When you want to take your music on the go outdoors, you don’t need to be worrying about whether or not you’ll damage your speaker. That’s why Logitech-owned Ultimate Ears has come out with the UE Boom 2, an improved version of their iconic Bluetooth speaker that goes where you want, when you want, and how you want.
The original UE Boom was released in 2013, and it set a new standard for Bluetooth speakers with its cupholder-friendly design, colorful appearance, awesome acoustics, and iOS app for controlling the speaker and pairing multiple ones together. The second generation of the speaker promises to improve on an already great design, and we’ll find out how well it does that when my colleague, Bryan Wolfe, publishes his review of the speaker in the coming days.
The UE Boom 2 is small enough to fit in the water bottle pocket of your backpack, but it blasts out big sound. The new UE Boom 2 is 25 percent louder than its predecessor, and is more powerful with a range of 100 feet. The battery lasts for 15 hours, and it can handle a drop from as high as 5 feet.
The best part, though, is that the speaker carries an IPX 7 waterproof rating. That means it can withstand incidental exposure of water up to 3 feet for as long as 30 minutes. It also includes a new tap control, allowing you to pause, play, and skip songs without needing to have your phone handy.
The UE Boom 2 can be paired with its app, allowing you to see the battery indicator, set music alarms, and even pair multiple speakers in stereo. The app also allows you to push out periodic firmware updates to the speaker, with Ultimate Ears says allows the speaker to keep getting better.
The Ultimate Ears Boom 2 is available for sale now through the product Web page, with a retail price of $199.99. Again, stay tuned in the coming days for Bryan Wolfe’s review of the speaker.