Bose Portable Smart Speaker

Bose Portable Smart Speaker

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SPACIOUS 360° SOUND, POWERFUL BASS

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BUILT-IN VOICE CONTROL

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DURABLE, WATER-RESISTANT DESIGN

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CONTROL WITH VOICE, TOUCH OR THE APP

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UP TO 12 HOURS OF BATTERY LIFE PER CHARGE

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WI-FI® AND BLUETOOTH® CONNECTIVITY

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APPLE AIRPLAY 2

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MULTI-ROOM FUNCTIONALITY

Overview

OUR MOST VERSATILE SMART SPEAKER

The Portable Smart Speaker is a wireless home speaker, a portable Bluetooth® speaker and a voice-controlled speaker, all in one. Around the house, you can move it from room to room—and when you leave your home, you can take it with you. Anywhere with Wi-Fi, you can control it with your voice and stream music directly from the cloud. Outside Wi-Fi range, you can control it like any other portable speaker, with your mobile phone or tablet via Bluetooth and listen to anything you can play on your device. And no matter what you listen to or where you listen to it, you’ll hear it all in 360 degrees of astonishing Bose sound. It’s the home speaker you won’t want to leave home without.

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Triple Black and Lux Silver Bose Portable Smart Speakers
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HEAR THE SOUND. FEEL THE DIFFERENCE.

Just like our SoundLink Revolve and Revolve+ speakers, the Bose Portable Smart Speaker is designed to radiate clear sound in all directions at the same time—but it’s also engineered to pack a bigger punch, with deeper bass and more power. Put the speaker in the middle of the party and everyone can enjoy the same experience. Or place it in the corner of the room and the sound will feel like it’s all around you.

EXPLORE THE FEATURES

Bose Portable Smart Speaker

360° sound
Ultra-efficient, high-excursion transducer aims downwards into an acoustic deflector to radiate rich sound uniformly in every direction.

Clear voice pickup
A custom-designed microphone array can hear you speak even when the speaker’s playing loud.
 

Truly wireless
Battery powered, so you can easily bring it with you all around your home—or take it with you when you go. Plays for up to 12 hours per charge.

Durable and water resistant
Engineered to withstand bumps, drops, sprays, splashes and more.

 

Powerful bass
Three passive radiators deepen the bass by increasing the vibrating surface area.

Say it to play it

Anywhere you can get Wi-Fi, you can use the Portable Smart Speaker as a smart speaker. With the Google Assistant and Alexa built-in, just say the word to stream all of your favourite music, Internet radio stations, podcasts and audiobooks—plus get weather, send messages, set timers, add to your to-do lists and control smart home accessories too.

*Voice services (Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant) may vary and may not be available in all languages and countries.

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Easy streaming

Play popular music services like Spotify, Amazon Music and Deezer on your Portable Smart Speaker anywhere you’ve got a Wi-Fi connection. Everywhere else, you can use Bluetooth to listen to anything your mobile phone or tablet can play. Apple users can also use AirPlay 2 to play audio from their devices too.

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Simple setup and total control

Download the free Bose Music app to get step-by-step instructions on how to set up your speaker. Then use the app to easily browse through all of your music in one place, seamlessly jump between stations, playlists and services, and keep your speaker’s software up to date. The Bose Music app also lets you group your Bose Portable Smart Speaker with any other Bose smart speakers or soundbars you have for a seamless audio experience throughout your home. Listen to different songs in different rooms, or one song in every room at the same time and get everyone singing along. 

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Even better all together

The Bose Portable Smart Speaker is part of the new family of Bose smart speakers, which includes the Home Speaker 300, the Home Speaker 500, the Soundbar 500 and the Soundbar 700. Start with one and add more at any time. Because nothing makes a home feel homelier than having every room filled with astonishing Bose sound.

