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Ultimate Ears - WONDERBOOM Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Concrete-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 3424 reviews

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 12 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My favorite speaker

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    Kathleen
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    So I won't lie it took me a while to really decide on this product. My brother has the original UE Boom so I don't doubt the abilities or standard of UE products. But when considering what I wanted I needed something a little smaller and portable, loud, and humidity proof. I always play podcasts, audio books, and music when I'm showering, washing dishes, and other chores so I needed something I could hear over running water and stand my hot showers. This definitely made that cut. It's sound is so clear even if it isn't at the highest volume. It's short and round so it's easy to carry or throw into a bag. It even has a little hook if I wanted to clip it to my backpack. The charge lasts for days and it will auto shut off which is great because I tend to forget to turn it off. Does have a little weight to it but I don't carry it around in my hands so that doesn't bother me. They sell geek squad protection which is great because in the past for speakers I've bought it covers sound loss and Bluetooth connectivity. It's a great piece of mind for me. I haven't had problems yet and neither has my brother (he's had his ue boom for years now) but it is great to have that just in case. Especially because this speaker is a shiny penny.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound, bluetooth and waterproof speaker!

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    ElisaBH
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    Ultimate Ears - UE Wonderboom Portable Bluetooth Speaker. I received the Stone Gray color. A spherical Bluetooth speaker about the size of a baseball, the large rubberized plus and minus buttons control the volume, and it has a waterproof rating. Because of the shape, there’s more speaker. The Wonderboom also has a few extra touches that bring some small but significant quality changes to the brand. In addition to a power and Bluetooth pairing buttons, the Wonderboom as an additional button that can be used to play, pause, and skip tracks on a connected device. The same button can also be used to pair up multiple Wonderbooms without requiring the use of a companion smartphone app. The Wonderboom has a small bungie cord for hanging it from things, and can float in water. The Wonderboom offers strong, clear sound with low, moderate and high tones, balanced with the bass. While it might not be quite as loud as its larger counterparts, it still offers more than enough power to fill a decent-sized room. Ultimate Ears is claiming up to 10 hours of battery life for the Wonderboom, and says that the speaker can work up to 100 feet away from a Bluetooth source. Bluetooth is your only option for connecting to the Wonderboom. The Wonderboom charges using a Micro USB. BOTTOM LINE: Will be poolside this summer without hesitation. Clear sounds, quality product and totally splashable!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great portable speaker

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    Ninjakid
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    This little speaker has good battery life and fantastic sound for its size. It has good weight to it but can be carried easily . It has a cord loop on its top that you can use to attach it to a backpack if you use a attachment device like a clip or something. It can also be hung from a hook. I personally put it on a shelf in my shower where it works well, since its waterproof its perfect for shower/ bathtub use. The only flaw and disappointment is that while it comes with a USB charging cabel they do not give you a power brick to plug it into. So if you want to charge it you need to use a powered USB hub or plug it into a computer or a wall adapter from your phone which might cause slow charge times depending on the charger output. The lack of a wall charger took away one star as this can be a extra expence for something that should have been included. Also there is a lack of detailed instructions for the device, while you can find some info online I have not been able to find information about charging status there is a blinking status light but what does it mean? I have no idea. I left it plugged in about 6 hours and the light went off so I assume that means its fully charged but not sure since there is no documentation with the device or on the support site about this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Speaker, Small, Easy, Plenty Loud

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    hokie00
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    I just set this up the other day. It was extremely easy to setup from my cell phone. A simply push of the power button, then sync button, go to your device and select the speaker from your BlueTooth menu - All set. You can control the volume and play/pause from your device or the speaker. It has a wide range for the volume, and gets louder than i wanted to try. I used it inside and outside. I did not test it to see if it's water resistant/proof I'll take their word for it (It is supposed to be water resistant to 1 meter). I ran it for most of the night and did not drain the battery yet (it's supposed to be good for 10 hrs, I used it for about 6 hours uninterrupted). I also tested it out earlier in my office for range. It went an easy 70-80' around walls etc. (it is supposed to be good for 100' - likely for open space) It's a pretty simple design/setup. There are 5 buttons on the speaker: power on/off, sync, play/pause, volume up, volume down. There is also a port for the included USB cord to recharge (does not include the wall plug, only USB cord). It has a small loop to hang it with although it's a little too heavy to hang from your belt, but maybe a backpack or duffel bag would be good or somewhere from your deck or beach umbrella. Sound quality was very good, not great as the volume went up loud. A great product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Too cute for its own good - limited use

