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its a shame the Bose soundlink micro is so under rated. This speaker is slightly bigger than the JBL Clip 2, sounds almost as good as the JBL Flip 4, and the strap on the back makes it super convenient to use in so many different situations. Its a little pricy but definitely worth the money. Don’t forget to like comment and subscribe and you can watch some of my other videos here after you’re done watching this video.
Like i just said, the Bose sound link micro is a little pricey compared to its competition retailing for $110. But It does come in three colorways, black blue and orange. For comparison the JBL Clip 2 is currently selling for $60 and the JBL flip 4, which I feel is the best small portable bluetooth speaker on the market right now is on sale for $80. If you want to pick either of these speakers up I’ll have links in the description below and I’ll keep them updated so you can get the best deal possible.
Unboxing the Bose Soundlink micro is pretty bare bones. You get the speaker, a micro USB cable for charging, some documentation and thats it. The speaker it self is slightly bigger than JBL clip 2 but is 100 grams heavier than the clip 2 weighing in at 287 grams. Where as the exteriors of the JBL clip 2 and Flip 4 are made up of fabric and soft touch rubber, the entire body of the Bose sound link micro is encased by a silicon shell. So its pretty rugged but still looks good. The tear-resistant strap on the back is also made out of silicon but its much tougher and dosnt really stretch all that much.
But this strap is so handy it really makes this speaker the perfect outdoor companion. You can quickly attach it to your bike frame, your back pack, your beach umbrella, or whatever without having to mcaiver anything or getting extra equipment. And the strap itself is super easy to use but once its on its on. But for those wondering, no it does not come off.
Regarding speaker set up, you’ve got your power button, bluetooth button, micro USB port for charging, an led battery gauge, and bluetooth indicator light on the top. But unfortunately there is no AUX jack. On the front you’ve got indented volume up and volume down buttons and in the center you’ve got your textured multipurpose button to control your music playback. Single press to play or pause, double press to skip a track triple press to go back a track, and press and hold to activate siri. Theres a single transducer on the right side and on the left side theres a passive radiator that produces a surprising amount of bass for a speaker of this size.
When it comes to wireless range the Bose Soudlink micro is good for about 40 feet but it did have issues keeping a solid connection when there were multiple walls between it and my phone. It wasn’t able to keep solid connection as good as the Bose Soundwear or Bose QC35 II. I also noticed there was some significant latency when watching videos. But just like other Bose speakers the Soundlink Micro can be connected to two devices at the same time.
the Bose sound link micro is also IPX 7 certified so besides being super rugged, water isn’t a problem either. You can submerge it down to one meter and you wont have any problems. The only down fall is that it dosnt float.
Regarding sound quality the Bose Soundlink micro sounds way better than the JBL Clip 2. The Clip 2 sounds very tinny and it gets drowned out by all of the bass. Where as the sound link micro gets much louder, has an even sound signature, has more than enough bass to keep you satisfied and has a pretty good sound stage.
But although the Bose Soundlink Micro does sound really good for its size, it dosnt sound as good as the JBL Flip 4. The JBL flip 4 gets a little louder, theres deeper bass, more treble and instrument separation is a little better. But for personal listening while youre out hiking or on a bike ride the soundlink micro will get the job done with no problems.
But remember, the Bose sound link micro is a very directional speaker. Almost all of the sound comes out through the front and a little bit of bass comes out the back. If you’re going to listen to music I suggest you face it towards you instead of just placing it on a table and having the music shoot upwards.
But when it comes to battery life thats where the Bose sound link micro falls short. Bose advertises a battery life of 6 hours and thats what I have been getting. 6 hours and some change. Unfortunately theres no official quick charging and to charge the speaker from empty to full its going to take about 4 hours. For comparison the JBL clip 2 has a battery life of 8 hours and I routinely average about 14 hours of battery life on the JBL flip 4. Which is 2 hours more than its advertised battery life of 12 hours. So if you plan on taking the Bose Soundlink Micro with you on a camping trip or long hike bring a portable charger.
And finally the Bose Soundlink micro can also connect to Bose’s Connect app. There nothing really special, you can adjust your settings, check your battery status, manage your bluetooth connections, and toggle voice prompts on and off. But if you have other Bose sound link speakers you can pair the micro up to them through the app. So you can chain them together or get some stereo sound going if you have two sound link micros.
But overall I didn’t expect to like the Bose Soundlink Micro as much as I did. Its super tiny and tough making it perfect for out doors people looking for a speaker. And the strap on the back allows you to attach it to almost anything and quickly remove it with out any hassle. Since this is a really cool out doors speaker I think it would have been even cooler if Bose built in an LED flash light. But like I mentioned earlier, battery life isn’t the best. But for its size it sounds very impressive, almost as good as the flip 4 but in a much smaller form factor. But for a $110 the Bose sound link micro is well worth the money.