If you’re looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker that’s small enough to easily tote around, and you want very good sound, the ultimate ears wonderboom 2 will meet most of your needs. It has good bass for a small speaker and rivals the very best sub-$100 speakers on sound.
The UE Wonderboom 2 features a slightly tweaked design, better bass response, longer battery life, and Outdoor Boost make it an even better companion when you’re outdoors.
Its ruggedness, sound quality, and features solidify the Wonderboom 2 as one of the best portable waterproof speakers you can buy.
UE Wonderboom 2 Overview
There are lots of Bluetooth speakers around the UE Wonderboom 2’s size, and for good reason: People like taking their music with them, wherever they go. Unfortunately, most small Bluetooth speakers sound small tinny, and lacking bass.
The Wonderboom 2 is an exception. As the best Bluetooth speaker for its size, it’s small enough to be easily portable and large enough to produce a big sound.
Add in a ruggedness that also makes it one of the best waterproof speakers and the Wonderboom 2 offers an appealing combination of features for the price.
UE Wonderboom 2 Design:
If you put the original Wonderboom next to the Wonderboom 2, you’d be hard pressed to point out the newer one.
The only visual cues are the Wonderboom’s new color combinations and new elastic strap – the speaker chassis, buttons, and MicroUSB charging port all remain unchanged.
On top of the speaker are buttons for power, pairing, and playback. On the front, you’ll find big buttons for volume control.
On the bottom of the speaker, you’ll find the Outdoor Boost button, which dials up the volume even higher for noisy environments.
All buttons are a membrane type for water resistance, which means they feel a bit squishy but aren’t difficult to operate.
Around the back, you’ll find a plastic door that seals the speaker’s micro USB charging port. In 2019, you’d expect a speaker to come with USB-C to charge but alas, Ultimate Ears skipped it. It’s not a deal-breaker but it’s a bit annoying that you can’t bring a single cable to charge all your devices.
UE Wonderboom 2 Performance:
Sonically, the UE Wonderboom 2 is fantastic for its size. The speaker plays much louder than you would expect, especially with the Outdoor Boost enabled. There’s a bit of distortion at max volume, but if you keep it below 80%, music sounds great.
But let’s spend a minute talking about Outdoor Boost, as it’s the key feature that separates the original from the Wonderboom 2.
While Outdoor Boost does increase overall volume, sound quality takes a noticeable dip when listening at lower volumes.
With Outdoor Boost enabled at medium volume, cymbals sound splashy and mids are more emphasized which is a good thing – and there’s slightly more bass than the original Wonderboom, which helps bring some warmth to the sound while not compromising on the highs. Mids are excellent with vocals sounding natural and detailed.
The other bit of good news is that thanks to its wraparound grille, the Wonderboom 2 boasts 360 degrees of sound, which means you get the same audio quality wherever you are in relation to the speaker.
UE Wonderboom 2 Price and Availability:
The pint-sized portable speaker is available to buy in the US, UK, and Australia for a reasonable price of $99.99 / £89.99 / AU$129, the same as the original Wonderboom.
You’ll still be able to get your hands on the original Wonderboom for some time and, according to a company spokesperson, the original will be sold at a discount while it’s in stock.
UE says the Wonderboom 2 will play for 13 hours on a full charge, an improvement over the last generation. After I listened for more than 6 hours, the Wonderboom still had plenty of juice left — more than half of its capacity.
Getting the battery status is harder than it should be, though. You have to press the volume buttons up and down at the same time, and the speaker will play a sound that corresponds to one of three levels: high, medium or low. I would have preferred a visual indicator, as many Bluetooth speakers have.
UE Wonderboom 2 Wireless and Setup:
The Wonderboom 2 paired quickly with my iPhone. It had strong signal strength, maintaining a connection even with several walls between it and my phone.
UE doesn’t offer an app for the Wonderboom, which is disappointing since its Boom and Megaboom apps have always been among the best. That also means there’s no way to adjust the sound.
You can pair two Wonderbooms together by holding the center button on top of each unit for 3 seconds. You can pair it with an original Wonderboom; unfortunately, you can’t pair it with a Boom or Megaboom speaker.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Is the Wonderboom 2 worth it?
The UE Wonderboom 2 features a slightly tweaked design, better bass response, longer battery life and Outdoor Boost make it an even better companion when you’re outdoors. Its ruggedness, sound quality, and features solidify the Wonderboom 2 as one of the best portable waterproof speakers you can buy
What is the difference between Wonderboom and Wonderboom 2?
Now, it’s back with a sequel, the Wonderboom 2, which offers better sound, a longer battery life, and true stereo pairing. At first glance, the two speakers may look similar, but the Wonderboom 2 adds a few neat upgrades. … The new speaker is roughly the same size as the old Wonderboom
The UE Wonderboom 2 is a fantastic rugged and waterproof speaker you’ll actually want to take with you. Its small size doesn’t mean small sound, however, as the speaker gets extremely loud and sounds great.
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