Ultimate Ears BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Review
- Great Sound
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With deep roots in professional music industry, Logitech subsidiary Ultimate Ears has a long standing reputation of making top-quality in-ear speakers. But it’s now wading deeper into premium audio accessory with the release of the UE Boombox last year, then the more portable UE Mobile Boombox, and now the new ultimate ears boom wireless Bluetooth speaker.
The boom is a device in its own class. It features unique ability to “double up”, pair up to 2 speakers for stereo output, and it produces 360-degree sound. While these features are awesome, they are not the only elements that make the Boom worth its price; read on to get full details.
Its Outstanding Design
Unlike Logitech older UE models, which were mainly based on Logitech’s older, non-UE speaker design, ultimate ears boom wireless Bluetooth speaker is a brand new product. It comes with up to 6 colors for you to choose from, and its dimensions are 7 inches in length and 2.5 inches in diameter. Its design was inspired by a water bottle, meaning it’s pretty easy for you to hold even in one hand. What’s more, this device unlike most models of its size (such as Philips Shoqbox), is designed to stand upright as well as on its sides.
Having reviewed numerous speakers wireless Bluetooth speaker in the ultra-portable category, we can confidently tell that UE boom has one of the best looking overall designs in its class. It also feels great to hold, and its interface is user-friendly.
UE Boom comes with more than pretty looks; its IPX4 water resistance rated, meaning it can withstand a significant splash of water, without giving you any concern. It’s also stain proof, so do not now worry if your buddy salsa drops on it.
Setup and USE
UE Boom pairs seamlessly with Android and iOS devices via Bluetooth. The moment you switch it on for the first time, the speaker automatically goes into discovery mode to announce itself to all other Bluetooth enabled devices available.
On all your android devices, you simply need to go to settings and search for the speaker under “Available Devices.” If you have NFC-enabled Android gadgets, just touch the mobile device and the speaker together for faster pairing – you will immediately see a pop up on your android device that asks you whether you want to pair the device. Tap yes, and you will be paired instantly.
On your ios devices, go to settings, tap Bluetooth, and look for UE boom under “available devices”.
If you wish to pair it with another device after the first setup, simply press the Bluetooth button adjacent to the power button and hold for 3 seconds to switch to discovery mode. Then follow the simple steps detailed above.
Ultimate Ears BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker gives you more than value for your money; it comes packed with a free UE boom app for android and ioS that aid with the set up. The app also comes with equalizers to enable you improve music quality based on your environment and listening preferences; such as Intimate and Bass Boost for small rooms.
The UE Boom easily outsmarts most wireless Bluetooth speakers in terms of sound quality. It performs exceptionally well in the trebles and mid ranges tones, making it particularly good for rock music.
Logitech tells that UE Boom can be up to 50 feet away from its source indoors and still perform well. We found this to be true. Outdoors, with trees and all other natural obstructions, UE boom performs well up to 30 feet away from the source. This is better than you can get with any other model within its range – you will experience disruption with Bluetooth speaker as close as 15 feet when operating outdoors. So, the 30 feet that this speaker offers is more than amazing.
The ultimate ears boom wireless Bluetooth speaker does double up as a speakerphone. Its in-built mic relays your voice to the other person on the call, and you get the benefit of listening to them loudly.
Logitech tells that UE boom battery will last for up to 15 hours of active playtime, and consumer reviews tell that this number is at par with real world use. Most consumers tell that even after several listening session at low-moderate volume levels, UE boom still had 90% charge left. You can also press the + and – buttons simultaneously to hear the battery life announced. The app also gives the current battery level.
The battery can be recharged through a micro USB cable. It ships with a wall plug, but you can also charge it using any USB wall charger or your PC USB port.
Stand It Up, or Lay It Down
UE boom is built to be used in any environment. You can stand it upright, lay it horizontally or even drop it in a cup holder.
One of the stellar features of UE boom is its capability to Double up, or connect to more than 2 speakers together via Bluetooth. From this mode, you can choose between “Stereo” or “double” modes. Double basically connects the two speaker in parallel meaning they will play both the right and the left channel of a track while Stereo affords separation.
Bluetooth with NFC
Forget docking. UE boom allows you to switch between songs, control volume, and pick calls from more than 50 feet away. You can also invite your friend, maybe your girlfriend and boyfriend, and take turn playing songs from 2 different devices. NFC makes paring devices as simple as just a tap.
UE boom wakes you up each morning with your favorite song, Pandora stations, Spotify and more.
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The Final Thought
If you are out in the market looking for a portable wireless Bluetooth speaker that can take a beating and still be up and running – and you care about getting quality sound – UE boom is for you. True, you can easily find other time-tested speakers that provide more bass, for example Fugoo’s Style, but you cannot find any that offers a complete package that UE boom gives at its price range. If you want to make a purchase you will forever be glad you made, click the buy button below and place your order.