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    laserwizard
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    I found this product to be less than satisfactory for anything but limited use. First, installation is not intuitive - like some new products, there are NO INSTRUCTIONS - it has something that must be a picture based set of instructions, but it does not give you any clue what to do beyond 1 and 2. It does not tell you what to do next. You will have to go to bluetooth on your device and activate the pairing from a listing. Not sure why this was not mentioned at all. Volume controls are not described at all - they are the - and + signs on the body (in yellow). Second, sound is okay - that is why I note it is limited. Better than nothing but certainly not great sounding. Third, no instructions on charging this - there is a piece of ill fitting rubberized plastic at the base that hides the micro usb charging port. You'd think at least it would be labeled or ingrained with "usb". I guess if you need a portable speaker for some device that is water resistant, this is okay. I wonder why you'd need one since I'd never put anything electrical near water. I'm over 50 and I see no use for this other than to leave it in a place where I don't have speakers and to use it on a limited basis. Instructions are awful to non-existant and those debits are what bring down this score. Too cute for its own good.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Affordable yet powerful portable speaker

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    Prat
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    I always wanted to get a portable speaker. But didn't want to spend a lot of money on it. When I got this, I was surprised by its size. I wasn't sure if it will do any good. Don't be fooled by its size. It is cute and rugged and packs a punch. It is easy to pair right out of the box via Bluetooth. It had little charge, but I decided to let it charge completely before I start playing. There is an option to hook this speaker to your bag or door or any place. Its very light, easily portable and you can use the big plus and minus signs to control the volume. Although it is waterproof, I haven't dropped it in a pool. One of the best option is that it can be paired with another UE Wonderboom for large room or multi room setup. Unlike the front facing speakers, this one is 360 degrees and can be heard in all direction. It comes with a USB cable to charge this speaker. Even though we have so many USB wall adapters, it would be nice if it came with one since the charging times varies based on what kind of adapter or port you use. There is no other input to the speaker like an aux or USB port. Overall, an affordable wireless Bluetooth speaker with great sound, easy portability and long battery life. I would definitely recommend this if you are considering an entry level portable Bluetooth speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

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    Joseph
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    I take part in lots of water activities (tubing on the river, boating on the lake, etc) and have used several other types of Bluetooth speakers. I had purchased this particular speaker upon reading that it was waterproof and would float. After fully charging my newly bought speaker, I ventured out on one of my water activities. Another friend had one of the same speakers. I took the opportunity to pair the speakers and was loving life. Shortly after two hours of continuous use, the speakers ran out of power. I was shocked. I know that the description says that is is good for up to 8 hours of run time, that usually means "up to". No guarantee of a full 8 hours. But 2 hours. Wow. I thought it was because I paired my speaker with another one. I tried a couple of more times, this time utilizing only my speaker. Still, about 2 and a half hours of use outdoors. I am now officially disappointed. Who is going to stay outside for a mere two hours. The sound is great and it survives any amount of splashing, so I was excited to make this my go to speaker. Now I am left with the need to find a different speaker that will give me more time of listening pleasure.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker!

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    VitT
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    I wanted a portable speaker mainly for my travels. I initially went to Best Buy for a JAM speaker they had for a ridiculously low holiday sale price. Lo and behold, they were also having Christmas prices on their UE speakers. I’ve always known from past experiences UE makes great portable speakers and as there were major price differences between the JAM and the Wonderboom, my decision centered on quality. As they say “you get what you pay for”, and decided on the Wonderboom and boy does the Wonderboom deliver! Audio quality is very robust: i actually had it cranked fairly loud without hearing any frequency compromises that typically happens with cranked up volume. I also like the 360 sound projection than the typical mono direction of cheaper speakers. Overall, I’m glad I forked over the extra $30 difference as chances are, I would’ve ended up with yet another tinny-sounding speakers. I can’t wait to use this for my travels. I highly recommend!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, waterproof and Bluetooth fun!

