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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    vs Bose Soundlink Mini

    Posted
    JohnDonson

    I compared the Bose and the UE Boom at home for a few days (thank you BB for your generous return policy). It was really hard to choose, but the Boom won out in the end for superior overall sound quality, great attention to design details, and features. The Bose does have a big pillowy bottom end that you can feel as well as hear, and that is something that's lacking on the Boom. But that's all it seems to offer in terms of sound quality. The sound of the Boom is much more detailed, and holds it own across the frequency range when you turn it up. I found that when things got loud on the Bose, I could hear a lot of pumping and breathing and compression because the bass just overwhelms the unit. I really like the attention to detail in the design of the Boom, as well. Example: Power-on and Bluetooth sound effects. It plays a nice subtle conga-drum sound, vs Bose's rather loud and annoying blip. You can press the volume up/down buttons at the same time and a (again, quiet) voice tells you in 10% increments how much charge remains. It charges via universal micro-USB (and comes with its own wall charger, which provides extra power than average for quicker charging). The supplied cable is tangle-proof. The finish of the product is rubberized for a sturdy feel. The power LED is simple and soft-white. And - footprint. As the Boom stands on end, you can put it pretty much anywhere. You can even remove the D-ring and stand it on a tripod mount. The Boom comes with an IOS / Android app that allows you to choose EQ settings, view the battery level, get product help, and pair two units for more "Boom-osity". The EQ settings don't really change the sound that much. It has a very strong and detailed mid-range, which is the default "Out Loud" setting. "Intimate" tones down the mids/highs a little, and "Bass Boost" punches up the bass some. There's also a setting for spoken material, which thins out the sound if you're into that. When I first opened the app, it told me there was a firmware upgrade, which I applied by plugging in the device into my computer USB. It only added a couple of features, notably the Bass Boost EQ setting, but I appreciate that it's upgradeable… whether there will be more remains to be seen. The Bose has a lot going for it, and if you enjoy your music at lower volumes you may well enjoy it, but for me the better sound, advanced design, and feature set of the UE Boom made it the winner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Battery Life and VERY loud

    Posted
    SeanES
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The first thing I did was load the UE Boom app both on my Android Phone and iPhone (on each respective app store). The application immediately told me that the software version on the device had an update and instructed me to go to a website to review. The website instructed me to plug the UE Boom into my PC, at which point an upgrade was initiated. No issues. The application is not required, but allows you to do firmware updates as described, as well as provides a battery monitor and some VERY basic EQ settings such as extra bass or small room. . .3-4 settings that effect overall sound. I let the UE Boom charge overnight and then turned on 100% volume on Galaxy S3 playing Pandora and UE Boom set to 50% volume. It was too loud for a small 10x10 office if wanting for background music. I had read a handful of reviews complaining of battery life, but it FAR EXCEEDED my expectations by lasting 13 hours before I shut it off and the battery monitor showed 40% of battery still remaining. Most devices I have seen will show good battery life until the very end, and the device estimates 15. No complaints in this department. The other major factor of course is sound quality. It is not as good as the Bose overall, but has excellent highs and midrange and somewhat muddy lows, but tolerable. I think for outdoor activities with ambient noise, this device is perfect for the beach, the shop, park, etc. They show people placing them in their water bottle holder on a bike, and I think it would work good there. I have listened to a number of Blue Tooth devices such as this, and for an outdoor usable portable speaker, I would rate this near the top. Small room EQ setting worked very nice, and a tip on improving base is to locate the speaker in a corner. With all that said, I still think these devices (Bluetooth speakers in general) are all over priced, and need to drop 50% in price across the board. Not worth removing a Star as I was willing to pay for it so what do I have to complain about! Great speaker. Looking forward to our family vacation to the beach this summer. One last note. . .What the heck is with the packaging. It comes in what I suppose is a cool capsule like package that came in, but what a waste! I wonder how much of my price was for the package that I will never use again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Taking the competition to the next level

