Bose has introduced the latest member of its SoundLink family of Bluetooth speakers and headphones, the $149 SoundLink Flex. It’s available from 13 October bose.com and other retailers in three colors: black, white, or blue.
The SoundLink Flex’s IP67 rating for water and dust resistance makes it a great pool and beach companion, and should it really go for a Kerplunk, it’ll float back to the surface of the water so you don’t have to grab a mask. Don’t need to and snorkel to retrieve it.
But the feature that sets the SoundLink Flex apart from its vast assortment of portable Bluetooth speakers is what Bose claims is the first Bluetooth speaker to know which way it’s oriented, allowing it to adjust its sound accordingly. Bose calls it “PositionIQ,” and it can sense whether the SoundLink Flex is sitting upright on a countertop, lying on its back, or hanging from its built-in fabric loop.
Its battery will last for a claimed 12 hours per charge, and it uses USB-C format for charging. The SoundLink Flex can be paired stereo with another SoundLink Flex — or any other Bose Bluetooth speaker — or you can connect multiple speakers to play the same content using Party Mode.
It also has Bose’s SimpleSync technology that lets it connect to any Bose soundbar or smart speaker for synchronous playback at home. The speaker weighs just a pound and has a silicone rubber back panel and powder-coated steel grille to protect its interior from drops or bumps.
Bose recently introduced the latest model in its QuietComfort series, the $329 QuietComfort 45 noise-canceling headphones, and also announced its first Dolby Atmos soundbar, the $899 Bose Smart Soundbar 900.