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Bose Portable Home Speaker review

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Quick verdict: Bose’s first portable smart speaker features an ease of use and overall sound quality that makes it one of the best movable options on the market.

  • Lightweight design
  • Choice of Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa
  • Crisp, clear 360-degree sound
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth versatility
  • Some initial app connectivity issues
  • No aux connectivity
  • Expensive for size
  • Doesn’t come with charging cradle

Bose has long been a leader in high-quality sound, offering up an impressive range of speakers that is hard to beat.

While it already had several compact smart home speaker options in the form of the Home Speaker 300 and 500, it had yet to create a portable version. The Bose Portable Home Speaker aims to bridge that gap by delivering the first moveable smart speaker from the brand. So, does it do a good job? You bet.


Design

Design

  • Sleek appearance
  • Choice of silver or black
  • Bucket handle for portability
  • Easy access to functionality buttons
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Performance

Performance

  • Choice of virtual assistant
  • AirPlay 2 and Spotify enabled
  • No aux connectivity
  • Some initial app connectivity issues
  • Charging cradle not included
BoseHomeSpeaker

Verdict

Verdict

  • Delivers impressive sound quality for a portable speaker
  • Easy to use and move around
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Should you buy it?

If you're after a great-sounding speaker that you can take anywhere, the Bose Portable Home Speaker is arguably one of the best currently on the market. While it doesn't quite stand up to the Sonos Move in terms of power and bass, it offers a similar experience in a design that is much easier to carry around.

The option to choose your own virtual assistant, as well as switch between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, also makes it an all-round convenient and easy-to-use product.

Overall, this is an impressive speaker that lives up to Bose's usual high-quality standard. However, it does come with quite a hefty price tag for such a small speaker, making it something of an investment.


Pricing and availability

Price

RRP $499.95

Where to buy


Specifications

Bose Portable Home Speaker
Finder score: 4

General

Water Resistance Rating
IPx4
Camera
No
Voice Assistant
Google Assistant
Alexa

Connectivity

Bluetooth Support
Yes
Wireless Network Support

802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz)

Audio

Speaker Information
Portable
Audio Out
Yes
Microphone Array
2

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