The Bose SoundLink micro is an impressive attempt of Bose to defy all odds and produce a pocket-sized Bluetooth Soundware that can push out more power and audio that most micro speakers usually lack. The Bose promises outstanding size and portability and is one of the best we’ve had in a while. The device comes in 3 color options with waterproof capabilities and an in-built speaker for calls and its speakers deliver a striking performance of Bluetooth and audio output that is very laudable for its size but may be just a little expensive coming at $109.95, considering that other better sounding speakers enter the same price range of the $100-150 tag albeit at a larger size.
Things we loved about the Bose SoundLink micro
- Impressive audio performance
- Rich low and elegant high tone delivery
- Clear Speakerphone mic
- Strong anti-tear band that can be used on any surface
Things we didn’t like about the Bose SoundLink micro
- Lack of Aux input
- Slightly expensive
Bose SoundLink micro Design, Hardware and Features
The Bose SoundLink micro weighs in just about 10.2 ounces all thanks to the tiny size of the SoundLink. It spans 3.9 inches in height and width and measures 1.4 inches in depth. As mentioned earlier there are 3 colour options that makes the speaker available in blue, orange and black colours, the device doesn’t look sexy but its rounded contour edges and build is covered in a matt finish water-resistant silicone rubber. The device can be used under water to 1m in depth for half an hour as it has an IPX7 water resistance rating, which means that the Bose SoundLink micro is your excellent companion for pools and outdoor fun.
Overall, the sound is clean and crisp and the speaker has decent high-mid and midtones performance. There is flawless Bluetooth connectivity and the portability is definitely an advantage, the device is waterproof and the 6-hour battery with the rubber anti-tear band that allows you to stick the device anywhere you want is a plus. For us, the Bose SoundLink just about gets everything right but comes at a price that is more expensive than other evenly-matched devices available in the market.
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How to work the Bose SoundLink micro
Overall, the speaker is designed to work on flat surfaces for work while kicking through the grille and driver therein to project sound upward. There is a single mono transducer behind the grille that sits next to a passive radiator. There is also another passive radiator on the opposite panel. Judging from the design, the Bose SoundLink will deliver more bass but doesn’t allow the option of stereo separation since there is no additional driver for left or right channels.
On to the front panel. There are 3 buttons each located above the speaker grille; the first is the volume control button that help in volume increase and decrease. Volume control is also possible with the aid of your phone’s volume rockers after the device has been paired via Bluetooth. The other button is the central multifunction button. This button controls call management (answer or reject), playback and track navigation depending on the number of times it is pressed.
Bose SoundLink micro mic for mobile
The Bose SoundLink has a microphone for the speakerphone feature that is crisp, clear and undistorted when making calls. The power buttons and Bluetooth function button for pairing are found on at the top of the speaker, both buttons are separated by a rubbery flexible anti-tear band that can be snapped to open and close at the bottom; this allows the Bose SoundLink to be fastened to just about any surface or objects.
I found this particularly useful for the days I went cycling, using the Bose SoundLink micro on the handle of the bike. The band also has an LED readout that displays the percentage of the speaker’s battery. The device lacks the 3.5mm headset jack which makes a case against the Bose SoundLink micro and is charged using the micro-usb charging port that is near the battery indicator. The battery is rated to go for 6 hours by Bose which is typically the standard for small speakers of this sort.
The Base SoundLink did quite well for a micro speaker, pushing out amazing bass that is reasonable considering its size. The bass does thin out as the volume gets turned up but doesn’t significantly distort as a result of the increase in the volume. For overall audio performance, the sound shrinks when the track hits a loud spot and then rises when the track becomes less intense. The speaker also uses some form of digital signal processing that tries to clean out the sound and give the best possible output.
When playing Sia’s Elastic Heart, the Bose SoundLink micro does remarkably well to sound as natural as possible and keeps the integrity of the bass but other subtle tones will just not sound as great as if it were on bigger speakers. That doesn’t take much away from the SoundLink micro. The midtones performance is also very good and the overall loudness and volume is more than you’d expect from a 10-ounce speaker. We decided to use something more “boomy” on the Bose SoundLink micro and tried out Major Lazer and Wizkid’s Boom and the Bose showed a solid amount of performance in the high-mid range.
Bose SoundLink micro BASS
On the bass aspect, the SoundLink delivers a captivating output on the chorus and hook; the high-mid and frequencies also come out sharply benefitting from the vocal audibility, high and low pitches of the featured artists. With respect to the Bluetooth connection, the performance is rock-solid, the device also allows the use of the Bluetooth feature to wirelessly link other Bose SoundLink speakers with the aid of the Bose Connect application.
The Bose SoundLink micro is one of the better sounding micro speakers we’ve reviewed. The device is surprisingly loud and produces a solid bass that is quite laudable but thins out on higher volumes.