Portable Movie Theatre

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I mentioned to my husband that I was reviewing a portable speaker. When I said the brand was Bose, he was ecstatic! Haha. I didn’t know the brand was such a favourite, so there you go.

In a nutshell, the Bose SoundLink Mini II is a portable, bluetooth speaker designed to deliver excellent sound, in an extremely small package so you can take it anywhere. I took a picutre (below) with my hand as a size reference. The sound that comes out of such a small speaker is very impressive. My husband is the techno person in this house and he was thrilled at the performance. He put the speakers through most of the testing, including the biggest test we could think of (more details further below).

Bose SoundLink Mini 2

Note: The multi function button does many things; I featured above some of the basic ways I use it.

Pairing the speaker with different devices is super easy. An audio voice tells what it’s paired to, for example, one afternoon, my husband put music on (via YouTube) for the kids to dance to, then later, I connected it with my iPhone so the children could listen to an online story. To change the device pairing, press the bluetooth button and a voice says, “Connected to {Matthew’s computer}” and then to change it to my iPhone, I press the same bluetooth button and it will say “Connected to {Kelly’s iPhone}”. We use it with heaps of different divices – iPad, 2 different computers, 2 different iPhones – and changing between devices is that easy.

The fact that connection is wireless is very handy and coupled with it’s small size and 10hr battery life means it is easy to just grab it and transport it to a different part of the house and you are ready to connect and go again.

Consideration I noted: For best results, the speaker needs to be close to the device for clarity.

Here are some ways we use it in family life

Portable movies

Matt and I have been watching re-runs of Macgyver (a fav from our chidlhood) on Netflix, snuggled in bed on an iPad mini. We sync the speaker up (which sits on the bedside table).


A lot of the music we listen to is on our iPhones or YouTube, and we use the speaker so the kids can dance in the living room. Would be fab for a outdoor picnic or party too!

Online stories

Have you heard of Storyline Online? It’s great! The website has a selection of stories read by celeritites. While dinner was being prepared, my girls had quiet time together listening to stories.

Bose SoundLink Mini 2 Review

Portable Cinema

On the last school holidays, we decided to do a family movie night with a difference. We wanted to set up a cinema in the back yard but it was too cold to go outside, so we did a garage cinema and it was a MASSIVE HIT. Having a projector is all well and good but it requires connection to a sound source; having the portable speaker meant that we could set up our cinema pretty much anywhere around the house. Unfortunately a projector screen does not travel well internationally (poor thing is in storage), so my husband and I brainstormed how to make it happen, and threw it together and it was surprisingly easy to achieve. We will be definitely doing this outside when the weather warms up!

Popcorn for everyone! There’s a printable for small popcorn cups (great for portion control) here.

Popcorn Cups - free printable

Items used

  • Rope
  • White Sheet
  • Pegs
  • Bricks (or something heavy)
  • Computer (we streamed a movie – Jumanji – through Netflix)
  • Data projector
  • Speaker

Set up

  1. We don’t use the garage for the car so it’s not grubby, but we still put down a huge mat to cover the ground, and the kids bunked down on the floor with doonas and pillows.
  2. Tie a rope between two points and hang the sheet on with pegs.
  3. Use the bricks to weigh the sheet down (this is so the image is undisturbed.
  4. Set up the technical side (if you want more details on this, let me know and I’ll get my husband to list this down, but it’s not difficult).

This was the speaker’s ‘big test’ that I mentioned before. How would it cope trying to fill a room with sound and vocals from a movie soundtrack and would the sound keep in sync with what was going on up on the screen? I am pleased to report that even from upstairs the sound was pumping and when I ventured downstairs into the ‘cinema’ the sound and atmosphere was great, all coming from a speaker that was much smaller than a brick!

What you need to do a portable cinema and movie screenThe Bose SoundLink Mini II is stylish, compact and easy to use, but at the end of the day it’s all about the sound and it didn’t disappoint. If quality sound and the convenience of portability is important to you, this premium product would be right up your alley. And backyard movies!

The Bose SoundLink Mini II retails at $299.

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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  1. kate says

    I love technology that’s versatile, easy to use and better than what it’s replacing – so that sounds fab! My last set of speakers I can no longer use as the dock is an old iPhone 4 connection… bluetooth makes it a good investment! Looks like you’ve had fun putting it through its paces too 😉

  2. says

    I loved Macgyver too, that was our family Sunday night ritual! I can’t find it on our Netflix though? Are there different packages that get different programs?

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