HWM (Singapore) - - Multi-Test -

Up till now, the wire­less speak­ers we’ve tested have been pri­mar­ily rec­tan­gu­lar in shape. It’s quite re­fresh­ing that Log­itech es­chews the straight lines for some curves on the UE Boom. Cylin­dri­cal in shape, the speak­ers are roughly the size of a reg­u­lar wa­ter bot­tle. Capped with what feels like rub­ber on both ends, the speak­ers also have what seems to be a knit­ted, cloth grill wrapped around. With the large self-ex­plana­tory vol­ume con­trol but­tons, these speak­ers scream mod­ern and trendy.

Porta­bil­ity is where the UE Boom shines; its size and cylin­dri­cal de­sign nat­u­rally lend them­selves to be­ing car­ried by hand. A lithium-ion bat­tery pro­vides enough juice for up to 15 hours of play­back, and on just un­der 4 hours of charg­ing time. What puts it even fur­ther ahead of the pack is that it sports IPX-4 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. With pro­tec­tion from splash­ing wa­ter as well as shock resistance makes the UE Boom a speaker best suited for the out­doors.

Ev­ery speaker we’ve re­viewed so far came with a clear mark de­not­ing the lo­ca­tion of the NFC tag. How­ever the UE Boom doesn’t fea­ture any such mark­ings; in­stead we fi­nally es­tab­lished a Blue­tooth con­nec­tion by tap­ping our smart­phone on the side of the de­vice, near the vol­ume con­trols. Con­nect­ing took a bit of time though. In ad­di­tion to NFC com­pat­i­bil­ity, the prod­uct also comes with a com­pan­ion app which can be used to pair two UE Boom speak­ers to­gether for stereo au­dio on a larger scale.

Each UE Boom comes with two 1.5-inch driv­ers and two 2-inch pas­sive ra­di­a­tors. The cylin­dri­cal de­sign leads to 360-de­gree pro­jec­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to Log­itech. Lo and be­hold, this claim did hold up, as we ob­served lit­tle to no dif­fer­ence in the au­dio pro­file of the speak­ers in ei­ther ver­ti­cal or hor­i­zon­tal ori­en­ta­tions.

The tone of the UE Boom is char­ac­ter­ized by strong, prom­i­nent mids and good over­all warmth. This works bril­liantly on tracks such as the acous­tic live ren­di­tion of Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia by The Ea­gles. Un­for­tu­nately the strong and warm mids im­pinge on both the highs and tre­bles, which are some­what sub­dued. Bass per­for­mance is good, but the warmth once again makes them lack a cer­tain de­gree of def­i­ni­tion.

The UE Boom may not be the best sound­ing speaker in the lineup, but it’s one that’s made to take a tum­ble or two.

“iT’S QuiTE rE­FrESh­ing ThaT log­iTECh ES­ChEWS ThE STraighT linES For SoME CurVES on ThE uE booM.”

Press­ing the Blue­tooth but­ton ini­ti­ates man­ual pair­ing.

Without any clear mark­ing, it can be hard to find the lo­ca­tion of the NFC tag next to the prom­i­nent vol­ume con­trols.

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