By Jayanta Ghosh
Bose introduced the latest SoundLink model of portable Bluetooth speaker in India with a complete new design. Targeting the youth, Bose introduced SoundLink color with more playful design and an array of palettes. The SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker is a completely new SoundLink design — but is still every inch a SoundLink.
It weighs just 0.5 kg, and measures 12.7 cms wide, 5.3 cms deep and 13.4 cms high to fit easily into a handbag, knapsack or the palm of your hand. Bose combined exclusive dual-opposing passive radiators with two high-efficiency transducers for full-range sound, including deep, low-note performance. Bose keeps all the controls like the pause/play button on top and there are volume controls but no speakerphone capabilities. And for added versatility, a 3.5mm stereo auxiliary input is integrated on the back of the enclosure. It connects wirelessly to a smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth enabled device, and uses voice prompts — available in several languages to simplify setup, and identify which source is connected. Using a lithium-ion battery it recharges with most USB power sources in as little as 3 hours. The exterior tested housing is made of elastomer and plastic and comes in Black, White, Blue, Red and Mint.
The SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker is very easy-to-use, pretty decent and compact Bluetooth speaker. We had no problem pairing it and re-pairing with our devices. Lookwise it fits very nice in any kind of ambiance; after pairing the speaker remembers the last eight devices you’ve paired it with and has artificial voice prompts for assist. Like the more expensive SoundLink Mini, the speaker plays a lot louder than you think it would for its small size, with a reasonable amount of bass. What we are disappointed with is its Bluetooth range. You have to keep your device always close to the speaker, otherwise you might witness sound drops. We played different genres from our playlist and it gives us the quality of sound that we expect from a Bose product, not at all disappointed us. All-n-all for its speaker class, it performs quite well and also plays loudly without distorting. Impressed with the sound it puts out, particularly in smaller rooms. Unlike the older Bose — which requires a proprietary AC adapter — this newer model charges via a standard micro-USB cable (it takes about 3 hours to fully charge). That’s much more convenient for traveling, especially if you have an Android phone. And gets you up to 8 hours of battery life, which is pretty decent for a very compact Bluetooth speaker.
Price: Rs 11,138/-
Pros: Compact, many color options, easy to carry sound quality
Cons: Bluetooth reception, design might not go well for some
Measures :12.7cms wide,5.3cms deep and 13.4cms high,
Connectivity :3.5mm sterio auxilliary input
Colors :comes in Black,White,Blue,Red and Mint