- Ultra-durable and impact resistant
- Can float (IPX7 rated)
- Great Bluetooth range and stability
- Easy to use
- Solid battery life
- Audio quality is average at best
There’s a lot to like about the WONDERBOOM but we would still recommend going with the UE BOOM 2 or JBL Flip 3 due to sound quality.
The WONDERBOOM is the latest portable Bluetooth speaker from UE. It’s about the size of a large apple or orange, however, it is a little heavier than you would expect weighing in at just under a pound. Now it does have an elastic carabiner hoop so you can attach it a backpack or bag for on-the-go use.
The UE WONDERBOOM is one of the most durable wireless speakers we have tested. It’s IPX7 rated, meaning you can submerge in water down to 1 meter for 30 minutes. But perhaps the best feature of the WONDERBOOM is that it floats. So if you drop it in a pool, lake, or any other body of water you don’t have it go fishing for it and the music continues to play. It’s also impact resistant – you can drop it from about 4-6 feet and there are no issues.
Beyond being ultra-durable, this waterproof Bluetooth speaker is super easy to use. It has five buttons and the volume and track management system is simple. The Bluetooth range and stability on the WONDERBOOM is killer – we went well beyond 100 feet without any disruptions to the signal. In terms of battery life, expect a solid 8-10 hours of playback on a full charge.
So by now you are probably wondering about audio quality and unfortunately we don’t have good news to report on this subject. It’s just average at best. The sound quality is just not as crisp or full sounding as we were hoping for. The UE BOOM 2 and JBL Flip 3 have much better sound. The bass on the WONDERBOOM is average and we could hear distortions at the higher volume levels. Now on the positive side, the WONDERBOOM does get surprisingly loud – it can definitely fill up a room.
Overall, we like the WONDERBOOM but still prefer the UE BOOM 2 or JBL Flip 3, both of which have been discounted as of late. We’re not convinced the WONDERBOOM will make the list for Best Bluetooth Speaker 2017.