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The Bose® SoundLink® Wireless Mobile speaker lets you experience the music on your phone like never before. This compact player features built-in Bluetooth so you can enjoy rich Bose® sound with your smartphone, tablet, or other Bluetooth device, without connecting a cable. And the speaker's built-in rechargeable battery means you can go completely wireless — unplug it and take it with you for up to eight hours of playback on the go.

SoundLink speaker

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SoundLink speaker

Play music files or stream Rhapsody®, Pandora® Internet radio, and other music apps. Whether you're listening indoors or out, this speaker will bring out the details in your music. You'll hear clear highs, well-defined mids, and a surprising amount of bass for such a small speaker.

Included cover and convenient built-in controls

An included nylon cover protects the SoundLink® speaker while you travel and folds out to become a stand when you're ready to listen. Power and volume controls on the top of the player let you easily make quick adjustments, but you'll use your phone or Bluetooth device to pick out songs and queue up playlists.

From the review The Bose® SoundLink® Wireless Mobile speaker — Fun on the go

"The Bose® SoundLink® Wireless Mobile speaker delivers a solid audio performance. When I combine that with the Bluetooth capability and rechargeable battery, this becomes an iPod (phone, tablet, and computer) speaker that'll work well in an office, in a home, and at a tailgate party."

— Tara W. , Crutchfield Video Production Manager

Product Highlights:

  • for phones and other portable devices with built-in Bluetooth®
  • compatible with iPod touch®, iPhone®, iPad®, Blackberry®, and Android™ devices
  • 30' wireless range
  • rechargeable battery lasts up to 8 hours
  • included dark gray nylon cover unfolds to become a stand
  • minijack auxiliary input
  • AC adapter
  • 9-5/8"W x 5/1/8"H x 1-15/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • SoundLink wireless mobile speaker (w/ integrated cover)
  • AC power adapter (with attached 5' DC cord)
  • 36" Stereo minijack audio cable
  • Owner's Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Warranty Information
  • "Our Commitment To You" sheet

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Awesome product for the price! Sound quality is incredible.

Anonymous, Bradenton, FL


Bose® SoundLink® Wireless Mobile speaker Reviews

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(32 Reviews)

Bose® SoundLink® Wireless Mobile speaker

Anonymous from Bradenton, FL on 11/8/2012

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Awesome product for the price! Sound quality is incredible.

Pros: Size, portability, battery life, sound quality

Cons: honestly none....

Love it!

SteveK from Berea, KY on 11/7/2012

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The sound is excellent for such a small box, and you can't beat the portability. I bought a second one for home after getting one for the office.

Pros: Small, good sound, completely wireless.

Cons: I have had some scratchiness in the bluetooth connections at times, and had to use the aux port.

Nice Product

Sue from Myrtle Beach SC on 9/28/2012

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This is my first Bose purchase. I figured if I was gonna go wireless that I would buy quality. This speaker has a clear sound. Crisp highs , no washed out mids and no boomy lows. Great inside or out. Can be turned up pretty loud without distortion. This product is worth the money.

Pros: Grown up looks. Attractive enough for any room in your house. Easy to take along.

Cons: Although the bass is rich and not boomy. A little more on the low end would be nice.

Bose® SoundLink® Wireless Mobile speaker

Anonymous from Michigan on 9/22/2012

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Outstanding sound that fills a room. Very clear and crisp.

Pros: Small easy to to transport.



phile from new york on 9/12/2012

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Better than expected. Uber portable with rechargeable litium battery. For the money the best deal around. Sound is cleaner then the new Dr. Dre beat box or the House of Marley boom box. Also you dont have to use those 6 D batteries we all always carry with us. Great product.



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PBScooby from McGregor, TX on 8/20/2012

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Product works as advertised and very easy to use and has an awesome sound--Because of that I use it all the time.

