Log­itech UE Roll

An at­trac­tive and wa­ter­proof speaker de­signed for the great out­doors

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£100 Man­u­fac­turer Log­itech, ul­ti­ma­teears.com Fre­quency range 108Hz-20kHz Con­nec­tiv­ity Blue­tooth 4.0, 3.5mm au­dio in­put Di­men­sions 135x40mm Weight 330g

Wa­ter­proof speak­ers seem to be the in thing at the mo­ment, and this lat­est ad­di­tion to Log­itech’s Ul­ti­mate Ears (UE) range is one of the best we’ve heard so far.

The UE Roll’s colour­ful, cir­cu­lar design im­me­di­ately sets it apart from its rigidly rec­tan­gu­lar ri­vals, and it’s avail­able in a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent colours and pat­terns. It’s well suited to out­door use, with a tough, wash­able cover, a rub­ber flap that pro­tects the USB and au­dio ports, and a thick rub­ber car­ry­ing ca­ble to help keep it safe. Its built-in Blue­tooth has a range of up to 20m, and the recharge­able bat­tery should last for 8-9 hours at a time. The chunky vol­ume but­tons are a nice touch too, as you can just stretch out an arm and ad­just the vol­ume from the com­fort of your sunbed.

The UE Roll is also more rugged than many of its ri­vals, with an IPX7 rat­ing that means it can sur­vive in 1m of wa­ter for up to 30 min­utes (and it turns out Ed Sheeran sounds bet­ter bub­bling up from the bot­tom of a bucket of wa­ter, as Log­itech de­moed at its launch event).

You don’t have to sub­merge it to get good sound, though. The speaker pro­vides quite re­spectable bass for such a com­pact lit­tle de­vice, while higher fre­quen­cies sound light and clear – and sur­pris­ingly loud, too. Higher fre­quen­cies can get a lit­tle harsh at max­i­mum vol­ume.

How­ever, these char­ac­ter­is­tics are for­giv­able in a speaker of this size and price, and the UE Roll will be an ex­cel­lent choice if you’re look­ing for a sturdy speaker to take on hol­i­day with you. Cliff Joseph The UE Roll gives good sound qual­ity for such a com­pact speaker, wrapped in a sturdy, wa­ter­proof cas­ing.

Good sound, plenty of vol­ume

Sturdy, wa­ter­proof design

Slight dis­tor­tion at max vol­ume

No mi­cro­phone/speak­er­phone

The UE Roll can sur­vive 1m of wa­ter for up to 30 min­utes.

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