• UE Boom
  • UE Boom
  • UE Boom
  • UE Boom
  • UE Boom

Specs / Features


Make Some Noise: UE BOOM is the 360-degree speaker that drops bold, rich resonant sound in every direction with exceptional bass size. | Up for Anything: UE BOOM has a versatile, go anywhere shape that is designed to be spontaneous | Life-Resistant: Colorful acoustic skin with plasma coating makes UE BOOM water and stain resistant | Live Wirelessly: Switch songs, adjust volume and take phone calls from up to 50 feet away. The rechargeable battery has 15 hours of playback | Double Up: Wirelessly connect two UE BOOMs together in stereo via the UE BOOM app to spread the sound and pump up the volu... More

Make Some Noise: UE BOOM is the 360-degree speaker that drops bold, rich resonant sound in every direction with exceptional bass size. | Up for Anything: UE BOOM has a versatile, go anywhere shape that is designed to be spontaneous | Life-Resistant: Colorful acoustic skin with plasma coating makes UE BOOM water and stain resistant | Live Wirelessly: Switch songs, adjust volume and take phone calls from up to 50 feet away. The rechargeable battery has 15 hours of playback | Double Up: Wirelessly connect two UE BOOMs together in stereo via the UE BOOM app to spread the sound and pump up the volume. Please refer to compatbility information present below.

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Specification

Brand UE
Model 980-000678
Size 6 x 6 cm (2.4 x 2.4 in)

Reviews summary

8.2/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 14 reviews

What's good

  • NFC Tap-to-Pair support
  • 8-device memory
  • Pairing support for full stereo
  • Multiple mounting options

What's bad

  • Weak bass
  • Slightly pricey
  • Few preset options in app

When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, you are often forced to choose between portability and sound quality. The Ultimate Ears Boom speaker receives great reviews in both areas. CNet says, “At 1.2 pounds, it's not heavy, but it's also not light and has a little bit of heft to it.” PCMag says that they “have yet to find a speaker of this size put out this much sound.” Of course, volume is not everything. However, What Hi Fi states that “the 360-degree effect promised by Ultimate Ears is effective – the soundfield is wide and spacious.”

The speaker allows for quick pairing through NFC tap-to-pair and the plasma-coated mesh and rubber construction provides excellent durability as well as water- and stain-resistance. Mike Lowe of Pocket-Lint took his to Glastonbury 2013 and said that “at the beginning of a four-hour downpour a slightly soggy Boom sat in the centre of our tent and delivered the tunes to appreciative ears.” CNet tested the clean up of the speaker and said “you can simply wash the speaker off or wipe it down with a damp cloth and it cleans up well.”

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Pocket-Lint also applauded the versatility of the speaker, noting that “As well as being positioned flat or stood up on either end, the UE Boom is also designed to sit on a tripod mount, or hang by a tied cord via the included metal loop. It's also possible to slip the UE Boom into a bicycle bottle holder or the mesh slip typical of many backpacks.” Using the smartphone app, it is possible to pair two speakers for extended range or stereo sound as well. With 50-foot pairing range and a battery life tested at nearly 15 hours by both CNet and Tom’s Guide, the UE Boom appears to be fit for both on-the-go or at-home use.

Unfortunately, there are a few shortcomings. Both CNet and PCMag noted that while mids and highs were clear that deep bass was weak and muddled. Then there is the price. As one of the higher priced Bluetooth speakers available, the competition is fierce. CNet said “it's pricier than competitors such as the JBL's cylindrical Flip and Charge, so I was expecting a little more, particularly in the bass department.” However, Michael Gowan of Tom’s Guide echoes the opinion of most reviewers when he states “The UE Boom's combination of ruggedness, features, style and sonic excellence makes it worth the slight premium you pay.”

Reviews (8.2/10 Avg. rating)


Digit

Solid audio performance and aesthetics

from Digit

Since the Logitech UE Boom is not available in India, it's not practical to spend a lot on getting it shipped here. However, it is also one of the best portable Bluetooth speakers that I've come across so, if you've got money to burn, then go ahead and order it.

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Since the Logitech UE Boom is not available in India, it's not practical to spend a lot on getting it shipped here. However, it is also one of the best portable Bluetooth speakers that I've come across so, if you've got money to burn, then go ahead and order it.

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What Hi-Fi

The Ultimate Ears Boom is a cool product

from What Hi-Fi

We’re impressed with the Ultimate Ears Boom.

This compact speaker has some great features that you simply don’t see in most wireless speakers, and it’s designed to be as easy to use as possible.

More importantly, it sounds fantastic. There could be some subtle tweaks, but its big, spacious sound – with excellent detail and rhythm – is exciting and engaging....

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We’re impressed with the Ultimate Ears Boom.

This compact speaker has some great features that you simply don’t see in most wireless speakers, and it’s designed to be as easy to use as possible.

More importantly, it sounds fantastic. There could be some subtle tweaks, but its big, spacious sound – with excellent detail and rhythm – is exciting and engaging.

