The Listening Experience
Logitech has thoroughly surprised me with the audio chops on the UE Boom, as I did not expect it to have this much of a punch, but it really does. I used the Logitech UE Boom in a few different environments: my home office, outside of my house, and during a birthday party that was held outside next to a bonfire.
Starting with the home office, I had various tunes blasting through the UE Boom, at 100% volume. It was simply too loud at this point, but I wanted to see how much volume I required for it to be too loud - but this is actually a good thing. I turned it down to 70-80%, and it was a much more pleasurable experience.
I played a variety of music, from pop to rock, from Justin Timberlake to Rage Against the Machine. The UE Boom handled it all admirably. Guitar strings and vocals were nice and clear in my office, with the same results being said for it being near a bonfire. In my office, I didn't feel much bass at all, something I really missed.
Outside next to a bonfire, we had eight or so people at all times near the speaker. A few different people took turns connecting their smartphones to the UE Boom through Bluetooth, playing a wide variety of music through the speaker - perfect for my review.
The various forms of music played were being pumped out at 100% at this time, because we were outside, and next to a relatively noisy fire and chatter from everyone sitting around it. The UE Boom still provided more than enough audio to fill the backyard with music - perfect for any party.
What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts
For those who want to sum up the entire review in a few points, the What's Hot and What's Not part of my review will help you. Skip right to this bit if you want a quick read, or if you want to find out what I found to be the most notable parts of the Harmoniq Pro, we're going to jump into that right now.
It Looks Striking, Stands Tall and Proud: Logitech has now provided me with the best looking speaker to come through my labs, I absolutely fell in love with the look of the UE Boom. It stands nice and tall, and has easy-to-press volume buttons, with a great rubber finish along the top and sides, which is actually functional, and not just there for their looks. The color scheme that Logitech has gone with is also very impressive to look at.
It's SO Loud, and That's Great!: I didn't think that the UE Boom would blast out so much sound, but it really is quite loud. It's almost too loud. I had to turn it down to under half its volume in my office, because it was too loud. Outside on the other hand, the sound just blasts away from the speaker, and even still, you will probably find yourself turning it down so your neighbors don't call the cops on you for noise disturbance.
Quality Through and Through: Logitech hasn't cut any corners with the UE Boom, not one. Not only does it look great, but it's built from great materials. With my time listening and using the UE Boom, I handled it a lot. From quickly grabbing it and throwing it into my bag, to softly touching it and showing friends or family what Logitech have in the UE Boom, it continues to impress, even after I've wrapped up this review.
At Under $200, You're Getting Quite the Deal: Let's face it: $200 is a lot for a speaker. But, this isn't just any speaker. For the very social of you out there, this is a ninja buy. You can buy the UE Boom and use it to hell at home, but if you're going over to a friend's house for dinner or drinks, you could take the UE Boom with you. If you are going down to the beach or anywhere outdoors, the UE Boom becomes your new portable best friend.
Not So Great in the Bass Department: This is the one area where the UE Boom doesn't truly excel: thumping bass. For something that is decently sized, being almost as tall as Jonah on HBO's 'Veep', I expected it to be better with bass. I would've loved to have seen a bottom-firing subwoofer on the UE Boom, let's hope that Logitech does something about UE Boom 2.0, if it ever arrives, which I'm sure it will based on the many reviews I've read on the speaker.
I didn't think I would've had such an overwhelmingly positive experience with the Logitech UE Boom, but I really did. It surpassed my expectations greatly, which surprised me, but in a good way. After using a few portable speakers now, the UE Boom has become my new default speaker.
It's such a great speaker to carry around, but it spent most of its time sitting in my office, where I controlled it using my Nexus 7 tablet. This provided a great way to control my music, as I could move through my office and enjoy the wide blast of audio from the UE Boom.
I think the only thing I would want with it that it doesn't already have is more bass - it definitely lacked in the bass department. I was hoping for something with a decent size and weight behind it to have a deep thump behind it for bass, but it didn't. The UE Boom had some crisp, loud sound coming out of it, but it didn't shift the table or rumble the floor. Not that I expected it to have a huge subwoofer feel to it, but it almost felt quite lacking in the subwoofer category. Hopefully with the next UE Boom we see a big injection of bass, but besides that, it's impressive.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (audio quality)||95%|
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||100%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||94%|
The Bottom Line: Logitech has crafted one of the best portable speakers on the market with the UE Boom. From its striking looks to its gorgeous audio, you simply need to check it out if you're in the market for a new portable speaker.
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