Many rejoiced when the Bose SoundLink Mini came into the audio scene, and now we are greeted with the Bose SoundLink Mini II. This new 1.5-pound model looks almost identical to its predecessor, and that’s a good thing as it was one of the sharpest looking portable speakers out there. Now, it has a built-in microphone for added speakerphone functionalities. Another bonus is that it now has a longer battery life, which was upped to 10-hours from the old 7-hour batter life of its predecessor.
The Bose SoundLink Mini II is Made Even Better
Another change for the Bose SoundLink Mini II is that it changes to a standard USB connection for charging rather than the proprietary AC adapter. This is an important change since the company says “it is able to charge with most USB power sources.” The device also includes a charging cradle which also acts as a dock.
It has an unibody aluminum enclosure that surrounds the two small drivers, as well as the front and back radiators. Through this design choice, it is something akin to what Apple would design for their devices. For a 1.5-pound portable Bluetooth speaker, it does feel have to have more considerable heft than other Bluetooth speakers that are entirely made out of plastic.
The SoundLink Mini II also allows for two devices to be paired at the same time, but both audio sources won’t play at the same time. Users would have to choose between devices for alternating audio streams. The unit also has the ability to remember up to eight devices. Bose also states that they have streamlined the pairing process with the addition of new voice prompts.
Ehen compared to its predecessor, this second iteration to the Bose SoundLink Mini hasn’t changed in terms of sound performance. It can still produce impressive sound albeit its compact size. Also, this second generation model plays a lot bigger than it looks. It delivers a decent level of bass and a relatively clean, natural sound. It is a great speaker to be placed just about anywhere inside your home, including your bedroom, kitchen, or other smaller rooms.
The Bose SoundLink Mini II remains to be a top contender when it comes to an ultracompact wireless speaker. It features a top-of-the-line design and does promote a very good sound output despite its portable size. Perhaps the only downsides to this Bluetooth speaker is that there is no real stereo separation, and it does not have the functionality of pairing two of the same devices together at the same time.