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Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Review

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A Perfect Tool for Outside Partying

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Ultimate Ears Boom 3 is a fair-priced, compact Bluetooth speaker that brings a powerful sound and excellent durability that rightfully positions it among the best Bluetooth speakers available. This is an easy-to-use the device, with great looks and a 360-degree sound that makes it suitable for any sort of outdoor activity, whether that is a beach party, or you being alone with your thoughts.

Specifications:

Connectivity: Bluetooth
Drivers size: 5 cm
Battery life: 15 hours
Weight: 608 grams
Dimensions: Height 184 mm, Diameter 73 mm

Features

Ultimate Ears Boom 3 is a more mainstream-oriented Bluetooth speaker, with a limited number of features, and is devoted mostly to users looking for fun and joy, while the true audio experience is not in its main focus.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 brings a terrible sound. Its sound is crystal clear and loud, offering a pleasant user experience; however, the sound itself isn’t as refined, which means that the true audiophiles should certainly look for something else.

Ultimate Ears Boom 3 is a wireless Bluetooth speaker, with a lightweight, 608-gram build and great durability features that involve a dust-proof rating, as well as the IP67 water-proof rating that allows its use in almost any surroundings, including the beach, shower, and similar.

This is a micro-USB-charged device, with a pretty decent 15-hour battery life, and more importantly, great pairing capabilities that allow its pairing with up to eight Bluetooth-enabled source devices (it can be connected with up to two devices at the same time). Also, this device is compatible with the other UE Boom and Megaboom speakers and can create a surround sound system with up to 150 of these devices, creating a unique surround experience.

Ultimate Ears Boom 3 has a wireless range of some 45 meters and comes with four different presets. Also, it has a customized tuner and supports wireless charging; however, such activity requires the purchase of a separate charging dock, which certainly isn’t great.

Usage

When talking about the usage, Ultimate Ears Boom 3 is super-easy to use. There are the basic functions on the device itself, such as the play/pause function, skipping songs, yet most importantly, a magic button that can be assigned a certain task, such as switching between the playlists, or that it allows streaming from the services such as the Spotify, Amazon Prime Music, or Apple Music.

Of course, for something like that, you will need an intuitive dedicated app that offers straightforward use and multiple settings, as well as the ability to turn your Ultimate Ears Boom 3 into an alarm clock, for instance. Also, it should be mentioned that the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 allows for easy pairing, allowing for multiple setups, while the audio performance itself creates clear and loud sound, perfect for parties and gatherings.

Unfortunately, the general quality of the sound isn’t of the highest level, which is most notable in the bass that is lacking the punch and high ends that can get distorted at high volumes. In other words, the overall audio performance simply isn’t up to the high standards, which is somewhat expected considering the drive’s size of only 5cm and the size of the speaker.

Design

The design department is where the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 shines, bringing the cylindrical build that can fit into a large soda can, allowing you to hold the speaker in the same places as you would hold your soda can or water bottle.

Its small size and lightweight nature make it super-portable, while the shimmering two-tone fabric, available in four color combinations (Dusk, Lagoon Blue, Sunset Red, and Ultraviolet Purple) makes this speaker unique and eye-catching when placed next to the other best Bluetooth speakers.

Ultimate Ears Boom 3 brings a durable build and is fitted with the basic functions on the device itself, such as volume buttons and the three additional buttons for on/of, as well as playback controls.

Inside of it, there are the two 5-cm drivers and two 10-cm passive radiators, while the device itself is highly protected and comes with the IP67 waterproof rating, dust-proof rating and, according to the claims of the Ultimate Ears, it can also stand a fall from one-meter height or more; however, that is not confirmed.

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Good

Everything needed for a good beach party is here. There is a loud and clear sound, great durability, even great portability, thanks to the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 608-gram weight and small height of only 18 cm.

On top of that, these Bluetooth speakers allow for easy pairing with up to eight source devices, as well as the creation of surround sound that can be consisted of up to 150 UE Boom and Megaboom speakers. In addition, Ultimate Ears Boom 3 also has a competitive price; it has a two-year warranty and presents a complete product that is neck and neck with the best boomboxes out there.

Bad

That, unfortunately, doesn’t mean that the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 comes without any downsides – there are some. In the first place, that is its not that great audio performance, as well as the lack of a microphone that presents sort of a standard for the devices of this type, especially in this price range.

Another thing that presents a not-that-beneficial aspect of the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 is its wireless charging feature, which is great by itself; however, when you need to buy an additional charging dock to get it, things simply don’t seem right.

Final Thoughts

To sum up, Ultimate Ears Boom 3 is a pretty good Bluetooth speaker, with excellent usability, great durability, and solid performance that won’t impress you; nonetheless, it will bring you a good enough audio experience, suitable for small parties or small gatherings, which is the main goal of the Bluetooth speakers in the first place.

About author

Miodrag Matović is a tech geek who loves writing about everything related to computers. He’s a graduate graphic designer, but found his passion elsewhere. In his free time, he likes to spend time with his family, dance with his wife, and put together new computers.
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