UE MEGABOOM Leads the Pack in Bluetooth Portable Speakers

UE MEGABOOM Leads the Pack in Bluetooth Portable Speakers

Recently, I explored the newly launched UE MEGABOOM (US$299.99), a substantial upgrade from its predecessors, the UE BOOM ($199.99) and the UE MINIBOOM ($99.99). Having previously reviewed the UE BOOM, I was impressed by its quality and performance. This time, I’ve had the opportunity to test the MEGABOOM and here’s how it stacks up.

Design and Features

UE MEGABOOM Leads the Pack in Bluetooth Portable Speakers

The MEGABOOM sports a similar cylindrical design as the BOOM, reminiscent of a larger, more robust pencil holder. It stands 8.3 inches tall with a diameter of 3.3 inches. Weighing in at 1.93 lb or 875g, it’s slightly heavier than the BOOM by about 300g, but this difference is hardly noticeable in everyday use.

The size, however, does mean that while the BOOM could slip into a large pocket, the MEGABOOM will need a backpack or a larger bag.

Despite its size, the MEGABOOM remains highly portable. It boasts a 20-hour battery life, an improvement over the BOOM’s 15 hours, and a Bluetooth range of 100 feet, doubling that of the BOOM. The design is sleek, with no sharp edges, and features user-friendly controls such as an indented power button and a raised button for Bluetooth pairing. The volume controls are intuitively designed with “+” and “-” symbols on the rubber back.

The MEGABOOM is also IPX7 certified, meaning it’s waterproof up to 1 meter. The charging and audio ports are securely covered with rubber caps, ensuring the device is watertight.

This makes the MEGABOOM ideal for worry-free use around water.

Performance

Connecting the MEGABOOM to my iPhone, iPad, and Mac via Bluetooth was seamless. Upon first connection, the MEGABOOM app is suggested for download, offering additional features like EQ settings and firmware updates.

The audio quality of the MEGABOOM is impressive. It delivers a 360-degree sound experience that is both rich and expansive. Highs are crisp and clear, while the lows are deep and full. The speaker excellently handles complex tracks such as Pressure by My Brightest Diamond, showcasing detailed percussion and smooth vocals.

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