been updated. The only other major change is that you can now purchase the SoundLink Mini 2 SE in black. There’s not much of a reason to upgrade if you have the non-SE unless you have a pathological hatred of micro USB, you want slightly more battery, or if you just really want it in black.

Physical Design, unboxing, and First Impressions

I’ve never had a good relationship with tech from Costco. They often commission a slightly customized version of the product. This makes finding replacement parts down the line very difficult, but the speaker sells for $150US. That’s 30 bucks less than on Bose’s website, and I got an additional discount on top of that. I’m also what most people would consider an audiophile. I’m not purchasing diamond coated XLR cables kissed by the Pope or anything, but I do have standards. Mackie mr824 monitors and ATH-m40x headphones are my weapons of choice. They’re not amazing, but they’re a few cuts above what you’ll find near the front of your local big box retailer. Now that I’ve shamelessly flaunted my audio setup, let’s move on.

If you’ve held any of the SoundLink Mini speakers, then you already know what to expect. For others, the speaker appears to be a very long inverted trapezoid with very steep sides and slightly convex top and bottom surfaces when viewed from the front. That front is dominated by a dark grill with a small rubber gasket surrounding it. The rear looks much the same. Both grills are ever so slightly recessed into the aluminium frame which holds the entire unit together. This thing is built like a tank. If you squeeze the grills, they’ll flex a bit, but you can pick this thing up, and it won’t have a problem. Just don’t squeeze hard. Holding the thing in your hand feels like holding a funky technobrick from the future. It’s very small and very heavy with a footprint of 5cm (~2 in) by 18cm (~7.1 in) by 5.8cm (~2.3 in). The metal frame has a courser finish than what you’ll find on an Apple product, but it still feels meaty and strong as metal should. The top features the product logo and 5 rubber buttons that are all easy to feel out. From left to right, you have a power button, volume down button, multifunction button, volume up button, and a Bluetooth button. The buttons on either end are concave, whereas the other buttons are convex. This makes them extremely easy to feel out. The right side of the Mini features the USB type C charging port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. I’ll resist the urge to make jokes about ancient relics. The bottom is dominated by a rubber pad that grips the surface it rests on and prevents the thing from rattling. There are also small ports for the charging cradle which is no longer included in the box.

In typical Costco fashion, the speaker is only offered in black, and the real box was locked away in a plastic clamshell sealed shut with a comically gargantuan cardboard surround. It was, mercifully, easy enough to peel open and extract the valuable contents. Opening this speaker has made me appreciate just how little plastic goes into Apple’s boxes. Inside, all you’ll get is the speaker, a USB C to USB A cable, and a bunch of manuals and booklets. There’s no cradle or charging brick to be found.

The Mini ships with a partial charge, but you’ll need to plug it into power in order to activate the unit. It beeps twice. Then you can turn it on, select your preferred language, and begin pairing! The voice prompts are still here, featuring what sounds like Microsoft Zira. I didn’t realize that they were using a TTS voice and not simple recordings until I connected my iPhone 11 up and, “Connected to Pepper’s iPhone” came out of the front grill (Yes, that really is my name). Then, I started using my phone to try out the sound, and the biggest feature hit me. Voiceover stays on your phone. No longer must you endure blasting Samantha at 95% speed for everyone to hear. Now you can do what you need to do on your device, and anyone else listening will only hear your music or audiobooks or cat video or what have you. That’s it, I’m in love with this speaker.