Pros: Easy to connect w bluetooth--no hassel w taking off covers. Size makes it easy to take and use anywhere

Cons: remote would be nice

Bose® SoundLink® Wireless Mobile speaker

Michael R from Brooklun NY on 8/15/2012

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Exceptional sound, Very convinient



Awesome Product

Doug from Raleigh, NC on 7/23/2012

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I purchased prepared to be somewhat dissapointed--these type speakers can't sound good. Was I mistaken! This little guy is the bomb--super easy to setup, bluetooth works fantastic with iPhone and iPad, and the sound is terrific. I use it all the time while at the pool, while grilling, on the porch, RV, anywhere! It's small stature makes it easy to pack or carry with you and the charge lasts a good long time.

Pros: Small size, easy connectivity, great sound

Cons: As with most items of quality, it 'aint cheap.

Awesome little speaker!

Allen from Brookville, Pa on 7/7/2012

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Can't beat it for the size! This little thing rocks, literally. The compactness is great and so is the sound. I love being able to take it anywhere, and have great sounding music. I paired it with Sony NWZ-A865BLK 16GB MP3 Player and it sounds great! Much better sound quality than my friends Ipod or Zen!! The wireless feature comes in very handy too! It's really nice not having to be sitting at your speaker or having it docked just to play music. With a clear site line, my wireless connection will work up to 100 feet! The only knock I have would be directly to Bose. For 3 bones, give me some kind of carry case or something. Don't sell me something that needs protection, and then say it's available for an extra price....I knew there was nothing with it when I purchased it, but still...This was the reason for the 4 star rating and not a 5. FOR THE SIZE, I don't see how you could beat the sound quality.

Pros: Sound quality. Wireless Feature. Battery Life.

Cons: No protective case, unless you pay extra...

Returned it

Rob from West Virginia Panhandle on 6/24/2012

Bought this for use on the deck. Every time we tried to use this, the battery was either dead or there was blue tooth issues. Returned this and got a different brand and have had zero issues for the same price. The 2 times this did work for us, it did sound good.

Pros: Good sound

Cons: Battery life and mediocre bluetooth reception

Big Rich Sound

JoFlo from Los Angeles, CA on 6/21/2012

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My carries this speaker in her purse to use in the office, our back yard, trailer and every place we go. Great rich sound that does not distort when we raise the volume.

Pros: Great sound, long battery use, compact, blue tooth works great.

Cons: None, worth the high price.

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JoeD from Portland, Or on 6/8/2012

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I purchased the Soundlink for a mobile music device that would connect with my iPhone. So far, it has performed flawlessly. It was very easy to sync with several Apple devices owned by my famiy and proved to pump out some really crisp, clear sound. It does sound better when in a corner as the bass reflects deeper and with more effect. I have used the Soundlink in my garage and it did an admirable job of filling the space with reasonable sounding tunes. It also performed well for background music during a recent garden party. Overall, it was a great purchase.

Pros: Easy connectability, great sound, compact size

Cons: A little on the expensive side

Finally! A Bose product worth the money.

MatthewAMEL from Orlando, FL on 5/31/2012

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Wanted a portable speaker for trips to the beach and other random destinations. Sound is very good, EXTREMELY easy to use with my iPhone 4S. While it doesn't sound as good as my Harmon-Kardon Go+Play system, it is FAR more portable. Easy to pack in the suitcase and the rechargeable battery is a great feature. The 1st Bose product I have ever been able to say was worth the money. I think this unit sounds better (although it looks more conventional) than the Jawbone BIG Jambox.

Pros: Size, built-in battery, smart cover, sound quality (for the size), and ease of use with bluetooth.

Cons: Bass response is a little weak

Nice Speaker, Left me wanting for more

Ray from New York on 5/26/2012

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This is a nice portable speaker, but I was disappointed by the lack of bass. I wasn't expecting the equivalent of an 8" sub, but the sound range is on average with many other speaks at 1/2 the price. If you have multiple devices (iPad, iPhone) switching between them is not a fast process.

Pros: Small, Portable, Wireless, Decent sound for the size.

Cons: Lack of Bass

Money well spent.

Jim T. from Egg Harbor Township, NJ on 5/22/2012

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You get what you pay for with Bose products. Great sound, ease of use and portability makes the Soundlink worth every penny. It's about the size and weight of a Bible. The built in rechargeable battery lasts about 4 hours and recharges in less than an hour. I love that the cover is also it's stand. The sound is amazing! Used it while doing yard work and it was wonderful. The Bluetooth linked up effortlessly with me MacBook Pro and iPhone 4. Love, Love, Love it!

