- Excellent sound quality
- A built-in Automatic TruePlay feature
- Long-lasting durability
- Easy Bluetooth to WiFi conversion
- For a portable device, this is heavy
You’ve been stuck listening to Sonos speakers indoors if you know the answer to ‘What is Sonos?’ The Sonos Move, the company’s first portable gadget, not only delivers the anticipated Sonos sound quality but also has a built-in battery, making it one of the best smart speakers for indoor-outdoor use.
It also supports Google Assistant and Alexa, making it an ideal companion for voice-controlled smart-home control and IP56 waterproofing. As a result, it’s also one of the best waterproof speakers – not bad for a first attempt.
The Sonos Move ($399) has Auto TruePlay, a new Sonos technology that employs microphones to tune the speaker for its environment automatically. It’s a good portable counterpart of the great Sonos One, and one of the best Bluetooth speakers with premium music, Bluetooth control, and 11 hours of battery life. It does, however, come at a premium price.
It has almost-black matte finish, and grille combination is stylish enough for a modern space while not concealing its function. It has an oval shape and is tall, broad, and broad, and it’s a clear step forward from the original Sonos design. Two-thirds of the Move’s exterior is devoted to the speaker grille, while the back of the device is adorned with an upward-pointing claw handle. The Move also has a power button, a button that switches from Wi-Fi to Bluetooth and another button for connecting it to other Sonos speakers in your system.
The top of the Move contains volume, pause, and play controls, as well as two status lights: one that indicates when the speaker is turned on and another that indicates when the Move’s four microphones are listening.
If you have a Sonos speaker, you may have utilized TruePlay to synchronize it with the space it is in using your smartphone. Auto TruePlay, a new Sonos technology that allows the speaker to adjust automatically using built-in microphones, replaces the manual configuration on the Move. Sonos says the streamlined setup method isn’t as precise as the manual process for their other speakers, but it is much more convenient.
Durability is a prerequisite for any portable speaker. Because the great outdoors isn’t always tech-friendly, you’ll want to ensure your device can endure the elements before taking it outside. The Move is dustproof and waterproof, with an IP56 rating, and can endure coarse sand or a rainy night when left outside.
On a full charge, the Move’s battery life matches Sonos’ claim of 10 hours. When the Move isn’t in use, it goes into suspend mode, which Sonos claims can save up to 120 hours of battery life.
The Sonos Move is a good smart speaker, but we’d classify it as a wireless smart speaker rather than a portable one. Its portability around the house and nearby outside locations is convenient, but its weight and lack of Bluetooth smarts would deter us from taking it on a day excursion.