A Bluetooth speaker is one of the most vital tech accessories for the summer season.
The new Wonderboom from Ultimate Ears is being released next month just in time for those long summer evenings.
There are over 25,000 results for “portable Bluetooth speaker” on Amazon alone, the number of speaker options to choose from can be overwhelming for someone who’s looking for something that’s cheap and durable.
The UE Wonderboom ticks all of the boxes for the perfect summer speaker. It is about the size of a tennis ball and will make you want to pick it up and toss it around.
Priced at $99 list when it launches in April, the Wonderboom will occupy the low end of Ultimate Ears’ speaker lineup, which also includes the Boom 2 ($199) and the Megaboom ($299).The Wonderboom is also waterproof and “life proof” — i.e., you can drop it from up to 5 feet and it won’t break making it ideal for parties.
The Wonderboom pumps out plenty of clear, 360-degree sound. You control the volume using the same oversize “+” and “-” buttons that became a hallmark of UE’s colorfully designed speakers. A new “UE” button on top lets you play, pause and skip tracks (or even link two Wonderbooms for twice the sound).
The Wonderboom gets “a solid 10 hours” of battery life, said Daphne Li, a senior product manager at a recent UE demo. Pressing the + and – buttons simultaneously causes the speaker to emit an audible indicator of the current battery level.
The new Wonderboom will come in six standard colors: Stone (gray), Phantom (black), Fireball (red), SubZero (blue), Cashmere (pink) and Lilac. A seventh color, Deep Blue, will be an Apple store exclusive, UE said. While there is no way such a small speaker could kick out the massive jams produced by the wine-bottle-size Megaboom, the Wonderboom sounds great for its size.
UE says it sunk its engineering time into making the Wonderboom sound as good as possible. They ultimately produced an acoustically efficient speaker that’s half the size of the Boom 2 but boasts similar audio specs. “Every inch is used for generating sound,” Li said. The UE Wonderboom is available on Amazon now.