While home smart devices are pretty convenient for all your dumb queries, portability is not their usual strength. To counteract that, Bose is releasing the Portable Home Speaker in September and it sorta looks like an expensive bucket.
The idea seemed silly at first. Bose made an Alexa-powered wireless speaker with a little screen, a big $U600 price tag (though can get it for $478 on Amazon right now) and a promise “to fill any room with an astonishing stereo performance.” I’ve been using the Bose Home Speaker 500 for a little more than a month, and there are a few things I don’t like about it. But it sure does sounds great.
The home speaker with an unimaginative title will retail for $499.95 (it's Bose after all) and supposedly has around 12 hours of battery life. It will let you connect your smart assistants such as Alexa or Google Assistant, so you can use it as a home device but thanks to its bucket-like handles, you can also take it to the beach, if that's your vibe (no judgement).
Thankfully, it also comes with an IPX4 rating meaning it can survive spills, splashes, and some light rain so taking it around with you isn't a huge stretch. The only thing really stopping you is how ridiculous you might look carrying it around like the promo shots suggest.
You can sport your new bucket speaker on September 26 when the Bose Home Portable Speaker is released.
While smart speakers aren’t exactly new, the battle for AI-powered audio supremacy is just heating up. In the past year we’ve seen a number of high-end AI-speaker systems hit the market, including the Sonos One and the Apple HomePod. However, even with these new entries, there was still a noticeable absence left by one of the biggest names in home audio: Bose.