LOGITECH UE BOOM
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.
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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.