Sound plays an important role in our lives online, and you probably don’t even realise how necessary it is when you’re home or at work. Yes, those pre-work morning podcasts and ambient office playlists are equally conducive to the day’s productivity. But what happens when you’re thrown into a foreign situation? Maybe it’s an interstate work trip or even just a weekend escape? Is there a Bluetooth connection in the hotel? Or do you just need to elevate the mood while sipping a frosty one on a secluded beach?
The Bose SoundLink Micro is a near perfect companion for life on the go. It’s small, it’s light, and it doesn’t compromise on quality. Bose is, however, aware of their place in the premium audio market; this is reflected in the $169.95 price tag.
Measuring just under 4cm x 10cm, The Bose SoundLink Micro is the smallest of their portable speaker family. You can quite literally carry it in your pocket. The body is made of durable silicone as is the tear resistant strap on the rear. A problem with many mini speakers is that you can’t attach them to anything; no issue if you’re stationary, but a frustrating gripe if you want a soundtrack when you’re in transit. The Soundlink Micro sits just as comfortably on the shoulder strap of your backpack as it would on shower railings.
It’s surpassed its IPX7 rating, which means it’s completely waterproof against soap, chlorine, salt and fresh water. Belt out your favourites in the shower, or a sixer in a game of beach cricket. Usability and versatility are key with most Bose products, and this hasn’t gone unnoticed with the SoundLink Micro.
The screenless trend in Bluetooth speakers is a welcome one, providing the interface and usability is easily understood. You may be familiar with the inherent nuances of how a Bose speaker operates and interacts with your other devices, and if you’re not, it’s easy enough to pick up without reading the manual.
You can use the Bose SoundLink Micro straight out the box without having to download the Bose Connect app. However, it might be worth taking advantage of depending on how ingrained you (and your friends) are in the Bose ecosystem. Party Mode will have you connected to a second Bose device while distributing the sound accordingly.
The SoundLink Micro has a built-in speakerphone, so you can access Siri or Google Assistant without needing your smart-device. This is a nice touch that makes life a little easier when navigating playlists or calls. With that being said, the latter can be frustrating at times, more so for the person on the other end. Their voice can be heard with crystal clear accuracy through the speaker, yet I can only assume the reports of our muffled responses can be attributed to how waterproof the SoundLink Micro is.
Give a little, take a little – it’s first and foremost a speaker, after all.
Bose is almost unarguably the leader in portable sound, and this is obvious regardless of what you’re playing through the SoundLink Micro. The bass came in at above standard, especially for a speaker of its size. The mids and highs didn’t disappoint, either. Most importantly, the sound quality stayed consistent after several hours of use; something where competitors have been known to fall short. It’s not going to perform quite as well as the Bose SoundLink Mini II and SoundLink Revolve, but that’s to be expected given their price difference and dimensions.
Even with its robust silicone casing, Bose has managed to keep the SoundLink Micro’s weight to a minimum at just under 300g.
The battery life was adequate and made it through a solid five hours of reasonably heavy usage. This would be conditional to how you use it, the more communication it has between other devices would most certainly drain the battery faster. The indicator above the micro-USB charging port shadows any worries of the party falling silent.
The Bose SoundLink Micro is a worthy contender for anyone needing a versatile portable speaker. The sound quality scores high, and functionality is seamless – just like the price, we wouldn’t expect anything lessfrom Bose.