SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth® speaker II delivers full sound with dramatically deeper lows than you'd expect from a speaker that fits in the palm of your hand. And because it's wireless and ultra-compact, it's easy to take Bose® sound anywhere. With the built-in speakerphone you can take calls out loud with clear sound. And voice prompts make Bluetooth pairing easy. The SoundLink® Mini II can play unplugged for hours and be charged from most USB power sources.
Everything the Soundlink Mibi I should have been.
Posted by: subtext from: on
I owned the first generation of the Soundlink Mini for over a year. I used it almost every day, and have given it as a gift twice -- needless to say, I was a big fan.
The Mini Soundlink II blows it out of the water with just a few simple additions.
It sounds the same, and that's a great thing. This is (small) room-filling sound. The base is there, the mids are easy distinguishable, and the highs are crisp! There are several high-end speakers with a larger form factor that don't sound nearly as good. The DSP Bose uses makes /Bluetooth/ sound phenomenal, which is a heard feat.
They. Finally. Added. A speakerphone. I take conference calls on this thing almost daily and it's wonderful. If you aren't a heavy phone user, you'll still appreciate the ability to be sitting on your couch or porch listening to music and seamlessly take a call. When you're finished, the music is right where you left it.
Another new feature is the integration of a multi-function button.
Want to pause your music, answer, or hang up a call? *click*
Want to skip a track? *click, click*
Decided you wanted to listen to that previous track after all? *click, click, click*
Pick a playlist and leave your phone charging in the other room. Bose has you covered.
On that note, the battery life of this model is significantly improved. The previous generation would barely get me through the day; I left it plugged whenever I could. This does that, then goes beyond. However, if you do get into a bind and need to charge it, you can do so with any micro USB charger. Who doesn't have one of those around? Furthermore, you can do it quickly; two days ago, a 2.1 amp charger put this thing from 40% to 100% in less than an hour. The previous generation easily charged twice as slowly.
In short, if you're thinking about purchasing another ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker, don't. The Bose Mini Soundlink II is head and shoulders above the rest.
55 out of 57 found this review helpful.
Great little speaker for the money!
Posted by: dylanc4941 from: on
This new Soundlink Mini sounds great! Puts out plenty of bass but not overpowering. The highs and mids are crisp and clear. Plus, a better battery, charger, and a new look is well worth the extra $20 for the Soundlink Mini 2.
37 out of 40 found this review helpful.
Posted by: jordan102290 from: on
We all know Bose for their award winning speaker that you might find in Mom, Dad, or Grandpa's kitchen. The one with the little remote that looks a little aged. Well I can tell you it looks aged because it probably is. And that's a fantastic thing. Looking into a bluetooth speaker I looked at Bose and Dre Beats. The Bose Mini Soundlink II blew Dre out of the water. The sound is so crisp, you can hear and feel every movement of sound. The speaker packs an impressive punch delivering some heavy bass. I use it every single day with everything it can be used for. It's even plugged into my TV used as a mini home theater system. It's synced with my MacBook, my phone, my roommates phone, and is always plugged into something. Yes, it's that good. It's not too heavy, and was designed with good gripping at the bottom. The battery has never died on me and I've taken it with me to friends houses and used it for hours. It syncs fairly easily. Although, I suggest reading the manual before you start syncing everything you can. Another feature on this newer model that the older model did not have is the ability to answer phone calls while your phone is synced to the speaker. The speaker tunes out the music and tells you who's calling. Unless you're a fairly private person, this feature is pretty convenient. I can see myself aging along with my Bose Mini for decades to come. Bose delivers. You simply get what you pay for.
35 out of 38 found this review helpful.
Nice upgrade and great sound from the original
Posted by: dperez2345 from: on
I loved the first bose mini, so granted I had to get this for the longer battery life and the usb charging capabilities. That charging dock was a pain to bring around. Great sound and look.
21 out of 21 found this review helpful.
improved soundlink mini 2
Posted by: audiophile72 from: on
Just upgraded from the sound link mini to the sound link mini 2. Same great sound, added feature of speakerphone is nice. Works with original accessories. Battery life is unbelievable. It charges quickly and plays on and on and on and on...
18 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Very good product.
Posted by: Esther from: on
As far as i see, the sound quality is about the same as SoundLink I. But the battery last longer.
20 out of 22 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Kj25 from: on
The sound is so crisp it's the perfect size. Put it on the shelf at the bass is AMAZING!
15 out of 15 found this review helpful.
