Bose announces a Jambox competitor, the SoundLink Mini

bose-soundlink-miniCheck out our review of the Bose SoundLink Mini bluetooth speaker.

Unveiled at an event in New York City yesterday, speaker manufacturer Bose announced a new mobile speaker product that provides the same functionality as the Jawbone JAMBOX or the Ultimate Ears BOOM. Retailing at a $200 price point, the Bose SoundLink Mini is seven inches wide, two inches high and a bit over two inches deep. Covered with a metal housing which brings the total weight to 1.5 pounds, the SoundLink Mini can stream audio from a Bluetooth-enabled laptop, smartphone, tablet or standard audio device like an iPod Touch. If you live in a home with multiple devices or family members, the SoundLink Mini will remember up to six devices without having to re-sync over Bluetooth.

bose-soundlink-mini-outsideRather than plugging the speaker into a computer or electrical adapter with a mini-USB cable, the SoundLink Mini comes with a charging cradle and proprietary AC adapter. After charging completely, the speaker has a battery life of approximately seven hours before requiring a recharge that takes a full three hours.

It’s important to note that competitors advertise significantly longer battery life. For instance, the Jawbone JAMBOX lasts up to ten hours on a single charge and the Ultimate Ears BOOM lasts up to 15 hours before recharging. In addition, the user is forced to travel with the SoundLink Mini AC adapter if they want to take the speaker with them on vacation. 

If a Bose customer doesn’t like the classic silver look to the housing, the company will be selling soft covers in blue, green and orange to protect the SoundLink Mini. The device is currently available for preorder on the Bose site and the company is expected to start shipping the speaker at the start of July 2013. Besides the Jawbone JAMBOX and Ultimate Ears BOOM, other competing products to consider in the mobile speaker space include the Logitech UE Boombox, Beats by Dr. Dre Pill and the JBL Charge.

Home Theater

The best MP3 players of 2018

Want to go for a run, but your phone is weighing you down? No worries. Can't fit your whole music library on your smartphone? Don't sweat it. Check out our list of the best MP3 players, and find one that works for you.
Emerging Tech

Here’s all the best gear and gadgetry you can snag for $100 or less

A $100 bill can get you further than you might think -- so long as you know where to look. Check out our picks for the best tech under $100, whether you're in the market for headphones or a virtual-reality headset.
Smart Home

How to create spooky Halloween effects with smart home lighting and sound

This Halloween, bathe your home with eerie smart home lighting and audio effects guaranteed to spook your neighbors. Use colored light and eerie sounds to create eerie Halloween effects.
Smart Home

Google Home Mini vs. Amazon Echo Dot: Which is better?

We put the two most popular smart home speakers -- the Google Home Mini and the 3rd generation Amazon Echo Dot -- together and tested them on appearance, audio, and abilities. So which should you buy? Find out how they did in our showdown.
Mobile

There are four versions of the Mate 20, but which one is the best?

Huawei revealed its full range of Mate 20 handsets, and it seems that there is a device that fits everyone's needs. We've compared all the options, including the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the Mate 20 X, the Mate 20, and the Mate 20 Lite.
Mobile

Keep your new Google phone pixel perfect with the best Pixel 3 cases

If you want your new Google phone to stay pixel perfect, then you should snag one of the best Pixel 3 cases. We've scoped out some of your best options so far based on different styles, levels of protection, and budgets.
Product Review

We can’t find a reason to buy the Porsche Design Mate 20 RS over the Mate 20 Pro

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro looks like an exceptional phone, so can a version with Porsche Design’s involvement be worth spending twice as much on? We’ve taken the phone for a test drive.
Mobile

Huawei is working on a 5G foldable phone, the Mate 20 X may be its template

Huawei is working on a folding 5G smartphone, according to the company's CEO, Richard Yu. He also provoked speculation the phone may have something in common with the massive Mate 20 X and its 7.2-inch screen.
Mobile

Apple sends out invites for October hardware event, new iPad Pro expected

The new iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and Apple Watch aren't the last devices we'll see from Apple in 2018. There are plenty of rumors about a new iPad coming this year too, and it may share some design similarities with the new phones.
Mobile

Number not recognized? Here's why you're receiving calls from 'Scam Likely'

While it may seem like a bold marketing move to tag your calls "Scam Likely," these alerts are actually your carrier's way of helping you identify scams. Here, we'll walk you through what exactly these markers mean and how you can turn them…
Music

How much is Spotify Premium, and how can you get it at a discount?

Having access to millions of songs comes at a price -- albeit, a pretty small one. Before you figure out how much is Spotify Premium going to cost you, you will want to see if you qualify for a discounted (or even free) subscription.
Mobile

Master your new Google phone with these handy Pixel 3 and 3 XL tips

If you’re hunting for some Pixel 3 tips to help you get more from your Google phone, then you’ll find them right here. We’ve got tips for shortcuts, camera controls, and more. All these tips will also work for the Pixel 3 XL.
Mobile

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are now available for purchase

Google's latest flagships, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, are now official and we have all the details from the October 9 event in New York City and Paris. Here's everything we know about the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
Mobile

The world’s thinnest smartphone fits alongside your business cards

Kyocera has taken the wraps off of a new smartphone called the KY-O1L. The device is a tiny 5.3mm thick and is specifically billed as being a phone that can fit inside a business card holder.