Sound quality

Don’t worry, I’m not here to rag on how Bose is a stupid company and all of its customers are sheep, or whatever most audiophiles do. I don’t like Bose. Back in middle school we did a science project about sonar that was sponsored by them. It amounted to a thinly veiled ad campaign. No, I don’t like how heavy they go on digital signal processing, but if you like the sound, more power to you. That memory is really my only problem with them. Anyway, this speaker goes heavy on the mid-bass and high frequencies. This is thanks in part to the dual passive radiators; this is a feature common to many portable speakers nowadays. That means Human voices will sound rich and full, guitars and pianos will sparkle, and you’ll get the impression of a much bigger speaker. Basically, you’ve got a v(-ish)-shaped sound signature. It sounds best in a small or medium room and really isn’t meant for much beyond near field listening. Music and voices sound good for the size, though the latter tends to be a little boomy, and watching a video with both will really show the weaknesses of the speaker. Background music can get lost, and people with particularly deep voices or a lot of chest resonance can be a little uncomfortable. You can also absolutely make this thing distort if you crank the volume up. The usual quality degradation is present, thanks to Bluetooth’s codecs. I can’t tell if it supports Aptx-HD, but even if it did, that’s not available for iPhone. This isn’t a flaw in the speaker. It’s just the way Bluetooth works. Stereo separation is non-existent. If I’m complaining so much about the quality, why did I even bother? Yes, it sounds like a Bluetooth speaker, but that’s the thing. It’s a Bluetooth speaker, and a tiny one at that. I’m willing to overlook a lot, and the sound signature isn’t so extreme as to be irritating. Besides, I already have equipment for better quality on tap. Even if I didn’t the fact that this thing has actual honest-to-goodness accessibility baked in is enough of a selling point. The sound is more sheep than wolf, but that sheep found some very nice wolf clothing at the dealer’s den.

Accessibility and Features

I didn’t know speakers could even have such a thing, but here is Bose giving us voice prompts for identifying devices, callers, and the battery level. I already talked about how it tells you which device is connected. That’s really great, especially since you can have 2 connected devices and an additional 6 saved to its pairing list. Just repeatedly click the Bluetooth button to cycle through active devices. Holding the power button will visually and audibly indicate the battery level. Voice prompts will relay that info in 10% intervals. When someone calls you, the Mini will also tell you who’s calling. It’ll even speak their name if the number is in your contacts. I thought you had to enable contact sharing, but the feature works regardless. This speaker is definitely geared for iOS users. Talkback users won’t encounter issues unless they connect multiple devices, and Windows users… well, I’ll get to that in the next section.

One feature that surprised me is just how quickly it connects to devices. Press the power button, and you’re ready to go near instantly. I thought this had something to do with the w1 or h1 chip, but it acts the same way on Android devices and my laptop. I’m seriously impressed by how good the connection is on this little thing. Latency is also very low.


Like everything else, the SoundLink Mini 2 SE isn’t quite perfect. Voice prompts have questionable pronunciation. It called my friend’s OnePlus 8t “pecan” instead of “beacon”, and it doesn’t handle names with all caps gracefully either. Using this device on iOS with Voiceover is fine, but connect it to a Windows machine running NVDA, and be prepared to very quickly disconnect it. It’ll be no surprise that it handles high speed speech synthesis about as well as a bald eagle piloting a blimp. Come on, guys. Surely it can’t be that hard to not clip the first and last milliseconds of Microsoft Mark? My computer also won’t play nice with multi-device support. If someone else is playing music, your computer’s speakers will go silent until they stop playing or you disconnect. Android faired much better. While it was still subject to silence from Talkback if another device was playing through the Mini (it didn’t stick to the phone like on iOS), there was no speech clipping at all. This holds true for my old Galaxy s9+ which mostly sits around collecting dust nowadays.

One quirk that is mildly annoying is the fact that the SoundLink gives no audible indication that it turned off. Turning it on will speak the battery and connected device but turning it off just… does nothing. You push the power button, and it’s just off. For other controls, while it’s much better about not making you tap ten times just to switch the volume, you must double click or triple click the multifunction button to skip tracks backward or forward, respectively. Here’s a tip for you; hold the Bluetooth button down for 10 seconds to clear the pairing list. That’s handy if it gets clogged up with devices you never connect or if someone paired a device with a rude name. Once connected to an iPhone, adjusting Voiceover’s volume becomes a bit of a nightmare. The volume buttons on your phone exclusively control the volume of whatever is coming out of the Mini… except when they don’t. Lastly, I’m not too fond of the placement of the charging port. It’s hard to get it in, and this really makes me wish that Bose had continued to ship the cradle. That said, I’m happy that they at least used USB C and not micro USB or a barrel plug like on the original.


