In a review special, we go hands-on with five boomboxes of different shapes and sizes. No, they don’t all sound the same
The first thing you notice about the Logitech UE Mobile Boombox is its size, an aspect that seems completely at odds with the sound it lets out. This colourful device is lightweight and seems just a little bigger than the clenched fist of a fairly burly man. The design is minimalistic yet state-of-the-art, and the device’s tough rubberised body makes it the perfect choice for those living a life on the go. We dropped it on the floor twice, and the boombox did not have even the slightest crackle to show for it.
The UE Mobile Boombox is capable of being paired with eight different devices through Bluetooth, a factor that makes it an ideal in-house possession. The music playback can also be switched between two devices. To test the sound, we opted for Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. The bass was quite wholesome for a device this miniature, and Freddie’s vocals seemed clear indeed. However, the stereo effect – something that the song really capitalises on – failed to find adequate expression in the device, probably because its drivers are cramped so close together. But be be warned, the music starts getting a little jarring beyond level-7. The price is steep, but the sound justifies it to an extent.
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