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Bose Soundlink Micro Review

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Top experts love the Bose SoundLink Micro portable speaker, and they recommend it for podcasts, music, and use as a voice assistant. They were delighted by its wide soundstage, remarkably portable design, and dual-pairing Bluetooth technology. However, they were unhappy that it doesn’t support stereo and lacks low bass.

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Table of Contents

Product Snapshot

Overview

The Bose SoundLink Micro is a 2016-model mid-range Bluetooth speaker produced to provide a rugged design for outdoor users. Like some of the top speakers today, this device is IP67-rated for waterproof and dustproof operation. This unit has a wide soundstage and low Bluetooth latency, and it supports dual device pairing. It has a strap for attaching it to a bag. Learn more about the Bose SoundLink Micro in our review below and see how it compares with the best-rated Bluetooth speakers on the market today.

Consensus

our Verdict

Testers applauded the Bose SoundLink Micro, and they approved it for podcasts, voice assistant features, and outdoor use. Reviewers at Mashable adore its IP67-rated waterproof and dustproof construction. Editors at Expert Reviews UK liked its remarkably compact 0.7 lb design. They measured a top 78.6 dB SPL at the maximum volume, at its low 2.27 dB DRC shows only minor sound quality deterioration. However, if you need a louder device, see our JBL Clip 4 review. They liked its speakerphone functions and 91.1hz to 16.0kHz frequency response range, although its -0.63 slope shows a slightly bass-biased sound profile ideal for casual movie watching. Testers recorded a 1.04 dB directivity index, noticing a wide soundstage. This device has a 7.8-hour tested battery life and supports voice assistants via a smartphone. If you need better battery life, see our Bose SoundLink Revolve II review. It supports dual-device Bluetooth pairing, featuring a good 67 ms iOS Bluetooth latency and 98 ms Android latency. However, it doesn’t support stereo.

ReasonS to Buy

  • IP67-rated waterproof, dustproof construction
  • Smartphone-based voice assistants
  • Excellent soundstage performance
  • Dual-device Bluetooth pairing with low latency
  • Lightweight, compact design

Reason to Avoid

  • Doesn’t get very loud
  • Downmixes stereo to mono
  • Poor low-bass

Bose Soundlink Micro Specs

Battery LifeBattery Life6 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneYes
Charge TimeCharge Time4 hrs
SizeSize3.87" (h) x 3.87" (w) x 1.37" (d)
Smart AppSmart AppBose Connect
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater ResistantYes
WattageWattage5W
Wireless RangeWireless Range30 ft

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)5.36
Volume Output (dB)78.6
Low End Roll Off (Hz)142.544
High End Roll Off (Hz)2,915.299

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Market Context

The Bose SoundLink Micro is a 2016-model mid-range Bluetooth speaker produced to provide a rugged design for outdoor users. Like some of the top speakers…

The Bose SoundLink Micro is a 2016-model mid-range Bluetooth speaker produced to provide a rugged design for outdoor users. Like some of the top speakers today, this device is IP67-rated for waterproof and dustproof operation. This unit has a wide soundstage and low Bluetooth latency, and it supports dual device pairing. It has a strap for attaching it to a bag. Learn more about the Bose SoundLink Micro in our review below and see how it compares with the best-rated Bluetooth speakers on the market today.

The Bose SoundLink Flex has an 87.5 dB SPL, getting louder than the Bose SoundLink Micro, which has a 78.6 dB SPL. However, the Bose…

The Bose SoundLink Flex has an 87.5 dB SPL, getting louder than the Bose SoundLink Micro, which has a 78.6 dB SPL. However, the Bose SoundLink Micro has a lower 1.04 dB directivity index, providing a wider soundstage than the Flex, which has a 4.59 dB directivity index. Check out our Bose SoundLink Flex review for details about the Micro.

With a -0.31 frequency response slope, the JBL Flip 5 produces more balanced sounds than the Bose SoundLink Micro speaker, which has a -0.64 slope….

With a -0.31 frequency response slope, the JBL Flip 5 produces more balanced sounds than the Bose SoundLink Micro speaker, which has a -0.64 slope. The JBL device has an 85.5 dB maximum SPL, getting much louder than the Bose SoundLink Micro, which has a 78.6 dB maximum SPL. However, the Bose device supports smartphone-based voice assistants, unlike the Flip 5.

Featuring stereo technology, the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 provides better directional music than the Bose SoundLink Micro, which downmixes stereo to mono. It also has…

Featuring stereo technology, the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 provides better directional music than the Bose SoundLink Micro, which downmixes stereo to mono. It also has a better 12.9-hour battery life than the 7.8-hour battery of the Bose SoundLink Micro. Unlike the WONDERBOOM 2, the Bose SoundLink Micro speaker has a companion app, however.

Battery Life

6 hrs

12 hrs

12 hrs

13 hrs

Built In Microphone

Yes

Yes

No

n/a

Charge Time

4 hrs

4 hrs

2.5 hrs

2.6 hrs

Size

3.87" (h) x 3.87" (w) x 1.37" (d)

4.1" (h) x 3.8" (w) x 3.8" (d)

Smart App

Bose Connect

Yes

JBL Portable

n/a

Speaker Pairing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Water Resistant

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wattage

5W

7W

20W

100W

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Score Card

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Expert Score

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Customer Score

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Rating

    60
    The Bose SoundLink Micro is fair for outdoor use. It’s a sturdy speaker with a… Read More

    By:

    David Carnoy
  • Techgear Lab
    44.89

    Category Trust Rating

    65
    The Bose SoundLink Micro is just about the most portable speaker on the market right… Read More

    By:

    Unknown
  • PC Mag
    54.9

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Bose SoundLink Micro speaker delivers an impressive Bluetooth audio performance for its size, but… Read More

    By:

    Séamus Bellamy
  • Sound Guys
    55.87

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    If you’re knee-deep in the Bose ecosystem and want a travel-friendly speaker that can withstand… Read More

    By:

    Jake Krol
  • CNET
    42.51

    Category Trust Rating

    82
    The well-built and travel-friendly Bose SoundLink Micro is arguably the best sounding speaker in its… Read More

    By:

    Max Mutter
  • Which?
    62.66

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    The compact and rugged SoundLink Micro Bluetooth speaker from Bose has a tear-proof strap to… Read More

    By:

    Unknown