Bluetooth speakers are probably my favorite devices. I have more speakers than I can count, but they never get old. The newest addition to my speaker collection is the Bolse Smart NFC Bluetooth speaker.

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Unboxing and first impressions

The Bolse BTS-12 Bluetooth speaker is nicely packaged and comes with a 3.5mm audio cable, a micro-USB charging cable, and a carrying sack.

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Pairing is easy

Although Bluetooth speakers easily pair with most mobile devices, this Bolse Bluetooth speaker is the easiest. The speaker has a built-in NFC chip that allows you to hover your phone or tablet and automatically connect.

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Sound and build quality

On a scale of one to five, this Bolse Bluetooth speaker gets a solid 4. The speaker’s sound quality is similar to the Oontz Angle that sits in my office.

Size wise, the Bolse is slightly larger than my Mini Jambox.

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Of course, the larger size adds more weight, which you can certainly feel when you lift the speaker.

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At 15 oz (421g), this is one of the heaviest speakers you’ll find. I don’t mind the weight though, especially when I set the speaker on the shelf and it didn’t vibrate itself off the shelf.

I also like that Bolse included several controls on the top of the speaker, which is a feature I think a lot of manufacturers are doing away with.

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And the speaker has the typical power and audio connections on the back of the device to easily connect and charge.

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I think most people will also like the super-powered battery, which lasted 3 days with moderate use.

Complaints and problems

The Bolse BTS-12 boasts a big battery, but lacks an automatic shutoff feature. Here’s a simple design flaw I think the company overlooked. One of the reasons I love my Mini Jambox is because I can set it up in the kids’ rooms for bedtime relaxation songs, set Pandora’s sleep timer, and let the music play. Jambox will automatically shut down after about five minutes of inactivity. The Bolse BTS 12 shuts off after about 30 minutes of non-use. It’s silent when it shuts down.

I’m also disappointed that the sound quality isn’t “amazing.” Yes, there is a big sound packed in this little speaker, but it lacks some of the deeper bass that my Jambox has. I used the built in equalizer in Google Play Music to boost some of the sounds.

Finally, price might deter a number of people. Amazon lists the speaker at $49.99. That’s roughly $10 more than the Oontz Angle from Cambridge Soundworks, but a lot less than the pricier Jambox.

Final assessments

Overall, I think created Bolse a very good, budget Bluetooth speaker. This speaker won’t jiggle your insides like a rock concert, but you’ll be able to fill a room with music. The NFC chip makes connecting a tablet or smartphone easy. I think you won’t be disappointed if you purchase this device. The Blose BTS-12 Smart NFC Bluetooth Speaker gets 4 of 5 stars.

Jeff Taylor

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