Pros: Portability, ease of use and quality.

Cons: None so far.

Great System

AR109 from Georgia on 4/26/2012

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These are great speakers. Well worth the price.

Pros: Compact Great Sound Great Battery Life

Cons: None

Extremely portable and everyone notices the sound!

Lil Dave from Hagerstown, MD on 3/23/2012

At first I was a little disappointed in the sound. I was trying to compair it to the Altec Lansing imix. There in was the problem. The Soundlink is a portable device that is so easy to move from place to place, I can't compair it to any protable system I have that is battery operated. Then to the sound. For such a little device the sound is perfect for a small to medium room. I brought this for my therapy groups and retreats to use with guided meditation. So far every group, every group, has asked me what the source was and frequently where the source is. You can place this under a chair, on top of a shelf with no problem. This has saved me in carry around the wave system, the sounddock system, etc. It's just just what I needed.

Pros: Portable, nice to look at, noticable sound, masculine (leather cover), connects to ipod everything etc

Cons: Not for a large room, but would imagine a larger soundlink is in the making.

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Joey D. from Seattle, WA/ on 3/5/2012

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I managed to get it connected to my Macbook to play music but my Android phone won't connect. The sound is pretty good but I'm getting kind of frustrated with it and I don't think its a easy to connect to as I'd hoped. I'm thinking of returning it and getting the iHome WiFi one instead.

Pros: Good sound

Cons: Not too easy to connect to.

Bose SoundLink

Ray from Woodbridge, CT on 3/1/2012

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We are very pleased with the sound quality and the very compact size of the SoundLink. It was extremely easy to link it to my iPad and laptop computer and I will try to link it to my car that has Bluetooth capability. I look forward to both its portability and battery powered features in the summer when I plan to use it on our boat as well. After using it with my iPad I realized something that is super important but that was not mentioned in sales literature and that prospective buyers should consider when comparing this remote SoundLink with a docking speaker system for an iPad. I discovered that with the SoundLink, you can continue to use all the iPad features, like reading a downloaded book or using the internet while listening to music. Of course all that capability is lost if a docking speaker is used for the iPad or for the iPhone as well. This is a very good unit and certainly reflects the quality and price tradition of all Bose products.

Pros: Easy to use, good sound quality, portability and small size

Cons: Turns itself off if not used for a while which means you have to get up and turn its power on. I would prefer to have an option for "always on".

Bose® SoundLink® Wireless Mobile speaker

AaronSF from Santa Fe, NM on 2/24/2012

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For a small, portable bluetooth speaker, this Bose speaker produces surprisingly good sound. I read in reviews that a frequent problem with small speakers is sound distortion as volume increases. Not with this speaker. Understand it's a single speaker and not intended to provide any sort of stereo separation or high quality sound reproduction. I use it to listen to streaming radio, mostly, and it's perfect for that. However, the bluetooth connectivity is unreliable. The speaker often doesn't recognize a device (like my MacBook Pro) after it has already "discovered" it. Shouldn't the speaker recognize any previously connected bluetooth device once the speaker is turned on? The Bose instructions say to hold down the bluetooth button for 3 seconds until the icon flashes slowly, and then the speaker will find previously "discovered" devices. That function has never worked. I discovered at an online forum that if you hold down the mute button on the speaker until all the LED lights on the front of the speaker start flashing, it will reset the speaker and turn it off. When you turn it back on, miraculously it recognizes previously connected bluetooth devices automatically (without holding down the bluetooth button for 3 seconds). This fix is NOT explained in the instructions that came with the speaker. Clearly this is a BIG BUG and should be fixed. That's why I gave the speaker 4 and not 5 stars.

Pros: Portable, good sound quality for its size.

Cons: The bluetooth connectivity is unreliable.

Bose Sound Link Functional design!

Matt from South Bend, IN on 2/6/2012

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Product is as advetrtised and expected. Tremendous Bose sound, design and complete package.



