Bose SoundLink Revolve Speaker - A Summary

April 17, 2017

When you think of Bose portable speakers, the SoundLink Mini likely comes to mind with its signature rectangular prism frame. This week, Bose now introduces one in a different shape - that of a conical tower in the form of the Bose SoundLink Revolve (5.97" x 3.24" x 3.24"). We summarize what the big deal is about.

Type - 360 Omnidirectional Wireless Portable Speaker 
Price - USD 199 / SGD 329
Bose SoundLink Revolve speaker

Trivia 1 - Practically every smart speaker (like Amazon Alexa, Google Home) takes a similar tower form factor and is a 360 omnidirectional wireless speaker.

Trivia 2 - The SoundLink Revolve (1.46lbs) is actually lighter in weight than the SoundLink Mini II (1.47lbs).

In A Nutshell
Aside from the usual tech specs, here are 5 points that tell summarize the Bose SoundLink Revolve Speaker's capabilities

1. 360 Omnidirectional Sound
Smaller speakers tend to have directional sound waves, resulting in a very obvious difference when you listen right in front of the speakers (as intended) or behind. By contrast, the SoundLink Revolve uses omnidirectional sound that aims to immerse a listener with the same sound experience within a similar radius.
Bose SoundLink Revolve speaker

2. Controls / Voice Prompts
There's the full array of accessible buttons lined on the top like Power, Bluetooth (for pairing) and volume controls. The multifunction button (circled below) serves in playing music, taking calls and holding it will activate Apple Siri / Google Now. There's even a new button for input source toggling - this includes switching from Bluetooth to AUX-IN to even USB Audio (Just plug your USB device eg. laptop to the micro-USB port).

The voice prompts, like most other Bose products, are useful especially during device pairing.
Bose SoundLink Revolve speaker

3. App Support / Speaker Pairing
With two units of SoundLink Revolve, they can be combined through the Bose Connect app. They can gel to increase the overall sound loudness or to provide a fuller stereophonic sound. Even when used as a standalone speaker, the Bose Connect app gives you information like battery life, support from 18 languages (Ok, Bose has somehow increased this from 11 languages) and firmware updates. 

Pairing through Bluetooth can be done more conveniently with the app. Two devices can be connected to the SoundLink Revolve at any one time. If you want to pair via NFC, that's also possible though you don't actually need the app for this. 
Bose SoundLink Revolve speaker

4. Water Resistant
The SoundLink Revolve is splash-resistant (IPX4 rated to be precise) so there shouldn't be any worries when drizzles come. Be warned - Just don't dunk them your swimming pool 'cos splash resistance is NOT the same as water resistance! So do take caution on what you read when you see the term 'water resistant'.
Bose SoundLink Revolve speaker

5. Connectivity
The SoundLink Revolve includes an understandably sparse AUX-IN for a wired connection to a music player and a micro-USB port for charging the speaker. This is probably the most common set of ports for portable speakers unless sometime in future, every music player is wireless (no 3.5mm jack) and full wireless charging is supported. Perhaps this ain't so far away if you think of the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8. 

Bose SoundLink Revolve speaker

User Guide
Click here to check out the user guide.

Packaging Contents
All out, you get the:

  • Bose SoundLink Revolve
  • AC Adapter
  • Charging Cable (USB to micro-USB)
  • AC Power Adapters

Target Buyers
Those who want a 360 wireless speaker, flexible to bring to the great outdoors or to park at home.

Bose SoundLink Revolve speaker

Pricing and Availability
Now, there are actually two models in two colors (Lux Gray / Triple Black) currently available in the US and an optional charging cradle so you don't need to touch any cables. Singapore availability will be confirmed by their distributor, Atlas SV.

Let's break them down:

SoundLink Revolve (USD 199.95) 
- 5.97" x 3.24" x 3.24" / 1.46lbs / 12 hour battery life 

SoundLink Revolve+ (USD 299.95) 
- 7.25" x 4.13" x 4.13" / 2lbs / 16 hour battery life / Includes carrying handle

Update (24 Apr 2017) - In Singapore, the Revolve (SGD 329) and Revolve+ (SGD 499) are available for pre-orders at

Bose SoundLink Revolve speaker vs Revolve+

SoundLink Revolve charging cradle (USD 29.95)
- If you use the default micro-USB charging cable, you need to insert and remove this everytime you charge. With this cradle, you can conveniently dock the speaker and lift it off once done. It would have been great if they had actually included the charging cradle (like the Bose SoundLink Mini II) instead of selling seperately. Oh well. Anyway, it fits both SKUs. 

Bose SoundLink Revolve charging cradle

Where To Buy
The Bose SoundLink Revolve can be purchased from 
Alternatively, if you feel this review helped in your assessment of this product, you can buy it from Amazon through these affiliate links.

Bose SoundLink Revolve (USD 199)

Bose SoundLink Revolve + Charging Cradle bundle (USD 228)

Bose SoundLink Revolve speaker

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