The UE Megablast walks the line between a smart and a bluetooth speaker. It is the biggest speaker of UE’s range, making it less portable than the smaller and cheaper Megaboom. Although it sounds better than the Megaboom, it isn’t significantly better.
But if you have Amazon’s Alexa AI the Megablast really comes into its own. Unlike UE’s smaller speakers the Megablast is fully Alexa compatible. And, as a speaker designed primarily for music, the sound quality is much better than Amazon’s own speakers. The Megablast is compatible with UE’S convenient Power Up dock for charging. Combined with the dock, the Megablast is more comfortable as a smart speaker than something to throw in your backpack. Price $379.