UE Wonderboom — Jack of all Trades

Shimon Das
Sep 4, 2018 · 3 min read
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Ultimate Ears’s Boom series speakers are well-known for being LOUD and virtually indestructible. Their latest offering, UE Wonderboom, is no slouch and continues the tradition.

At first glance, it looks like a smushed UE Boom 2 but don’t let it deceive you. On top and bottom, it has a soft rubber finish with fabric mesh running across the middle of its cylindrical shape. This provides ample of cushioning for its 1.5m Drop Proof rating.

Looking on top, it has a loop to hang it anywhere you like and 3 buttons: Pair, Play/Pause/Skip and On/Off.

All 3 buttons are crafted meticulously; Pair button is convex and has a circular motif, Play/Pause/Skip button is literally under the “Ultimate Ears” branding and On/Off button is concave and has a vertical bar. Hence, you can easily distinguish all buttons even when not looking at them.

On front, it has humongous (+) and (-) buttons for volume control. If you press both of them at the same time, it beeps to tell you the battery status.

1 beep = 0-25%
2 beeps = 25-50%
3 beeps = 50-75%
4 beeps = 75-100%

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It would’ve been better if it had a 4-LED setup as a battery indicator but hey, something is better than nothing.

Once you flip it on the back, you’ll notice a flap which protects the micro-USB charging port from mother nature since UE Wonderboom is Water and Dust Proof (IP67). UE, please, can we have USB Type-C now? It’s 2018!

There’s a silver lining though, you won’t be needing it too often since it lasts 10 hours on a single charge. Of course it won’t last 10 hours if you blast at full volume but you’ll still manage to get around 7 hours of playback.

UE Wonderboom comes in 11 unique colourways which you can mix and match according to your style and preference, namely:

  • Concrete
  • Patches
  • Avocado
  • Unicorn
  • Raspberry
  • Lilac
  • Cashmere
  • Fireball
  • Subzero
  • Phantom
  • Stone

Not only does this speaker output LOUD volume, but also packs punchy bass. You can easily fill a room with a single unit. You can also pair two of them together for even MORE VOLUME or a dedicated multi-room setup. Alas, it doesn’t pair up as a stereo setup.

Since, bass isn’t everything UE Wonderboom delivers surprisingly clear highs but *comparatively* muddy mids. Fret not, nobody will walk upto you and say it sounds trash.

Since it is a 360 speaker, you can get faux subwoofer vibes when placed in front of a surface from which the sound can reflect back to you. Sure, it won’t give you *proper* stereophonic effect, but in real life, you really don’t feel the lack of it.

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Priced at Rs. 6,995, UE Wonderboom provides a wholesome experience.

If there was a song to describe UE Wonderboom in a nutshell, it’d be Technologic by DaftPunk.

You can literally throw it around, dunk it in water and it’ll still work as advertised. The only gripes I had with UE Wonderboom were the lack of a microphone and audio jack, but given the sound quality, I can somewhat give it a pass.

If you can afford it, you should definitely opt for UE Wonderboom.

  • It’s currently on sale at Amazon with 14% discount, bringing the price down to Rs. 5,989.

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