Bose SoundLink Wireless Speaker

Erik from Milwaukee, WI on 2/1/2012

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Sound is very good and pairs with iPad instantly. Rechargeable battery life good. Simple operation. Very happy with how it works in kitchen dinette environment, mostly used as back ground music and listening to NPR. Not for a "theater" experience, but loud enough for normal listening even in a larger room. Being one unit the stereo effect is really not there, but for the purpose intended it works fine.

Pros: Sound, looks/build quality, size.

Cons: None

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wells from Baltimore MD on 1/29/2012

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The sound quality is unbeatabke, everyone that I showed to was impressed,I even sat outside to see if the sound could hold its weight in gold,as i live on a busy street in the city. And i can say with all honesty that the Soundlink impressed me,everyone that walked by could hear it and they all gave me a thumbs up Great product. If you are amusic lover then the soundlink is amust have




Evan from San Diego, CA on 1/29/2012

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My wife wanted this for Christmas and she got it. Now I have extra husband brownie points. This unit looks so small and doesn't look like it would be much. However, it took all of about 30 seconds to link it up by Bluetooth and start playing music from her Android powered phone. It has excellent sound that fills the room if you really want to turn it up loud. No distortion whatsoever. You can take your phone all over the house and still have it connected. AMAZING!

Pros: Beautiful sound in a very small unit. Super easy to link up through Bluetooth. Works with Android based phones.

Cons: It's not in stereo.

Great sound from such a small speaker!

Brandon A. from Los Angeles on 1/29/2012

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I was looking for a small, portable speaker to use outdoors. This speaker really fit the bill. When set to the max volume I can hear the speaker from over 100 ft away. It also has excellent sound quality especially when playing bass heavy music such as hip hop and reggae. The speaker feels very well made. As others have said, the design is very apple-like (with an apple-like price tag as well). If you can afford it, get this speaker, you won't be disappointed.

Pros: Small size, nice case, great sound.

Cons: Price

Works very well

Udflyers from Westfield, NJ on 1/29/2012

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Easy to link the bluetooth to an iPhone and the sound is very good. Will be a nice addition to our outside patio next summer.

Pros: Easy to link and set up


Great upgrade from the Bose SoundDock

sarahk from Bethesda, MD on 1/23/2012

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The SoundLink is a great upgrade from the Bose SoundDock. You don't have to worry about your device being able to fit in the cradle, and the sound quality is fantastic. The only issue is that sometimes it's a little tricky to pair, but once it's set up, it's great!



Outstanding Bose!!

Casey from Hawaii on 1/21/2012

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Outstanding sound from such a small electronic item. Conveniently sized and a plus without any wires to deal with. A must buy.

Pros: All pro.

Cons: No Cons.

Bose soundlink wireless speaker

Tim from Utica NY on 1/20/2012

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Gift for my 30 year old son. He loves it. Very easy to set up and provides excellent sound for a unit this small. I have a Cambridge Playdock that I love but it's unwieldy and very heavy and the battery failed to hold a charge 6 months after I bought it so I have to leave it plugged in all the time. I always was skeptical of bose products because I thought they invested more on advertising than their products. A year ago I changed my mind. I own a pair of QC 15 and IE 2. I love them. Definitely like Bose products.

Pros: size, quality of sound and ease of set up for bluetooth. Decent battery life.

Cons: A bit heavy not for backpacking.

Bose® SoundLink® Wireless Mobile speaker

Joe P from Scotia, NY on 12/20/2011

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Received yesterday - teed up Mannheim Steamroller on Pandora .... WOW!

Pros: Simplicity, portability, and quality of sound and build.

Cons: pricey

Excellent portable device

Tom from Atlanta, GA on 12/16/2011

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Excellent product.purchased just in time for the holidays. Great convenience having the ability to move the cordless speaker from the kitchen to the dining room, even outside for yard games. Out of the box, setup time with my iPhone 4 was approximately 30 seconds, including the time it took to stream SiriusXM to it. Nice features, besides the obvious no wires, include great battery life, compact size, excellent Bluetooth range, controlling the sound level through your mobile device, auto muting for an incoming call, and playing sound for YouTube videos, etc. when connected. I'm just about to order another one for Christmas!