Give the UE Boom a go – we think you’ll have as much fun as we did.

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Expert Reviews

A modern Bluetooth speaker ready to take on the elements

from Expert Reviews

The Ultimate Ears Boom, made by the prestigious audio company bought out by Logitech a couple of years ago, is a consumer-friendly portable speaker that's made to go with you wherever you want to take your tunes.

At £170, the UE Boom isn't cheap, but it does have an extensive list of features. NFC is quickly becoming a must-have for easy pairing, and the speaker's incredibly tough construction makes it ideal for taking outside the house....

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The Ultimate Ears Boom, made by the prestigious audio company bought out by Logitech a couple of years ago, is a consumer-friendly portable speaker that's made to go with you wherever you want to take your tunes.

At £170, the UE Boom isn't cheap, but it does have an extensive list of features. NFC is quickly becoming a must-have for easy pairing, and the speaker's incredibly tough construction makes it ideal for taking outside the house.

The Boom's sound quality isn't outstanding, but the 360-degree design means everyone can hear your music regardless of where they stand.

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Apple Insider

The Boom offers up plenty of great sounding audio, putting it among the upper echelon of premium portable speakers

from Apple Insider

Ultimate Ears accomplished a lot with the Boom, taking a few steps forward from their previous speaker entries in both sound quality and design. Although a number of other devices share a similar form factor, the UE model stands apart with touchable, resilient materials and high quality audio.

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Ultimate Ears accomplished a lot with the Boom, taking a few steps forward from their previous speaker entries in both sound quality and design. Although a number of other devices share a similar form factor, the UE model stands apart with touchable, resilient materials and high quality audio.

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TechDigest

An attractive and deafeningly loud Bluetooth speaker with waterproof credentials

from TechDigest

Though we'd hope for a little more depth to the sound os a speaker costing £170, as a whole package, the Ultimate Ears Boom is a wonderful speaker. It's got an eye-catching, portable and rugged design, simple NFC pairing options and a solid battery performance, with sound quality at least a match for its rivals (if a little lacking for the price). If you're planning a wet and wild outdoor party, the Ultimate Ears Boom will feel right at home in the heart of it.

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Though we'd hope for a little more depth to the sound os a speaker costing £170, as a whole package, the Ultimate Ears Boom is a wonderful speaker. It's got an eye-catching, portable and rugged design, simple NFC pairing options and a solid battery performance, with sound quality at least a match for its rivals (if a little lacking for the price). If you're planning a wet and wild outdoor party, the Ultimate Ears Boom will feel right at home in the heart of it.

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Good Gear Guide

Its small size is not indicative of its power

from Good Gear Guide

It doesn’t have the deepest bass we’ve heard from a small speaker, but considering its design we’re impressed.

The UE Boom is, for $199, a surprisingly good compact wireless speaker. Great battery life, surprisingly full and rich and clear sound, and a smart, modern, simple design. Pair it with a second Boom, though, and it’s more than twice as good.

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It doesn’t have the deepest bass we’ve heard from a small speaker, but considering its design we’re impressed.

The UE Boom is, for $199, a surprisingly good compact wireless speaker. Great battery life, surprisingly full and rich and clear sound, and a smart, modern, simple design. Pair it with a second Boom, though, and it’s more than twice as good.

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Pocket-lint

Striking looks rooted in functional design

from Pocket-lint

Our UE Boom has delivered the audio goods at festivals, while at the desk, in the park and even during broken-radio car journeys.

It's a versatile, well-designed Bluetooth speaker which = and despite its rather steep £169 asking price - delivers on so many levels: it looks great, the sound is immersive and rich, yet remains big and loud considering the unit's small scale. Add waterproofing, a rugged build and a battery life that goes into double figures and Ultimate Ears leaves little to be desired....

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Our UE Boom has delivered the audio goods at festivals, while at the desk, in the park and even during broken-radio car journeys.

It's a versatile, well-designed Bluetooth speaker which = and despite its rather steep £169 asking price - delivers on so many levels: it looks great, the sound is immersive and rich, yet remains big and loud considering the unit's small scale. Add waterproofing, a rugged build and a battery life that goes into double figures and Ultimate Ears leaves little to be desired.

The UE Boom is a class act - in fact we're yet to see or hear a better Bluetooth speaker of this size. Perfect for summer park time, winter hideaway time or pretty much any time.

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TrustedReviews

Brilliant but expensive Bluetooth speaker

from TrustedReviews

Its waterproofing misfire is unfortunate, but the Ultimate Ears UE Boom is one of the better portable Bluetooth speakers. It looks good, it sounds decent and it’s seriously loud.

However, this whole product type is problematic, because all the style-driven speakers of this type are too expensive to be considered ‘good value’. The prices of speakers like this, the Beats Pill and the Jawbone Jambox feel as though they’re inflated for the sake of seeming like ‘premium’, desirable items....

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Its waterproofing misfire is unfortunate, but the Ultimate Ears UE Boom is one of the better portable Bluetooth speakers. It looks good, it sounds decent and it’s seriously loud.

