The Bose Soundlink Micro Bluetooth Speaker is my favorite audio device at the moment. The ergonomically designed device is compact and easy to use. The speaker grille takes up the lower two thirds of the front of the speaker with the volume controls, and function button in the upper area. The power button and Bluetooth indicator are along the top. Soundlink Micro is covered in silicon which protects it and gives it a bounce or springiness when dropped. The silicon coating helps prevent bumps and bruises and it features a silicon strap that allows you to attach it to virtually any item including backpacks, coolers, bicycle handles and more.
Take it anywhere
Soundlink Micro can go anywhere that you can go, even the pool. It’s waterproof, rated IPX7 – a level that surpasses the water resistance levels of smartphones (IP68). My toddler splashed around the kiddie pool with the speaker strapped to his hand. He splashed about while Uptown Funk streamed from the device. When submerged in water, the music stopped playing but continued once removed. There were no indications of performance issues in or out of the water.
Hours later, after the speaker dried, I tried powering it on and could not. It started working again after being fully charged, factory reset and a software update. It’s possible that being submerged in water had nothing to do with the effort it took to get it working again but after months of use, I never had to do any of that before.
Set it up
Setup is simple whether using the Bose Connect app or voice control prompts and the speaker can be connected to two devices at the same time. When the device is powered on, voice prompts tell you how much battery power you have left and which devices it’s connected to and voice features don’t stop there. Soundlink Micro doubles as a speakerphone and allows you to interact with Siri and Google Assistant.
The sound off
Soundlink Micro renders the same quality sound you’d expect from Bose – deep and all about that BASS. The device connects to iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth and you can stream music directly from the device or using the Bose app. Bose claims you can get up to six hours of streaming on a single charge and I have no reason to dispute that. I simply disconnect the speaker when it’s not in use and I rarely have to charge. And, here’s a fun fact: the Bose Connect app lets you play two wireless speakers simultaneously using Party Mode.