Measuring roughly 6.6 by 2.4 by 2.4 inches (HWD), the 1-pound device(Opens in a new window) is available in black or white (the more colorful models are not currently discounted), and supports AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth, as well as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice integration.
Roam can easily be moved between your indoor setup and the great outdoors; its triangular build features push-button controls on the left panel—including one for play/pause that also skips tracks when pressed two or three times, plus dedicated volume and mic mute switches.
Sonos estimates about 10 hours of battery life, though results vary with volume levels. Charge the speaker via any Qi-certified wireless pad, as well as through the included cable. Sonos also sells a branded charger.
Roam’s larger cousin, the 9.5-inch-tall Sonos Move, is a powerful multi-room smart speaker with an eggshell-like white or black finish, voice assistance, and a battery-powered design you can use anywhere.
Its IP56 rating means it can handle limited dust exposure, as well as poolside splashes and light rain. It’s also built to withstand intense sun and even drops. There’s a recessed area that functions as a handle for carrying from room to room. Just be careful not to let all 6.6 pounds of technology(Opens in a new window) land on your flip-flop-wearing foot.
Touch-sensitive controls on the top and side cover play/pause and volume; there are also mic/mic mute, power, Bluetooth/Wi-Fi, and Join (for connecting to an existing Sonos network) buttons, as well as a USB-C charging port.
Celebrate summer in style with the ultra-portable Roam speaker, on sale for $143.20—$35.80 off the $179 retail cost(Opens in a new window)—or its larger counterpart, the Move, available now for $319.20—$79.80 off the $399 sticker price(Opens in a new window).
No matter which Sonos speaker you choose, you’ll need to download the accompanying mobile app for Android or iOS, which provides access to Sonos Radio streaming content, and lets users house their music library and streaming services (Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify) in one place.