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

Bose SoundLink Mini II

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Review by Sophia 0 0
  • High quality sound
  • Durably built
  • Compact and simple design
  • 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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Physical Features
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2.3 x 7.1 x 2 inches
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1.5 lbs
Water Resistance

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. 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. 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
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
Dustproof Dust is a difficult element to combat, since it accumulates naturally and you have very little control over its ability to clog up your speaker. Dust and electronics just don’t get along very well. A ... Show more

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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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Info at a Glance
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Release Date
July 2013
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91 / 100
  • 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
Media Type
1 Year Limited Warranty

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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 Bose SoundLink Revolve or Marshall Kilburn .

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 $139.30 more expensive than an average bluetooth speaker ($59.97).

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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.
Related: Bose SoundLink Mini II, JBL Flip 3, Anker SoundCore, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 231 days ago

 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: Amazon Tap, Bose SoundLink Mini II, DKnight Magicbox, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 288 days ago
No competition bose soundlink is thr best

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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What is the best Bluetooth speaker Bose Soundlink Revole, UE Boom 2 or a Fugoo Sport. I want a good Bluetooth speaker and these are the three that come up the most on most reviews.
Related: UE Boom, Bose SoundLink Revolve, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 49 days ago

They all have their pros, and cons, so it ultimately boils down to what is right for you, and your needs.

The UE Boom is a great choice if you want a bluetooth speaker with an exceptional battery life (up to 15 hours). It features two 1.5 inch full range drivers, has a power output of 3 watts, and is IPX4 splash proof. This is not a speaker if you seek to go to loud volumes, as it only offers a 3 watt output, but definitely a great speaker if you want a relaxing volume level, and a quality durable build.

You will find the Bose SoundLink Revolve is IPX4 water resistant (splash proof), has a durable design, a 12 hour battery life, and dual passive radiators. This speaker can reach louder volumes and is a nice choice if you want something that's built to last The exact watt output is unknown because bose tend to never list the watt output (and thus they cannot be exactly compared), but it's a safe bet it will not disappoint in terms of volume and clarity, as this is what the brand is known for.

The Fugoo Go Anywhere Speaker (Fugoo Sport) is very affordable in comparison. It has an IP67 water resistant rating (meaning that it can be submerged). a 12 watt output, a 10 hour battery life (40 hours at half volume), and dual-full range drivers, along with dual bass radiators. This is an ideal choice if you wish to save some money, but still want a decent power output. It’s compact, easy to carry around, and reaches about 95 decibels. However, note that at high volumes the Fugoo speaker tends to distort the sound and will not sound as clear.

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I am more of a bassy songs listener , i loved the design of marshall But looking at the price difference and extra feature of being as a powerbank by xtreme is very cool. which one should I buy
Related: JBL Xtreme, Marshall Kilburn, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 70 days ago

Both speakers have exceptional sound quality, however you’ll find that the Marshall Kilburn is able to go louder. It has a 70 watt power output in comparison to the JBL Xtreme’s 40 watts. That does not mean the JBL Xtreme can’t get very loud, it just means the Marshall can probably handle higher volume levels. That being said, the JBL certainly has a lot more features than the marshal, such as its power bank feature, water resistance, and its hands-free speakerphone functionality.

So, it’s really about what’s more important to you. Both have subwoofers, and decent drivers. The xtreme has 2 subwoofers, but they’re smaller than the kilburns 4 inch woofer. The xtreme is definitely a good choice when it comes to money value, and what you’re getting out of it. If you plan to be out, and on the go with your speaker then I believe the xtreme would be the better choice. If you want something strictly for home use then I would suggest the Marshall Kilburn.

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Which is having more performance
Related: SoundBot SB571, JBL Flip 3, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by Joobin 72 days ago

It ultimately depends on what type of performance you’re aiming for. Are you looking for something with better bass? Or perhaps something that has a lot of features? 

The JBL Flip 3 is a great choice if you want something that has a well-rounded assortment of features, and a larger scale of use. It's significantly more expensive than the soundbot, but with fair reason. It has dual 1.57in transducers, with a 16 watt power output. It has IPX4 water resistance (making it splash-proof, and a great pool party option), a 10 hour battery life, and a very durable design. It has the option to connect to other speakers, and multiple devices.

The SoundBot SB571 has a well-rounded sound quality. It has two 40mm premium drivers, and a passive subwoofer, with a 12 watt power output. The battery life on it is slightly better than the JBL Flip 3, but this is not an ideal device if you plan to take it to areas where it may get wet because it has no water resistance. It lacks a few of the other features the JBL Flip 3 offers, but you may find that the SoundBot SB571’s sound quality (especially its bass) will sound exceptional, and can easily match if not exceed the jbl’s sound at a much lower cost.

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Which of these two has clearer sound at high volumes, especially when listening to pop, hip hop, and dancehall?
Related: VAVA Voom 21, Anker SoundCore, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by Gilda 76 days ago

I believe you’ll find that the VAVA Voom 21 will have better sound quality at higher volumes. It has a 20 watt output, 2 drivers, and a subwoofer. The Anker SoundCore is also a great bluetooth speaker, but its power output is significantly lower. It has a 6 watt output, dual high-performance 3 watt speakers, and a subwoofer. This means you’ll see higher decibel levels at maximum volume on the VAVA Voom 21’s side, not to mention cleaner sound quality. The downside is that the vavavoom 21 will cost more than twice what the Anker SoundCore does.

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Anyone recommend a good speaker under $100 ?
Related: Anker A3143, Beats Pill+, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by Kevin 88 days ago

The VAVA Voom 21 would be a great choice to consider. It meets your price range, and has an outstanding sound quality. This speaker features two passive radiators, a 10W subwoofer, and has a 20W power output. The downside to this speaker is that it’s not an ideal choice if you plan to be around water in any sort of fashion because it has no water resistance.

The Cambridge OontZ Angle 3 Plus would be another great bluetooth speaker to take into consideration. It has an impressive 1 day 6 hour battery life, has two precision neodymium drivers, a bass radiator, and a power output of 10 watts. This would be a great choice for pool parties because it has IPX5 water resistance (protection from small water jets), but don’t put it inside the pool, it is not built for that.

The two speakers you listed are decent as well. The Anker A3143 is very affordable considering it has a 20W output, and has a decent battery life of 10 hours. This bluetooth speaker is equipped with dual 10W drivers, and 2 passive subwoofers. Its downside is that it has no water resistance, nor does it have NFC capability (near field communication).

The Beats Pill+ is another great choice that you listed. It has a cool design, a 12 hour battery life, and a 12W output. Its volume may not go as loud as the others mentioned, but it has a lot of features, such as being able to connect to other speakers, and has hands-free functionality.

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