Ultimate Ears’ waterproof Wonderboom speaker will buoy your spirits this spring

Ultimate Ears has unveiled its newest portable Bluetooth speaker, the Wonderboom. It joins the line of fellow Boom-branded speakers, the UE Boom 2, and UE Megaboom, while boasting a $100 price tag that beats out both of its siblings, as well as a smaller design for better portability.

The portable speaker is designed to offer continuous sound in 360 degrees, which allows you to place the speaker in a room or outside without having to worry about what direction it’s facing. Ultimate Ears says the Wonderboom has a 10-hour battery life and a connection radius up to 100 feet. The speaker is charged via a USB micro port.

The physical design retains the tough, resilient construction and simple aesthetics consistent with the rest of the Ultimate Ears family of speakers. The Wonderboom is made with rubberized plastic surrounding the outside of the speaker, and is rated IPX 7 for its waterproof and dustproof qualities, meaning it can be submerged in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes without sustaining any damage. It can actually float in water, and is even equipped with a small bungee-like loop to hang the speaker with.

The Wonderboom also uses a simple set of controls — just a power button, volume controls, and a “UE” button that functions as a play, pause, and skip button all in one. It functions similarly to the controls on Apple headphones. Interestingly, there is no other form of user interface featured on the Wonderboom — not even a battery life indicator. Instead, the UE button is used to check the battery life, with a tone relaying how much juice is left.

The UE button can also be held down to enable pairing mode, allowing you to connect your smartphone or other Bluetooth device for playback. It can also be used to sync with another Wonderboom for bigger and broader sound coverage.

The Wonderboom comes in a number of different colors, including Lilac, Cashmere, SubZero, FireBall, Phantom, and Stone.

First impressions

wonderboom portable hands on bluetooth speaker ultimate ears waterproof

We had a bit of time with the new Wonderboom, and came away generally impressed. The speaker had some definite low register, especially compared to the almost nonexistent bass on Ultimate Ears’ similarly priced UE Roll 2. The Wonderboom was simple to set up, too, immediately pairing an Android smartphone to the speaker for playback.

We also like the overall design of the speaker and feel of the material, especially the continuous 360-degree output. That said, we did notice a bit of a learning curve when it came to the Wonderboom’s controls and interface (or lack thereof).

Keep an eye out for our full impressions on the Wonderboom soon.


Amazon Music Unlimited is fastest growing music streaming service, report says

Amazon Music Unlimited is the fastest growing music streaming service, ahead of both Spotify and Apple Music. It has been booming recently, with a massive 70% growth in the last year which brings its total subscribers up to 32 million.

Snag the Bose Soundlink Color II speaker for less than $100 on Prime Day

The best wireless speakers deliver premium sound quality in a compact package, and the Bose Soundlink Color II is more than up to the challenge. It is available on Prime Day for 31% off.

Snag the Bose SoundSport Free wireless earbuds for 30% off on Prime Day

Prime Day is upon us and Amazon is offering the Bose SoundSport Free wireless earbuds for only $139 — a rollicking 30% off its original price of $200. These earbuds get high marks for their long battery life, water resistance, and sound.

JBL Charge 3 waterproof Bluetooth speaker now 40% off ahead of Amazon Prime Day

Prime Day may still be a few days away, but there are already plenty of deals to be found on electronics all across Amazon, including that perfect summer speaker, like the JBL Charge 3 waterproof Bluetooth speaker, now just $90.

Walmart Prime Day sale: 4K TV, Apple Watch, and Nintendo Switch Deals

The Walmart Prime Day sale continues to go strong as the first day of Amazon's 48-hour deals event comes to a close. There are loads of great Apple Watch, Nintendo Switch, and 4K TV deals going on right now.

The ultimate Prime Day deal? Amazon knocks $700 off the Samsung WH-N950 soundbar

Talk about a cracking Prime Day deal. Amazon has knocked a staggering $700 off the Samsung HW-N950 — a top-rated Dolby Atmos soundbar that comes bundled with two wireless rear speakers and a subwoofer.

Pick up Sony’s best noise-canceling headphones on the cheap on Prime Day

There's never been a better time to snag a pair of wireless noise-canceling headphones. That's because Amazon, as part of its ongoing Prime Day celebrations, has knocked $50 off one of the best pairs out there — the Sony WH-1000XM3.

Amazon is running some killer Fire TV deals to celebrate Prime Day 2019

Amazon has kicked off a number of killer deals on some of its finest cord-cutting devices, including the Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick 4K to celebrate Prime Day 2019.

Best Prime Day soundbar deals: Samsung, Sonos, and more

Searching for a cracking deal on a soundbar this Prime Day 2019? You're in luck — we've rounded up all of the best soundbars on sale, so you don't have to scroll through Amazon's never-ending catalog in search of a diamond in the ruff.

Best Prime Day speaker deals: Bose, Klipsch, and Polk treated to hefty discounts

Looking to spruce up your audio setup this Prime Day? You've come to the right place — we've found Bose, Denon, and Polk speakers, among several Bluetooth offerings, for a fraction of their retail price.

Searching for a projector? Don’t miss these awesome Prime Day 2019 deals

Amazon has discounted several top-rated projectors from the likes of Epson, Optoma, and Sony to celebrate Prime Day 2019, including the must-have 4K Optoma UHD51A.

Awesome Prime Day deals on Apple AirPods, Jabra Elite 65t true wireless earbuds 

Amazon Prime Day is almost over but great deals can still be had on wireless earbuds. Now on Amazon, you can score a pair of Jabra Elite 65t wireless earbuds for just $114, or Apple AirPods for just $145.

Walmart drops a great 50-inch Vizio 4K TV deal for Prime Day 2019

Walmart is back with another amazing 4K TV deal. This time, it's slashed $150 off the 50-inch Vizio D-Series — one of the most well-rounded 4K TVs on the market — dropping the price to $280, which can be split over 12 monthly payments.
Home Theater

Netflix vs. Apple TV+: A very early comparison of the streaming rivals

Apple is lining up to compete with Netflix in the streaming video environment, so how does Apple TV+ compare to Netflix? Here's how they stack up, from price and content to the devices they're available on.