Sunday, August 17, 2014

What I Use: Logitech UE Boom

I love music. I listen to many different types of music from hip-hop to jazz to rock to whatever else catches my ear. Music eases the nerves and relaxes the mind. I try to listen to music whenever I can especially at work. Headphones are nice but can be a bit annoying having to stop music and take them off whenever someone comes into my office. So I decided to look into buying a portable, wireless speaker. After some research, I choose the Logitech UE Boom.


The Logitech UE (Ultimate Ears) Boom is a compact, durable wireless Bluetooth speaker that reminds me of a Mountain Dew Kickstart can.  It has a diameter of 6.5cm (2.6”), height of 18 cm (7.1”) and weighs only 538g (19oz). Perfect size to slip in a backpack or messenger bag. It's available in six different colors and its design makes it stain-resistant and water-resistant (but not waterproof). The UE Boom also has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that gives you up to 15 hours of playing time.

Connecting your device (smartphone, tablet, laptop) to the UE Boom is simple. Either use Bluetooth to pair the speaker to your device (you are able to pair up to 8 Bluetooth enabled source devices) or connect it to NFC-enabled devices with a simple tap. Once your device is paired to the UE Boom, you can connect to it from up to 50 ft away.  In addition, two devices can be actively connected to it at the same time. This means that you and a friend (or office mate) can take turns sharing and playing music. I have mine connected to my Surface Pro 2 and Samsung Galaxy S5.


The thing that really drew me to choosing the UE Boom over other portable, wireless speakers was the UE Boom app. The app, available for both Android and iOS, gives you access to additional features such as equalizer (EQ) presets, the ability to use the UE Boom as an alarm and connect two UE Booms together in stereo. The app also allows you to perform updates to your speaker.

The one negative thing about the UE Boom is the price. At $199, the UE Boom can be considered too expensive to be considered good value especially when you can purchase the Sonos Play:1 for the same price and get a better quality speaker. That price is also too expensive for the Beats Pill and Bose Soundlink Mini in my opinion.  The advantage of the UE Boom is its portability and durability if you are looking for a speaker to use on the go.

Overall, the Logitech UE Boom offers solid performance in a simple design. It looks good and has a decent sound (the bass is surprisingly good, but it's still limited). The UE Boom is one of the better portable Bluetooth speakers available today.