Ultimate Ears have just launched their newest product – the UE MINI BOOM speaker. The UE MINI BOOM is a wireless Bluetooth Speaker for IOS and Android devices that is designed to be portable and social- you can take your music wherever you go and even pair up with a friend’s UE MINI BOOM for twice the sound or true stereo. Over the last few days The iMums have had the opportunity to test the UE MINI BOOM pre-release, we have done this with both the iPhone 5 and iPad.
These are really cool speakers – small enough to carry with you. but with really, really big sound. Pairing them to your device via Bluetooth is really simple and the first time you do so it will ask if you wish to download the app. The UE MINI BOOM app is a free download. I love having the app- it allows you do do several things on your smartphone or tablet, right where you are using the speaker. The app includes a product manual – which means it is always to hand and you never have to search for a lost paper manual. If you have any questions that are left unanswered there are also links to call or email customer support.
The app detects any connected UE MINI BOOM within range and and lets you adjust its settings from within the app. The UE MINI BOOM speakers come in a variety of color combinations and the app knows which color the speakers are, and shows the relevant picture. From the app you can re-name your speaker, check the battery charge, look up its serial number, switch alert sounds on or off and choose from 3 EQ settings. The EQ settings are Vocals- for talk radio, podcasts, narrated books and movies; Intimate- for small rooms, hard floors/ walls; and Out Loud – the default setting for most environments.
The thing that most surprised me about these speakers was how loud they are – they really do put out a lot of volume for such a compact speaker, each speaker can put out up to 86 dB. The sound quality is good too, especially in the mid-range. As well as for listening to music, the UE MINI BOOM is a great choice when watching movies on the iPad. I love watching Netflix on the iPad, pairing it with the UE MINI BOOM really brings the movies to life; and I did not find a noticeable delay on the soundtrack as I have seen with some other Bluetooth speakers.
If you have more than one speaker available you can quickly and easily “double up”, the app gives you the option of having both speakers play both L and R channels, or you can assign L to one speaker and R to the other.
The battery life is good- the manufacturer says up to 10 hours between charges and in my testing this was about right. They can be recharged via any USB using the included micro-USB cable. If the speaker is not in use for 15 minutes it automatically switches off – which is very useful for helping conserve battery when you forget to switch off the speaker (as I often do!).
It works well as a speakerphone too, at my end the quality of the call was great- really clear and easy to hear, callers on the other end said I sounded a little echoey but that the call was still very clear and easy to understand.
The Bluetooth range is up to 50ft- which is further than many similar speakers. However, in common with many Bluetooth devices, I did sometimes find signal drop-off if there were objects or people in the path between the music source and the speaker.
Overall, if you are looking for a small, portable, lightweight speaker that delivers big sound the UE MINI BOOM is a great choice. The UE MINI BOOM deliver big, clear sound in a very compact package, it has a 10hr battery life, 50 ft Bluetooth range, 3 sound EQ profiles and you can even join two together for a true stereo experience. The speaker is approximately 4.4’x 2.4″ x 2.6″ and weighs under 11 oz. Suitable for listening to music or watching movies on your smartphone or tablet, it retails for $99 and can be purchased from the Ultimate Ears website, or many retailers.
- Size: (L x W x H): 111 mm x 67 mm x 61 mm
- Weight: 301g
- Maximum sound level: 86 dB
- Frequency range: 20kHz to 130Hz
- Drivers: Two 1.5-inch full range drivers; one 3-inch x 1.5-inch passive radiator
- Micro USB rechargeable battery, with up to 10 hours of battery life between charges
- Compatibility : Smartphones, tablets and other devices that support Bluetooth wireless audio profile [Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)] or 3.5 mm audio output
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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.