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    PracticalSandy
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    This softball sized roundish speaker came in a simple package with no instructions except for a diagram on the back of the inside of the box. The beauty is that this was all that was needed. On the top of the speaker - one button for Bluetooth pairing (my phone found it easily), and one button for power. On the front a cross (so cool), with the plus to increase volume and the minus to decrease volume. It comes with a USB cord for charging. I listened to iHeart radio from my phone through the wireless Wonderboom - and was impressed by the sound quality. The volume is plenty for what I will ever need, inside or out. Plus, being waterproof, drop proof and having a long lasting battery (haven't quite tested the limit yet)... this is a perfect speaker for bringing with anywhere or putting outside during gardening or barbecuing!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Ah! Great Shower Radio 2017 Version

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    CoolBoomer
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    This little baby was easy to pair with my Moto, which I did while it was fully charging before the first use. (Yes I always charge things first no matter what.) The manual is a teeny tiny thing tucked into a corner of the rather lavish packaging but I was at the PC so downloaded one from Logitech, so I didn't need a magnifying glass. The sound is pretty good for something of this size. It puts out the best bass when placed on a table or counter. I wasn't blown away by the volume or quality of the audio but it is still pretty good for something in this price range. I try not to compare it with the first Echo I had, which had an advantage being constantly powered with an AC adapter vs the battery powered Wonderboom. This thing is waterproof to a certain degree so I christened it in the shower with the new Mastodon, and it was interesting. That to me is the best selling point--it's rugged and waterproof. You can play anything from your phone, so you can go and bring your news and music in the bathroom with you. Or on the boat. Or in the pool. Not sure if it floats! I would have given it 5 stars if there was more "boom" to the Wonderboom.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Room full of sound

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    CarolinaGirl2014
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    I'm in love with this speaker! This thing gives my nose speaker a run for its money. I've used this during a house party and my friends were even impressed! It's like a surround-sound speaker but for music, lol. I even like the nifty loop it has so you can hang it up (I use it in the shower). I really appreciate the fact you can skip songs and control the volume right on the speaker itself. Not all speakers have that ability. With this one, I don't have to rely on my phone to control things that matter. This isn't going to play any sound from your calls through it; there's no mic. The speaker is a bit heavy in the hand but that doesn't matter to me but it might to those that will travel with it. I like the overall design of it, too. I legitimately hope that you buy it and see for yourselves how great this speaker is. For me to put it in the league with my bose speaker says a lot (Bose does still do a better job of catering to bass). I definitely recommend this speaker to active partygoers or even just to keep in your shower (it's water resistant). It'll serve its purpose either way.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good,durable little speaker!

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    Ozzie
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    I bought this speaker to replace the INCREDIBLY anemic Braven unit I previously used for listening to music while on job sites...I am VERY pleased that I did! It has good range, better than average volume & decent bass. Battery life is good, too: it ran all day at @ 70% volume while I was working in our warehouse last week and still had life left. I can’t speak to its water resistance, but I can say that it seems to be durable: it resides in my work backpack that gets slammed around a lot and has been dropped (oops!) twice from around 4feet—-once onto a concrete slab—-with no apparent effect on function and zero visible damage. One thing that I DON’T like about this unit is its inability to function as a speaker phone. I often receive calls from clients/colleagues while listening in the field, and this would be a great feature to have (the ONLY pro the Braven has over this unit). Overall, I’m happy with the purchase and would recommend it to anyone who wants a relatively cheap, durable and weather-proof speaker for field use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Speaker Especially for the Price

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    Grabes
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    I had been searching for a good outdoor speaker I could use while doing everything from kayaking to general yard work at the house but did not want to spend a ton of money. I stopped into Best Buy and was trying out the different speakers (most likely annoying other customers and workers haha) when I stumbled across this little gem. It was LOUD especially for the size and the sound quality was fantastic. I even compared it to the more expensive WonderBoom models and found this one to have better sound quality. The speaker does not weigh much and has a loop where you can easily hook a carabiner making it very portable. The real test, however, came while testing it at home while in the backyard...and I am very happy to say I can place this speaker at one end of the yard and hear it loud and clear from the other end and do not even have to turn it up all the way. The only downside I will say is the bass is a little lackluster but that is not a huge deal for me. All in all I love this little speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent Speaker For the Price

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    zboot
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    So, I must start off by saying that I'm already biased towards the UE Boom 2 speakers. I'm glad to report that the Wonderboom maintains the same level of sound quality and great bluetooth range. In a warehouse setting, I was able to get almost 100 feet away with no degradation in signal. That includes doors, shelving, and concrete in between the speaker and my phone (I had to turn the volume up to the max to conduct this test). That said, it seemed the overall volume was still a bit lower than the Boom 2s. That's not to say it isn't great and the Boom 2s are a bit more expensive. Size wise, I'm conflicted. It's pretty compact, and again, my bias my be showing, but I felt it wasn't quite as portable as competitor speakers. The ruggedness and waterproof features are a plus and expected at this price point. If you're looking for a nice travel speaker, to just clip to your bag or set outdoors, it's great. If you need something with more oomph to drown out a noisy environment and packs extremely well, you can guess where I'd steer you!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, durable and compact.