Bose Portable Smart Speaker, Bose Home Speaker 500, Bose Home Speaker 300, Bose Soundbar 500 and the Bose Soundbar 700 with a smartphone

All charged up and ready to roll

This optional charging cradle accessory (sold separately) is the perfect home for your Bose Portable Smart Speaker. Keep your speaker’s battery full when you’re not using it—or keep the music playing even while you’re charging it.

Bose Portable Smart Speaker charging cradle

ADD MORE SOUND AROUND THE HOUSE

Want to listen to the same music in different rooms at the same time? You can always group two or more Bose Home Speakers together—and now, with Bose SimpleSync™ technology, you can also group a Bose Home Speaker with a Bose SoundLink Bluetooth and play them both in perfect sync.

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Specs

What’s in the box?

  • Bose Portable Smart Speaker
  • Power cable
  • AC power adapter
  • Quick-start guide
  • Owner’s guide

  • Speaker:19.15 cm H x 11.9 cm W x 10.4 cm D (1.06 kg)

  • Seamless aluminium grille
  • Top pad with buttons
  • Convenient and durable woven carry handle

  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Battery life: Up to 12 hours on average listening volume and up to 24 hours in standby mode
  • Charging time: Approximately 4 hours when using the original cable
  • Using third-party USB-C cable or power source may increase charging time

  • Bluetooth range: Up to 9 m (30 ft)
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2

  • Power input: USB-C port, or charging cradle contacts in base, compatible with accessory charging cradle sold separately

  • Microphone array for voice pickup built in around the top control pad

  • Triple Black
  • Lux Silver

  • Button controls: Power on, Bluetooth, volume, play/pause, microphone off, voice action button

  • Bose Music app

  • Durable, water-resistant design: IPx4 rating
  • SimpleSync connectivity to sync music with portable speakers or headphones
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bose Home speaker This little thing sounds unbelievable. The sound that it eminates is beyond the sound you get from a home sound system. Wow!!!
Date published: 2020-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound I bought this a month ago. Also got the new TV speaker that can sync to portable home speaker. I enjoy listening to music inside and out when cooking out , hanging out by the pool, etc. This works great for that.
Date published: 2020-07-16
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FAQs

What are the main benefits of the Bose Portable Smart Speaker?

The Bose Portable Smart Speaker is an incredible-sounding smart speaker that’s flexible enough to handle any situation. It produces surprisingly spacious audio, including deep, rich bass, which spreads evenly in all directions so it envelops you from every angle. It’s battery-powered, so you can easily take it with you all around your home and ask the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa for music. And away from Wi-Fi®, it’s still an excellent Bluetooth® speaker—so your sound can go wherever you go. Plus, you can control it with the Bose Music app, Apple AirPlay 2 or Spotify® Connect, or with the intuitive buttons on the speaker. And you can group it with other Bose smart speakers and soundbars to fill your home with sound—or even send synchronised audio to a Bose Bluetooth speaker or pair of headphones.

How does the Bose Portable Smart Speaker compare to the Bose Home Speaker 500 and Bose Home Speaker 300?

The Bose Portable Smart Speaker is our only portable smart speaker, while the Bose Home Speaker 300 and Home Speaker 500 have no battery and must be plugged into the wall to function. Acoustically, the Portable Smart Speaker and the Home Speaker 300 have comparable performance, with the same 360-degree sound and impressively rich bass from similarly compact sizes. Meanwhile, the larger Bose Home Speaker 500 is our best-sounding smart speaker, providing wall-to-wall stereo sound from a single enclosure. The Home Speaker 500 also includes a display screen to show you what’s playing. Finally, the Portable Smart Speaker is water resistant and does not have an aux input, while the Home Speaker 300 and 500 are not water resistant and do include aux.

All three speakers share the same voice, app and software features, including your choice of the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, compatibility with the Bose Music app, Apple AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, the ability to synchronise in multi-room groups and more.

How does the Bose Portable Smart Speaker compare to the Bose SoundLink Revolve+?