The Best - Not Perfect -
Posted by: JonJGoldberg from: on
...when I first heard the Soundlink Mini, like many, I was so impressed I bought myself 2, & several more for family & friends - Bose has, in updating the Soundlink Mini, in my evaluation, made many improvements, 1 minor step back, & a debate - Although price is unchanged, upgrades have been made in the appearance; I like the new finishes, beveled edges & metallic top center, which I believe improves Mini II's Bluetooth reception vs. the Mini; & I like the still included cradle which now connects to power, via mini USB, from the rear. The 3 additional battery playback hrs., new Bluetooth speaker phone capabilities, & voice prompts complete the useful changes/additions to an already outstanding product - Mini II's battery offers longer play time but takes a step back as battery replacement now involves a solder connection. Bring back the pins, please. - I'm having a debate about the Mini II's sound. True the Mini II's overall sound is similar to the Mini's, yet the Mini II's bass is not as dominant as the at times thick, slow, muffled sounding Mini's; which may result in Mini II's ability to play louder, yet w/a human voice region, the midrange, now seeming quicker, more in focus, & to sparkle, the Mini II sounds like a 'smaller' speaker than the Mini. I still believe the Bose Soundlink Mini II's sound offers the best resolution & tone, if not volume in the small compact Bluetooth speaker market & bought 2 of them. One thing I would love Bose to add - the ability to use 2 Mini II's as a stereo pair. - Wonderful next generation product, deserving to catch on bigger than the great & now departed Soundlink Mini - good job Bose - !!!
19 out of 21 found this review helpful.
Great Bluetooth Speaker!
Posted by: Hilly from: on
We love this blue tooth speaker! A nurse at the hospital brought one in while my husband was sequestered in his room. We played Frank Sinatra songs from my iPad and the sound was incredible - amidst all the hospital monitors and such. We like it so much I went out and bought one. Returning home it was even better. We had it on the back porch last night playing from our iPad and our friends couldn't believe the quality of sound. It stays charged for a long time, I guess because it automatically turns off when not in use.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Great sound quality and soundstage for the price.
Posted by: Fretless from: on
To make a long story shorter, not trusting the possibly tweaked sound tracks used for demo bluetooth speakers, I went into BestBuy with my phone and tablet to demo speakers with MY music, which is lossless and a mix of hard rock, metal, goth, classical, country, jazz, instrumental and vocal, to decide with what I actually listen to.
I paired with several speakers in my budget range and below, including the Charge2+, Bose SoundLink Color, Beats Pill+, UE Boom 2, Altec-Lansing Mini Life Jacket, Altec Lansing Boom Jacket, Fugoo Style and Bose Soundlink Mini ll.
They all paired relatively easily except for the Fugoo and Charge2+, but remember these are store display models that have really been abused.
The biggest surprise for sound quality and volume for price was the Bose Soundlink Color, but it lacked the battery life and other features I wanted, but great speaker below my top 2 picks.
Sound quality, adequate bass and adequate volume being my priorities, the JBL Charge2+ and Bose Soundlink Mini ll came out on top after an hour of sampling tracks in the store. The problem was listening in the store was not the same as my normal listening environments and that can make a huge difference, not to mention I was having a problem deciding between the two. I bought both, knowing I could return the one that lost my comparison.
At home, in a large living area as well as a medium sized bedroom, side by side, placed one foot from a wall. They both paired easily and quickly with my tablet and phone, with both supporting pairing of more than one device at the same time. The Charge2+ sounded great with fairly accurate playback, great bass and volume. The Bose had that with better soundstage, more depth, detail and better vocals over most all genres I played. The tracks just sounded more natural and fuller than the Charge, but it was still close.
The main differences to me and a couple of friends listening with me was the way the two handled sub bass at high volumes and the Bose's broader sound stage. The Charge tends to distort and clip sub bass at volumes above 75%, which I had also read about in many other reviews in my research, whereas the Bose rolls off the bass instead of distorting, which makes it much more pleasant to listen to at high volumes. We also noticed a little more forwarding of vocals with the Bose.
On rock tracks with a lot of complexity and several instruments involved, it became harder to really give an advantage to either, maybe even leaning towards the Charge. The Charge was also able to play a little louder, but at the price of distortion with the bass.
The Bose averaged around 8 hours of playback at an average volume level of 60%. The JBL averaged around 9.5 hrs, keeping in mind that both will improve after a few charge/discharge cycles of the battery.
I really wanted the Charge2+ because I preferred the look and saving $50, it being a great sounding speaker and heads above the others I demoed in the store, except the Bose. In the end I chose the Soundlink Mini ll for the better soundstage and depth, not to mention much smaller size, which helps when throwing in my pack.
To be honest, I don't believe many people would notice enough difference between the two to justify the extra $50, especially listening to lower bitrate mp3 like many do, but I could. I don't often need to play my music with a speaker like this above 75%, so the distortion of the bass with the Charge2+ would not normally be an issue for me. If I had never listened to the Bose, but still listened to the others I tried, I would have been happy with the Charge2+, but I did listen to the Bose Soundlink Mini ll and in the end, I had to have that detail and soundstage.