So I’ve been playing with my Bose Soundlink Mini II Bluetooth Speaker for a few weeks now and it easily slots into the category of one of the best tech gadgets for 2015! The sound quality coming from this little gadget is astounding and I highly recommend the Bose Soundlink II Mini Bluetooth Speaker!
As mentioned in my previous post, the Bose Soundlink II Mini is the new version (released in June this year) of the already much loved and acclaimed Soundlink Mini.
The main improvements are:
I was totally amazed at the first time I heard music from a Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker. In my office, I had two colleagues in my team who owned them and swore that they were the best mini bluetooth speakers on the market. I reviewed the Creative ROAR SR20 Bluetooth Speaker last year and while great, the Bose Soundlink Mini just had a better and richer sound.
I’ve just been given the new Bose SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth Speakers by Bose Australia to review and I’m super excited given my previous experiences with the older version!
There have been a swag of improvements to make an already excellent gadget even better such as:
I’ll be testing in earnest this week, so stay tuned!
In the meantime here’s the the new Bose SoundLink II Press Release below.
Bose SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth Speaker Press Release
June 5, 2015 — Today, Bose introduces the next-generation SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth speaker, the most feature-rich, ultra-portable SoundLink® speaker ever. The SoundLink® Mini II is updated with a speakerphone for taking calls out loud, longer battery life for all day listening, multi-connect for a phone and a tablet, and voice prompts for easy pairing — while still delivering the powerful, lifelike audio quality that made it the most famous little speaker in the world.
“The original SoundLink Mini did something remarkable,” said Jack Yu, product manager for Bose SoundLink® speakers. “There was nothing else like it, and it continues to amaze people with its sound. Our engineers kept all that performance — and added new ways to use it and love it.”
The SoundLink® Mini speaker II has a built-in speakerphone, so taking calls out loud — and hearing every word clearly — just takes a press of a button on the top of the speaker. When you’re done talking, music resumes automatically. You can connect two Bluetooth devices at a time, letting you play music or any content from your phone and tablet. And pairing has never been easier. New voice prompts streamline the process, walking you through the simple steps to connect to a mobile device, and identify your devices by name using text-to-speech. The SoundLink® Mini speaker II stores the eight most recently used Bluetooth devices in memory, eliminating the need to pair again.
The SoundLink® Mini speaker II now comes with an improved rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts up to 10 hours, ideal for personal listening sessions and long days of work or play. For added convenience, it now charges with most USB power sources and includes a charging cradle, so it’s ready to go when you are. Take it almost anywhere. It’s durable and solid, tested for the rigors of everyday use, indoors or out.
The new SoundLink® Mini speaker II is still Bose’s smallest Bluetooth® speaker, keeping the compact footprint and size of the original — weighing just under 700 grams and measuring just 5.1cmH x 18cmW x 5.9cmD. It features its iconic anodized aluminium housing that resists scratches and fingerprints, and includes an updated beveled accent and a micro-perforated steel grille. The same sound that redefined the Bluetooth speaker category remains at the heart of the new SoundLink® Mini speaker II, and it’s patented and exclusive to Bose. Proprietary dual-opposing passive radiators combine with two custom-designed, high-efficiency transducers to deliver full, clear audio, with dramatically deep low notes. Turn the volume up or down — Bose® digital signal processing optimises the audio output for balanced sound at any listening level.
“The SoundLink Mini II is another example of our obsession with the details,” said Yu. “Wireless is everywhere, but better wireless — better sounding, better designed, easier to use — that’s where we’re always focused. Combining the amazing sound and look of the SoundLink Mini with new features that are simple, intuitive, and brilliantly delivered provides another chapter in our story.”
The Bose SoundLink® Story
Bose SoundLink® speakers have been globally recognised for delivering the standard for mobile audio since their debut in 2011, quickly taking the category by storm. The Bose SoundLink® speaker line features the SoundLink®Bluetooth speaker III, Bose’s best-performing Bluetooth speaker; the SoundLink® Color Bluetooth speaker, Bose’s most affordable and lightest speaker option; and now, the SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth speaker II, the smallest, most feature-rich Bose Bluetooth speaker ever, and the next generation of the SoundLink® Mini — now boasting thousands of 5-star Amazon reviews and millions of happy owners everywhere.