The Bose Portable Smart Speaker has noticeably more powerful acoustic performance than the SoundLink Revolve+ and is a bit larger, with a different visual design. Both products work as a Bluetooth speaker in any environment, but when you bring the Portable Smart Speaker onto a Wi-Fi network, it also works as a smart speaker with the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa—plus all the other features of a Bose smart speaker (Bose Music app compatibility, synchronising multiple speakers, AirPlay 2 and more). The SoundLink Revolve+ does not have any built-in voice assistants, smart features or Wi-Fi access. Finally, the SoundLink Revolve+ has a battery life of up to 16 hours, while the extra acoustic power and voice assistant functionality of the Portable Smart Speaker limit its battery life to up to 12 hours at loud volumes.

What should I do if the Bose Music app doesn’t find my Portable Smart Speaker during setup?

First, check that your speaker is in Setup Mode: the upper and lower portions of the light ring should be glowing an amber colour. If this is not the case, please follow these three simple steps to make sure your speaker is in Setup Mode:

1. Connect the speaker to a power socket using the USB-C cable and power supply
2. Turn the speaker on by pressing the Power button
3. Simultaneously press and hold the Volume Down and the Play/Pause buttons for six seconds. While you’re doing this, the sides of the light ring should glow white and increase in size

What sources can I play music from?

The Bose Portable Smart Speaker can play music directly from streaming music services over Wi-Fi, controlled either by the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa (where available), or using the Bose Music app. The Bose Portable Smart Speaker also has Bluetooth capability. Additionally, you can play music on the Bose Portable Smart Speaker from the Spotify app on a smartphone, tablet or computer using Spotify Connect, and from an Apple device via Apple AirPlay 2 compatibility for streaming content like Apple Music.

Can I use the Bose Portable Smart Speaker without Wi-Fi?

Yes. When no Wi-Fi is available, you can use the Portable Smart Speaker as a powerful Bluetooth speaker by connecting to it through your mobile device’s Bluetooth settings. Wi-Fi is required for smart features such as voice control through the Google Assistant or Alexa, Apple AirPlay 2, Bose Music app control and content browsing, multi-speaker grouping and more.

What happens when I take the speaker away from a Wi-Fi network while it’s playing?

If you start music on the Bose Portable Smart Speaker through Wi-Fi (using a voice assistant or the Bose Music app, for example) and then you carry the product away from your Wi-Fi network, at some point the speaker will lose its Wi-Fi signal and the music will stop. At that point, if you want to keep playing, just press the Bluetooth button on the speaker to connect to your mobile device and play content from there. If you start playback over Bluetooth away from Wi-Fi and then bring the speaker home to a Wi-Fi network, it will reconnect to Wi-Fi in the background without interrupting your music.

How long will the battery last?

Battery life depends on what type of music you’re playing and at what volume, but the battery of the Portable Smart Speaker will last for up to 12 hours while playing at a loud volume. It will last for over 24 hours in standby mode, listening for voice commands. And if you turn it off completely for storage, travel or battery saving, it will last for a month or more.

How long does it take for the battery to charge fully?

4 hours, as long as you are using the Bose-provided power cable attached to the speaker or the Bose Portable Smart Speaker Charging Cradle (available as an accessory). Using a third-party USB-C cable or power source may increase charging time.

How do I turn off the microphones on the speaker?

The microphones on the Bose Portable Smart Speaker may be turned off with a single press of the microphone-off button on the top of the speaker (on the left side). This button completely cuts power to the microphones, so the speaker will not hear any commands. For security reasons, it is not possible to use a voice command or the Bose Music app to turn the microphones on or off. Only physically tapping the button can control the microphones. When the microphones are off, the red light beside the button will always be lit up. Simply press the microphone button again if you want to turn the microphones back on.

Can I still play music on the speaker when the microphones are turned off?