Superb Sound!

Donna from Baltimore, Md. on 10/13/2011

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Sound quality is excellent, blue tooth capability works very well for me as I go room to room throughout my home. I've also connected to my 52 inch TV, which has a surround entertainment system- the additional sound was movie theater blow me away quality! I could place the Bose anywhere I wanted without worrying about wires/connections. Can also take it out in the yard while my iPad's in the house. Sooo easy to use, I love this Bose SoundLink!




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Overview: The Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker employs Bluetooth Technology that allows you to enjoy digital music & Internet radio from your Bluetooth enabled digital audio player (iPod), smartphone (iPhone/Android/Blackberry), tablet (iPad), or laptop (Windows/Mac) in & around your home. The SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker utilizes Bose proprietary speaker technology for lifelike sound performance. The Bose SoundLink can be moved from room-to-room thanks to it's rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Bose Proprietary Speaker Technology: The Bose SoundLink wireless mobile speaker employs proprietary speaker technology that delivers robust sound with convincing low notes from Bose passive radiators.

Note: The speaker is designed to sound best when placed on a shelf, counter, desk, or tabletop that is 24-48" high. For best bass response, the speaker should be placed near a wall; bass response decreases as the speaker is placed closer to the center of a room.

Bluetooth Technology (with 30' range): The SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker is designed specifically for use with today's most popular Bluetooth devices, such as smartphones, tablets, & laptops. Wireless Bluetooth Technology eliminates the need to dock or physically connect your Bluetooth enabled audio device. A 30' wireless range lets you keep your Bluetooth enabled digital audio player, smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other device with you & place the SoundLink speaker where you want it.

Note: On average, the speaker will work within 30' of your paired Bluetooth device. Walls & construction materials can affect reception at times. The Bose SoundLink is not compatible with all Bluetooth devices.

Pair & Play: The SoundLink wireless mobile speaker must be paired with your Bluetooth enabled audio device initially. Simply press & hold the Bluetooth button on the unit's top panel, then choose the "SoundLink" speaker from your smartphone or other Bluetooth enabled source; and its now memorized, & ready to play. The wireless mobile speaker keeps up to 6 Bluetooth sources in memory. However, it can only connect to, and play audio from one device at a time.

Top Panel Controls: Power & volume controls are located on the wireless mobile speaker, itself. Otherwise, use your Bluetooth enabled digital audio player, smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other paired device to select a playlist, streaming audio source, etc. No remote control needed.

Phone Interrupt: When you have your smartphone connected to the SoundLink, an incoming phone call will mute the wireless mobile speaker & your phone call will only be heard from your smartphone. When the call ends, your music automatically resumes through the SoundLink speaker.

Auxiliary Input: The Bose SoundLink is equipped with a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for playing an MP3 player or DVD/CD player through the system. A 36" stereo minijack audio cable is included.

Status Indicators: The status indicators, located on the front of the SoundLink speaker, illuminate to indicate when a source or feature is activated.

Integrated Cover: An integrated cover protects the speaker during travel & unfolds into a stand for instant playing anywhere. No sound is emitted from the speaker unless the cover is opened. The included cover is a dark gray nylon. Additional covers in various colors (burgundy, red, tan) are available (sold separately).

Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery: The installed rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides approximately 8-hours of playback time. The lithium-ion battery charges whenever the system is plugged into a wall outlet with the included AC power adapter. An empty battery usually charges in 2-3 hours.

Note: The included lithium-ion battery is replaceable; go to for replacement.

AC Power Adapter: In addition to the integrated rechargeable battery, the Bose SoundLink can operate off of standard household current using the included AC power adapter.

  • Input: 100-240V~50/60Hz, 600mA
  • Output: 17.0V, 1000mA

Note: Optional 12-volt car charger (018SNDCHGR, sold separately) is available.

Auto Off: If a device is connected, but not playing audio, the speaker will turn itself off after 30 minutes.

Mini-USB Port (service): The Bose SoundLink wireless mobile speaker is fitted with a mini-USB (type-B) port, labeled "Service", for software updates to ensure ongoing Bluetooth device compatibility.

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