Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Review
- Great sound quality
- Range of unique colours to choose from
Could be better
- Bigger hang loop
- Slightly longer shape for easier carrying
The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom is an impressive all-rounder, bringing great sound quality wherever you go.
The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom waterproof wireless speaker is the beefed up version of Ultimate Ears's entry level offering, the Roll 2 speaker. The key differences between the two speakers are the battery life and the stronger bass sound of the Wonderboom. The Wonderboom promises up to 10 hours of playtime, whereas the Roll 2 offers up to 9 hours.
The Wonderboom is made with a synthetic woven material that makes it both waterproof and dustproof. The Wonderboom comes in six colours (lilac, phantom black, stone grey, subzero blue, cashmere pink and fireball red), which provide you with more exciting options compared to the rest of the market. The speaker is compact, but users with smaller hands may have a harder time carrying the Wonderboom compared to some of the taller, slimmer competitors. The charging port is at the bottom of the speaker, allowing you to charge it while the speaker is standing up. A battery-level indicator would have been a useful feature to include.
The process of hooking your phone up to the speaker is very intuitive. Once you press the small lit-up circle on the top of the speaker, go to your phone settings and connect to the Wonderboom. It will be listed as “Wonderboom” through your Bluetooth. After connecting, the Wonderboom will make a drum/tribal noise. The volume controls are obvious, and the button to play/pause/skip is placed on the top of the speaker. The hang loop is a characteristic feature of the Wonderboom. Not only does it add a practical element to the speaker, but it also adds to the visual appeal, separating it from the pack.
A practical accessory that would have created lifelong Ultimate Ears loyalty would have been a “carabiner” keychain to make it easier to hang up the speaker. One of the key scenarios in which I found the hang loop useful was hanging it in the shower. Watch out universe, shower singing just got a professional backing track.
With an IP67 waterproof rating, the Wonderboom is a worthy companion to have. The Wonderboom keeps your beats blasting while you’re at the swimming pool, at the beach or in the bathtub. An important caveat to note is that spa baths and jacuzzis are not recommended for any waterproof speaker due to the warmer temperatures and bubble jets.
The Bluetooth connectivity for the Wonderboom doesn’t exactly match the advertised 33m, but still has an impressive 20-25m range of connectivity. When extending beyond the 25m range, I experienced a bit of crackling in the sound before the music cut out. The number of other Bluetooth devices in the area can also affect the strength of the connection. Environments such as the office could see largely varied results in how far away your Wonderboom could go.
Set-up and sound quality
Getting the speaker up and running was a seamless process. The connection strength of the Wonderboom was strong and connected to my phone very quickly. To test the sound quality, I put the Wonderboom against its rival, the JBL Flip 4 speaker. Here is the tale of the tape:
|Feature||JBL Flip 4||Ultimate Ears Wonderboom|
|Frequency response||70 - 20000 Hz||80 - 20000 Hz|
|Signal-To-Noise Ratio||80dB||86 dB|
Specs-wise, both speakers pack similar punches. The JBL Flip 4 boasts stereo speakers, meaning it produces sound from independent left and right channels. In addition, the Flip 4 has flaps on either side, branded as “Dual external passive radiators” which emphasise its powerful sound. I was impressed with the sound quality that JBL’s latest Flip series offers. The maximum volume of the Flip 4 can stand up to a house party, producing rich bass. An area to improve on for the next instalment of the Flip series would be to increase the definition on the higher tones and frequencies.
On the other side of the ring, the Wonderboom should have competed in a heavier weight class. The bass and balance of the sound produced a more complete audio experience. Perhaps due to its chunkier shape, there was a stark contrast in the sound quality with the Wonderboom coming out on top. The output of higher and lower frequencies were more evenly distributed with the Wonderboom.
The Wonderboom is very reasonably priced at $129.95, although it’s currently selling for $99 due to Christmas sales. Get your hands on one today!
The Wonderboom cuts through the competition by offering a well-rounded combination of sound, design and manufacturing reliability backed by Logitech. If you’re after a speaker to take with you wherever you go, the Wonderboom will not disappoint.
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