Bose has never been known for creating cheap products. But when you consider how much care and effort Bose puts in its lineup of products, you’ll have to agree that their prices are justified. So imagine the surprise on people’s faces when they come across the Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker with its $13o price tag!
Features of the SoundLink Color
It’s not as if Bose somehow decided to do away with the superior quality they are known for, when they made the SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker. But perhaps the price reflects how they didn’t bother hiring a professional designer to take care of the aesthetics. This speaker is available in five different colors, which is a relief for a brand that’s known for its relative aesthetic uptightness.
But here’s the drawback with this model – its overall look doesn’t appeal to a lot of people. It doesn’t look vintage or antique. It just looks obsolete, and its 1980s plastic-box design would convince you that you can use it to play a cassette tape.
Who knows? Maybe it’s designed to appeal to teens, who don’t have much money and who have no idea what the hell a cassette tape is. But even kids appreciate great sound and a deep bass, and the SoundLink Color deliver superbly on those aspects.
The SoundLink Color measures 5.3 by 5.0 by 2.1 inches and weighs a negligible 1.25 pounds, and it can stand upright. The controls are conveniently placed on top of the speakers with buttons for power, Bluetooth, auxiliary, play/pause, and volume up and down. There are lights over the power, Bluetooth, and auxiliary buttons to indicate when they’re active.
You can charge the SoundLink Color using a micro USB cable, although you also get a charging cable. The speaker battery can last up to 8 hours per charge, but that will depend greatly on the volume of the music.
Pros and Cons
The sound is loud and proud, and there’s no problem filling an entire room with music. In fact, it’s so loud that you can even use it for your parties.
For bass-heavy tracks, it offers lots of bass without any distortion. The bass sounds warmer and fuller on the SoundLink Color, which is a nice change from the usual right bass of most Bluetooth speakers. Overall, the sound is truly nice especially for its price. It sounds almost as good as the SoundLink Mini, which costs twice as much. The main difference is in the midrange sounds, which in the SoundLink Color may sound a bit harsh.
Now at this price point, you may be expecting a built in microphone but there’s none. So it’s strictly a speaker, and speakerphone calls are not in the cards.
This is truly a great value for money proposition, as you get the typical Bose audio quality with an atypical price tag. This is one way even strapped adults and teens can finally get to appreciate Bose quality. Now if only its design didn’t look so tacky, it would have been the perfect sound system. But for those who care a lot more for sound and savings than for looks, the Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker is the ideal choice.