I have recently acquired a Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker II, and here is my honest review. I actually got it for free from my employer for having 20 years of service. Short review – The Bose Soundlink Color Bluetooth speaker beats the crap out of some junky watch. The longer review is below. Disclosure: I sometimes receive compensation from the companies whose products I review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
The speaker is available in four different colors
- Aquatic Blue
- Coral Red
- Polar White
- Soft Black
All four colors are covered in soft silicone rubber, instead of hard plastic. The Bose SoundLink I have is Soft Black.
Out of the Box
When I first picked it up, I was surprised at how light it was. Years ago I had a Bose SoundDock for my IPOD, and it was really big and heavy. But the Bose SoundLink is really light, weighing only 1.2 lbs. Combined with the compact size, I can see how this can be a really good thing to have if you are looking for music on the go.
It is small enough to fit into a back pack, and light enough to make you actually want to do carry it around. These speakers measure 5 inches high, by 5.2 inches wide, and 2.2 inches deep.
Another thing that makes it more useful, is that it is water resistant, so it should be OK if it gets a little rain on it. I don’t plan on testing that out on purpose, but I wouldn’t worry if it got splashed if I was listening to music next to a pool.
On top of the Bose Speaker there are six buttons. From left to right they are Power, Bluetooth, Input Mode, Volume Down, Multi Function, and Volume Up.
The buttons are self-explanatory, except for the Multi Function button. This allows you to control the music sources and speakerphone calls on your phone, right from the speaker.
What that means is you can actually have different devices linked up to it at the same time. You just select which one you want to use from the speaker, instead of having to unlink say your phone, and switch to your kids tablet. You don’t have to fumble through any odd menu either, just hit the Multi Function button. To me, that was a nice surprise, but I haven’t had a chance to test that feature out yet.
It came fully charged to I turned it on. A voice came on which said, “Ready to pair.” I quickly and easily linked my phone to it, the process to do so is pretty much like any other Bluetooth device.
The Sound Quality
The sound quality of the Bose SoundLink is what we’ve all come to expect from Bose, it is really good. The bass is really down low and deep. Thumping where you need it to. The highs are bright, and the mid range is full and complete.
Normally I think music that is streamed from a mobile device to Bluetooth speaker sounds a little thin, or flat. Not this time. It sounds, to me anyway, just like it would as if I was plugged into a stereo or car audio.
I’m always impressed by the sound of any Bose speaker, and once again, I am impressed. I’m not surprised though at how good the sound is, until I remember how light and portable this speaker is. The sound reminds me of those old boom box ghetto blasters we listened to when I was younger. Remember the old “Panasonic Platinum?”
Bose says that the Soundlink can be 30 feet away from the mobile device and still play, and I can attest to that. The battery life is up to 8 hours, but I imagine that depends on how loud you play your music.
Overall, I am really satisfied with the quality of this Bose Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker ii. Bose has a MSRP of 129.95.
Other SoundLink Bluetooth Speakers From Bose
Bose actually offers three other Soundlink Speakers in addition to this one that are all designed to be portable and connect through Bluetooth technology. They come in different sizes and have different battery life.
- Soundlink Micro Bluetooth – still waterproof smaller brother to the SoundLink Color
- SoundLink Revolve – a 360 degree speaker that has a battery life of 12 hours
- SoundLink Revolve+ – similar to Revolve, but has a longer lasting battery
I feel that Bose has achieved what they set out to do with this speaker. They delivered a great sounding speaker that is easy to move, and will probably last for years. I feel the price is more than fair, maybe even a little too low if you ask me. I think they could have priced it a little higher, given the quality they deliver.
What do you think? Are there any better or worse options for portable Bluetooth speakers?