Last Friday happened to be Black Friday. Prior to that day, I’ve been searching the internet looking for deals worth spending money on, I happened to run into the UE Boom 2. I’ve heard a lot about these speakers, specifically, that they were the “best Bluetooth speaker of 2017″ even though it was made somewhere between 2013-2015. I never manage to get my hands on this speaker because it was too pricey, but I was able to cop this bad boy on Black Friday for a whopping $129.99 ($100 off) from Best Buy. After trying it out for about a week, I have a lot to say about this speaker. In short terms, I find it quite overrated.
What I Like:
The speaker is small in size, making it very easy to use it as a travel companion. The design is exceptional and appealing while maintaining simplicity. What I really like is the fact it’s a 360 design. Like most speakers, a lot are front facing or one-sided you might say. That limits the angling of the sound to only one direction. The UE Boom 2′s 360 design allows the sound to play all around the room your in, so you get an equal amount of sound from any angle. The features of this thing are also worth mentioning. The speaker comes with its own personal app, which can be used to automatically update your speaker to the latest firmware and customize your sound, which I found quite useful. You could also turn off your speaker from the app rather than having to get up and turn it off from the speaker itself, this feature is great if you’re let us say, lying in bed and your speaker is across from you. You can also use it as an alarm, another thumbs up! Battery life is very good on this device, higher than expectations. The company claims for you to get 15 hours of battery life. Though I don’t listen to music for that long, I used this device on average, 1-2 hours a day. So far, it’s been two days without charge and it hasn’t even hit 50% yet, very well pleased by that. If you’re looking for a speaker that isn’t sensitive to drops or water, this is the way to go. The speaker offers both features, drop and waterproof. So if you’re the type to listen by the poolside or when you shower, you don’t have to worry about water getting splash to harm your device. Let’s talk about sound. This thing packs a punch for its size. Bass lovers will enjoy this speaker for it’s super tight and punchy sounding bass, which is controllable through the app. Trebles sound limitless and very sharp. one song I listened to on this speaker was Hotel California by The Eagles. I was stunned how much of the song stunned when played by this speaker. During the introduction, you can feel and hear every single pluck of the chords. The tone was exceptional overall. This speaker did an overall good job.
What I don’t like:
Maybe it’s just me, but I just didn’t find this speaker as great as critics said it was. The problem I’m finding is that critics tend to over exaggerate the performance of a speaker, especially for the “Best Bluetooth Speaker”, I think they did. As much as I enjoyed the bass and trebles, mids aren’t the amusing at all. It sounds somewhat messy, especially noticeable when you get a mix of all three happening at the same time in the song. The louder you make this speaker, this more distorted it sounds, quite ashamed. True quality really lies within the mid volume. This could be because of its size so if you’re looking to play this thing in max volume while not having to sacrifice sound quality, I suggesting looking at the MegaBoom.
To conclude, the UE Boom 2 is a good speaker. It’s great for its features, portability, battery life, tight bass, and clean trebles. Loud volumes may not be its specialty and listeners may notice distortion in the sound quality. But for a speaker its size, many will be surprised. For its retail price, definitely not worth it. For the price I got it for Black Friday, I guess not.
Rating: 3.8/ 5 Stars