    Posted
    BestBuyMobileEmployee

    I have tested many bluetooth speakers that have hit the market over the last 2 years, dating back to the original Jawbone Jambox that ignited the craze over portable wireless speakers. The style and max volume of the Beats Pill impressed me enough to get one for my brother as a gift, and he loves it. I have consistently read glowing reviews for the JBL Flip and the upgraded JBL Charge, and once you listen to them in person, you can understand why (especially at their respective price points). But the Ultimate Ears Boom speaker by Logitech has absolutely blown away my expectations as to what a portable speaker in this size-range can pump out. After playing around with it in the store and checking out some excited reviewers' posts online, I decided to get one for myself and put it through the ringer at home. I played songs from my favorite alternative rock subgenres and also from some hip-hop/R&B artists that I like to really get a feel for what kind of bass the Boom could handle. First, you have to realize that it's physically impossible for any speaker this small to provide deep, thumping bass like a unit that is much larger. But the incredibly-loud max volume on the Boom did not become distorted like it did when I cranked up the sound on the Beats Pill, especially when the deep notes were reverberating from the drivers. The 360 degree sound effect was stunning, and the physical design of the Boom (which includes a water-resistant fabric-like speaker grille cover) was well thought-out to be both trendy and practical. I also am a fan of the funky, oversized volume buttons and the unique color-schemed models available to choose from. This is the first review I have ever written because I simply felt compelled to share my enjoyment of using this amazing product. Thanks for reading!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Most feature packed speaker, sound quality almost.

    Posted
    bldrnnr
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I rarely purchase anything over $100 without a fair amount of research as to my best option considering value and quality. I purchased the UE Boom after reading many reviews and eventually hands-on testing of my top picks. It was difficult for me to decide between this speaker and another as they were so close. In my experience, the most notable features were the Boom's multi-directional sound and the high volume with low distortion. The one lacking aspect that really turned me off was the poor bass output. Bass is virtually non-existent. Highs and mids are crisp and clear but the bass is so inadequate that it is distracting. I am not referring to a Sir Mix-A-Lot window rattling bass. Imagine if McCartney only sang and didn't play bass or the Red Hot Chili Peppers without Flea. The lack of bass is the only thing the Boom needs to make this the perfect Bluetooth speaker. The bottom line is if you are a young twenty-something who has frequent large gatherings outdoors during the summer, this is the speaker for you. If you are a little more experienced in life (slightly older) and enjoy craft beer while toasting a few premium cigars with some good friends, you might want to consider the Bose Soundlink Mini. I returned the Boom and purchased the Mini. It is tiers above the Boom for sound quality but it should be noted that it is much less convenient than the Boom. I am willing to give up convenience for sound quality. The speakers sole purpose is to play music so sound quality should be given priority. The Boom can be placed anywhere and fill the entire area with it's 360 design, it's simply amazing. Place the Mini in the corner of a room and you're good. The Boom can be left outside and survive a rain storm. Don't forget the Mini outside. The Boom has a higher sound level output. If you own a Mini, don't invite over your friends who scream their glory-days stories. Combine the features of the Boom with the sound of the Soundlink Mini and you have the perfect Bluetooth speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not Cheap, but worth every penny! Awesome Speaker

