During a press event yesterday, Sonos introduced us to its latest (and smallest) smart speaker we’ve seen yet. The Sonos Roam was designed to ease the transition from listening at home to on-the-go both in terms of the speaker’s size and pairing abilities.
Weighing in at just under a pound, Sonos Roam is ultra-lightweight and portable – but it is certainly not fragile. With an IP67 rating, Roam is drop proof, dust proof, and waterproof for up to 30 minutes under 3-ft. of water. With tactile, slightly-embossed buttons, Sonos ensured that if a drop does happen, you won’t accidentally hit a button that skips the song or blasts the volume.
Users can choose to position Roam vertically to maximize space or lay it down horizontally and enjoy the same great sound from either option. With Trueplay, Roam optimizes its sound based on where you are and what you’re listening to. As you come and go, Roam will automatically switch from your WiFi network to your phone and vice-versa without interrupting your music. Upon arriving home you decide you want to switch your sound from Roam to another Sonos speaker, Sound Swap makes it easy to send the music to the neatest speaker just by holding Roam’s play/pause button.
Roam is compatible with over 100 streaming systems for music, audiobooks, podcasts, and more. You’ll also get access to Sonos Radio where you can find more than 60,000 live broadcast radio stations around the world as well as original content from Sonos. Control the sound with your voice through Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, the Sonos app, or with the buttons on the device.
This powerful, on-the-go speaker also has a battery life to match. Roam offers 10 hours of continuous playback on a single charge and conserves its power for up to 10 days by falling asleep when not in use. To power up, simply place Roam on its custom-designed magnetic charger or any Qi wireless charger.
The Sonos Roam will be available on April 20, 2021 for $169.
Jessica is the Chief Digital Editor for CT Lab Global Media, the North American platform for IFA Berlin.