Bose Portable Smart Speaker Review

Bose Portable Smart Speaker Review

The Bose Portable Home Speaker is a compact speaker with excellent voice assistant features. It features built-in Alexa and Google Assistant, and it can comprehend you even if you’re far away or in a noisy environment. Because of its lightweight design and carrying handle, it’s extremely portable. Its battery, on the other hand, barely lasts about five hours and it isn’t particularly loud. Its sound profile is very boomy out of the box, but its companion app contains bass and treble sliders that allow you to tune it. This multi-purpose speaker can handle a wide range of audio formats and is a great addition to any home.

Pros
  • Rich bass and clear highs combine to create a powerful audio experience.
  • Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice control
  • AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi are all supported.
Cons
  • Mono
  • Deep bass is a problem for the speaker at high volume levels

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Style

The Bose Portable Home Speaker is a compact portable speaker designed to be positioned vertically. It boasts a sleek design with an integrated carrying handle that can be adjusted to the front or back. When using the voice assistant, a tiny light ring on the top illuminates to indicate the loudness and battery status. An aluminum grille covers the bottom of the speaker. ‘Triple Black’ and ‘Luxe Silver’ are the two hues available.

Portability 

The Bose Portable Smart Speaker is extremely lightweight. Because it contains a battery, you can use it outside without needing to plug it in. It’s small and light, and the carrying handle allows you to carry it with one hand.

Build Quality

The Bose Portable Home Speaker is made of good materials. The speaker’s bottom is covered in an aluminum grille, while the top is constructed of silicone and soft-touch plastic. It rests atop a rubber ring that ensures a secure grip. This speaker does not have a claimed dust or impact resistance rating, however, it does have an IPX4 water resistance certification, which we do not currently test. Check out the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II if you’re seeking a similar speaker with the superior build quality.

  • Material Quality: Great
  • Water Resistance: Water-resistant (IPx4)
  • Dust Resistance: Unspecified
  • Impact Resistance: Unspecified
  • Floats In Water: Unspecified

Controls 

The Bose Portable Home Speaker has very good controls. There’s a light ring on top that indicates the volume and battery level. It also lights up when using the voice assistant. It has buttons located on the top, which are clicky but not texturized, so it’s not clear which button you’re pressing without looking. There’s a power button, volume adjustment buttons, and a play/pause button, which you can press twice to skip a track or three times to go to the previous track. There’s a voice action button as well as a mute mic button if you want it to stop listening to you. You can deactivate its Wi-Fi connection by holding the play/pause button and the Bluetooth button at the same time for 5 seconds. You can deactivate the Bluetooth connection by holding the Bluetooth button for 10 seconds. When using Alexa, you can directly call other Bose smart products, Amazon Echo products, or anyone in your contacts.

  • Ease Of Use: Great
  • Feedback: Great
  • Music Play/Pause: Yes (Physical)
  • Call Answer/End: No
  • Volume Up/Down: Yes (Physical)
  • Track Next/Previous: Yes
  • Microphone On/Off: Yes (Physical)
  • Additional Controls: Yes

Bose Portable Smart Speaker Technical Detailed Review

Frequency Response Accuracy

The frequency response accuracy of the Bose Portable Home Speaker is adequate. It features a slightly boomy sound profile right out of the box, but its balanced mid-range can deliver clear and present vocals and lead instruments. It has trouble producing a thumping low-bass, which may frustrate listeners of bass-heavy genres like EDM or hip-hop. Fortunately, the app that comes with it allows you to tweak the treble and bass to your taste. It does not, however, have a room adjustment feature like the Sonos Roam.

Soundstage 

The soundstage of the Bose Portable Home Speaker is adequate. Because of its 360-degree design, it has good directivity, making the soundstage appear vast and spacious from all angles. It must, however, downmix stereo content into mono, which results in a less vivid experience.

Battery 

The battery life of the Bose Portable Home Speaker is average. While the battery is claimed to last for twelve hours, it actually lasted about five hours in our tests. However, because battery life varies depending on usage, the user experience may differ. When it’s not charging or connected to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, it has power-saving capabilities that switch it off after 20 minutes of inactivity. It will go into standby mode after 20 minutes of inactivity if it is connected to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

  • Battery Life  5.3 hrs
  • Charge Time  2.6 hrs
  • Power Saving  Yes
  • Charging Port  USB-C

Voice Assistant 

The voice assistant performance of the Bose Portable Smart Speaker is excellent. Both Alexa and Google Assistant are built-in, and they both require a Wi-Fi connection to work. Even if you’re far away or in a noisy environment, they can comprehend you. You can use Alexa to control other Bose smart devices, Amazon Echo devices, or anyone in your contact list. If you want the speaker to cease listening to you, there’s also a mic mute button.

  • Alexa: Built-in (Wi-Fi Only)
  • Google Assistant: Built-in (Wi-Fi Only)
  • Siri: No
  • Voice Activation: Yes
  • Microphone Mute: Yes
  • Far-Field Performance: Excellent
  • Ambient Noise Performance: Great

App

The Bose Music app is quite useful. It works with both iOS and Android devices and contains bass and treble sliders for fine-tuning the sound profile of your speaker. You may also use many compatible Bose speakers to magnify your audio in a wide space or to play music in different rooms. You can’t, however, link two units to make a stereo pair. 

Bluetooth 

The Bluetooth connectivity on the Bose Portable Smart Speaker is remarkable. With iOS and Android devices, it has a very low latency, making it ideal for streaming videos. Some apps, however, compensate for latency in different ways, so your results may change. As we discovered in our studies with iOS devices, when the audio is played before the video, this can result in negative latency. You can’t pair more than one device at a time because it doesn’t enable multi-device pairing.

Wi-Fi

The Bose Portable Smart Speaker is Wi-Fi enabled and Apple AirPlay compatible. When linked via Apple AirPlay, it has a minimal latency, making it ideal for streaming videos. Unfortunately, Chromecast is not supported by this speaker.

Bluetooth

The Bluetooth connectivity on the Bose Portable Smart Speaker is remarkable. With iOS and Android devices, it has a very low latency, making it ideal for streaming videos. Some apps, however, compensate for latency in different ways, so your results may change. As we discovered in our studies with iOS devices, when the audio is played before the video, this can result in negative latency. You can’t pair more than one device at a time because it doesn’t enable multi-device pairing.

Valuable Conclusion

For music, the Bose Portable Home Speaker is adequate. It features a boomy sound profile, but a well-balanced mid-range that makes vocalists and lead instruments sound clear and present. Its associated app has bass and treble controls, allowing you to customise the music to your preference. It boasts good directivity thanks to its 360-design, resulting in a wide and airy soundstage, despite having to downmix stereo music into mono. Unfortunately, it doesn’t get very loud, and even at maximum volume, there’s considerable compression.

For watching videos and movies, the Bose Portable Home Speaker is adequate. Although various programmes compensate for this differently, it has low latency over Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay. It boasts a wide and open soundstage due to its high directivity. Unfortunately, it lacks low-bass, so action-packed movie sequences miss the deep thump and rumble. It doesn’t get very loud, either.