The Bose SoundLink Mini 2 Se has proven to be an excellent speaker with stellar build quality, good sound, excellent battery life, actual proper accessibility, and a beautiful design. It takes the fantastic design of the SoundLink Mini 2 and brings it up to modern spec. Yes, you can probably find better sound quality, but will you get the other features in a package this size if you head elsewhere? I’m not willing to go looking further. This one is good enough for me. On the road, in a hotel room, or at the breakfast table, the Bose SoundLink Mini 2 SE is a great choice for VI users, however exclusive Windows users should look elsewhere.

My Own Disclaimer

I purchased the Bose SoundLink Mini 2 from Costco for $129.99US with my own money. No third parties have received early viewing or editing rights. I wrote it up and posted it here. I am not a journalist or part of the editorial team. I’m just some idiot on the internet who likes tech and wanted to review a thing.


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There is a control panel on the device body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to.

The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.

With a detachable cable you can use alternative cables, and if the cable is pulled it will pop out instead of breaking.

The width represents the horizontal dimension of the product. We consider a smaller width better because it assures easy maneuverability.

The height represents the vertical dimension of the product. We consider a smaller height better because it assures easy maneuverability.

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Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.

A passive radiator is a type of driver (speaker) that doesn't have a voice coil and a magnet. The sound vibrations produced by a passive radiator depend on its mass and the size of its enclosure. It is usually used in combination with a woofer to produce deep bass tones.

More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.


The device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.


An auxiliary input allows you to play other audio sources by connecting them through a simple audio connection like a 3.5mm jack, i.e for MP3 or portable DVD/CD player.


Wireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.

This technology allows the users to use their smartphone as a remote control for the device.

You can use your voice to control key functions of the device and you can easily access your device without pushing any button.

With voice prompts, you will automatically receive information via audio messages – for instance, you may find out that the battery is running low, and it's time to recharge the device.

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The Bose SoundLink Mini put a smile on our faces when we heard the lashings of deep, rich bass coming out of such a tiny wireless speaker.

Compact speakers of this kind and price don’t tend to dig deep into the lower frequencies.

Too often we’ve heard such speakers sound too thin and bright, simply because of a lack of bass depth. But Bose has managed it admirably.

Sound quality

The SoundLink Mini’s bass performance is deep and inviting. More importantly, it underpins the overall sound with a sense of weight that’s lovely to hear.

The Bose speaker envelopes you in a warm, meaty performance – we’re really impressed with the amount of depth it’s managed to pack in.

Stream any song over Bluetooth, and they all sound satisfyingly solid. It’s a dynamic sound, too, with plenty of punch to the thumping beats.

The rest of the frequency range hasn’t been ignored, either. Voices are rich and full of detail. The treble is smooth and gentle, and there’s no hint of brightness or sharpness to be heard – not even at higher volumes.

It makes a welcome change from the wince-inducing harshness of rival speakers, but if we're being picky we’d like just a little more sparkle and bite.

That said, the strength of that bass performance shouldn't be underestimated – it's head and shoulders above most rival speakers we've tested at this price, even if its lower frequencies can occasionally overwhelm other elements.

Play Nine Inch Nails’ Where Is Everybody? from Spotify, and the twang of strings and synthesisers could do with a little more clarity. But that's a minor gripe.


Bose has taken a 'no-frills' approach with the SoundLink Mini. There seems to be a ‘no frills’ policy: no NFC, no aptX streaming, no built-in mic for hands-free calls, and no smart app.

So what does the SoundLink Mini have? Just simple Bluetooth for wireless streaming and a 3.5mm input for wired connection. Let’s keep this about the music, Bose seems to say.

You also get a charging cradle. It’s a nice addition, the speaker slots in neatly, it can double as a stand and you can plug the mains charger into either the cradle or the speaker for charging. We’re a bit disappointed to see that it lasts a mere seven hours on battery power alone, though.

Build quality

Pick up the Bose and the first thing you’ll notice is how heavy it is. It’s surprisingly hefty, especially for such a small thing.

It’s extremely sturdy and solid, and the weighty metal casing only adds to its premium quality feel. It certainly feels worth every penny of the £170 you pay for it, even if the design looks slightly dated next to the cooler, bolder designs of some newer models.

But it’s a good size, and a decent portable option – as long as you don’t mind the weight.

