SoundLink Mobile (first version)
Released in September 2011, the SoundLink Mobile is much smaller than the original SoundLink, and consists of just the speaker unit, weighing 1.3 kg (2.9 lb), and the charging adaptor. It operates via a Bluetooth connection.
It comes a protective cover, which wraps around the unit’s back and base and front side. The section covering the front panel is held in place magnetically, and acts as an on/off switch, similar to the Apple iPad’s Smart Cover; it is folded underneath the unit to act as a necessary stabiliser while in use. The standard cover is covered in black Cordura-type nylon, but alternative covers are also available, in various colours and in leather. The cover is essentially fixed, being replaceable only with the use of equipments.
Internally, it features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, four front-facing speaker drivers, and two opposing passive radiators (one each front- and back-facing).
Its US recommended price at time of release was $300. Reviewers have praised the unit’s sound quality, build quality, and portability, but criticised the high sales price and lack of a microphone (to enable its use as a speakerphone).
Main article: Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II
The second version, the SoundLink Mobile II is similar to the original, distinguished mainly by the cover’s front-panel section being foldable in half (to reduce the device’s footprint while in use), and stored settings for up to six previously-paired Bluetooth devices, to enable automatic re-pairing.
The SoundLink Mobile III was introduced in February 2014, still at US $300. Compared with its predecessor, the styling is different, swapping the fixed magnetic cover for an optional slip-on cover available in various colours. Battery life and speaker power are also increased, as has speaker quality, according to Bose. Reviews have remained positive, but some now criticise the reliance on a traditional barrel connector for the charging adaptor instead of the Micro USB commonly used on modern mobile phones.
SoundLink Mini on its charging cradle
The SoundLink Mini is a smaller and lighter version of the SoundLink Mobile, introduced in 2013 at a US recommended price of $200. It weighs just 1.6 kg (3.5 lb). It includes a charging cradle as well as a power socket. The case is made of sandblasted aluminium, and protective sides are available in different colours. As with the Soundlink Mobile, reviewers have praised the sound quality and build quality, but criticised the lack of a microphone. Meanwhile, there is a newer model the Bose SoundLink Mini II.
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