    Posted
    hollywoodfrodo
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    If you're looking for a good cheap Bluetooth speaker then you're probably not even considering this because it is not cheap. But it is definitely a case of getting what you pay for and even though you're gonna have to fork out a good chunk of money for this speaker, you will get your money's worth from it. (FYI - I did a video review of this on YouTube you can search for if you want to see it - just search for hollywoodfrodo ultimate ears boom.) This speaker is awesome! The sound from this rather small thing is pretty mind boggling. Small things like the very understated sounds it makes when you power on/off or it connects to a device show really smart attention to detail when engineering it. It looks great. It's water resistant - YES, I tested this by running it under the faucet while playing music. It feels good in the hand. The rubber top/bottom provide a nice grip to the surface you set it on, but it also comes with a D-Ring on one end so you can hang it if you want. It charges using Micro-USB and even though it comes with a charger and charging cord, you may not need it because if you own an Android phone you probably already have a micro-usb charger which will also work to charge it! The Bluetooth has really great range that lives up to the specifications and the battery seems to last as long as specified as well though I have not yet exhausted it myself since I generally listen for 2-3 hours at a time and charge it up about once or twice a week. The volume buttons on the device are both stylish and easy to use. I also appreciate that Logitech included an auxiliary jack in case you have a device that doesn't have Bluetooth or you just want to make the battery last even twice as long as it already does. Also the included NFC pairing is great for people with Android phones (most Android phones have NFC) which allows you to pair or connect with a simple tap. I love the app they created for it (both iOS and Android) that allows you to control certain aspects of the UE Book including equalizer and alarm. And if you have two of these you can use the app to set them up as right/left stereo speakers. We did this using mine with a friend's and it works great. It sounded as good as a decent home surround system. Overall, as with most Logitech products, I have been very impressed with the UE Boom. It really comes down to finances. If you don't have the money for it, then there are less expensive options but they also won't have all the features and the sound that this does.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Taking the competition to the next level

    Posted
    BestBuyMobileEmployee

    I have tested many bluetooth speakers that have hit the market over the last 2 years, dating back to the original Jawbone Jambox that ignited the craze over portable wireless speakers. The style and max volume of the Beats Pill impressed me enough to get one for my brother as a gift, and he loves it. I have consistently read glowing reviews for the JBL Flip and the upgraded JBL Charge, and once you listen to them in person, you can understand why (especially at their respective price points). But the Ultimate Ears Boom speaker by Logitech has absolutely blown away my expectations as to what a portable speaker in this size-range can pump out. After playing around with it in the store and checking out some excited reviewers' posts online, I decided to get one for myself and put it through the ringer at home. I played songs from my favorite alternative rock subgenres and also from some hip-hop/R&B artists that I like to really get a feel for what kind of bass the Boom could handle. First, you have to realize that it's physically impossible for any speaker this small to provide deep, thumping bass like a unit that is much larger. But the incredibly-loud max volume on the Boom did not become distorted like it did when I cranked up the sound on the Beats Pill, especially when the deep notes were reverberating from the drivers. The 360 degree sound effect was stunning, and the physical design of the Boom (which includes a water-resistant fabric-like speaker grille cover) was well thought-out to be both trendy and practical. I also am a fan of the funky, oversized volume buttons and the unique color-schemed models available to choose from. This is the first review I have ever written because I simply felt compelled to share my enjoyment of using this amazing product. Thanks for reading!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best portable Bluetooth speaker as of Dec 2013

    Posted
    stampy93

    I read online reviews to decide which speakers to audition in the store. I took my Android phone and played some of my favorite flacs using the Neutron app. I tried to establish a Bluetooth connection to and audition the following speakers: TDK A33: Store demo unit appeared to be broken. I tried power-cycling it, and it did power off and back on, but the top panel buttons controlling Aux vs. Bluetooth input didn't seem to do anything, and I wasn't able to pair it with my phone. Maybe I just didn't figure out the correct button sequence, but that would be a strike against it as well, for not being easy to operate. I concluded that this one is fragile and/or difficult to operate. And the build quality looked a bit cheesy in my opinion. I was unable to listen to it. Others have rated its sound highly. iHome IBT30: Hadn't heard of this one, but saw it on the shelf and it looked interesting. Couldn't get it to pair with my phone. Bose SoundLink Mini: Nice-looking but cheaper-feeling than I'd expect from pictures. Buttons don't feel high-quality to me. Paired with my phone, but dropped the connection at least once. Sound is bass-heavy. Definite bass presence that is missing on the Boom. But treble is muddy. At least part of the problem is that sound is *highly* directional. Directly in front of the speaker more treble is present, but off-axis the treble begins to disappear. In addition, the speaker does not get very loud. Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker II: Most of the same comments apply as for the Mini, except this one gets louder. This one dropped the Bluetooth connection at least twice. Granted there were a LOT of active Bluetooth devices running in the store, but I was at most a couple of feet from the speaker. And the Boom never dropped the connection. UE Boom: Paired with my phone with no sweat, and held the connection for 10-30 minutes (lost track) as I played around walking around and listening to different flacs. Sound is very clear and gets very loud. And it sounds pretty much the same in all directions: you don't have to be inside a "sweet spot". Bass response is somewhat lacking, as would be expected for a speaker using only 2" drivers. But the bass-heavy pieces I listened to had *enough* higher-frequency bass presence so they were highly enjoyable. Still think it's overpriced, but until the competition improves I guess Logitech can just about name their price. This is the clear winner in my opinion. Gave it as a gift to hard-to-please family members, and they LOVE it. So I'm happy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Mini speaker

