- Charging dock
- 10-hour battery
- Aux input
One of the first Bluetooth speakers we always suggest when asked for buying advice is the Bose SoundLink Mini 2
. We often struggle with Bose’s prices, but here the £150-170 price makes sense.
You get massive sound for such a small box, down to both Bose’s clever sound processing magic and careful use of passive radiators to back up the two main drivers. It gets you more sophisticated-sounding mids than a lot of cheaper speakers.
It also has a bit of extra hardware you don’t get with most other speakers, a charging dock. Just plonk the SoundLink on it and it starts charging. What’s new in the second-gen version? As well as some little sound tweaks, this version also uses a microUSB charger, the same as most phones. The old version didn't have a universal plug.Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £139 | Amazon.com from $179
At time of review the Bose SoundLink Mini II was available for £169.