Bose Soundlink Flex Review: Efficient and robust

8/10

Editor's rating

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GOOD POINTS
  • Clear and rich sound
  • Rugged design (IP67)
  • Easy to use
  • Multipoint Bluetooth
NEGATIVE POINTS
  • Basic App
  • Bass lacking precision
  • Treble distortion at max power
  • Performance beyond 75% volume

Summary

    Bose SoundLink Flex
    Source: Selectos

    Design

    8

    Bose has opted for an discreet design for its Soundlink Flex with a rather sober rectangular format. It is made of a combination of quality plastics on the front and soft-touch texture on the back.

    Bose SoundLink Flex
    The device is made of a mixture of quality plastics that are soft to the touch | Source: Selectos

    The speaker is IP67 certified (dust and water resistant), so it can follow you on all your adventures. It also has a clip so you can hang it up and take it with you wherever you go.

    The buttons are located on the top of the speaker. On the list we have: two buttons (+ and -) to adjust the volume, the Bluetooth pairing and connection button, and another one in the middle for music play/pause (or to activate the voice assistant if you press and hold it for a while).

    Bose SoundLink Flex
    The buttons are located on the top of the speaker | Source: Selectos

    The Soundlink Flex can be used either standing up, with a very directional sound, or lying down. In the latter position, the sound is much more evenly distributed, which can be ideal for entertaining an evening (background music).

    The feel of the controls is a bit special. Although they fall easily under the fingertips, they require a fair amount of pressure to activate.

    Bose SoundLink Flex
    The app is practical, but not up to the level of the competition | Source: Selectos

    Finally, the app, while practical, is not up to the level of the competition. It is intuitive and includes several interesting functions, such as automatic speaker shutdown, a party mode and voice announcement settings.

    Nevertheless, it is not possible to influence the sound performance because it lacks an equaliser.

    Audio

    8

    As you would expect from Bose, the overall sound quality is more than convincing. The Soundlink Flex is pleasant to listen to, with a warm and clear sound.

    Bose SoundLink Flex
    The sound performance is convincing | Source: Selectos

    On the other hand, the bass lacks precision at higher volumes. The same applies to the treble, the sound is slightly distorted as the power is increased.

    To avoid this, we simply advise not to exceed 75% volume. Beyond this level, the rendering also tends to lose width and sharpness.

    Sound at 50% volume:

     

    Sound at 75% volume:

     

    Sound at 100% volume:

     

    However, these shortcomings are minimal when comparing the Soundlink Flex to other models in the same range.

    Bose SoundLink Flex
    The device offers a hands-free function with an integrated microphone | Source: Selectos

    An unusual feature is its microphone, which allows it to offer a hands-free option. Even more unusual is the fact that the microphone works quite well (as long as you are no more than 1 metre away from it).

    Battery life

    8

    The battery life of the Soundlink Flex is average: 12 hours at moderate power and between 10-11 hours at full power.

    Bose SoundLink Flex
    The Soundlink Flex has a battery life of close to 12 hours and recovers 100% battery life in 3-4 hours | Source: Selectos

    It recharges via USB-C and recovers 100% battery life in 3-4 hours.

    Conclusion

    8/10

    All in all, the Bose Soundlink Flex convinces with its overall sound quality and robust design. In fact, it easily finds its way into the high-end models.

    However, treble and bass begin to distort beyond 75% volume.

    GOOD POINTS
    • Clear and rich sound
    • Rugged design (IP67)
    • Easy to use
    • Multipoint Bluetooth
    NEGATIVE POINTS
    • Basic App
    • Bass lacking precision
    • Treble distortion at max power
    • Performance beyond 75% volume
    Where to buy at the best price ?
    £ 149.95 on Amazon

     

     

    Translated by Ramsés El Hajje

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