Bose Soundlink Flex Review: Portable, Durable, Limited App Functionality

Bose may be known for its noise-cancelling headphones and home audio products, but the brand’s outdoor-focused Bose SoundLink Flex Bluetooth speakers aim to bring that same quality to the trail.
Although, it features a robust exterior, as well as waterproof utility, and good sound performance, its companion app doesn’t offer any EQ settings.

Some may say it is the perfect piece of kit for any adventurer, while others think there are better options in its price range.

This article is updated for the Australian market regularly to include price changes and product updates.

Bose Soundlink Flex: $195 at →

Bose Soundlink Flex Review
Bose Soundlink Flex Review – Black


The Bose Soundlink Flex is small, portable, durable, waterproof and has good sound quality. On the contrary, its utilizing Bluetooth 4.2 instead of 5.1, its app functionality is not the best, and it features mono audio with no AUX input.

PRO: Good Performance

  • Powerful audio performance with rich bass depth and clear highs. Bose suggests the SoundLink Flex is capable of delivering ‘room-filling sound’. PositionIQ technology ensures the Flex always sounds like it should, whether it’s laid flat, flipped up, or dangling from a loop.
  • Up to 12 HRS of playtime.

PRO: Sleek, waterproof design

  • Available in four color options – Black, Smoke White, Stone Blue, and Carmine Red– Bose Soundlink Flex is dust and waterproof IP67 rated. It can even flow on water and play under water.
  • Bose has a slim profile and a low weight of 600g, so you can carry it with one hand or put it in a bag.

CON: Bluetooth 4.2 & no AUX

  • Bose Soundlink Flex comes with Bluetooth 4.2 instead of 5.1. This seems unusual as most new Bluetooth speakers use Bluetooth 5.1.
  • There is no AUX input available if you want to overcome the shortcomings of codex in general.
Bose Soundlink Flex Review
Bose Soundlink Flex Review – Black – Waterproof

CON: Mono audio and lack of features in companion app

  • Flex has a mono driver with no channel separation, and its companion app has no EQ settings.

Where to buy the Bose Soundlink Flex in Australia

Bose Soundlink Flex is affordable, durable and waterproof.

If you are an Australian who loves outdoor adventures, throwing small parties, or singing in the shower, the Bose SoundLink Flex is your companion. Don’t expect this speaker to pack enough oomph power for a big party, though.

However, keep in mind that it features mono audio, there is no AUX input, and its companion app does not offer EQ settings.


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Posted by Nicholas Webb

Nicholas Webb is a Queensland-based Consumer Technology Editor at Techbest focused on connected home and streaming products.