This is not "Let's Bash Bose" thread. I just wanted to review one of Bose latest products.
The new Bose SoundLink Wireless speaker is a pricey speaker to add to your Thrive. Occasionally I have a need for a good speaker when we go to a swim party or out on a picnic. As we all know, the built-in speakers of the Thrive leave a LOT to be desired. My left speaker went out and I didn't even bother to send it in for repair. For everyday use, I just pack along a $15 Philips speaker that easily attaches to my thrive through that "duct tape" replacement called velcro. It does quite a nice job for that purpose. Now onto the review.
The Bose SoundLink is a Bluetooth option that works with perfectly with your thrive. Did I mention it was pricey? Yep, I shelled out $299 for this device. You can also use a 3.5mm jack through the auxiliary connection on the SoundLink instead of Bluetooth. It is 5.1" high x 9.6" wide x 1.9" deep. It weighs 2.9lbs, therefore adding some heft if you carry it around. The device comes with a sturdy nylon kit. There is an optional leather kit, but I personally didn't see a need for it.
How does it sound? Personally, I think it is awesome. Bose, has a nice way of getting some added bass to their small systems. I played with it, using the app Equalizer to tweak it around. The SoundLink does not have equalizer settings on it. All that is done from your thrive. Go to high on some of the settings and you will get a truly bad, distorted sound. I've got some of my old 70's and 80's tunes playing through it as I type. The speaker is actually placed behind me on my credenza.
The front nylon cover folds down and behind the unit to make a stand. The device itself has a very sturdy feel and seems well made. There are 5 speakers total. 2 on the right and left front and 1 larger for base in the middle.
The downside of this product is there is no USB charging. The power supply is A/C only. The plus side is, when plugged in, the speakers will play. Some USB speakers will not play or charge while plugged in. Not a problem here. The batteries are rated to hold a charge for 3 - 8 hours, depending on the volume you have set. This seems ample for most occasions. I've been playing them for about 4 hours the last couple of days without having them plugged in. The battery indicator is still showing yellow, which means it is between 20-70% charged.
The battery indicator is the one thing that confused me. I actually had to call technical support. When I first plugged the device in, the battery indicator light lit up green and stayed that way, until I couldn't wait any longer to listen to the speakers. I pushed the bluetooth button to pair up with my Toshiba Thrive and the light went out. I got synched fine but could not get the indicator light to come back on. Come to find out, it is not supposed to stay on. In order to check the charge, you have to hold down on the power button for 2-3 seconds and it will flash on either green (70%+ charged), amber (20-70% charged) or red (less than 20% charged). I'm not crazy about that, but it was designed that way to extend battery life. I can live with it.
Overall, I am very happy with the SoundLink. I enjoy listening to music and want it to sound decent. My home stereo system is not the junk you buy at Best Buy. I use old school analog systems such as McIntosh, 70's era Panasonic, Klipsch Forte II speakers, even some old Bose 901's. Yes, I even have vinyl and a reel to reel tape player. One of my other hobbies.
I would recommend this product to someone wanting an upgrade to the sound of their Thrive. The Thrive needs amplified speakers. Do like I did. Take your Thrive to the Bose store and listen for yourself. I played a movie and various music from my Thrive before making my decision. We moved the speaker about 15 feet away and it really sounded good. It's time to stop and put on Hotel California.
Edit: I forgot to mention it makes a heck of a speaker for calls via Groove IP or Skype.