Bose Soundlink Mini 1 vs Bose Soundlink Mini 2: Which Bluetooth speaker is best?

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When looking for a high-quality wireless Bluetooth speaker, there are a lot more options available today than there were a few years back. Manufacturers release new models all the time to the point where we’re now spoilt for choice in 2020.

There was once a time when only a few systems where on the market, one of them being the amazing Bose Soundlink Mini 1.

While the speaker was discontinued by its manufacturer in 2015, Bose has since launched a newer model with even more features. We take a look back at Bose’s famous Bluetooth speaker – the Soundlink Mini 1 – as well as a comparison to the new Soundlink Mini 2.

After all, the Bose Soundlink Mini 1 was one of the first (if not the first) wireless Bluetooth speakers to hit the market and it was a huge success.

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Bose Soundlink Mini 1

As you probably already know, when looking for any audio or sound device, Bose products stand as some of the best. After all, they have always built high-quality products and this wireless speaker is certainly one of them.

The reality is that even today if you try out the Soundlink Mini 1, you will be amazed by its audio quality and different sound combinations.

With a modern-looking, sleek body, the wireless speaker is incredibly beautiful and still stands out today. You can place it anywhere in the home and it won’t look out of place.

At just 680g, it’s easy to carry with you anywhere which is definitely a plus.  However, it is worth mentioning, since the speaker was launched several years ago, it doesn’t come with Micro USB functionality. Let’s delve into some of the key features of the Bluetooth speaker.

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Is the Mini 1 WaterProof?

Unfortunately, the speaker is not waterproof, so if you do get your hands on one, be sure to keep it away from the wet stuff.

Bose Soundlink Mini: Price

You may have a hard time to find the Soundlink Mini 1. After all, and as we mentioned above, the Bose Soundlink Mini 1 was discontinued by Bose in 2015.

When looking to purchase the Mini 1, we would suggest eBay as your best bet. We have spotted pre-owned speakers for sale in the past but if you can’t find one, you don’t need to despair.

Bose came up with the second generation of the Bose Soundlink Mini 1 – the Bose Soundlink Mini 2, which we take a look at later on in this article.

Bose Soundlink Mini 1: Specs

Speaker Dimensions: 2.0″H x 7.1″W x 2.3″D

Speaker Weight: 680g

Shipping Weight: 1.25 kg

Bose Soundlink Mini 1: Conclusion

Summing up the Bose Soundlink Mini 1, it is an excellent product that deserves a place in history. The quality of the build, the audio quality as well as the affordable price, are all reasons that made this wireless Bluetooth speaker such a classic and success.


Don’t lose out on great sound quality! There are loads of speakers that can play your favourite tunes but a speaker that brings you big sound with deep bass will surely bring you a more powerful experience.

The Bose Soundlink Mini ll proves not all wireless speakers are made equal. This powerful speaker fits into the palm of your hand and is available in Luxe Silver or Triple Black.


Bose Soundlink Mini 1 vs Bose Soundlink Mini 2

As the Bose Soundlink Mini 1 is no longer available, since being discontinued back in 2015, we thought it would make perfect sense to make a comparison between the two wireless Bluetooth speakers.

  •  Design

One of the things that made the Soundlink Mini 1 design so unique was the fact that it was made up of an aluminium unibody. This ensured that the speaker was strong and durable and had a nice weight at around 680g. Bose’s first instalment of the Soundlink Mini was pretty appealing to the eye and stylish.

We are delighted to say that the Bose Soundlink Mini 2 still has the same overall design. The main difference is that it features a slight curve to its aluminium brick foundation. The second edition also comes in a carbon, black or pearl colour. The Mini 1 only came in one colour which was a silvery-pearl.

  •  Control Buttons

The control buttons have changed a bit from the Bose Soundlink Mini 1 to the Bose Soundlink Mini 2.

While the first model included buttons for increasing and decreasing volume on the device, a button for switching on and switching off, mute, Bluetooth and auxiliary function buttons, the second one includes the power button, volume adjustment to increase or decrease the sound, Bluetooth button, and a multi-function button. They both seem pretty identical. However, the Bose Soundlink Mini 2 controls allow for some extra features.

If you press the power button down, you will be able to see how much battery you still have left. Plus, if you like to switch the Bluetooth devices that you connecting your Bose Soundlink Mini 2 to,  you can just press down the Bluetooth button to find out what device you’re currently connected to.

  •  Sound Output

While the Soundlink Mini 1 and the Soundlink Mini 2 don’t disappoint at all in terms of the sound output, we have to say that when you compare both models side by side, it does seem that the volume is a little higher on the first model.

  • Overall

Both models are outstanding pieces of equipment and really set a benchmark when it comes to Bluetooth speakers.

Because of the Soundlink 2’s features including colour variations, micro USB charging and a slight curve to its design and more key button functions, we’d opt for the more recent model of speaker.

But, this does not take away from the fact that the older model is an exceptional wireless Bluetooth speaker which will give any system of today and tomorrow a run for its money.

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