Bose SoundLink Mini II - Reviews, Prices, Specs and Alternatives

Bose SoundLink Mini II

Bose SoundLink Mini II
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Pros
  • High quality sound
  • Durably built
  • Compact and simple design
Cons
  • None of the newer features on recent devices in the same category
  • Not water resistant
  • So-so battery life
Bose SoundLink Mini II Bose is one of the leading manufacturers in speaker systems worldwide, hands down. It has put out devices that are hard to match in terms of sound quality and loudness while maintaining overall clarit... Read full review
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Key features
  • Big sound
  • Wireless and ultra-compact
  • Built-in speakerphone
  • Voice prompts
  • Lithium-ion battery plays up to 10 hours on full charge

Bose SoundLink Mini II is a very popular and one of the most expensive options. It's in the top 3 bestselling bluetooth speakers and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as AYL SoundFit or UE Megaboom .

Bose SoundLink Mini II was released in 2013. There are a lot of newer bluetooth speakers on the market. Show newer Bluetooth Speakers

Bose SoundLink Mini II is $112.10 more expensive than an average bluetooth speaker ($66.99).

Physical Features
Color Mouse over a color for a picture
Pearl
Dimensions Length x Width x Height
2.3 x 7.1 x 2 inches
Size Variations Mouse over a size variation for a picture
Weight

1.5 lbs
 
Water Resistance

Do you plan to take your speaker outside? To the beach? To the pool? In the shower? Then you definitely need to verify the level of water resistance before purchasing. Speakers range from not being able to handle even a drop of water to being able to be fully submerged in water for several minutes. You can tell the water resistance by the IP rating—the higher the rating, the more resistant the speaker is to the elements. For reference, the first digit refers to dust protection and the second digit refers to water protection. It reads as: IP68. Anything higher than IP66 will be dust- and splash-proof, meaning it can handle some contact with water, but cannot be fully submerged or soaked.

Water Resistant IPX rating if applicable
No
Rugged Design Bluetooth speakers can be durable, rugged, shockproof, dustproof, armored, splash-proof, water resistant and waterproof - all of which can be overwhelming and confusing. In order for a speaker to be c ... Show more
No
Dustproof Other than water resistance level, dustproof is one of the most important features of a speaker’s build. Dust is a difficult element to combat, since it accumulates naturally and you have very little ... Show more
No
Battery

Battery life for Bluetooth speakers is measured in milliampere hours (mAh). Manufacturers will report the battery life of a speaker in the average number of hours it takes to empty from a full charge. Keep in mind this number is based on medium levels of usage. If you play the speaker on full volume, it will drain the battery faster. Some specialty features like using the speaker to charge your phone or casting an LED light show will also drain the battery faster. The manufacturer reported number is just an estimate, and may be slightly different based on your usage.

It’s also important to consider is the type of battery. Rechargeable lithium-ion (LI-ion) batters are ideal, but some speakers only take standard or rechargeable AA/AAA/C/D batteries. You may even find Bluetooth speakers that recharge via solar power—great for outdoor use!

