Combines a compact design with a good sound quality, unfortunately rather short battery life.
last modified: 19.09.2019, 9:58
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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
|Accessories||Micro-USB cable with power supply|
|Party mode||✔ with up to 2 Bose speakers|
|Waterproof||IPX4 (resistent to splashing water from all directions)|
|Power supply connection||Micro-USB|
|Length of the power cable||100 cm|
|Battery life||10 to 12 hrs|
|Accessory products||B071VL9TJ9, B07GH3242Q, B06XD1VYDB|
|Manual language||DE, EN, FR, ...|
|Quality of instructions||Satisfactory|
|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|
|Range of functions|
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