    Posted
    Mewing000
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I just recently bought this and so far I love it. I had 4 Bose mini Sounlink speakers in a year. I kept having to take them back because they stopped working properly. The UE Boom speaker has an App to control certain things from your smartphone. You can turn it off or on. Has an equalizer with about 4 different sounds you can play like having extra Bass. Sound comes out really good. It has an alarm clock you can use. And it has a battery symbol on the corner of your screen to help you keep track of the battery life. It plays up to a good 15 hours and you can control the volume too from your phone as well. It also can be a speaker phone so you can have calls go to the speaker. They also come in various designs and colors which I really like as well. Has only a power button and a volume button on it. Not hard to connect to a device either. It says you can take the speaker apart and replace the battery, so I'm not sure how that works and I haven't reached that point yet. I just wish they had like clear skin cases to help prevent from scratches because it lays standing up and when windy outside it will fall or roll. The Bose Mini Soundlink I had to keep replacing. As I kept replacing them they got better on improving the speaker but still never lasted long. They would rather stop working as far as playing music through them or playing the music fully charged and no cord would only last 30 min or less and shut off. I talked to Bose plenty of times to try to fix the issues but nothing worked and they always wanted me to send it in to get fixed which would take like a month. The speaker fully charged without a cord or the cradle would last like 5 to 7 hours. If you attached the cradle it will help last a few more hours. Sometimes having in plugged in is better. The sound is great!!! Has a power button, a Bluetooth connect button to help you connect a device to it, mute and volume buttons. Sometimes it can be hard to connect to a device. You can use an aux cord with it as well if you choose to do so. You would have to have your phone volume and its volume all the way up to play to its maximum sound. Controlling the two different volumes from phone to the speaker can be annoying as well. I was sad to exchange my Bose for something else but I am really loving the UE Boom more. Just hope it lasts.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic sound quality for such a small speaker

    Posted
    LoadStar

    Fantastic sound quality for such a small device. It in no way sounds hollow, or bright, or boomy. Don't get me wrong, there is great bass here, just not the over the top boomy kind. For my ears, they really nailed this one. I have a fairly high end home system (Monitor Audio Gold speakers, SVS Subwoofer, older American made Sunfire Signature Power Amp and Pre Amp, and so on) that I setup to enjoy a mostly neutral, natural soundscape, so that is what I mean by "my ears". Everyone hears sounds somewhat differently, so take a listen to them first, if you can. If you like heavy, over the top bass, these are probably not for you. Otherwise, enjoy! As far as build quality goes, these are a well made speaker. The cover material is cloth, although it appears to be a durable, high quality cover, and marketed as being somewhat water resistant. the speaker is designed to stand up right, and on its bottom, between the two ports is a d-ring to allow for attachment to various clips or what not. I purchased mine in store and have only had it for a day. It is marketed as having a 15 hour battery life, depending on usage, and after using it for several hours it would seem like a reasonably accurate count. Connected to multiple iPhone 4S's quickly without any fuss. Very well packaged inside that round container! This was my first review here, sorry if it way too long.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great everyday portable speaker