Yes. Although the Bose Portable Smart Speaker has the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in, you can also play music from other sources, such as integrated Wi-Fi music services available through the Bose Music app. You can also use a Bluetooth connection, Spotify Connect or Apple AirPlay 2. All of these non-voice sources are available regardless of whether the microphones are turned off or whether the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa are enabled.

Does the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa work when the speaker is not plugged into power?

Yes. As long as you have set up your assistant and are within range of a Wi-Fi network your speaker knows, your voice assistant will be connected and your speaker will listen for your command—even if it’s on battery power. That means you can use the Portable Smart Speaker as a voice-controlled smart speaker all around the home—ask it for music in the kitchen, on the patio or even yell to it from the shower.

Can I use the Bose Portable Smart Speaker as a clock or alarm?

Yes. Although the Bose Portable Smart Speaker does not have a display to show the time visually, you can use the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa (where available) to ask for the time, timers and alarms.

Does the Bose Portable Smart Speaker have Wi-Fi built in?

Yes. The speaker uses the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.

Does the Bose Portable Smart Speaker have Bluetooth built in?

Yes. Bluetooth makes it easy for anyone to connect a smartphone or other device to the Bose Portable Smart Speaker in a familiar way, and allows you the flexibility to play audio from any source, like a YouTube video or a recording saved on a phone or laptop.

Does the Bose Portable Smart Speaker have an auxiliary line-in jack or the ability to play auxiliary through its USB-C port?

No.

Can I charge the speaker and play audio at the same time?

Yes.

Does the Bose Portable Smart Speaker include or work with a remote control?

No. You can control the product from across the room using voice control through the Google Assistant or Alexa (where available), from anywhere on your Wi-Fi network using the Bose Music app or Apple AirPlay 2, or from remote locations using Spotify Connect.

Is the Bose Portable Smart Speaker water resistant?

Yes. The Portable Smart Speaker is IPx4 water resistant, so you can get it wet with splashes and sprays. While the speaker should not be submerged under water, it can easily withstand spray from sitting next to the sink, the pool or the shower.

Can the product connect to more than one Bluetooth® device at a time?

No. Only one mobile device can be connected to the Bose Portable Smart Speaker at a time via Bluetooth. However, it’s easy to switch between devices using the Bose Music app or the Bluetooth settings on the selected device.

What is the acoustic technology in the Bose Portable Smart Speaker?

The Bose Portable Smart Speaker applies unique Bose portable speaker acoustic technology in a new, more powerful form factor. An ultra-efficient, high-excursion transducer aims downwards into an acoustic deflector to radiate rich sound uniformly in every direction, while three passive radiators deepen the bass by increasing the vibrating surface area of the speaker. Just like with our SoundLink Revolve and Revolve+ portable speakers, this 360-degree design avoids the positional sweet spots and frequency drop-offs of speakers that just aim forwards—but this time, with the extra power and stronger bass that come with a new shape and a third passive radiator. Placed in the middle of the room, a corner or anywhere in between, the Bose Portable Smart Speaker delivers the same impressive audio experience for everyone. Music is clear, surprisingly spacious and remarkably loud for a product of this size.

Can I control the bass and treble?

Yes. Bass and treble can be adjusted via the settings menu in the Bose Music app.

Can the Bose Portable Smart Speaker work in multi-room groups with other Bose products like speakers or headphones?

Yes. The Bose Portable Smart Speaker can play in synchronised multi-room groups with additional Bose Portable Smart Speaker units, or with the Bose Home Speaker 500, the Bose Home Speaker 300, the Bose Soundbar 500 or the Bose Soundbar 700. And coming soon, you can also send synchronised audio from the Bose Portable Smart Speaker to one additional Bose Bluetooth product, such as a portable speaker or pair of headphones. However, you cannot play synchronised multi-room content across the Bose Portable Smart Speaker and either Bose SoundTouch products or products from other manufacturers (including Google or Amazon).

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