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The UE Mini Boom Sounds Great, But It Could Use An Updated Design

For the last month, I’ve had the opportunity to experience the new UE Mini Boom by Ultimate Ears. In fact, I’ve been using two of them, which is the best way to go in most situations.

The Facts

  • Company Name: Ultimate Ears
  • Product Name: UE Mini Boom
  • Price: $99.99 each
  • Size: The device measures 11.1cm x 6.7cm x 6.1cm. The speaker weights 301g.
  • Compatibility: You can pair up to eight Bluetooth enabled source devices, connecting two at the same time.
  • Website: http://www.ultimateears.com
  • Date Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2013

The Basics

The UE Mini Boom is a Bluetooth enabled speaker that streams sound from up to 50 feet (15m) away. It promises 10 hours of battery life, and is available in a range of colors, including orange, purple, red, yellow, and black. Each combines a metal frame with rubber casing, and serves as a minor upgrade to the Logitech UE Mobile Boombox.

Integration with iOS devices

The free UE Mini Boom app for iOS and Android pairs up to two devices to double the sound, or offer music in stereo.

Accessories

Each UE Mini Boom comes with a micro-USB charger.

Use and feel

The UE Mini Boom looks exactly like the Logitech UE Mobile Boombox, which remains on the market. To me, this design is dated. And compared to Jawbone’s Mini Jambox, a tad too big. It certainly isn’t the “compact design,” Ultimate Ears celebrates on its website, as easily fitting “in whatever backpack, purse, gym bag, or other random carrying accessory you may have.” Once you can get past its crummy design, the UE Mini Boom is actually an impressive device. I found its battery lasted for 10 hours between charges, as promised. I was also impressed with its clarity, when used as a speakerphone. [caption id="attachment_480636" align="aligncenter" width="320"]UE Mini Boom app UE Mini Boom app[/caption] The UE Mini Boom also rocks when playing music, which is probably most important for the majority of users. I found the music came in crystal clear, and the balance and bass more than appropriate for a personal speaker system. I was also impressed with the UE Mini Boom’s app, which is a must have when owning two of the devices. The app makes it simple to switch between stereo mode, and doubling the sound.

Scratches, Scuffs, and Dirt

The UE Mini Boom has been built to last thanks to its solid metal frame. Still, like with most speaker systems, I wouldn’t advise dropping it from that far off the ground.

What’s Hot

  • Clear sound, even when used as a speakerphone
  • Buttons that work
  • Full range of color choices
  • Nice app
  • Competitive price

What’s Not

  • Dated design
  • Buying two could make this an expensive choice for some users

How Does It Stack Up?

The biggest selling point for the UE Mini Boom is its wireless range of 50 feet (15m). This bests the range of 33 feet for Jawbone’s entire lineup of speakers, as well as the 3o feet promised for the Beats Pill speaker. Additionally, the UE Mini Boom is one of the few personal speaker systems to support NFC devices. This may not mean much to those who only own Apple devices. For everyone else, this could prove to be an important benefit moving forward.

Where Can You Get It, And How Much Does It Cost?

The UE Mini Boom is available now at U.S. retail stores and through the Ultimate Ears website. It is priced at $99.99.

Our Advice

For those looking for a no-nonsense stereo speaker system for their iOS device, consider the UE Mini Boom. It provides great sound with an impressive wireless range. Looking for the coolest speaker on the market? Go elsewhere.

The UE Mini Boom Overall Scores:

  • Aesthetic Appeal: ★★☆☆☆
  • Wow Factor: ★★★☆☆
  • Build Quality: ★★★★☆
  • Value: ★★★★☆
 Buy Now: You can buy the UE Mini Boom by visiting ultimateears.com.
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