CNET First Look
Bose's SoundLink Color II is an excellent Bluetooth speaker that raises its gameThe modestly redesigned SoundLink Color II is now water-resistant, has speakerphone capabilities and sounds even better for its small size.
I'm David Carnoy for CNET.com and this is Bose Soundlink Color II bluetooth speaker. Like it's predecessor, it costs $130 and comes in a few different color options. It's similar in shape though it's slightly shorter and And squatter, while the original's finish was mostly smooth, hard plastic with some rubberized trim on the top of the speaker and sides, this new model is entirely covered in soft-to-the-touch rubber, which has a little give to it, and seems better designed to withstand drops However it is a bit of a magnet for dust and carpet fibers. The new speaker is officially water resistant and its IPX4 certification make it splash proof though no water proof. It also now has a built in microphone that gives it speaker phone capabilities, battery life is rated at Eight hours which is decent but not great. Soundlink Color 2 sounds a little better than the original and is arguably one of the best-sounding Bluetooth speakers for its size. I ran a bunch of different music through it and came away impressed with the sound it was able to produce. Though it does have its limitations, it does best with Jazz, Classical, Acoustical, Live music and your favorite Soft Rock Classics. There isn't a ton of bass but with well recorded Techno and Hip-Hop tracks, it's got enough kick to it to surprise you sometimes. However, tracks where a lot of instruments are playing at once are more challenging for this little guy. Anyway, that's the Bose SoundLink Color II. A mostly improved sequel to the original Color. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]