The grey rubber buttons on top are functional and respond well. There’s a button each for Bluetooth and auxiliary input, so it’s easy to switch between wireless and wired streaming.

The silver aluminium casing is the only finish option, but Bose gives you the choice of adding on clear plastic covers with blue, green or orange highlights. We prefer the clean, untarnished look of the steely aluminium.


Given the choice between a thin, sharp sound lacking in solid bass versus heaps of rich, deep bass and punchy sound, we’d go for the latter – especially in the case of this Bose speaker.

It might not have all the features of some rivals, but its bass depth, build quality and confident delivery make the SoundLink Mini an outstanding contender at this price.

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When looking for a high-quality wireless Bluetooth speaker, there are a lot more options available today than there were a few years back. Manufacturers release new models all the time to the point where we’re now spoilt for choice in 2020.

There was once a time when only a few systems where on the market, one of them being the amazing Bose Soundlink Mini 1.

While the speaker was discontinued by its manufacturer in 2015, Bose has since launched a newer model with even more features. We take a look back at Bose’s famous Bluetooth speaker – the Soundlink Mini 1 – as well as a comparison to the new Soundlink Mini 2.

After all, the Bose Soundlink Mini 1 was one of the first (if not the first) wireless Bluetooth speakers to hit the market and it was a huge success.

Bose Soundlink Mini 1

Bose Soundlink Mini 1

As you probably already know, when looking for any audio or sound device, Bose products stand as some of the best. After all, they have always built high-quality products and this wireless speaker is certainly one of them.

The reality is that even today if you try out the Soundlink Mini 1, you will be amazed by its audio quality and different sound combinations.

With a modern-looking, sleek body, the wireless speaker is incredibly beautiful and still stands out today. You can place it anywhere in the home and it won’t look out of place.

At just 680g, it’s easy to carry with you anywhere which is definitely a plus.  However, it is worth mentioning, since the speaker was launched several years ago, it doesn’t come with Micro USB functionality. Let’s delve into some of the key features of the Bluetooth speaker.

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Unfortunately, the speaker is not waterproof, so if you do get your hands on one, be sure to keep it away from the wet stuff.

Bose Soundlink Mini: Price

You may have a hard time to find the Soundlink Mini 1. After all, and as we mentioned above, the Bose Soundlink Mini 1 was discontinued by Bose in 2015.

When looking to purchase the Mini 1, we would suggest eBay as your best bet. We have spotted pre-owned speakers for sale in the past but if you can’t find one, you don’t need to despair.

Bose came up with the second generation of the Bose Soundlink Mini 1 – the Bose Soundlink Mini 2, which we take a look at later on in this article.

Bose Soundlink Mini 1: Specs

Speaker Dimensions: 2.0″H x 7.1″W x 2.3″D

Speaker Weight: 680g

Shipping Weight: 1.25 kg

Bose Soundlink Mini 1: Conclusion

Summing up the Bose Soundlink Mini 1, it is an excellent product that deserves a place in history. The quality of the build, the audio quality as well as the affordable price, are all reasons that made this wireless Bluetooth speaker such a classic and success.

Don’t lose out on great sound quality! There are loads of speakers that can play your favourite tunes but a speaker that brings you big sound with deep bass will surely bring you a more powerful experience.

The Bose Soundlink Mini ll proves not all wireless speakers are made equal. This powerful speaker fits into the palm of your hand and is available in Luxe Silver or Triple Black.

Bose Soundlink Mini 1 vs Bose Soundlink Mini 2

As the Bose Soundlink Mini 1 is no longer available, since being discontinued back in 2015, we thought it would make perfect sense to make a comparison between the two wireless Bluetooth speakers.

One of the things that made the Soundlink Mini 1 design so unique was the fact that it was made up of an aluminium unibody. This ensured that the speaker was strong and durable and had a nice weight at around 680g. Bose’s first instalment of the Soundlink Mini was pretty appealing to the eye and stylish.

We are delighted to say that the Bose Soundlink Mini 2 still has the same overall design. The main difference is that it features a slight curve to its aluminium brick foundation. The second edition also comes in a carbon, black or pearl colour. The Mini 1 only came in one colour which was a silvery-pearl.

