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Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker review

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When you open the box containing the you're going to get a bit of a shock and you'll probably think "oh, that's quite small". However, don't let the size deceive you. Remember Naseem Hamed, also known as Prince Naseem Hamed? He was a boxer with quite a small stature, probably 5'3" tall. In most cases, a little bloke like that wouldn't be much of a cause for concern. However, you wouldn't want to be punched by this guy, put it that way. The same can be said for the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth speaker. This little baby packs a real punch and I think you will be blown away by how good it performs for its size.

This is a Bluetooth speaker only, it's not a plug and play speaker so you will have to keep it charged. I don't think there's anything wrong with leaving it plugged into the mains, I did it with mine and it seems to be okay. However, the whole point of having a little speaker like this is that you can put it on a shelf or a side unit and it's very discreet without any wires. The battery power is apparently around 10 hours, that's 10 hours of music. When you turn the speaker on it will tell you what percentage the battery is charged. Unlike mobile phones, the speaker doesn't seem to lose its charge when not being used. Having said that, it will switch itself off when not in use so that does save the battery power. 

Pairing the speaker with your iPhone, iPod, tablet or even computer is simplicity in itself. All you do is press a button on the speaker and it will start looking for any Bluetooth device. The speaker will appear on your device and you simply install it and that is all you need to do. When you switch on the speaker it will find any device that is connected via Bluetooth to the speaker.

The speaker is really heavy so you know you've got quality. When charging it sits on the little plinth. It's got a rubber pad attached to the bottom of the speaker so that it won't slide all over the place. It's got a volume button so you can use both the speaker or your device to get optimum volume.

The speaker is probably no more than about 8 inches in length and about 3 inches high. You would never believe that you could get such a good sound of something that is so small. But believe you me this thing is superb. In fact, it's almost as punchy as my Panasonic Midi system. I would actually say that the quality of the sound is better than the Panasonic. This little speaker is more than powerful enough to fill a medium-size room with music. And the great thing about it is it's portable so you can take it anywhere. If you're in the garden having a party you take your music with you. If you want to enjoy music whilst taking a bath then you can do so with the speaker because there are no wires or electricity involved. 

The speaker is quite expensive so be prepared to dig deep into your pocket. I paid about £135 for mine but I'm sure you can get it cheaper if you shop around. But as small Bluetooth speakers go this is really right up there at the top for quality. 


I live on the south-west coast of England in a small town called Brixham.  I been confined to a wheelchair 1986 after breaking my neck in a swimming pool accident.  Computers are my saviour and I spend most days doing one thing or another on my PC.  Other interests I have include angling and amateur radio.  I also run a website and forum dedicated to looking after and caring for the Oscar fish cichlid


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