Sonos Roam™, the ultra-portable smart speaker Review

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Sonos Roam™, the ultra-portable smart speaker built to deliver great sound at home and on any adventure.

After using the speaker for a while, here is our review.

Similar to the larger Sonos system, the Sonos Roam is fully connected on WiFi at home and automatically switching to Bluetooth when you’re on the go, Roam’s powerful, adaptable sound defies expectations for a speaker of its size. How can something so small sound so good?

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Setting up the speaker is easy. Weighing less than a pound, Roam’s durable design is perfect for wherever you go. Roam was created to deliver an incredible sound experience no matter where you are. Like all Sonos products, Roam was tuned by industry leaders across music and film to ensure the speaker reproduces content exactly how the creator intended. A carefully designed acoustic architecture delivers rich, detailed sound with the clarity, depth, and fullness you’d expect from a larger speaker. Automatic Trueplay is now available when streaming via Bluetooth as well as WiFi, and means Roam is always tuned for the best listening experience in any environment. To me, these feature already won me over.

Sonos Roam is a small, portable speaker, but Roam sounds big and realistic. It doesn’t sound forced or artificial. It’s unique in its class because it actually performs like a finely tuned speaker.

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Much superior than a normal bluetooth speakers, it has a simultaneous connection to both WiFi and Bluetooth and makes streaming seamless. When you’re listening at home Roam connects to your system and streams on WiFi, and when you leave the room, it intuitively switches to Bluetooth and automatically re-pairs with your mobile device. With an all-new feature called Sound Swap, you can hold the play/pause button on the speaker to switch the music to the nearest speaker on your system, making it easy to move music from room to room. Seamless connectivity also unlocks Bluetooth streaming for your entire system, with the Sonos app allowing you to group any of your Sonos speakers to Roam when streaming with Bluetooth. Roam works with more than 100 streaming services, including Sonos Radio, and is easily controlled with the Sonos app, your voice with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, Apple AirPlay 2, or directly from your favourite music service app. Again such features are not common among other bluetooth speakers.

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Sonos speakers cost a lot more and Sonos Roam is their smartest and most versatile speaker, it’s also their  most affordable. Priced only at S$299. I believed Roam could provides the opportunity for millions of new customers to get started with Sonos, and is the right product at the right time.

Available in shadow black or lunar white, Roam’s tactile triangular shape and soft profile is comfortable to pick up and looks great inside the home. Roam is dust proof and fully waterproof with a rigorously tested IP67 rating, and features silicone end caps and physical buttons to protect against drops or bumps. Roam has up to 10 hours of continuous playback on a single charge and up to 10 days of battery life when not in use. To recharge, Roam connects to a custom magnetic wireless charger from Sonos sold separately, any Qi wireless charger, or with the USB-C cable included in the box.

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I also appreciate the light weight of the Roam. It’s compact size will fit into any bag or the smallest corner of your living space. I can place Roam vertically for a smaller footprint or horizontally to provide added stability on uneven surfaces outdoors. Even the packaging leaves a light footprint, made of 100% sustainably-sourced paper with a new design that minimizes the use of inks and includes no single-use plastics.

In summary, Sonos Roam is a feature-packed, portable, compact, beautifully-designed, durable smart speaker that sound great that can operate for a long time due to its battery life. Roam is also drop-resistant, waterproof up to three feet for 30 minutes.(IPX67)

Roam is available at Lazada and many reputable store at S$299

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