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    jvc08f
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    I've tried a few Bluetooth speakers and have owned the Sony SB2, the soundfreaq sound spot and the harman kardon onyx mini. This is by far my favorite. The wonderboom has the best package for the price. IP70 Waterproof and dust proof. Shock proof to 5 feet and also the 360 sound make this very tough to beat. The Jbl flip 4 might have slightly better sound but that depends on how you like your music. The wonderboom has a little more bass but the flip 4 might have better mids and highs. They are both Waterproof but I prefer the wonderboom because of the multi directional speaker layout. It sounds great outside and the Bluetooth range is amazing. About 100 feet before it starts to break up. I got it on sale for $79.99 great deal at that price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If I could give it 6 stars I would.

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    Bootleg89
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    I really love this speaker and everything it does. I immediately noticed what they call "360 degree sound" as the sound carried throughout the house from such a small package. I took it outside while I played with my kids and I actually had to lower it as I felt it would bother the neighbors. It really carried. I then placed it in the shower and it has yet to disappoint. I charged it when i took it out of the box and have not had to charge it since (3 weeks). This is with periodic use and almost daily showers. I shut it off with a touch of a button so it doesn't waste battery, but it shuts off after only a minute or two of non-use. Overall I could not be happier with this speaker and I cannot wait to take it on vacation with me poolside. I highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound and easy to carry

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    eMJay
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    After searching and trying different speakers this one beat them all. I was searching for something small enough to carry around. But I also needed something loud enough to hear in a loud warehouse. This is the only speaker that did the job. But I'm disappointed with the battery life. I needed something to last at least 4 hours, but sadly this only last about 1.5 to 2 hours when the volume is all the way up. Also there is a little loop for easy hanging. I added a caribiner to hang it on my belt. Unfortunately the loop was not durable enough and fell off. But overall it's a great speaker with great sound. The only thing I wish it had was the option to skip songs. Other than that I recommend this product if you're looking for something compact.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Speaker but lacks support

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    Techuser
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    The Good: I am very surprised to see how small this speaker is (It’s a little bit bigger than a softball). But what was MORE surprising was the sound coming out of it. Really clear quality to a certain point. Enough to fill my living room ( 30x 30 x 10). Just by holding the speakers you can tell it will with stand the “drop test” it’s a really ruggedize feeling. I haven’t tested it out yet, but I am pretty sure float in water and have no issues. The Bad : Some distortion with max volume and songs with a lot of base. But to me that’s common with all speakers. Had issue with pairing a second phone to the device, but this was my mistake, I was pressing the wrong button. However, I took the tech support 1 week to get back to me after I sent them a video of what I was doing.. 1 week is rather long to get support. Overall I would recommend this to anyone looking for a durable speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love it! Nice sound and highly portable

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    Randy
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    I've had the UE Wonderboom for a little while now and it is very impressive. Its smaller than I thought it would be when I ordered it, see the attached picture (I have medium-sized hands). Even though its small it pacts a powerful punch and puts out a lot of sound. And it has a surprising amount of base for such a small device, not overwhelming by any means, but it definitely puts out some base. I find the sound to be slightly "tinny", though, which is why I'm knocking off a star. The claims of 100 feet bluetooth connection are true, I measured it and I was still connected, and I've gotten 10 hours of continuous play out of it so again I was impressed. I haven't had a chance to test out the waterproof feature but I know my daughter is excited for Summer and wants to take it to the pool with her friends. Once she gets her hands on it I doubt she will want to give it back it so I'll be buying one for her birthday. Overall, a great portable bluetooth speaker!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Bluetooth Speaker

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    Luvkor4evr
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    This compact Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker has amazing sound quality. It delivers all that it’s advertised to do. I love that the sound fills the room and never sounds “tinny” like many other small speakers do. If there is anything negative to say, it would be that it makes a short, obnoxious “boom” sound when you turn it on and off. My teen daughter thinks the sound is cute, so maybe it won’t seem too obnoxious to others. I also like that you can use it while plugged into the mini-USB charger. I bought it in “Unicorn” color, so its very cute! Overall, I’m lovin’ it!

    I would recommend this to a friend