I hate cables and wires! They are the bane of my existence and I think I possibly hate them more than Styrofoam packaging! They get in the way, they are not practical when it comes to wanting to move something to another location, you get a tangled mess of cords (which I refer to as a birds nest!) and left wondering what goes in where! When you have a huge all in one sound system in your living room, listening to music in your bedroom or outside if you are entertaining normally means a small, tinny sounding speaker system or listening from your phone and it kills the music experience!! However, not anymore!
Ultimate Ears (UE, a part of Logitech) have released the UE Boom all in wireless speaker system and I have to say, it is AMAZING!
No bigger than a size of a bottle of water and weighing roughly about the same, the Boom is ultra-portable, compact in size, but not in power or sound quality. It’s durable, has a great battery life and in my opinion one of the best compact wireless speakers I have seen on the market!
- Two 1.5-inch drivers
- Two 2-inch passive radiators
- Weight: 19 ounces
- Inputs: Bluetooth, 3.5mm auxiliary input, NFC
- 1-inch x 2.6-inch (cylindrical)
- Splash proof mesh coverage
Note to self: When pairing the Boom to your device for the first time… ensure you adjust the Boom’s volume first before hitting play! You will experience just how much sound this unit has to offer! HAH!
The Boom has been designed to stand upright to allow a full 360 degree sound effect from the speaker. The sound field produced was very impressive and even when increasing the volume, the quality in sound didn’t waiver or crackle at all which you can hear from other wireless speaker units.
Flicking through multiple genres of music on my phone (I paired my iPhone to the Boom) I didn’t notice one drop in sound quality at all. Each song played perfectly, the sound quality didn’t drop and each song sounded as it was originally intended to. Bass wise, the Boom is not as heavy sounding as I have heard in a few other wireless speaker units, however these units were about 8 times the price as the Boom and slightly larger.
The Boom also has the option to pair a second unit to the mix to allow for larger sound coverage if you have a larger room and use each speaker as the ‘right’ or ‘left’ speaker like you normally would if you were using a large unit… just without all the wires and fussing about! Obviously to do this, you will need to buy a second unit.
I can’t fault the sound from this unit. Its crisp, supplied great coverage with the 360 degree sound field and it’s loud when you want it to be.
The Boom can also be used as speakerphone as it has a built-in microphone allowing you to talk to the caller and hearing their response. A nifty addition in this unit!
As I noted above, the Boom is around the same wright and size as a bottle of water. The UE Boom was built to be tough, but without having a robust and heavy duty look to it. There is a multitude of colour combos for the mesh and silicone feeling components that you can chose from to mix in with your personal style.
Being cylindrical, the Boom is best placed on either end, to avoid it rolling around. Conveniently, there is also a small hook loop to allow you the option of hanging it up in a tree if you are outside entertaining or on the wall if you have a wall hook for example. It’s a nice, but small touch and allows you to lift the unit off of a table or shelve if desired.
The UE Boom is durable, splash proof and strong! How strong? Well I accidentally knocked it off my desk when I went to get my phone to change the song (sorry Logitech!), but it didn’t miss a beat! It just kept on playing! I think my heart was the only thing that stopped! The UE Boom just kept on going and there wasn’t a dent or scratch on it!
Being IPX4 water resistance rated, the Boom can withstand a good splash of water without causing you any concern and is also stain resistant in case and food splashes on to it. The Boom is NOT water resistant to the point where it could survive a dunk in the pool or a swim in a punch bowl!
Setup and Use
Like most electrical items, the Boom is ready to go as soon as it comes out of the box! However, I would recommend you give it a good charge before doing the full set up with it.
When you turn the Boom on for the first time, it automatically goes into discovery mode and alerts other devices that it’s available to be connected to. You need to make sure you have Bluetooth activated on your phone for this to occur. Once the Boom and your phone or tablet have seen each other, it’s then a simple matter of selecting ‘yes’ or ‘connect’ (depending on your menu options) and you are good to go! It really is that easy!
If you want to pair the Boom with another device after initial startup, you can do so by holding the Bluetooth button near the power button for three seconds to go into discovery mode and start searching for other devices.
To make life even more easier than that, Logitech have created a free app for both Apple and Android users. Once downloaded and installed, the app will allow you to access a few EQ settings, check the battery percentage and also set an alarm. To make sure that the Boom is always up to date with any new features that may appear in the app, the app will prompt you about an update being available and you can then update the Boom via connection to your PC.
The app is very impressive; however I would have liked to have seen a few more EQ settings.
Volume can be controlled on the app, however you can also do it directly on the unit by simply pushing the + and – symbols.
The Boom is easy to set up and easy to use! Simple!
Some wireless units struggle if they are separated from the source they are connected to. The Boom’s packaging states it has a 15m range. I had the unit at one end of house and walked up the other end of the house (which was about 12m) and the unit didn’t waiver. I went outside and tested it out and it was about 10m and there was a little bit of interference, however this is to be expected when you are in the elements.
Logitech says the UE Boom’s battery will last 15 hours. I have to agree with this statement. I played around with the Boom for about a week listing to music on low volume for background noise and then at about mid-range volume level (so a few hours of solid use) and when I checked the battery level there was about 85% charge left on it which was pretty impressive! Whilst there isn’t a visual battery level on the unit, if you hold down the + and – buttons on the Boom, a little voice will tell you the battery level. Don’t forget, you can get this info from the app as well.
The built in battery charges via microUSB and the unit also comes with a wall plug, but you can also charge it with your USB port on a PC or and USB wall charger will do the same thing.
If you are looking for a reasonable priced, practical, lightweight and durable wireless speaker unit which will deliver quality sound, the Boom is the way to go! With the ease of pairing the Boom to your device and the added accessibility of the app, listening to music at a party, whilst entertaining or just purely for your enjoyment all wirelessly just got easier!
- Practical & Lightweight
- Awesome sound quality
- Great app add-on feature
- Good value for money (RRP $199)
- Nothing major – just wish the app had a few more EQ settings