Bulldog-shaped speakers might be a riot to have in the home, but if you derive a great sense of pleasure from winding down with a glass of whisky in one hand while your favourite tunes play on in the background, you need speakers that can truly walk the talk. To that end, we turn to Bose's SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II.
The sleek device looks almost like its predecessor released back in 2013, but its features have seen a marked improvement. The battery life of the speaker now stands at 10 hours instead of seven, while a built-in microphone lets you tap on its speakerphone capabilities. While the first-generation SoundLink Mini could only be charged via a proprietary adapter, the new and improved speaker gives you the option of juicing up via a standard USB cable. The bluetooth capabilities of the speaker has also been ramped up, allowing you to pair two devices to it at the same time, toggling seamlessly between both.
Few portable speakers can truly deliver on audio performance but Bose's veritable work of art produces an impressive sound that belies its compact size. The sound is clear and clean, while a strong bass kicks in when you want to groove to EDM music. It's the perfect device for the bedroom or a small living room, and also great for those times when you need to drop some music while you fire up the barbecue with your mates.