Launched in June 2015, the Bose SoundLink Mini II is somewhat outdated or out of fashion. However, admirer of the first version of SoundLink Mini were also pleased with the updated features as well as the audio of the second model of this product. But how does it compare with more modern models?
If you take a look at the specification sheet, you may not be happy with the products for the features it does not have. It has no water resistant capacity. NFC for easy pairing is not included. The device cannot pair to more than one device at the same time because it does not have a multipoint Bluetooth pairing functionality.
It has an average battery runtime of 10 hour，while speakers such as JBL Charge 3 boost of about 20 hours of battery life and you can also use it to charge your phone battery if there is a need for that.
While some consumers may overlook this product as a result of lack of features, you will be making a great mistake to disregard SoundLink Mini II completely as it is one of the wireless speakers on the market with the best sound.
The Bose SoundLink Mini II is a tank-like in structure. It is housed in an aluminum casing of 1.5 lb. (0.7kg). Its quality manifests itself immediately you bring it out. The speaker has a compact dimension of 2×7.1×2.3 inches which does not match with its hefty weight.
All the controls of the device, such as the multi-function button, volume pairing and power are placed on the product’s top. You can answer your calls with the speaker as it is equipped with a mic. With its multi-function, you will be able to trigger the voice assistants, such as Siri and also change tracks.
It features a microUSB charging port which is located on the speaker’s left side. You will also find a 3.5mm headphone jack at the side of the speaker. At the bottom of the speaker are some pins added there to make it possible for the dock included in the package to be used. You may not have any need for the dock given that the microUSB cable can be plugged to charge. However, it is impressive to set the speaker down for charging just in a motion.
In general, the device has an impressive visual appeal with high quality bestowed on it by its weight and housing made from aluminum. It is available in a compact design. Consequently, putting it in a bag will not constitute any challenge.
However, you should be very careful if you want to go to the beach with the SoundLink Mini II because it does not have any ability to resist water.
Despite having a few functional elements, the device made our list of the wireless speakers with the best sound. The speakers impressed and excited us by performing beyond speakers of its size.
The majority of small size wireless speakers don’t deliver quality bass. But in contrast, SoundLink Mini II put up a very high level bass while keeping a well-balanced sound. The bass delivers an impressive quality and made remarkable impact on the sound as bass heavy songs played flawlessly with authority even at a high volume via the product.
When compare with other competing models, Bose SoundLink Mini outshone them all. The bass of the JBL Charge 3 might be better but it does not have a good control and sometimes subsumes the high frequency. Razer Leviathan Mini which is of similar size with Bose did not measure up well as it was not able to recover much micro details and it also sounded wooden.
Bose also took other parts of the audio spectrum into consideration. It has lively highs which helped in improving the sound quality of violins and cymbals. This product is among a couple of speakers that give a sense of space around instruments where the sounds delivered by speakers of similar dimension produce dull sounds.
In a similar manner, the mids, which are helpful in bringing out the sound quality of vocal heavy tracks, are lively and lush. The sound it delivers when Norah Jones song was played was quite nice with her voice well blended with plenty of details and textures.
The speaker is capable of recovering details such as the breath of the musician and the clinking of glasses which the audience delivers in tracks of live jazz. This capability highly impressed us.
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The most amazing aspect of the performance of the SoundLink Mini II is perhaps its ability to deliver top notch sound in all volume levels. The base impact and depth produced by the speakers does not change even at a low listening volume which is a quality lacking in most of the wireless speakers of similar size.
With regard to the volume, the level adjustments of the SoundLink Mini II’s volume has no limit making it possible for user to adjust the volume to the level of their preferred loudness. Classical music lovers will be pleased to hear that no speaker hiss occurs at low listening volumes.
√ Available in a lightweight and compact design
√ Strongly constructed like a tank
√ Amazing sound
⊙ Average battery life
⊙ Inability to resist water
⊙ Lack of NFC or multipoint Bluetooth
Our Assessment Result
Remarkable improvements have been made in wireless speakers since 2015 when Bose SoundLink Mini II was launched. Consumers that would want it to have multiple day battery runtime, water resistance capability, NFC pairing, multipoint Bluetooth and multi speaker pairing would be dissatisfied with the SoundLink Mini II.
Nonetheless, it would be a great oversight to despise the product as it is listed among the wireless speakers with the best sounds. This compact speaker performs beyond what one would expect from a speaker of its size thanks to its ability to deliver brilliant highs, deep bass and luscious midrange.
Even though the sound of most wireless speakers is nice, Bose SoundLink Mini II has shown that sound quality should not be sacrificed for anything.