    Posted
    xylltch
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I bought this speaker primarily to use at work but also to take along on vacations (great for in the car or hotel). I did extensive research on the available options and the two standout options for a portable (small enough to toss in a backpack) speaker with decent sound quality were the UE Boom and the Bose Soundlink Mini. The Bose clearly had better sound quality (mainly in louder/punchier bass) but did not seem as durable and was lacking the ability to charge via USB. This last point was a dealbreaker; I did not want to need to carry another power adapter at all times. I went with the UE Boom and knew I was paying more than I needed if sound quality was the only thing I needed. The build quality on the UE Boom really is fantastic and the device is well designed. It's stable standing up on either edge (which is great so you can charge it while listening) and has a nice solid feel. It's somewhat heavy but that's to be expected from the battery that's packed inside. Setting up the UE Boom was a breeze, just power it on, hold the pairing button and pick it from whatever device you want it to play from. One thing that's really great is that the UE Boom has a separate volume control from your device which makes it easy to fine-tune the volume across a number of devices (something that is difficult with a number of other Bluetooth speakers and headsets). Battery life has been fantastic, I listen for a few hours a few days a week and generally just plug it in overnight once a week. Sound quality is good, but you could probably find something that sounds about the same for a bit less money. Highs and mids are clear but bass is sorely lacking. I'm not a basshead by any means but even with classical and especially jazz you will notice that there's not much Bass. It never sounds bad though, and is perfectly acceptable for a portable unit. The UE Boom is very forgiving when it comes to placement within a room; it sounds fine no matter whether it's in a corner or the center of a room. If you're looking for the best possible sound quality among speakers in this category go with the Bose Soundlink Mini. If you are fine with "good-enough" sound and want something more durable and portable (since you can charge with any standard micro-USB cable) go with the UE Boom.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome speaker on sale

    Posted
    Zeus
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Bought the UE Boom on sale during Black Friday. At its original price it is a great product but it has stiff competition. For less than 100 USD it is a no-brainer. The speaker feels and looks premium in quality. It is beautiful and draws attention to itself. Pros 1. The audio is great when listening to music as it produces Mono sound. When watching a movie it is good but not great. 2. The Bluetooth range is excellent and audio tracks sounds good over Bluetooth as though the speaker is connected with wires to my Samsung tablet and Nexus 5 smartphone. 3. The battery in speaker charges in quick time and easily lasts several days without recharge. 4. The Boom is very loud. It can easily fill a room with pleasant audio. No matter how high the volume it is able to handle the audio with minimal distortion at Max volume. 5. The UE App allows major customization in how the speaker operates. My friends like Bass so when I am playing music for them I select Bass mode. When I am home I set it to standard. I can disable the speaker setting for notification sounds among other things. The Boom has some minor quirks. 1. When your phone is linked via Bluetooth, the Boom is not good as a hands free device when making and receiving calls as it doesn't have a microphone. 2. The speaker is not stable on its side and is prone to rolling. I like my speaker upright so this is not an issue for me. 3. You have to be careful where you place the speaker because the rubber at top and bottom over time may end up rubbing down if consistently placed on Hard Rough surfaces. If you need stereo sound this speaker is not for you unless you plan to buy a pair of them and sync/link them using the UE app. Overall, I am very pleased with my purchase. Best Buy processed and ensured my product was delivered in quick time. I would buy another UE Boom.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it

