The Bose Soundlink Mini 2 is a compact but amazing speaker. Generally with a smaller sized speaker you’d expect to make sacrifices for the sake of portability, but honestly I struggled to find any problems with this speaker. At£169.95 (Amazon price), it isn’t the cheapest portable speaker that you’ll be able to find, but you really are paying for a high quality product. From the build quality, to the sound, this speaker is great.
This speaker sounds amazing. You have to bear in mind that you are buying a portable speaker here and not a full sound system, however that isn’t me trying to take anything away from the quality of the SoundLink. It has a good all round clear sound, so no overpowering bass like in some speakers, just a good balanced sound. Although, if you prefer an off balance sound there is no way to adjust the acoustics on the speaker, it all has to be done on the connected device. These speakers can get really loud for such a small device. When adjusting the volume, you can use the connected device, this will make a big difference to the volume, or if you just need those in between levels, you can use the buttons on the speaker.
If you buy this speaker, it really does feel like an all round premium product. It’s body is almost entirely made of metal, aside from some bits of rubber here and there. The dimensions of this speaker are 2 inches tall, 7 inches long and just under 2.5 inches wide, so it can fit in your hand no problem. With a weight of 0.68kg it certainly isn’t heavy, but it will add a noticeable weight if you put in your bag to take out. However, this weight just makes the whole thing feel a bit more solid.
The buttons are made of rubber and at first glance look quite big, however if you don’t hit the centre you won’t actually be pressing anything and nothing will happen which can be annoying.
On the side is an AUX port, so this means that you can use non-Bluetooth devices with this speaker by plugging them in via an auxiliary cable (not provided). I have found though that when using the auxiliary cable the speaker does not get as loud as through Bluetooth, but this is a small sacrifice if you have thousands of songs on a MP3 player that you aren’t ready to part ways with.
Bose report 10 hours of life from the 2,330 milliamp hour battery in the SoundLink Mini 2. The actual battery life does vary depending on the volume that you use, however I have found that I usually get more than 10 hours. If you have a dedicated spot for this speaker though you can just sit it on its charging cradle and not have to worry about the battery life at all. The charging cradle is plugged into the wall via a micro USB cable, however if for any reason the cradle is unavailable or perhaps if it breaks you can also charge your speaker via the micro USB port located on the side of the speaker.
I love this speaker and in my eyes, any drawbacks that it has are superbly outshined by all the highlights. It may be a bit pricey for some but you really are paying for all round great quality. The speaker looks good and sounds better. If you were looking for a Bluetooth speaker for under £200.00 then this is definitely something to consider.
What are your thoughts on the Bose SoundLink Mini 2? Let me know down in the comments.