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The Sonos Roam is a great portable speaker with serious smarts - CNN Underscored

April 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The $169 Sonos Roam is a great-sounding portable speaker that offers lots of versatility for both at-home and on-the-go listening.

Like the Move, the Roam can connect to Bluetooth to let you jam out to your favorite songs on the go, and to Wi-Fi when you’re at home to connect to the Sonos app and sync up with whatever litany of Sonos devices you might already have.

Is the Sonos Roam the new portable smart speaker to get?

What it is: The $169 Sonos Roam is a compact Bluetooth speaker that also packs all of the software smarts that Sonos devices are known for, including a robust companion app, Alexa and Google Assistant support and the ability to sync up with other speakers via Wi-Fi.

Who it’s for: The Sonos Roam is for folks who want a quality Bluetooth speaker that doubles as a smart Wi-Fi speaker, and don’t want to shell out for the bigger, more expensive $399 Sonos Move.

How it compares: The Roam is unique among Bluetooth speakers in its price range, including the $129 UE Boom 3 and $179 JBL Charge 4, thanks to its ability to connect to Wi-Fi and sync up with other Sonos speakers.

The Roam is Sonos’ first speaker with physical controls, and they all held up well in our testing.

Like its big brother in the Sonos Move, the Roam is unique among portable speakers thanks to its ability to connect to both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The latter allows the Roam to be controlled by the Sonos S2 app on your iPhone or Android device, and integrate seamlessly with any other Sonos devices you already have in your home.

When you’re using the Roam over Wi-Fi, the Sonos app is essentially the speaker’s command center.

Like with the larger, pricier Sonos Move, this added Bluetooth support gives the Roam much more versatility than a standard Wi-Fi based smart speaker, and also comes in handy if you simply don’t want to deal with the Sonos app.

The Roam’s combination of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support makes it a great companion for picnics and pool parties, as well as a robust smart speaker for when you want Alexa to help you with dinner while you listen to your favorite podcasts.

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