Pricing and Availability
The new SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth speaker II will be available from Bose beginning on June 5, 2015, for AUD$299.00 / NZD$359.00. The SoundLink® Mini speaker II comes in two colours: Carbon and Pearl, with soft covers in Deep Red, Energy Green, Navy Blue, Charcoal Black, and Grey, sold separately for AUD$29.95 / NZD$39.95 each. They will be sold through Bose stores, Bose.com.au, Bose.co.nz, toll-free at 1800 173 371 and authorised Bose resellers.
About Bose Corporation
Bose Corporation was founded in 1964 by Dr. Amar G. Bose, then a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Today, the company is driven by its founding principles, investing in long-term research with one fundamental goal: to develop new technologies with real customer benefits. Bose® innovations have spanned decades and industries, creating and transforming categories in audio and beyond. Bose products for the home, in the car, on the go and in public spaces have become iconic. From the company’s home entertainment systems and Wave® music systems, to high-quality audio and noise cancelling headphones, digital music systems, Bluetooth® speakers and professional solutions, Bose has changed the way people listen to music.
Bose Corporation is privately held. The company’s spirit of invention, passion for excellence, and commitment to extraordinary customer experiences can be found around the world — everywhere Bose does business.
A few weeks ago, I was sent a pair of Creative Sound Blaster Jam Bluetooth Headphones for review. Thank you Creative! I was keen to take a look at these given the great experience I’ve had with Creative gadgets in the past, especially with the likes of the WP-380 Bluetooth Headphones which I still use today!
Earlier this year at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Creative announced one of their most innovative bluetooth speakers to date, the Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20. I actually heard some positive comments mentioned on Twitter so went to the CreativeLabs Youtube channel to check it out and was quite impressed by not only the sound delivered by such a compact unit but all the functionality that it came with.
I’ve been playing with Creative Labs’ Hitz WP-380 Bluetooth Headphones and I’ve grown quite fond of them because of its light-weight form factor and for keeping my ears warm during the cold snaps in Hong Kong. If you’re looking for a great value set of bluetooth headphones that won’t cost you an arm and a leg but will still provide 12 hours of quality sound, the Creative Hitz WP-380 Bluetooth Headphones are for you!
Last week I received the Creative SoundBlasterAxx AXX200 Bluetooth Speaker to review from @CreativeLabs. I’ve reviewed a lot of bluetooth speakers over the years (one of my favourites was actually by @CreativeLabs, the Zii Speaker), but I’d have to say that the Creative SoundBlasterAxx AXX200 is the most enjoyable and useful. The fact that you can have so much fun using the Karaoke and voice effects (my daughters loved this!), then also use it as a telephone speakerphone means that it’ll be perfect for both young and old.
One thing I really like about the iPad Mini is its diminutive notebook form factor – it’s perfect for using as an eBook reader, watching movies and most recently for taking notes in meetings. In regards to the latter, I found the iPad Mini screen keyboard impractical to use due to the small size of the keys, especially compared to the full-sized iPad. This is why when I spotted the Logitech iPad Mini Ultrathin Keyboard Cover with its full-sized alpha keys, I thought it would now make the iPad mini the perfect notebook-sized tool to take into meetings to take notes and to share ideas/concepts.
There are so many things I like about the Logitech iPad Mini Ultrathin Keyboard Cover! Where to start?
I like Jawbone. I’ve owned almost every one of their bluetooth headsets. Now I have another reason to admire them with their latest creative and hilarious video featuring their Jawbone Jambox wireless speakers. Not only does it speak to social media types like myself in so many familiar ways but it seems it’s also a play on the ever infamous Youtube video by teenager Rebecca Black. This time it’s about Wednesday and the Jawbone Jambox and Hasan is a tad cooler than Rebecca in my books. Check it out!
Jawbone is once again, showing off innovation in the bluetooth headset space with the release of the Jawbone ERA Bluetooth Headset. This time, they’ve incorporated motion technology into their new device which allows you to do funky things like shake to pair with a bluetooth device and tap to answer phone calls. It seems that pressing fiddly buttons is fast becoming a thing of the past! I like. And of course, what would a new Jawbone headset release be without a new version of their award-winning noise cancellation technology dubbed NoiseAssassin 3.0?
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