May 26, 2024

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UE BOOM 3 Review: Portable, Durable, and Tunable

I couldn’t remember the last time this had happened. It was the week of CES, and while all of my coworkers flocked to cover the event, I stayed back to hold down the fort. This meant one thing: I had the office all to myself. I could sit where I wanted, work on projects that I had gotten buried under other assignments, and, most importantly, I could listen to whatever music I wanted. Enter the UE BOOM 3.

The speaker had been sitting on my desk for a few weeks, as deadlines and the holidays had resigned me to the solitude of my noise-cancelling headphones. But this week, I was the only one there, and there was no noise that needed to be cancelled.

At home, I had been using the UE Roll 2 for some time. The sound quality was decent enough, one-directional, but I still liked it for it’s portability. So, when I finally broke out the UE BOOM 3, I didn’t have high expectations for the sound quality. Boy, did I underestimate this speaker.

UE BOOM 3 Pros

  • Compact and portable
  • Rich 360-sound
  • Easy and innovative use
  • Impressive Durability

The 360-degree sound adds layers to whatever I listened to. The sound was rich and full, especially for such a small, transportable speaker. Plus, this range made it so that I could enjoy it in the lonely office, but I also would feel comfortable bringing it to an outdoor barbecue.

The UE BOOM 3 also has innovative but simple usage. With their one-touch button, you can easily start and stop music, as well as set up one-touch playlists via Apple Music. To top it all off, the speaker doesn’t look too bad either and comes in a variety of colors.

Finally, it’s an ideal outdoor speaker: dust-proof, water-resistant, and it can float. It can handle the numerous tumbles that will accompany your outdoor activities and, with 15 hours of battery life,

UE BOOM 3 Cons

  • Price Compared to Similar Speakers
  • Durability Over Smart Technology

While the UE BOOM 3 rocks in a lot of ways, the price is relatively expensive compared to other speakers. For example, an Amazon Echo goes for about $75 while the UE BOOM 3 costs $129-$149. What you get from that extra $54 is the ability to take it with you pretty much anywhere, but you lose any “smart” capabilities. Really, it’s just a quality bluetooth speaker, so if you’re looking for something “smart” the UE BOOM 3 might not be for you.

UE does have an Alexa-enabled speaker and that starts at $179. However, you’ll likely get a better sound quality out of the UE BOOM 3, and if you’re an outdoor enthusiast, it might be worth the extra dough for this extra-durable speaker.

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By Alex Moersen

Alex Moersen is an Associate Editor for Innovation & Tech Today, covering pop culture, science and tech, sustainability, and more. Twitter: @yaboii_shanoo

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