    Posted
    Trev
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I did lotttttsssss of research mainly reviewing other user reviews and so on. Then went into the store and spent a good hour hearing different sound quality of all options from mini Bose to jbl, to sony to the pill, etc. I originally thought I would buy a beats pill but after comparing in the store I found many had a much better sound. So after wasting more time in best buy I narrowed it down between the boom and one of the sony products. The Sony had slightly better base but I had to consider what I was really going to be using it for, which is outside or where my main speakers can't be with me. So durability came into play and the sony looked nothing durable and made sense as it wasn't designed for it, so I was leaning towards the BOOM, but 200 just seemed so high, low and behold the indago color was on sale, BOOM, sold. Have used it on a camping trip and just cause in my room for the past week or so. Love it, great design, plenty loud especially for how small it is, and is very user friendly, easy Bluetooth, managing, etc. I consider myself a techy country guy (rare breed) so it meets my satisfaction on both sides. After mine went off sale I found another color went on sale, so my only recommendation is to wait for a color you like to go on sale, sadly I doubt black will since its so popular, but I'd buy a pink one if it saved money! ....maybe Hope it helps, my hours of research online and in store will maybe save you some time

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Terrific Sound, Horrible Value

    Posted
    RumiSiddiqui

    There's no denying this unit gives you terrific sound, but in terms of good value and longevity, I have to disagree. By purchasing the UE Boom, you're essentially leasing this speaker for $200 every two years or so; the life of this product is determined by the life of the non replaceable battery. All rechargeable batteries have a limited charge cycle and the ability to hold charge decreases over time. I have confirmed with logitech, they have no intention of replacing the battery. This is already a luxury accessory, and for most it's difficult to come to terms with spending $200 on a bluetooth speaker. Now factor in, buying one every 2 years or so. I'd gladly shave off a few hours of playback for a user replaceable battery. I wouldn't even mind paying Logitech a fee to replace the battery after the warranty expires, but who wants a $200 brick? Always remember with this unit: Product Life=Battery Life. For this reason, I'll likely go with the Bose Sound Link Mini; at least it has a user replaceable battery, thus prolonging the life of the product for years to come.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Look no further, you have found the one (or two!)

    Posted
    AJ84
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I had been looking for a good wireless Bluetooth speaker for years! After reading multiple reviews and best ranking lists I finally decided on this one and I was in luck it was on sale, $30 off! It was one of the best tech decisions I've ever made. The sound is great, the speakers are easily portable but can really pack a punch. They transition easily from a small room to filling the beach with music, over the sound of crashing waves, I was both surprised and highly impressed. They are very easy to use, even for those who aren't tech savvy. They pair quickly the first time and every time. I bought two and doubling up (as UE calls it) is simple, just pair them once then turn them on over and over for flawless operation. I think the best selling point, and you won't know this till you buy it, is the battery life. Mine are WAY exceeding the 15 hours stated. I assume the 15 hours is at max volume, but at a reasonable volume I was able to use the speakers for 16 hours and they only discharged 20%! My only complaint about these speakers is the price, even on sale for $170/each they are a bit pricey, let alone the regular price tag of $200. I still think they are highly worth it, if you can afford them. Otherwise you may want to look at the mini boom for $100/each. I heard the mini boom for the first time last night, someone brought one out on the beach and it was packing the same punch as it's big brother. I can't speak to the rest of its features but the sound quality and the volume were pretty impressive. Overall, I highly recommend the UE boom, I really don't think you'll regret buying it. In fact I recommend buying two and doubling them up for double the sound or just as everyday speakers for around the house. If you can get them on sale, even better!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best All Around Bluetooth Speaker

    Posted
    iFL82
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I'll start by saying that yes, Bose does sound better and so does the JBL Charge, but the UE Boom is still my top choice. If you live an active lifestyle and want to have a speaker on the go, then this is a great pick. It's water resistant, durable, loud while maintaining excellent sound quality, has a looong battery life and functions as a speakerphone. If you're looking for something to sit on a desk all the time then go with the Bose mini or the Charge. The Charge even charges your phone which is pretty clutch. But if you plan to go hiking or want something to play on the sidelines in a tournament or something that might get exposed to rain, movement and a little wear, then the UE Boom is a clear winner. They even pay attention to the little things: there's an app for EQ, an alarm clock, and to pair with another speaker, there's a metal loop so that you can attach it to a backpack or your belt or hang it from a tree, it comes with a sweet neon charger with a long, flat (so that it doesn't tangle) usb cord. Yes, the UE Boom is a small step down in sound quality from Bose and JBL (a very small step... a lot of people probably wouldn't notice), but it's got a lot of other qualities that make it pretty sweet. And it is definitely better than the other big names, Jambone Jambox and Beats Pill.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Taking the competition to the next level

