UE Me­ga­boom 3 Blue­tooth speaker

A TOUCH OF POL­ISH FOR THE POR­TA­BLE POW­ER­HOUSE

TechLife Australia - - TEST BENCH -

WHETHER YOU’RE SPLASH­ING about at a pool party or hud­dled around a camp­fire, the need for your Blue­tooth speaker to be able to han­dle rough and tum­ble is es­sen­tial. In­stead of fix­ing what isn’t broke, Ul­ti­mate Ears has re­fined its rugged, sound-pump­ing cylin­ders with the third gen­er­a­tion. While the Me­ga­boom 3 re­tains the wa­ter-re­sis­tance of its pre­de­ces­sor, it’s now of­fi­cially dust­proof as well, bump­ing the rat­ing up from IPX7 to IP67. This is thanks, in part, to the dura­bil­ity of the swanky new ma­te­rial that en­com­passes most of the unit. This fab­ric also gives off a neat iri­des­cent sheen, chang­ing hue with shifts in light or view­ing an­gle due to its two-toned color de­sign.

The speaker’s new Magic But­ton lets you quickly play, pause, or skip your tunes akin to the way some in-line re­motes be­have for head­phones. There’s sup­port to long-press the but­ton to bring up favourite playlists from Ap­ple Mu­sic and Deezer, although un­for­tu­nately there’s cur­rently no word on whether this will be com­pat­i­ble with other stream­ing ser­vices in the fu­ture. The same 360-de­gree sound pro­jec­tion re­turns with the Me­ga­boom 3, but this time Ul­ti­mate Ears has tuned it to have more bass and an over­all warmer sound sig­na­ture. The abil­ity to leave the unit stand­ing up while charg­ing is a wel­come change and comes thanks to a clever mi­cro-USB port re­lo­ca­tion, or you can use the Charge Up dock (sold sep­a­rately for $49) if you please.

Ul­ti­mate Ears has re­fined its al­ready-ex­cep­tional Blue­tooth speaker into an even bet­ter propo­si­tion for out­door en­thu­si­asts and par­ty­go­ers. While there’s not re­ally enough here to war­rant an up­grade from the pre­vi­ous model, it’s dif­fi­cult to rec­om­mend any­thing else to new­com­ers.

[ HARRY DOMANSKI ]

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