by Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Thursday 30 January 2014

Logitech subsidiary, Ultimate Ears, has followed up last year’s releases, UE Boombox and UE Mobile Boombox, with the portable speaker to top all portable speakers: the UE Boom.

The UE Boom stands at 6.5 centimetres wide, 18 centimetres tall, and weighs in at 538 grams (think of it as twice the weight of the iPad mini.) It has a cylindrical form that’s about 2.6 inches in diameter, small enough to cosily fit in the palm of your hands, but a bit too big to fit in your pocket – unless you still wear those baggy jeans from the 90s. At the base, it has a hook which you can attach a lanyard or hang it on a wall.

The design and choice of materials are superb. It comes in a variety of colours and has a water and stain resistant acoustic skin. The cylindrical form gives it the flexibility to have any orientation you’d like. You can have it standing up or lying down, and it would still sound the same. As for durability, the speaker’s cloth doesn’t give way too much when you press against it. The look overall is really minimalist and clean, plus the buttons are easy to locate and use that even your grandma can handle it with ease.

Ok, facial features aside, let’s talk about its inner beauty: the tech and the sound. First, the tech. If devices were people, the UE Boom would be a very polygamous guy because it can pair up to eight devices simultaneously and ‘Double Up’, meaning it can connect to another speaker to really get the sound party started. If you know what I mean (wink wink). It also has NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 for ease of connectivity, 15 hours of battery life, and a built-in mic so it can act as a speakerphone.

Sound-wise, the UE Boom will give you the audio experience you’ve always wanted. The audio isn’t bass heavy and is clear, even when you crank up the volume. Though I wouldn’t do that if I were you, because the sound can get loud. Really, really loud. It’s more suited for an outdoor setting than an indoor one. And with a 50 foot Bluetooth range, this baby is made for disturbing the neighbours while you party in the backyard.

So, yay or nay? I say, yay! At $199, the UE Boom is a good buy with its great functionality, good-looking design, portability, and booming sound.

With this portable gizmo, your speaker is no longer a solitary device, but the life of the party.