Written by: Laura Barber
In the ever changing quest to make music technology more portable, Bose brings a solid offering to this pursuit in the SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker 330001-1310. With the ability to connect to any Bluetooth enabled device and the option to plug in less technologically advanced electronics through an auxiliary input (stereo auxiliary cable included), this speaker is steeped in versatility. It is the adaptability of the 330001-1310 combined with Bose’s commitment to quality that makes for an enhanced listening experience.
After winning one of these in a contest, I brought the speaker home with the full intention of selling it. Having absolutely no personal experience with Bose products in general, and as someone who keeps all of my music on an iPod classic (no Bluetooth connection there) instead of my iPhone, I didn’t think that owning this speaker was in my best interest, until I decided to try it. Setup was surprisingly easy, so easy in fact that I only had to glance at the owner’s manual. Once up and running, I was impressed by the richness of the sound quality it leant to my Pandora station and favorite YouTube videos. What really convinced me to keep it though was a combination of two factors: the battery life and range. The background music for our Christmas Eve party was played over this speaker for over four continuous hours, and even after fairly consistent use the previous day, the battery never faltered. As far as the range is concerned, the music for the party was stored on an Android phone that never left my brother’s pocket as he traveled throughout the house. At times he was upstairs, and the music stayed as clear as it was when he was in the same room as the speaker itself.
Sleek, modern and sophisticated, this newest edition to Bose’s long line of speakers has an extensive list of features that set it apart from others of its kind. Some of the most notable of these are:
• 1-year limited warranty
• Rechargeable lithium ion battery
• The front cover doubles as a stand once opened
• While in use, closing the cover turns the speaker off
• Additional covers in a variety of colors and materials are available for purchase
• Car charger, also sold separately
Other pros to owning this wireless speaker include:
• Allows for free use of your phone or iPod while connected
• Its size—small enough to go anywhere
And now for the cons:
• Expensive—$299 retail
• Cannot be used over a Wi-Fi connection—the wireless feature is only compatible with Bluetooth
• No battery or volume meter
While there are considerably less expensive alternatives from Altec Lansing, Spracht and Jawbone on the market today, if it is sound quality, superior battery life and remarkable range that you seek, the Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker is worth the extra cash.