However, this whole product type is problematic, because all the style-driven speakers of this type are too expensive to be considered ‘good value’. The prices of speakers like this, the Beats Pill and the Jawbone Jambox feel as though they’re inflated for the sake of seeming like ‘premium’, desirable items.

The Ultimate Ears UE Boom is a convenient, cool-looking portable Bluetooth speaker that offers superb volume for its small size. However, like most other style-obsessed portable speakers of late, it seems expensive given the sound quality and level of tech sophistication it really brings to the table.

The Ultimate Ears UE Boom is a convenient, cool-looking portable Bluetooth speaker that offers superb volume for its small size. However, like most other style-obsessed portable speakers of late, it seems expensive given the sound quality and level of tech sophistication it really brings to the table.
Read more at http://www.trustedreviews.com/ultimate-ears-ue-boom_Portable-Audio_review#5u9xiVJP49qElged.99 The Ultimate Ears UE Boom is a convenient, cool-looking portable Bluetooth speaker that offers superb volume for its small size. However, like most other style-obsessed portable speakers of late, it seems expensive given the sound quality and level of tech sophistication it really brings to the table.
Read more at http://www.trustedreviews.com/ultimate-ears-ue-boom_Portable-Audio_review#5u9xiVJP49qElged.99 The Ultimate Ears UE Boom is a convenient, cool-looking portable Bluetooth speaker that offers superb volume for its small size. However, like most other style-obsessed portable speakers of late, it seems expensive given the sound quality and level of tech sophistication it really brings to the table.
Read more at http://www.trustedreviews.com/ultimate-ears-ue-boom_Portable-Audio_review#5u9xiVJP49qElged.99 Read full review

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PC Magazine

Surprisingly powerful despite its small size

from PC Magazine

Logitech's Bluetooth speakers have proven to offer solid performance in small, affordable packages, and the UE Boom (named for the Ultimate Ears brand Logitech acquired) is no different. At $199.99 (direct) this cylindrical speaker is eye-catching, gets pleasantly loud, and can even be paired up with another speaker for a wireless stereo experience. While pricier, it offers better sound and significantly more power than the Logitech UE Mobile Boombox. As expected for a small portable Bluetooth speaker, though, it doesn't exactly impress on the low end....

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Logitech's Bluetooth speakers have proven to offer solid performance in small, affordable packages, and the UE Boom (named for the Ultimate Ears brand Logitech acquired) is no different. At $199.99 (direct) this cylindrical speaker is eye-catching, gets pleasantly loud, and can even be paired up with another speaker for a wireless stereo experience. While pricier, it offers better sound and significantly more power than the Logitech UE Mobile Boombox. As expected for a small portable Bluetooth speaker, though, it doesn't exactly impress on the low end.

The Boom's can-shaped design offers what Logitech calls 360-degree sound, and to its credit the speaker seems to offer solid, room-filling imaging regardless of its placement or your listening position. It uses two 1.5-inch drivers and two 2-inch passive radiators to put out its sound, but Logitech isn't clear on their spacing or configuration to produce the 360-degree sound. It gets satisfyingly loud, and while as a single speaker it doesn't have much in the way of stereo imaging, it successfully annoyed our entire lab during testing with its volume.

If you want a real stereo experience, the Boom can be paired with another Boom through Logitech's free UE Boom app for iOS and Android, turning them into stereo Bluetooth speakers. This is a nice option, but it requires purchasing another UE Boom. Even if you're just buying one, though, the UE Boom offers solid performance in a convenient, simple design.

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Cnet

Compact yet durable and versatile enough for outdoor use

from Cnet

The UE Boom is one those products that grows on you the more you use it. Judging it purely from an audiophile perspective, it has some shortcomings, particularly in the bass department. But on a less nitpicky level, it's a well-designed compact speaker with sleek looks, good build quality, and long battery life. It also happens to be water- and stain-resistant, making you more confident about taking it places -- and perching it in spots -- that might seem a little precarious for other speakers....

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The UE Boom is one those products that grows on you the more you use it. Judging it purely from an audiophile perspective, it has some shortcomings, particularly in the bass department. But on a less nitpicky level, it's a well-designed compact speaker with sleek looks, good build quality, and long battery life. It also happens to be water- and stain-resistant, making you more confident about taking it places -- and perching it in spots -- that might seem a little precarious for other speakers.

Where the speaker excels is outdoor use. If you trot it out at the next barbecue, you're sure to get a guest or two asking what company makes it and what it costs. Yeah, it's a bit pricey at $200, but once you use it for a while, I don't think you'll regret buying it.

Of course, if you have any doubts about the Logitech, buy it from a place that has a decent return policy and give it a test run yourself. Just make sure to try it indoors and outdoors before you make your final decision.

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Amazon.com Reviews Summary

3,512 from Amazon.com

3,512 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the UE Boom. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.4 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

8.8/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

96 from Amazon.ca

96 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the UE Boom. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.2 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

8.4/10

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