Battery Life
10 hours
Charging Time How long it takes to charge the battery
4 hours
battery_charging_full Power Bank This refers to the speaker’s ability to act as a charging station for your device. In addition to input power (which charges the speaker), some speakers also come with output power, meaning it can cha ... Show more
No
Sound Quality
speaker_group Sound System A speaker’s sound system is described as either mono or stereo. Mono speakers play audio from a single channel, giving the impression that the sound is coming from one direction. Stereo uses two or mo ... Show more
Stereo
speaker_group Number of Drivers To understand the inner-workings of a Bluetooth speaker, look first at the number and type of drivers. Drivers are the cones or horn-shaped objects inside the speaker box. The number of drivers tells ... Show more
2
wifi_tethering Subwoofer Having a separate speaker driver dedicated to the lower frequency tones gives your speaker a more robust, rounded out sound. It allows the other drivers to focus on the sounds that they’re best equipp ... Show more
No
Speaker Breakdown Use the speaker breakdown to better understand sound quality based on the makeup of the speaker. Manufacturers will often report additional details on the speaker drivers, such as the shape (cone or d ... Show more
2 small drivers and front and back radiators
Total Output Power Also known as “power handling,” a speaker’s total output power is recorded in wattage. A watt is a measure of electrical power. Thus, higher output means more powerful (or louder) speakers. When deter ... Show more
50 watts
wifi_tethering Connectivity
Bluetooth Range If you can find it, you should always check the Bluetooth range of your speaker. You won’t realize it isn’t long enough until it stops working for you! Bluetooth range is important for a couple of rea ... Show more
30 ft
Hands-free Function If you plan on using your speaker to make and take calls, it needs to come equipped with a built-in microphone and speakerphone. To make a call, you can use voice-activated dialing or key in the numbe ... Show more
Yes
device_hub Connects to Multiple Devices In most cases, your Bluetooth speaker will connect to one device at a time and your device will connect to one Bluetooth speaker at a time. Some speakers come equipped with a feature that allows you t ... Show more
Yes
settings_input_composite Aux cable port While Bluetooth is a quick and easy way to connect your device to a speaker, at times you may want to use a hardwired connection instead. You would do this through a 3.5mm headphone or auxiliary jack. ... Show more
Yes
phonelink_ring Remote / app control Apart from the controls on the speaker itself, some Bluetooth speakers may come with a remote to turn the speaker on or off, activate Bluetooth scanning, turn volume up or down, or respond to calls. I ... Show more
No
speaker_group Connects to Other Speakers Generally speaking, Bluetooth speakers aren’t usually meant to connect to other Bluetooth speakers unless they come equipped with a hub or transmitter. In those situations, your device connects to the ... Show more
Yes
nfc NFC Near Field Communication (NFC) is a new technology that allows you to connect devices by simple tapping them together. To use it, your device (phone, tablet, computer, etc.) and your speaker must have ... Show more
Yes
AirPlay AirPlay is a feature for Apple products that offers another way to connect your devices to Bluetooth speakers. The speaker must come equipped with AirPlay in order for you to connect your Apple device ... Show more
No
radio FM Radio
Yes
Info at a Glance
Brand
Bose
Model Numbers Mouse over a model for a picture
Release Date
July 2013
Popularity 0-100 scale indicating how frequently people buy the product online. Recalculated daily.
87 / 100
Details
  • Big sound--with deep bass--for a full-range listening experience.Use the charging cradle that shipped with your speaker. This speaker is not compatible with the SoundLink Mini Bluetooth® speaker's charging cradle.
  • Wireless and ultra-compact so you can take Bose sound anywhere
  • Built-in speakerphone lets you take calls out loud,Bluetooth Range: Up to 30' (9.14 m)
  • Voice prompts talk you through Bluetooth pairing, so it's super easy
  • Lithium-ion battery plays up to 10 hours on full charge
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Additional Features
Accessories Chargers, cables, cases that come with the device
Charging cradle, Wall charger, cable, silicone case sold separately
Attachments Hook, clip, strap, etc
No
Media Type
MP3
Warranty
1 Year Limited Warranty
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Questions about Bose SoundLink Mini II

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Hi, Is there any speaker that could compare to the bose mini soundlink in sound quality? Something cheaper? I planned to buy the bose, but then began to wonder whether it is really all too much about the name.
Thanks
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Related: JBL Flip 3, Bose SoundLink Mini II, Anker SoundCore, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 108 days ago
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 It depends on what sort of stuff you plan to get from it. If you want something that can get really loud then the Bose SoundLink Mini II would indeed be a great choice. It has an impressive 50 watt output, so you can bet that it will rock the house. On the other hand, the JBL Flip 3, and Anker SoundCore are great choices if you plan to have a more personal use out of it, and not try to have huge parties with it. The JBL Flip 3 only has an output power of 16 watts, and Anker SoundCore has about 6 watts. They all have their good points, so the best thing to do is just think about what you imagine to get out of the device, then base your decision accordingly to your needs. The JBL Flip 3, and Anker SoundCore are much cheaper than the Bose SoundLink Mini II, but won’t deliver the same sound quality when you go to high decibel levels. 

