Bose SoundLink Mini II review

Bose SoundLink Mini II review

Having been released in June 2015, the Bose SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth speaker is relatively old. The updated features and audio of the second-generation portable speaker won over fans of the original SoundLink Mini. Is it as good as its modern competition?

From the spec sheet, you will find that the Bose SoundLink Mini Ii lacks many features. It is not water-resistant, nor does it have NFC for easy pairing, nor does it have multipoint Bluetooth for pairing with multiple devices simultaneously.

In comparison, speakers like the JBL Charge 3 can last up to 20 hours and charge your phone as needed.

Despite the lack of features, it would be a mistake to dismiss the SoundLink Mini II completely since it remains one of the best-sounding wireless speakers on the market.

Design

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Bose’s SoundLink Mini II is built like a tank. The weighty 1.5 lbs (0.7 kg) and aluminum casing of the speaker exudes quality from the moment you pick it up. That’s quite heavy, considering the speaker’s small dimensions of 2 x 7.1 x 2.3 inches (51 x 180 x 58 mm; H x W x D).

Located on top of the speaker, you’ll find all of the speaker’s controls, including power, volume, pairing, and multi-function buttons. With the multi-function, you can change tracks or activate voice assistants like Siri. Also included is a microphone for taking calls.

You’ll find a micro-USB charging port and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the left side of the speaker. Lastly, there are pins on the bottom of the speaker for connecting to the included dock. Although you can charge the speaker with a MicroUSB cable, it’s nice to be able to set the device down to charge all at once.

In general, the Bose SoundLink Mini II is a handsome-looking speaker that oozes quality thanks to its aluminum case and heavyweight. The SoundLink Mini II is small enough to fit easily in a bag, but don’t take it to the beach since it isn’t water-resistant.

Performance

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Despite a lack of features, the Bose SoundLink Mini II is still one of our favorite wireless speakers. We were blown away by the speaker’s power, which was far beyond his small size.

In comparison to most compact wireless speakers, the SoundLink Mini II has lots of bass while maintaining a lovely balanced sound. Even at high volume, we were blown away by the quality and impact of the bass as the speaker played bass-heavy songs with authority and without distortion.

In comparison with its competitors, the Bose SoundLink Mini II just sounds better. While the JBL Charge 3 may produce more bass, it is less controlled and can sometimes overpower the high frequency. In comparison to the Bose Leviathan Mini, the Razer Leviathan Mini sounded wooden and did not capture as many micro details.

Additionally, Bose didn’t ignore other aspects of the audio spectrum. The highs were energetic and made the violins and cymbals sound spacious. Most other wireless speakers of this size lack the ability to create a sense of space around instruments, which is a distinct advantage of the SoundLink Mini II.

Similar to the mids, the mids are lush and warm, which helps vocal tracks shine. Having tons of detail and texture around her voice, Norah Jones sounded especially good. In live jazz tracks, the speaker was also able to recover details like a musician’s breath and the clinking of glasses from the audience.

Its ability to sound great at any volume is perhaps the most surprising feature of the SoundLink Mini II. Despite its size, this wireless speaker produces the same bass impact and depth at low volumes, which isn’t true of most wireless speakers of its size.

The SoundLink Mini II has seemingly unlimited levels of volume adjustment, so you’re able to adjust how loud you want your music to be. Additionally, there is no speaker hiss at low listening volumes, which is great news for classical music lovers.

Pros Cons
Compact form factor Not water resistant
Built like a tank No NFC or multipoint Bluetooth
Stellar sound Average battery life

Final verdict

Since the introduction of the Bose SoundLink Mini II in 2015, wireless speakers have changed dramatically. Consumers who expect NFC pairing, multi-speaker pairing, multi-point Bluetooth, waterproofing, and lengthy battery life will be disappointed by the SoundLink Mini II.

The SoundLink Mini II is one of the best wireless speakers available, so writing it off would be a mistake. Despite its small size, this speaker produces a lush midrange, sparkling highs, and deep bass. Most wireless speakers sound OK, but the Bose SoundLink Mini II proves that small speakers don’t need to sacrifice sound quality.

In terms of value for money, the SoundLink Mini II is pricey at $199 (£170, AU$300). However, if you’re looking for an excellent wireless speaker under $200, you can’t do better than the Bose SoundLink Mini II. If you want more features and are willing to sacrifice sound quality, the Bose SoundLink Color II is a great option.