The control buttons have changed a bit from the Bose Soundlink Mini 1 to the Bose Soundlink Mini 2.

While the first model included buttons for increasing and decreasing volume on the device, a button for switching on and switching off, mute, Bluetooth and auxiliary function buttons, the second one includes the power button, volume adjustment to increase or decrease the sound, Bluetooth button, and a multi-function button. They both seem pretty identical. However, the Bose Soundlink Mini 2 controls allow for some extra features.

If you press the power button down, you will be able to see how much battery you still have left. Plus, if you like to switch the Bluetooth devices that you connecting your Bose Soundlink Mini 2 to,  you can just press down the Bluetooth button to find out what device you’re currently connected to.

While the Soundlink Mini 1 and the Soundlink Mini 2 don’t disappoint at all in terms of the sound output, we have to say that when you compare both models side by side, it does seem that the volume is a little higher on the first model.

Both models are outstanding pieces of equipment and really set a benchmark when it comes to Bluetooth speakers.

Because of the Soundlink 2’s features including colour variations, micro USB charging and a slight curve to its design and more key button functions, we’d opt for the more recent model of speaker.

But, this does not take away from the fact that the older model is an exceptional wireless Bluetooth speaker which will give any system of today and tomorrow a run for its money.

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Bose SoundLink Mini 2 review: A sound all-rounder now a tad cheaper

UPDATE: Since our original review, which was based on the £150 price tag, the Bose SoundLink Mini 2 can now be found for £130 – making it a more tempting offer for those who love a good-looking, powerful sounding Bluetooth speaker. 

Our original review continues below.

At first glance, Bose's SoundLink Mini 2 (or II, to use its official moniker) doesn't look all that different from the original SoundLink Mini released last year. That's no bad thing, though, as the first SoundLink Mini had superb build quality, which returns here, and was a brilliant premium Bluetooth speaker.

Bose SoundLink Mini 2 review: Design

That holds true for its successor, too, as its aluminium finish remains as sleek and robust as ever, and provides a fine set-piece to add to your living room. I wouldn't recommend taking it outside, though, as it's not ruggedised in any way whatsoever, so you're likely to end up scratching the outer casing if you show a lack of care. 

Bose does sell a range of travel accessories, including silicone soft covers (around £21) and a padded travel bag (around £38), to add a degree of protection, but these are still quite expensive for what they are. Third party accessory options are also available, however, so you might be better off seeing what you can find rather than buying direct from Bose.

Bose SoundLink Mini 2 review: Build quality

Its significant weight also means there are better options for carrying around, such as the Fugoo or UE Boom 2. Nevertheless, at 670g, you'll happily move it room-to-room and it could accompany you on trips if you aren't too fussy about the weight of your luggage. 

You have a choice of two finishes, either Carbon (black) or Pearl (white). Both are equally smart depending on your tastes. Silicone buttons are found on the top, which comes in a colour to match your choice of finish. There's the usual volume controls as well as Bluetooth pairing. You're able to pair the SoundLink Mini 2 with two Bluetooth devices at the same time and swap between them. There's also an auxiliary jack on the side of the speaker.

Bose SoundLink Mini II side

The dedicated Aux button of the original SoundLink has been removed. Instead, the speaker will now automatically swap to the auxiliary mode when it detects a sound signal. Its absence has helped the top of the speaker look a little less cluttered. A microphone has also been added to the new model, meaning you can now use it as a handsfree conference speaker when paired with your smartphone. It works well and picks up your voice with a good degree of clarity. The fact there wasn't a speaker on the original felt like a big omission considering its premium price.

Bose SoundLink Mini II top

Making a welcome return, is the charging cradle. Rather than having to deal with plugging in a cable, you can instead drop the speaker onto its cradle, which then charges it through contacts on its base. An improvement over the original SoundLink Mini is that the DC jack has been swapped out for a more ubiquitous micro USB connection.

There's such a port both on the cradle and directly on the speaker for times when you don't have the cradle with you. A USB wall adaptor is included in the box, too, when all-too-often Bluetooth speakers just make do with a USB cable and expect you to have your own adaptor.

