Thinking back to my college days, wow that sounds old, we always wanted to have music wherever we were. In order to hang out in front of the dorm, we had to get an extension cord to bring out a boom box. If we were to have something like the Bose Soundlink Mini Bluetooth speaker, life would have been so much easier. The Soundlink Mini is a great device that puts Bose’s world renowned great sound into a small package. With this review, it’s one of the few times I have been able to take a gadget home to test out for myself. Thanks to the brushed aluminum it only weighs 1.5 pounds, with the dimensions of 7.1 x 2.3 x 2.0 inches, making it small enough and light enough to carry anywhere.
Being that the Soundlink Mini uses Bluetooth, it was easy to pair it with just about any device. Along with that, the six buttons on top were very simple to use and navigate. Using a Galaxy S3, original Nexus 7, and an iPad connecting was easy and fast allowing me to listen to the latest from J. Cole or some sports talk on ESPN Radio. There is a charging station and a wall charger that also plugs into it, but it would have been nice to be able to charge with the standard MicroUSB that most portable devices use today. Due to this, there is another arbitrary charger that needs to be added to that bundle of chargers already being carried around. Bose hopes to alleviate this problem by touting that the Soundlink Mini can get up to 7 hours of playback. Also an accessory that Bose created to protect their well-designed device is a soft cover that comes in a bevy of covers that will run around $25. There are so many positives about this Bluetooth device from Bose like the size, sound, and design. But one other downside the Soundlink Mini has is its price. In usual Bose fashion, it’s priced at a premium which makes it hard for the average customer to make this an easy buy. Coming in at $199, it might cause some hesitation to take off the shelf, but such a small and great sounding speaker can be pretty hard to pass up. Buying the Bose Soundlink Mini may take a good chunk out of your pocket, but there is no doubt that there will be no buyer’s remorse once those tunes start playing.