Sonos introduced the extremely transportable Roam again in March as a smaller (and cheaper) choice to the Sonos Transfer.
Each audio system have just a few issues in frequent together with the power to attach Bluetooth units whilst you’re out and about, and Wi-Fi connectivity for once you’re at residence – syncing as much as the Sonos app in addition to different Sonos units. It makes the Roam a extremely versatile good speaker with surprisingly massive sound for such a small gadget.
After just a few weeks with the Sonos Roam, right here’s what we discovered.
How do I get it and what’s going to it value?
Coming in at $279, Sonos Roam is so much cheaper than Transfer ($649).
There are two color choices of Lunar White and Shadow Black.
You may get one from all the standard main retailers and from the Sonos on-line store.
Who’s it good for?
If you’d like a great high quality speaker with all of the Sonos smarts with out breaking the financial institution, then it is a nice choice. You’ll get entry to the actually good Sonos app that connects to Google Assistant and Alexa.
It might probably additionally connect with different Sonos audio system – so if you have already got any setup in your house, you’ll be all candy.
That is the smallest speaker that Sonos make proper now. However appears may be deceiving as a result of this little man packs fairly a punch in terms of the sound it might probably output.
Sonos Roam is across the dimension of a small bottle and it’s fairly gentle. The sleek plastic exterior makes for good dealing with with the rubber base permitting for the Roam to be positioned each horizontally and vertically – mainly, nevertheless you want it.
The bodily soft-touch controls work properly and held up in our testing.
Talking of sturdiness, it’s IP67-certified. This implies which you could get it moist with out worrying an excessive amount of about destroying the Roam. In the event you do get it moist, simply take word that you simply’ll have to completely dry it off once more earlier than the speaker will sound pretty much as good as new once more (because of the water muddying the sound).
There’s additionally a useful microphone mute swap as properly for individuals who don’t need the speaker listening to them on a regular basis.
Sonos Roam has the distinctive skill to hook up with each Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, permitting the speaker to be managed by way of the Sonos S2 app. As beforehand talked about, you probably have different Sonos audio system in your house it additionally lets you play music all through your property seamlessly.
The setup is straightforward and solely took a few minutes so as to add the Roam to my present account.
Connecting the speaker to Bluetooth was additionally quite simple when away from the home. Paring was achieved in seconds and even got here up as a advised gadget to pair on my Galaxy S21 Extremely. As soon as related, the Sonos Roam works similar to some other Bluetooth speaker – enjoying content material from no matter app you need.
This makes this speaker way more versatile than a typical Wi-Fi speaker (just like the Sonos Transfer).
Connecting and utilizing Google Assistant may be very easy and permits for controlling the good speaker over Wi-Fi.
When it comes to the battery, and also you’ll be capable to squeeze round 10 hours of music playback from one cost. The Roam costs by way of USB-C or a Qi wi-fi charging mat. There may be additionally a Roam Wi-fi Charger (bought individually) that locks onto the underside of the speaker.
This little speaker belts out the sound… and it will get fairly loud.
As anticipated from a Sonos product, the sound is obvious and crisp with very low distortion at excessive quantity. It’s really fairly unbelievable the sound that the Roam can produce for a smaller speaker.
Sonos has included its ‘TruePlay’ expertise that makes use of the speaker’s built-in microphones to tune the surroundings robotically – offering the very best sound irrespective of the place you’re.
It’s onerous to check that out, however the speaker does sound excellent. And that’s what issues, proper?!
What’s to love?
- Unbelievable sound
- Wonderful transportable design
- Good battery life
- Properly priced
- Choices with good assistants
What’s to not like?
- The Sonos app integration with music companies like Spotify may be irritating when looking for content material
What we expect
Sonos Roam is a superb little speaker and presents up nice sound with first rate battery life.
The inclusion of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is welcome, and integration with Google Assistant (or Alexa) is one other useful occasion trick – providing you with extra choice over the way you wish to use the gadget.
In the event you’ve at all times needed a Sonos speaker or only a transportable speaker that sounds implausible, then Roam is for you. You get quite a bit in a small bundle right here.
Sonos offered this writer with a mortgage gadget for testing functions. This didn’t have an effect on our views on the gadget, and our evaluation stays unbiased of the producer.