The last Logitech audio product I used was the now ancient Z-2300 THX-capable 2.1 speaker setup, which I absolutely loved at the time, and still do. Logitech make a bunch of mediocre sound equipment, but then they release something that is truly kick ass and worthy of your hundreds-of-dollars investment.
The Logitech Ultimate Ears (UE) Boom is one of those products. I hadn't heard of it before, until I was trawling a few websites and saw it pop up, so I shot an e-mail off to my Logitech contact and a few days later I had the UE Boom sitting in my office.
The Logitech UE Boom has some serious tricks up its sleeve, with 360-degree sound, Bluetooth and NFC capabilities, a massive battery, two-year warranty, and some kick ass audio. There's an iOS and Android app that lets you connect a second UE Boom up for some crazy audio goodness, something we hope to test in the near future after we're finished wrapping up this review. For now, we're going to jump right into it.
Specifications, Pricing and Availability
Logitech has obviously spent some time on the UE Boom, baking in a plethora of connectivity options and much more into it. This is one of Logitech's best audio products on the market right now.
First up, you're able to connect to eight Bluetooth-powered devices at once, which might come in handy for some people. The UE Boom is capable of being paired up wirelessly with another UE Boom from a single source for some seriously powerful, 360-degree audio. The mobile range on the UE Boom sits at around 15m, or 50 feet. NFC capabilities are found in the UE Boom, which makes connecting your smartphone or tablet up to the speaker all that easier.
On the audio side of things, we have a maximum sound level of 88dBA, and trust me - when I get to the 'How It Sounds' part of this review, you're going to hear about just how loud the UE Boom is. We have a frequency of between 90Hz - 20kHz, and then finally the drivers: two 1.5-inch, 4 0hm drivers, and two 2.5-inch passive radiators. This provides the UE Boom with a serious, serious punch in the audio department, something that cranks up considerably. All of this arrives in a unique cylinder design, something that feels great to hold in your hand for portability. The UE Boom weighs just 538g, or 19oz, which makes it very portable.
Logitech has priced its Ultimate Ears, or UE Boom at $199.99, something you can purchase on Amazon or your local Logitech supplier. At $199.99, it's a bit expensive, but I think it is worth each and every dollar.
What's In The Box
Instead of providing some pictures, we've done an unboxing video using Google Glass. You can take a look at that below, but if you don't want to watch the video, we'll tell you what you get in the box below the video itself.
As you can see in the video, Logitech has done a beautiful job with the packaging of the UE Boom, with something that is truly unique. Let's dive into the pictures of the packaging and a look at the UE Boom itself, which looks so great.
On the front of the box (the picture on the left), we can see the UE Boom itself. On the back of the box (the picture on the right), we have some details of the UE Boom itself, the 360-degree audio, IPX4 waterproof certified, 15 hours of battery, up to 50-feet distance through Bluetooth, and finally the ability to connect another UE Boom up for some added punch.
Opening the box, we have a great package where the UE Boom sits in the middle. Removing that, up the top, we can see that there is a small tray that can be removed with the micro USB cable included, and down the bottom, we have another tray to be removed with the power adapter.
And the star of the show, the Logitech UE Boom.
Out of the package, we have the two trays - the one on the left has the micro-USB cable, while the one on the right has the super-bright power adapter.
Logitech has chosen to go with a bright yellow theme on the micro-USB cable and power adapter, something I really loved.
A closer look at the micro-USB to USB cable, and the power adapter.
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