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UE Boom 2 review: Sounds good, sounds expensive too

Ultimate Ears’ UE Boom 2 speaker definitely has some positives such as long battery life, and a good sound quality

The company has spent some time designing it, even though the bright yellow coloured charger and other accessories are a bit odd
The company has spent some time designing it, even though the bright yellow coloured charger and other accessories are a bit odd

UE Boom 2 is the successor to the UE Boom speaker by Ultimate Ears and comes in multiple colourful options like the UE Roll. UE Boom 2 is also waterproof like the UE Roll and the long cylindrical design might remind one of a more attractive JBL Flip. Ultimate Ears says this one is snow-proof as well, but of course, there’s no way to confirm that in Delhi.

The UE Boom 2 though, is quite expensive priced at Rs 15,995, although on Amazon, the device is retailing at an even higher price of Rs 18,000.

It’s definitely one of the more attractive looking portable speakers that you can buy. The UE Boom 2 is compatible with iOS and Android, and I used it mostly with my iPhone 6s to play music from Apple Music.

The sound-quality on these is good, and quite loud, especially if you’re planning to use it inside a smaller room.
The sound-quality on these is good, and quite loud, especially if you’re planning to use it inside a smaller room.

When you open the packaging of the UE Boom 2, it’s quite impressive. You can see that the company has spent some time designing it, even though the bright yellow coloured charger and other accessories are a bit odd for a blue coloured speaker.

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It’s got a nice case where you can keep the speaker and other accessories safely. I find this useful, given that in my house there’s a constant hunt for boxes to store wires, etc.

UE Boom 2 also claims a longer wireless range of 100-feet. Bluetooth compatibility was not an issue, and you don’t have to worry about the speaker disconnecting because you moved rooms. The company also says that you can sync two of these together to really get the party going, but honestly I don’t see anyone spending nearly Rs 30,000 on getting two of these.

There’s also a UE Boom app to add modes like Bass Jump, Cramped Spaces, Voices etc
There’s also a UE Boom app to add modes like Bass Jump, Cramped Spaces, Voices etc

The sound-quality on these is good, and quite loud, especially if you’re planning to use it inside a smaller room. I didn’t feel the need to pump up the volume, levels well below 50 per cent on my iPhone were loud enough. There’s no visible jarring at such levels, and I listen to a lot of pop music, switching from Coldplay to more dance numbers from Ariana Grande or Taylor Swift. The speaker handled my music needs pretty well.

In a small room, like say my bathroom or even my bedroom, the UE Boom 2 works quite well. However, in a bigger surrounding, and especially if you take the volume up to full, the speaker starts to jar a bit. I’d suggest keeping the volume to a more reasonable 50 per cent with this one, if you’re planning to use it for a roof party.

UE Boom 2 comes with 15-hour long battery backup and tap control to skip songs. The battery has not yet died for me, and the speaker is what I’ve been using for my morning music sessions at home. I’d say you don’t have to worry about charging this one at all unless you have a 24-hour party planned.

The tap to control music button is right next to the power button, and it is a little tricky figuring out which is which. At first I thought the tap button was the one to power it on, but then realised I had it wrong. The tap button worked fine for switching songs. Also the speaker will switch off on its own if you don’t use it for sometime.

Ultimate Ears’ UE Boom 2 speaker definitely has some positives such as long battery life, and a good sound quality
Ultimate Ears’ UE Boom 2 speaker definitely has some positives such as long battery life, and a good sound quality

There’s also a UE Boom app for Android and iOS app, just like there is a separate one for UE Roll. Again the app is to add modes like Bass Jump, Cramped Spaces, Voices etc. You can also set music-based alarms via the app. But I don’t see too many people using it, simply because the levels are good enough from your regular music app.

Should you buy?

Ultimate Ears’ UE Boom 2 speaker definitely has some positives such as long battery life, and a good sound quality. However, I feel the price is a bit on the higher side, and the sound quality is not so exceptional to warrant the same.

Plus UE has cheaper options as well like the UE Roll, which is also waterproof and offers pretty good sound quality. Buy this only if you are okay spending Rs 15,000 on a portable speaker, else just go for something cheaper.