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How do the Dknight Magicbox or the Amazon Tap compare with Bose Soundlink
Related: DKnight Magicbox, Bose SoundLink Mini II, Amazon Tap, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 165 days ago
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No competition bose soundlink is thr best
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The DKnight Magicbox, Amazon Tap, and Bose SoundLink Mini II are all great devices with unique strengths. The DKnight Magicbox is small, lightweight, has two 40mm 6W acoustic drivers, 10-hours of battery life, and has a 12W power output. Some complain that the voice notification it has is obnoxious, but overall it's a great speaker.
The Bose SoundLink Mini II is durably built, has 2 small drivers with front, and back radiators, and has the high quality sound that Bose is known for, working with a 50W power output. A negative quality to this speaker is that its battery efficiency is not particularly high.
The Amazon Tap has a sleek design, provides decent audio output, has a 9-hour battery life, is equipped with dual 1.5in drivers, and dual passive radiators for bass extension. What is particularly unique about the Amazon Tap is it offers all the conveniences of Amazons assistant Alexa in a Bluetooth speaker. Unfortunately, it does not deliver the same quality of sound as similar speakers in its price range. So if you want something small, and lightweight for your everyday travels, then perhaps the DKnight Magicbox would be an ideal choice. If you want overall sound quality, a high power output, along with a durable build, the Bose SoundLink Mini II may be the right choice for you. If you want something that can work hands-free using Amazons assistant Alexa, then the Amazon Tap is the speaker you’ve been searching for.

Questions about other Portable Bluetooth Speakers

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I'm looking at these 3 speakers. I was wondering which one has the best sound quality
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The Altec Lansing LifeJacket is designed more for its water resistance. It can float on water, and is very durable, but it’s rather huge and heavy. It has two subwoofers, two neodymium woofers, two tweeters, and two passive radiators. Unfortunately even with that many drivers you may find some issues with its sound quality once you pass half of its maximum volume level. The digital signal processing used by the Altec Lansing LifeJacket is not very subtle. It tries to prevent distortion upon reaching high volume levels by limiting the dynamic peaks of louder sections within the tracks, particularly tracks with lots of bass. This causes the sound to dip in volume when things are loud, and rise drastically during quiet moments. The JBL Charge 3 has a more “all around” sort of quality to it because its easy to carry around, water resistant, and charges other devices. It has two 50 mm transducers, and has a power output of 20 watts. Its sound quality is actually quite impressive, and you wont find the same sort of volume dips with this device. The Anker SoundCore is overall a much less powerful device, but also small, lightweight, and economical. It has dual high-performance 3W drivers, and a power output of 6W. Unfortunately, it has absolutely no water resistance. All in all, I would say when it comes to sound quality, you may find the JBL Charge 3 to have the richer, higher quality sound.

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Is JBL Pulse any good?
Related: JBL Pulse 2, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by Yaroslav 21 days ago
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Hi, I had a JBL Pulse 2 for over a year and so far it's been excellent. Very portable and good sound.

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The JBL Pulse 2 has a lot of cool features. It has two full-range drivers with a 16W power output, a 10-hour battery life, is IPX4 water resistant (splash proof), and has a resilient design. It features a noise, and echo-cancelling speakerphone, which will keep your phone calls nice, and clear. It offers sensational sound with an interactive light show, and its splash proof design enables the JBL Pulse 2 to light up any event with high quality sound.

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I am looking for a portable speaker that is loud for parties and yet still has a clear good sounds. What would you recommend?
Related: UE Megaboom, VAVA Voom 21, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by Rhonda 30 days ago
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It sounds like the perfect speaker for you would be the VAVA Voom 21. It has a 10W subwoofer, two 5W drivers, along with two passive radiators, which will work fantastic for parties. It is also aptX enabled, so you will have the ability to stream high-quality audio without compromising the integrity of the sound.

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i'd like to have a portable Bluetooth speaker with a good bass and be able to sound loud at least in a drawing room. which one should i go for?
the Sb520 or the SB571 ?
Related: SoundBot SB571, SoundBot SB520, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by Dhiraj 32 days ago
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When it comes to bass you’ll find better quality in the SoundBot SB520 because it has two 50mm premium drivers, as opposed to the two 40mm premium drivers the SoundBot SB571 has. That being said, the SB520 has a lower frequency, and watt output. The SB571 has 12 watts, with a frequency range of 2.4-2.48GHz, while the SB520 has 10 watts, with a frequency range of 60HZ-18KHZ. So the SB571 can get louder, but the SB520 has bigger drivers for the bass. The SB520 will be more than sufficiently loud for a drawing room.

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I need to exchange my Soundbot SB520. I CAN'T GET A REPLY!
Related: SoundBot SB520, Bose SoundLink Color, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by N 33 days ago
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According to the website they have a 1-year manufacturer product warranty from the date of the invoice, and a 14 day return policy if you’re not satisfied with the product. I would try going to https://www.soundbot.com/pages/about-us, and emailing them directly about any issue you have that makes you want to exchange the product. Please be aware that we are a review, and comparison site, not the actual retailer.

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