Bose SoundLink Mini 2 review: Battery life

Battery life has improved over the original and is rated at around 10 hours of medium volume listening, which felt about right. It's a respectable figure but some rivals can manage more; the UE Boom 2, for example, will last up to 15 hours. Battery level and pairing status are read out by a Siri-esque robotic voice, as with many of Bose's headphones such as the Bose Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II.

Bose SoundLink Mini II cradle

Bose SoundLink Mini 2 review: Sound quality

Inside the SoundLink Mini 2 is a two speaker array with a passive bass radiator to flesh out the low range. Altogether they make for a well-rounded sound. The bass, in particular, is some of the most emphatic I've heard for a speaker of this size.

It's perhaps not typical of what many would associate with Bose, but thankfully, the crisp details in the mids and trebles are just as present. This is due in part to some digital signal processing that helps to bring out much of the detail and increase the perceived separation between the different sound frequencies. It meant the SoundLink Mini 2 sounded universally excellent with the test tracks I threw its way. It can also reach particularly loud volume levels if that's what you need.

Bose Soundlink 2 review: Verdict

Available now at around £130, the Bose SoundLink Mini 2 is a great choice overall. It sounds excellent for the money and provided you're not looking for a ruggedised speaker to take out with you day-to-day, it ticks all the right boxes for a Bluetooth speaker at this price. I particularly like the charging cradle that makes topping up its battery convenient. If you're happy to spend more and want a more distinct design, the B&O Play BeoPlay A1 would get my recommendation. Otherwise, check out our list of the best Bluetooth speakers. Buy Now from Amazon

RMS power output50W
Audio inputs3.5mm stereo
Audio outputsNone
Dock connectorNone
WirelessBluetooth (SBC)
App supportNone
Battery capacityNot disclosed
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I'm looking forward to trying out Bose's new SoundLink Flex Bluetooth speaker, which is available starting today for $149 in three color options: black, white smoke and stone blue. Not only does the Flex look slick for a supposedly ruggedized Bluetooth speaker, but Bose is making some bold claims about its sound, particularly its bass performance.

"The Flex delivers the best audio performance for a portable speaker its size," Bose said Wednesday, adding that it delivers "deep, clear sound that's powerful enough to fill your living room while entertaining, and loud enough for any outdoor adventure." It's also equipped with Bose's PositionIQ technology to automatically detect the speaker's orientation and deliver optimized sound based on whether upright, hanging or flat on its back. The speaker is IP67 dust- and waterproof, and rated for 12 hours of battery life at moderate volume levels.

I was previously impressed by the sound quality of Sonos' Roam portable speaker, which features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless streaming (the Flex is a Bluetooth-only speaker), and Bose is touting the Flex's audio with such superlatives as "astonishing" and "bass you can fell in your chest" and describes the speaker's custom transducer as maximizing clarity and says the proprietary digital signal processing technology dramatically minimizes distortion.


The Flex also floats and Bose says it can survive drops and bumps, with a soft silicone back and powder-coated steel grille that "won't peel or flake and is resistant to corrosion and UV light."

Bose's SoundLink Micro also delivers impressive sound for its tiny size and this speaker is bigger, weighing just over a pound (0.45 kg) and measuring 7.9 inches wide, 2.1 inches deep and 3.6 inches high (20 by 5.3 by 9.1cm), so it should sound significantly better than the Micro.


The Flex is firmware upgradeable via the Bose Connect app for iOS and Android. You can pair two Flex speakers in Party mode or Stereo mode (left-right channels). It's also worth mentioning that the Flex has physical buttons on the speaker for controlling playback and a built-in microphone so you can use it as a speakerphone. Bose adds, "When at home, the Flex works flawlessly with one or more Bose smart speakers and soundbars to extend your listening experience using Bose SimpleSync technology. When the Flex is connected, ask your voice assistant to play music on your smart speaker, and content will play simultaneously on both."

Currently, the speaker is only available in the US and Canada, so I don't have broader international pricing yet, but $149 is about £110 or AU$200.

I'll have a full review after I get my hands on a review sample but at first glance, the SoundLink Flex looks like one of the most interesting portable Bluetooth speakers to be released in 2021.

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