With the Black Friday sales on, I decided to look for a suitable Bluetooth speaker to pair with my Amazon Echo Dot. I was looking for a device which had good sound quality when streaming music, not too large or too expensive. The speaker that really struck out was the UE Boom 2, as it was available at £84.95 from Argos and Amazon; I did consider the UE Megaboom which is the bigger model but this was sold out.
The first thing to say is that the packaging is not the usual rectangular box, being a cylindrical black plastic box with two compartments.
The UE Boom 2 has various features which stand out:
- 360 degree projection of the music
- It is waterproof to 1m for up to 30 minutes
- The battery life is quoted at up to 15 hours, depnding on listening volume.
- The Bluetooth range is 30 metres.
- Size: 180mm tall, 67mm diameter, weight 548g
As mentioned before the box containing the speaker and the other accessories is pretty special. It is separated into two compartments, with a little door hiding the charger and cables.
The charger and cable is in a pretty striking green colour.
You will note that the volume up and down buttons located on the side of the speaker are fairly large for ease of access. And if you press both down together for a few seconds, the speaker will also tell you how much charge is left in the battery – pretty useful if you do not have the App open and wanted to know.
The Power button is located in the center and is activated by pressing down until the speaker ‘wakes up’with a drum roll. The smaller button to the side is the Bluetooth button, but also acts as to activate the voice control function through Siri (if iPhone connected) or Google Now with Android devices.
The charger port and 3.5mm input port are concealed under rubber flaps, which help keep water out of when the speaker is submersed in water. They also provide a D-ring to allow for the speaker if you would like to clip it onto something, and this does unscrew to reveal a 1/4″ screw thread to allow mounting it more securely if needed.
A white LED lights up when the device is being charged.