    Posted
    BestBuyMobileEmployee

    I have tested many bluetooth speakers that have hit the market over the last 2 years, dating back to the original Jawbone Jambox that ignited the craze over portable wireless speakers. The style and max volume of the Beats Pill impressed me enough to get one for my brother as a gift, and he loves it. I have consistently read glowing reviews for the JBL Flip and the upgraded JBL Charge, and once you listen to them in person, you can understand why (especially at their respective price points). But the Ultimate Ears Boom speaker by Logitech has absolutely blown away my expectations as to what a portable speaker in this size-range can pump out. After playing around with it in the store and checking out some excited reviewers' posts online, I decided to get one for myself and put it through the ringer at home. I played songs from my favorite alternative rock subgenres and also from some hip-hop/R&B artists that I like to really get a feel for what kind of bass the Boom could handle. First, you have to realize that it's physically impossible for any speaker this small to provide deep, thumping bass like a unit that is much larger. But the incredibly-loud max volume on the Boom did not become distorted like it did when I cranked up the sound on the Beats Pill, especially when the deep notes were reverberating from the drivers. The 360 degree sound effect was stunning, and the physical design of the Boom (which includes a water-resistant fabric-like speaker grille cover) was well thought-out to be both trendy and practical. I also am a fan of the funky, oversized volume buttons and the unique color-schemed models available to choose from. This is the first review I have ever written because I simply felt compelled to share my enjoyment of using this amazing product. Thanks for reading!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Taking the competition to the next level

    Posted
    BestBuyMobileEmployee

    I have tested many bluetooth speakers that have hit the market over the last 2 years, dating back to the original Jawbone Jambox that ignited the craze over portable wireless speakers. The style and max volume of the Beats Pill impressed me enough to get one for my brother as a gift, and he loves it. I have consistently read glowing reviews for the JBL Flip and the upgraded JBL Charge, and once you listen to them in person, you can understand why (especially at their respective price points). But the Ultimate Ears Boom speaker by Logitech has absolutely blown away my expectations as to what a portable speaker in this size-range can pump out. After playing around with it in the store and checking out some excited reviewers' posts online, I decided to get one for myself and put it through the ringer at home. I played songs from my favorite alternative rock subgenres and also from some hip-hop/R&B artists that I like to really get a feel for what kind of bass the Boom could handle. First, you have to realize that it's physically impossible for any speaker this small to provide deep, thumping bass like a unit that is much larger. But the incredibly-loud max volume on the Boom did not become distorted like it did when I cranked up the sound on the Beats Pill, especially when the deep notes were reverberating from the drivers. The 360 degree sound effect was stunning, and the physical design of the Boom (which includes a water-resistant fabric-like speaker grille cover) was well thought-out to be both trendy and practical. I also am a fan of the funky, oversized volume buttons and the unique color-schemed models available to choose from. This is the first review I have ever written because I simply felt compelled to share my enjoyment of using this amazing product. Thanks for reading!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Bluetooth connection failed after 16 months.

