Bose SoundLink Revolve

Test 07/2019

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Test seal: Bose SoundLink Revolve, Rating 8.1

last modified: 28.10.2019, 15:50

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All rating criteria details:

Sound quality 40%
Range of functions 20%
Battery Performance 20%
Handling 10%
Volume 5%
Design 5%
Tested by: Tim



The Bose SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth Speaker is small in terms of size, but big in terms of sound. The sound is very evenly distributed around the device and is great for this size. However, other larger devices in its price range have a better sound quality. It's perfect for travelling. The speaker is only protected against rain and water splashes and should not be under water for long periods of time.


  • Possible use of Siri or Google Assistant
  • Operation via Bose Connect App
  • Compact
  • 360° good sound
  • Party mode with second Bose speaker possible


  • Short battery life

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Combines a compact design with a good sound quality, unfortunately rather short battery life.

The Bose SoundLink Revolve could impress me in the test despite its compact size. The speaker is a high-quality device, despite its compact size. It therefore fits perfectly in any pocket or hand luggage.

The metal construction and the stability of the device are very good. You can feel the high-quality of the product in your hand. The brand name Bose with the typical lettering can also be recognized from afar. A universal connection thread is located underneath the unit so that the speaker can also be screwed to tripods. A special wireless charging station can also be purchased as an option. In addition, the loudspeaker is IPX4 certified, so water splashes and rain are no problem. However, the Bose speaker should not be submerged in water. The loudspeaker also has a hands-free function, making it easy to make telephone calls.

Bose Bluetooth speaker
The buttons of the Bluetooth speaker from Bose


Six buttons on the device allow you to control the Bose speaker. Press the on/off switch briefly to start the unit. Two volume buttons allow you to adjust the volume quickly and easily. A Bluetooth button can be used to connect to an external device. There is also a separate button that activates the AUX input so that the Bose speaker plays sound from a TV or computer. However, an AUX cable is not included. There is also a multi-function button that can be used to stop the sound and skip the song if you tap twice. If you press and hold the multifunction button, you can activate the voice assistant such as Siri or Cortana on the connected device, provided the speaker is connected to an appropriate device.

Bose Bluetooth Speaker Connections
Bose Bluetooth Speaker Connections


The loudspeaker can be charged via a micro USB input. Most Android devices also have such an input. The charging cable of the Android devices can therefore also be used for charging the loudspeaker. The speaker also has an AUX input for an AUX cable (not included) and a suitable device such as a TV or computer.

The Bluetooth connection allows up to two devices to be connected simultaneously for playback. The speaker can also be connected via NFC.

The Bose Sound Link Revolve Bluetooth speaker has its own app
The Bose Sound Link Revolve Bluetooth Speaker has its own app


The free Bose Connect app can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play. It offers additional useful functionality. The app connects to the speaker when the phone or tablet is connected to the speaker via Bluetooth. Especially useful is the party mode, which can be created via the app. Party mode means that several speakers play the same music in parallel. To do this, all compatible Bose Bluetooth speakers must be connected to the device with the app. In addition, you can change the timer time for auto-off, change the name, deactivate voice prompts, and change the language.


When using the speaker for the first time, the language can be selected. In addition to English, German and some other languages are also available. We encourage you to use the English language selection. This sounds better, because the German pronunciation is a bit bumpy. The language can only be heard during connection announcements (Bluetooth or incoming calls) and when the current battery level is announced, but the English language is still more pleasant.

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The disadvantage of the small size is the battery life. This isn't very high and can't keep up with the competition. The manufacturer promises a battery life of 12 hours. With normal balanced use, you can expect a battery life of 10 to 12 hours. The charging time for recharging the device with the enclosed mains adapter is 4 to 5 hours.

Sound quality

With the Soundlink Revolve, a sound converter ensures that the sound is emitted in all directions. This creates a 360-degree sound for a balanced sound throughout the room.

With this feature the Soundlink Revolve wants to stand out from other Bose models. We were able to confirm the 360-degree sound in our tests. The speaker sounds similar from every side. The loudspeaker should be placed in the middle of the room so that the sound is not distorted and distributed as evenly as possible in all directions. The loudspeaker doesn't sound so good near a wall.

The mids and highs are reproduced naturally. The bass is very powerful. However, the Bose loudspeaker can't keep up with its competitors in terms of volume.

Scope of delivery

The Bose Sound Link Revolve Bluetooth Speaker Accessories
The Bose Sound Link Revolve Bluetooth Speaker Accessories

Optional accessories

Bose also offers a charging station as an accessory. This charging station allows wireless charging of the speaker. It only needs to be placed on top of the charging station and can be quickly lifted up again.

We have evaluated approximately 450 customer reviews on the Internet. In summary, it can be said that about 85 percent of buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are about 10 percent of the users. The average score at the time of evaluation was 4.4 out of 5 stars.

Summary: 85% positive and 10% negative ratings

The following points were positively noted:

  • Good workmanship
  • Good sound
  • Can be connected to multiple Bose speakers

The following points were noted negatively:

  • The voice of the loudspeaker is annoying
Manufacturer Bose
EAN 0017817741552
Accessories Micro-USB cable with power supply
Party mode ✔ with up to 2 Bose speakers
Waterproof IPX4 (resistent to splashing water from all directions)
App included
Bluetooth version N/A
Power supply connection Micro-USB
Length of the power cable 100 cm
Battery life 10 to 12 hrs
Accessory products B071VL9TJ9, B07GH3242Q, B06XD1VYDB
Weight 665 g
Depth 9 cm
Height 15,5 cm
Width 9 cm
Manual language DE, EN, FR, ...
Quality of instructions Satisfactory
Packaging Good
Quality impression Very Good
Scope of delivery Speaker, USB cable with power supply, US adapter, manual
Music control without smartphone
Wireless charging ✔ must be purchased additionally
Sound quality
Range of functions
Battery Performance

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Hi George, are there two versions of this speaker? I see the same one advertised, identical in shape and looks, but with handles on the top to carry it with ease. I think it has a larger battery as well. Can you please research this? Thank you.
Hi Joseph, there is the SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth with 12 hour battery life and the SoundLink+ Revolve Bluetooth with 16 hour battery life.
Can a mobile phone be charged at the loudspeaker?
No, this is not possible.
How precise is the volume adjustment?
The volume of the loudspeaker depends on the terminal device. If the terminal device itself has fine volume levels, these are also transferred to the volume.
Does the box also work via Wifi?
No, it can only be controlled via Bluetooth.


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