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Logitech UE Mobile Boombox review: temple of boom?

We reviewed the Logitech UE Mobile Boombox

For its small size the Mobile Boombox sounds very good, even with the volume maxed out the sound doesn't distort. The volume doesn't go very high, however, and the sound is very directional. Like most Bluetooth speakers, the Boombox sounds better when you hook it up with the 3.5 mm jack instead of Bluetooth. See all audio reviews.

Over the years, Logitech has acquired quite a few companies in order to expand and strengthen its portfolio. A couple years back it was time for Ultimate Ears (UE). This brand created exclusive and professional audio products that frequently found their way to famous artists, particularly their in-ear headphones have become a standard for certain crowds. Logitech continued the UE product line, but wasn't very active with it. That is changing this year. The originally Swiss company has launched a number of audio accessories under the name Logitech UE, including various headphones and wireless speakers with integrated amplifier. An example in this last category is the Mobile Boombox Bluetooth speaker, which Hardware.Info tried out for a week.

The Logitech UE Mobile Boombox is available in various colours, from plain black to different combinations. Our test model was black with a red speaker grill and back. You can also get it in all-white, white and blue, and black with bright yellow/green.

The Mobile Boombox is a very compact little device. 'Boombox' should be taken with a grain of salt here, unless Logitech has uncovered some new laws of sound. The dimensions of 11 x 6 x 6.5 cm (BxHxD) and 300 gram weight does make it very portable. Even an iPhone 4(S) is wider than this thing.

It’s tempting to say that, as long as it sounds better than a speaker in a smartphone or tablet, it’s fine. But it’s difficult to do that with a product that costs £79.95. Of course you can probably find even more expensive compact speakers, but there are cheaper ones too. Logitech itself has multiple portable speakers for the same or lower prices, sometimes with Bluetooth and sometimes with features the Mobile Boombox does not have, such as an iPod/iPhone dock or remote.

So what do you get with the Mobile Boombox that does justify that price?

The Mobile Boombox itself is covered in a type of rubber, that gives the impression it can handle a bump or two. The front consists of a large speaker grill, on the top three buttons that have been seamlessly integrated into the rubber casing, and the back has the on/off switch, a micro-USB port and a 3.5 mm jack.

When you turn on the speaker, you can connect it right away via Bluetooth. If you want to connect a second source to it, you have to press and hold the Bluetooth button at the top until the blue light starts flashing again. The Mobile Boombox can have two devices connected to it at a time, which you can switch between without one of them losing the link. The speaker can also remember a total of eight Bluetooth devices, so you don't have to pair them each time. This is a fairly standard feature on Bluetooth speakers.

The connection uses the A2DP profile, but it's unclear which codecs that are supported. SBC obviously, but if mp3 and aac also word is unclear. No mention is made of Apt-X, our favourite Bluetooth codec. Only Logitech UE's flagschip headphones, the 9000, supports Apt-X. The Mobile Boombox is also compatible with AVRCP and HFP, for remote control and for serving as mobile headset. You can make calls with the Boombox, because it has an integrated microphone.

To learn more about the sound quality and how this speaker compares to similar products, read the rest of the review on Hardware.Info.

Mobile Boombox

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