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    LOVESMUSICONHISPORCH
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    After loving these speakers for 16 months I was dismayed that the Bluetooth connection failed. Neither an iPhone, iPad, nor MacMini would find the signal of first one and then both speakers. I emailed Logitech and after 45 days of being persistent my replacement speakers arrived today and are working fine. First, Logitech emailed me a step by step process to try to fix the issue, including updating the firmware. Second, since that didn't work, Logitech sent me a UPS label to cover shipping charges, promising to replace the speakers. After a series of disjointed emails from Logitech - one acknowledging receipt of my speakers and then another one asking if I had sent them yet and whether my issues were resolved - I finally called the customer support line and was helped. The customer support line is staffed overseas so the English communication skills of their associate were challenging, but she worked hard to resolve my questions and confirm the status of my request - and within 15 minutes had confirmed that replacement speakers would soon be sent. I was promised a follow up email with a UPS tracking no. "within 24 hours" and did receive one - actually about 36 hours later. But the speakers did indeed arrive and they seem to be working fine. The UE Boom first generation speakers are evidently being replaced by a new version - so they no longer carried my preferred black color and asked for my choice between three or four other colors - the white ones will work just fine I think. So...bottom line is that Logitech ultimately came through but it took some effort...and I remain concerned that a $400+ investment in speakers may not last more than a few years.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Respectable Sound BUT extremely OVERPRICED for les

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    Khyber
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Does it sound great for the size of this speaker? A resounding YES!!! HOWEVER, the battery life absolutely SUCKS!!! I have done a 2-week tests using all my iOS and MAC devices... 1. iPhone 5 @ medium (half) volume = battery lasted for 2 1/2 hours. 2. IPad 4th gen @ medium (half) volume = battery lasted for 2 1/2 hours. 3. MacBook Air 3rd gen @ lowest volume = battery lasted 2 hours. 4. iPhone 3GS @ medium (half) column = battery lasted 2 1/2 hours. 5. iPhone 5 @ lowest volume = battery lasted just a few minutes short of 3 hours. I purchased this speaker on Aug 22. I decided to do a very thorough and extensive test on this speaker after my horrible first use experience. I used this evening of Aug 22 with my iPhone 5 at medium volume because I was in my office. A few short 2 hours later, it started to hiccup. The warning voice then came up saying "critical" something and then the freaking thing died on me. I decided to purchase the UE BOOM over JBL CHARGE because the salesperson informed me that this speaker is better and also holds 15-hr charge. She informed me that this speaker is really "geared" for outdoor use. There was zero truth to that sales pitch. This speaker barely lasted 3 hours. It was so freaking disappointing that we were stuck everyday at the beach with no music. I have combed the web to find out if my experience was a fluke and a rare one. However, this was not the case. I have read complaint reviews regarding battery life. This Bluetooth speaker is perfect if you are using it indoors and have immediate access to an ac and/or dc currents. You will be S.O.L. if you are at the beach or somewhere outdoors because the battery only lasts no more than 3 hours. Unless, of course, you have immediate access to ac/dc currents for immediate recharge.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound for the size.

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    Gadget56
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I was looking for a small but good sound speaker, I also on a jawbone ( small, not the mini nor the big) and it is very good but I need it something more powerful yet still small to carry around. So one day a friend of mine showed to me this little jewel and loved I tried for a few days and was sold on it. When connected to my iPhone it has the 50 feet range that the product says (I actually measured) even when I have my phone on my back pocket and walk around stays connected with walls between devices, if I walk out then the reception breaks a little ( If I wonder further that the 40-50 range) but as soon as I walk in, it connects again. What I noticed is that if connected to my Mac the connection is not as good, if I move the speaker more than 25 feet away the connection breaks, don't know why? But the music soundscway better when comes from Mac, I can hear instruments and lows and highs than I don't when connected to phone. I use the speaker on all of my Bluetooth devices and never have had a problem with the connection. Before buying i went to Best Buy and tried all the portable speakers they had on site I specialty compare this speaker with the more expensive Bose and discovered that if were to buy a Bose I would be paying just for the name because the sound was quite disappointing for a Bose. Have nothing against Bose their high end speakers are awesome and their $250 and up are much better that those over priced Beats. Anyway bottom line the UE Boom is an excellent small speaker and the best part of it is than in my case I waited until it was on sale and used some certificates that I had so I ended getting it for mere 165!!

    I would recommend this to a friend