Bose has introduced its first new portable Bluetooth speaker in some time. The $ 149 SoundLink Flex has a rugged design with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, 12 hours of battery life, and what Bose claims to be “amazing” audio performance for its size.
With a width of 7.9 inches, a height of 3.6 inches, a depth of 2.1 inches and a weight of just over a pound, the SoundLink Flex is well compact and has a built-in utility loop for attachment. with a carabiner. It will be sold in three colors: there is black, smoky white and blue.
Inside the SoundLink Flex is a custom transducer that Bose says is “as big as it gets” and capable of producing “bass that you can feel in your chest.” Using a feature Bose calls “PositionIQ,” the speaker can sense which orientation it is in – upright, hanging, or flat on its back – and adjust the audio output accordingly.
The speaker has a silicone back and powder-coated steel grille, and Bose claims it’s designed to resist corrosion and repel any fading from UV rays. With that IP67 rating, it’s a pool speaker, and Bose says it will float on the surface when it drops into the water.
There’s nothing particularly “smart” about the SoundLink Flex, but it can be connected to any Bose smart speaker or soundbar you have at home. And you can pair it in stereo with another SoundLink Flex or Bose portable speaker. There is also a built-in microphone for taking calls and interacting with the voice assistant on your phone. (Bose still sells the much more expensive portable smart speaker for $ 400 with built-in voice capabilities.)
At $ 149, the SoundLink undermines products like the Sonos Roam, although it doesn’t match this speaker’s wide range of features. But Bose portable speakers sound much better than you would expect based on their size, so I can’t wait to hear what the SoundLink Flex is capable of.
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