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The UE Boom Speaker

The UE Boom Speaker

As someone who travels a lot, living abroad for months at a time in different places I’m not lucky enough to have all the creature comforts a home normally has. I have no big screen tv, always fast internet or even a house big enough to have friends over. Which for someone who loves their gadgets can be quite the challenge. But one thing I can finally say I have is the ability to take my stereo on the road with me thanks to the UE Boom speaker that was recently gifted to me for review.

The UE Boom is billed as being the ultimate wireless speaker. It connects to any bluetooth device within an approximate 15 meter range (even through walls, I tested it) so that’s your iPhone, Android phone, computer and well anything that’s bluetooth enabled. Battery life is said to be 15 hours (I’ve not run it that long yet) and with its 360 degree speakers it seems suitable for any social gathering you might have.

UE Boom - Wireless Speaker

And by social gathering it could be splashing about in the pool or at the beach in safety due to its water resistance or letting it loose at a BBQ in the park where your mates will most likely toss it about like a footy landing it in the dirt and mud where luckily it’s stain/dirt resistant too. I’m just not game to test out those features yet.

UE Boom - Travel Friendly

The feature I was most skeptical about however was its ability to be loud enough for the job, I mean the thing is tiny after all. After testing it out the last couple of days at home and in the local park I can safely say as long as you aren’t planning to rival the local nightclub there will be no problems with everyone hearing your favourite tune.

Overall though I was pleasantly surprised by just how much such a little thing can do. And while I know it wouldn’t be something for every traveller, it’s certainly a niche product that well and truly booms into existence.

For more details head over to http://www.ultimateears.com/en-au

And for a list of place you can buy it go to http://www.ultimateears.com/en-au/retailers

Now what do you think, are portable speakers like the UE Boom something that you wish you could have for a BBQ or to bring with you on a bigger adventure?

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6 Responses to The UE Boom Speaker

  1. MEGHAN'S GUILTY PLEASURES TRAVEL BLOG October 2, 2013 at 9:09 PM #

    The UE Boom Speaker looks nice. Definitely travel friendly, but I’ve been eying similar products just for around the house.

    Maybe I’m doing a little domestic project or doing make up for a night out, this type of product would be a nice supplement to your entertainment system.

    Frankly, if your main system is set up in a livingroom and your spending time else where in your living space, you don’t exactly want to blare music just to kind of hear it in a farther room.

    This bite sized system looks like a great option.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 3, 2013 at 2:07 PM #

      Meghan, that’s exactly the kind of use this is perfect for and what I’ll be using it for as well. Nobody wants to drag their big sound system anywhere or turn it up flat out to hear in another room. I’ve had it setup in my apartment I’m renting at the moment with my macbook air one place and the speaker doing its thing for everybody to hear.

  2. ANDI OF MY BEAUTIFUL ADVENTURES October 2, 2013 at 10:13 PM #

    How is the battery life on this? I have something similar and it dies so quickly!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 3, 2013 at 2:02 PM #

      Hi Andi,

      I’ve not run the battery flat yet but its said to last around 15 hours which depending on how you use it could be a fair while.

  3. ALEX | PARTIAL PARALLAX October 8, 2013 at 12:38 PM #

    Looks to be a very interesting product to use on the road. I’ve got some small Moshi speakers that tend to work rather well when I need them out and about. Considering the Ue is bluetooth enabled I would guess it is quite a weighty product if the battery lasts 15 hours but it does look rather funky

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 8, 2013 at 12:51 PM #

      Hi Alex, its weight isn’t too bad at around half a kilo and is bluetooth and NFC enabled which is quite cool for something like this. I don’t think it’s something that I would travel quickly with but for slow travel where you want some things from home or weekend trips away camping/to the beach/to a party its perfect.

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