Extremely lightweight • Rubber finish offers a durable build • IPX7 water-resistant • Big bass output
No fast charging • Weak battery life • Price for everything you get
The Bose SoundLink Micro isn’t specifically the least expensive Bluetooth speaker, but its portability, good sound, and strength almost justify the high cost.
Bluetooth speakers can be found in many shapes, but Bose’s SoundLink Micro really wants to make a splash with a little square design that will come in bright orange.
At $99, it’s pretty affordable as Bose products go, but also for an ultraportable wireless speaker – the type you may see strapped to bike – it’s on the pricey side. That tiny square has impressive sound, though, because of drivers inside which were designed particularly because of this model.
Still, is it worthwhile when there are various cheaper alternatives?
A tiny footprint
Thanks to the built-in strap you can hand the SoundLink Micro from many common objects, and even your fingers.
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The SoundLink Micro is small, measuring 3.9 x 3.9 x 1.4 inches and weighing under a pound. It includes a rounded square design and will be easily held in your hand. It really is about how big is two credit cards located one above the other.
A rubberized silicone layer wraps around these devices, and there’s a metal grille on the trunk. There are four silicone legs on underneath aswell, which give it a tiny boost. The perforations in the front and in back show where in fact the drivers are, but there is no stereo sound on a speaker this small (linking two together permits this effect). Rather, sound gets pumped right out of the front and back.
Underneath of the SoundLink Micro includes a metal grille and four legs.
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Bose supplies the SoundLink Micro in Black, Midnight Navy, and Bright Orange. I tested the orange one, and the colour really does pop. Leading of the speaker includes a Bose logo, playback controls, and a microphone. The most notable gets the power and Bluetooth buttons, a battery indicator, and a microUSB port.
On the trunk there’s a silicone band that will enable you to strap the SoundLink Micro to an object, that is a nice bonus. It could hang from a strap on a backpack, a chair arm or leg, as well as an umbrella.
As the band is stretchy, it had some trouble making your way around a standard-size beach umbrella – that is obviously designed for bike handlebars or something smaller. Of course, the speaker can be used when sitting on a set surface or being held at hand.
Bose makes good make use of the limited surface on such a tiny speaker. The SoundLink Micro offers you quick access to controls but keeps its footprint tiny.
Don’t be afraid to getting it wet
Because the SoundLink Micro comes with an IPX7 rating against water, normally it takes a dip but still pump out sound.
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The rubber shell of the Bose SoundLink Micro may be the first barrier against water. Actually, the complete speaker is IPX7-rated, meaning it could handle immersion in water up to 3 feet deep for thirty minutes. This outer shell protects water from getting inside, however the internal hardware is sealed aswell.
This implies the SoundLink Micro may take a dip in the pool or get caught in a rainstorm. I tested it out with direct water contact, and it still pumped out sound. If it can fall in, you’ll want to dry it off and shake the water out. Because the micro USB charging is exposed (though still water-resistant), you should allow it dry before charging again.
Songs with powerful bass will push out the water.
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In the event that you stream some loud music to the speaker while it’s wet, it really is neat to start to see the speaker take away the water itself during songs with heavy bass, as you can plainly see the water shoot out based on the music.
Bass exceeds expectations
Bose designed the inner especially for the SoundLink Micro, so none of the key parts are re-used from other speaker designs.
And you can sense it. The bass is solid, and it doesn’t distort at full volume. Streaming “A LOT MORE THAN YOU UNDERSTAND” by Axwell & Ingrosso via Apple Music led to a robust punch of sound. The bass comes out from the front and back of the speaker, and on a set surface, this results in the sound traveling out underneath. But it isn’t muffled: the four tiny legs permit the sound to bounce off the top or more the sides of the speaker for a richer sound. It packs a punch with bass it doesn’t distort and is equally balanced.
When strapped onto something via the silicone band, the speaker pumps out 360-degree sound but loses the better bass it gets when playing on a surface.
High tones and low tones sound properly balanced. Bose’s mixing puts hook focus on the bass, however, not an overwhelming amount. If you would like an overpowering bass experience that lowers other tones, I’d advise looking elsewhere.
With all this, the most impressive thing concerning this speaker may be the bass. It’s most noticeable when it’s on a set surface because you get those reflections. You will not spot the bass as much if it is strapped onto something, losing the room-filling effect.
A microUSB port and Bluetooth connectivity
Connectivity LEDs and the central micro-USB port go on the most notable of the SoundLink Micro.
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Unlike the bigger SoundLink speakers from Bose, the Micro variant goes all-in on Bluetooth; there is not a good headphone jack. You can hook up it to your source like everyone else would any Bluetooth speaker, but it addittionally works together with the Bose Connect App. This enables you to execute software updates and you could even give your speaker a nickname. Bose has added a cute feature which will even advise names for the speaker like Moon Boots, The Possum, and ROCK Poet to mention a few.
Assuming you have another Bose SoundLink speaker, you can pair both together for true stereo sound. Pairing a lot more than two permits surround sound. The bond and pairing is performed through the Bose Connect app.
A very important factor I’m not thrilled about: The SoundLink Micro includes a microUSB port for charging at the same time when USB-C is picking right up speed.
If Bose chosen USB-C, the speaker may possibly manage to faster charging, and yes it means compatibility with future gear. It appears that Bose wasn’t prepared to make the USB-C transition, as the existing QuietComfort 35 II headphones choose this for charging aswell. Hopefully in another variant of the speaker, it’ll get yourself a USB-C upgrade, but also for now, you may expect longer charging times.
Bose also states you should get right up to six hours of battery life, which is what I acquired. According to the volume levels and invest the a few calls, it could knock this nearer to five hours. In any event, I’d recommend bringing the charger with you.
Going the length for the Bose name
The SoundLink Micro boats great sound and a tiny design.
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Ninety-nine bucks for a Bluetooth speaker isn’t cheap, but Bose did an extremely nice job with the SoundLink Micro. By the end of your day, you’re paying reduced when you consider a comparable speaker just like the UE Wonderboom is $69. For that price, you get 10 hours of battery life and just as rugged construction.
You do, however, get yourself a smaller build with Bose, and if portability is important, you need to understand you are not sacrificing sound quality or connectivity. If you are a fan of Bose and know their audio tracks mixing, the SoundLink Micro offers you a well-balanced mix with a