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Sonos Roam Review Rundown

Sonos | Published on 29 Apr 2021 | Last Edited on 22 May 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of Sonos Roam
  • Great sound quality
  • Can pair with multiple Sonos speakers
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Doesn't work with Apple AirPlay or AirPlay

Summary

The Sonos Roam is a portable Bluetooth speaker that still works over Wi-Fi in the home as part of a wider Sonos system. For Sonos lovers who need only modest audio power on the go, the Roam will be just fine. You can find portable speakers that have better sound quality, longer battery life, or louder volume levels, but you won't find one that has all the features at any price.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

gizmodo[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from Gizmodo have found the following[***]:
At 6.6 inches long and 2.4 inches wide, the Sonos Roam is small enough to easily fit in your hand. The Roam's default EQ settings are bass-forward, but that doesn't mean the mids and trebles sound bad. The speaker is rated for 10 hours of continuous playback and can last up to 10 days in sleep mode.
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Pros[**]
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Easy to set up and use
Cons[**]
  • Doesn't automatically switch between Wi-Fi and cellular

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Sonos Roam is the smallest Sonos speaker by a huge margin, at a hair over 6.5 inches tall. It's also a bit smaller and lighter than many of the Bluetooth speakers it will be competing with. In keeping with Sonos' reputation for products that punch well above their weight class, the Roam sounds awesome for such a small speaker.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, compact design
  • Easy to set up
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
Cons[**]
  • Doesn't support stereo pairing

expertreviews[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The Sonos Roam costs £159 and is at the upper end of the compact Bluetooth speaker spectrum. It's very small and neat, and sounds almost impossibly good for such a tiny thing. But it costs nearly as much as an Amazon Echo Studio, and more than double the price of a decent Bluetooth speaker like the Tronsmart Force.
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Pros[**]
  • Compact, compact design
  • Easy to use
  • Works with all major streaming services
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The 1-pound Sonos Roam is significantly easier to pick up and carry around than the Sonos Move. As a Sonos speaker, it supports multi-room Wi-Fi streaming that easily integrates with the rest of your Sonos system. Despite its sleek look, the Roam's IP67 rating is no joke.
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Pros[**]
  • Dust-tight, waterproof build
  • Works as a smart speaker
  • Supports multi-room Wi-Fi streaming
Cons[**]
  • Doesn't support AirPlay 2 or Bluetooth

techadvisor[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Sonos Roam is a truly portable Bluetooth speaker that still works over Wi-Fi in the home as part of a wider Sonos system. It follows the Sonos Move, which was the firm's first Bluetooth speaker. Despite being so much smaller than the Move and having a battery half the capacity (18Wh), Sonos has still managed to offer up to 10 hours of battery life from the Roam. For the first time on a Sonos speaker, there's wireless charging. You can use it with any Qi-certified device or get the official Roam Wireless Charger which is IP54 and snaps on with magnets.
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Pros[**]
  • Great sound quality
  • Wireless charging
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techhive[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from Techhive have found the following[***]:
The $169 Sonos Roam is about the same size as a 500ml water bottle. Unlike Sonos's other speakers, the Roam's buttons are both tactile and clickable. The Roam comes with a pair of drivers: a 16mm tweeter and a mid-woofer with an oval design.
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Pros[**]
  • Compact, lightweight design
  • Supports both Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0
  • Works with Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant
Cons[**]
  • Doesn't support AirPlay or Google Assistant

techradar[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Sonos Roam is the latest wireless speaker from the multi-room audio company. It comes with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, which means it can work as a portable speaker as well as part of your wider Sonos system. The Roam will be available to buy on April 20, but you can preorder it now from the Sonos website.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Works as a portable speaker as well as part of the wider Sonos ecosystem
  • 10-hour battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

theverge[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from Theverge have found the following[***]:
The Sonos Roam is a small $169 speaker that's meant to compete with portable Bluetooth speakers. At 6.61 inches tall, the Roam actually stands shorter than popular Bluetooth speakers like the UE Boom 3 and JBL Flip 5. Using two Roams at the same time as a stereo pair brings out even more detail.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, compact design
  • Easy to use
  • Works with other Sonos devices
Cons[**]
  • Doesn't support S1 or S2

tomsguide[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Sonos Roam costs $169, making it the least expensive speaker donning the Sonos insignia. It packs a racetrack-style mid-woofer, two amplifiers, one tweeter and a high-efficiency motor. Roam's sound is richer than that of the Amazon Echo (4th Gen) and Google Nest Audio.
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Pros[**]
  • High-quality audio
  • Waterproof design
  • Auto TruePlay tuning
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Doesn't work when connected to Sonos system

trustedreviews[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Sonos Roam goes on sale on 20 April, 2021 for £159 / $169 / €179. Connected to your Wi-Fi, it behaves like any other Sonos speaker in the home (well, almost) Take it outdoors, and it becomes a Bluetooth speaker. The Roam affords voices with great clarity and detail as evidenced by Anette Askvik's Liberty.
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Pros[**]
  • Great clarity and detail
  • Easy to operate
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

whathifi[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
The Sonos Roam is an off-roading, deep-diving speaker with dimensions and a feature set to rival those from JBL and Ultimate Ears. It is IP67 rated, meaning complete water and dust resistance, and its built-in battery has the stamina for up to 10 hours of playback from a single charge. Connecting via Bluetooth is as simple as holding down the Roam's power button and waiting for the Sonos to pop up in your available devices.
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Pros[**]
  • Impressive bass and mid-range
  • IP67 water and dust resistance
  • Compatible with standard Qi wireless chargers
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ The Sonos Roam Packs a Powerful Punch in a Petite Package. Gizmodo. 2021-04-06. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  2. 2. ^ Sonos Roam review: Tiny speaker, huge value. Digitaltrends. 2021-04-06. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  3. 3. ^ Sonos Roam review: Stupendously good. Expertreviews. 2021-04-06. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  4. 4. ^ Sonos Roam Review. Pcmag. 2021-04-06. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  5. 5. ^ Sonos Roam review. Techadvisor. 2021-04-06. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  6. 6. ^ Sonos Roam review: Now you really can take the exceptional Sonos sound anywhere. Techhive. 2021-04-06. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  7. 7. ^ Sonos Roam review. Techradar. 2021-04-06. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  8. 8. ^ Sonos Roam review: portable potential. Theverge. 2021-04-06. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  9. 9. ^ Sonos Roam review: The best portable smart speaker yet. Tomsguide. 2021-04-06. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  10. 10. ^ Sonos Roam Review. Trustedreviews. 2021-04-06. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  11. 11. ^ Sonos Roam review. Whathifi. 2021-04-06. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  12. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  13. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  14. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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