A tiny Bluetooth speaker you may actually carry in your pocket seems like an ideal idea, however going small — and I imply actually small — normally means sacrificing sound high quality, or extra particularly bass efficiency. Bose’s SoundLink Micro, the corporate’s smallest and least costly Bluetooth mannequin but, at $100, £100 or AU$150, goals to defy these small speaker conventions. It largely pulls it off.
Within the US and Australia, the worth of the SoundLink Micro has dropped $10 and AU$20, respectively, in latest weeks. That is not an enormous value reduce — you are still paying a premium for the Bose title and this speaker’s portability — however it’s a welcome transfer in the precise path. (A Bose consultant confirmed to Proinertech that the worth reduce is, certainly, everlasting. Bose has additionally lately reduce the worth of its SoundSport Free wi-fi headphones.)
Out there in three colour choices — black, midnight blue and brilliant orange — the SoundLink Micro is IPX7 licensed, which suggests it’s very waterproof and could be utterly submerged. (We dunked it in a vase filled with water and it continued to output sound.) Whereas it might be small it does have a little bit of heft to it, weighing in at 10 ounces (290 grams). It has a built-in speakerphone for making calls.
Total I used to be impressed by its construct high quality and preferred its built-in “tear-resistant” versatile rubber strap, which you should utilize to clip the speaker onto a bag or absolutely anything else you need to clip it onto, together with your bike’s handlebars. That stated, the speaker has a bass port on its underside and is designed to take a seat on a flat floor to maximise bass efficiency. (I clipped the speaker to the entrance strap on a backpack and will really feel the bass on my chest.)
There is a battery-life indicator close to the Micro-USB charging port and quantity controls on the speaker, plus a multifunction button for controlling playback. Battery life is rated at 6 hours, which is fairly customary for such a speaker.
In my checks the speaker maintained a rock-solid Bluetooth connection and you may wirelessly hyperlink it with different Bose SoundLink audio system utilizing the Bose Join app.