Prepare to be confused. Almost exactly one year ago, you were introduced to the Logitech UE Mobile Boombox right here in this column. This year, since you have already been introduced (sort of), we’re going straight to the review of the fraternal twin of the Mobile Boombox, the UE Mini Boom. Are you still following?
As explained a year ago, UE, or Ultimate Ears, is the music-centric subsidiary of Logitech. Ultimate Ears, founded in 1995 in Irvine California, is responsible for creating what has now become THE ubiquitous in-ear monitor seen used by just about every musician to take stage in the past decade. UE was acquired by Logitech in 2008, and is now operated as the ancillary Logitech UE. The story, however, does not end there. Ultimate Ears also acts as a stand-alone audio-centric company which makes, in addition to the Boom and Mini Boom, a line of professional audio equipment which just so happen to be used by “more touring artists...than any other brand.” After a little more than a month with the UE Mini Boom, it has become pretty clear why. UE makes positively fantastic music machines.
The UE Mini Boom, though the same size as the Mobile Boombox, which is to say, small (4.4” x 2.6” x 2.4”), produces a gargantuan sound that is crisp, clean, and filled with the sort of depth one would expect from a much larger speaker. In fact, while listening to bass-heavy music at high volume, the Mini Boom will actually move across whatever surface it happens to be on, so one must exercise caution to prevent it from vibrating off the windowsill and into the kitchen sink. Just saying.
Despite being the same size as the Mobile Boombox on the outside, the Mini Boom is a bit bigger on the inside. Instead of two 1” drivers, the Mini Boom uses two 1.5” drivers. Instead of being able to produce a maximum of 78dBA, the Mini Boom produces 86dBC, or, in other words, it is not only louder, its frequency range is broader, as well.
Like the Mobile Boombox, the Mini Boom also has a decent speakerphone feature, excellent range (50’), great battery life (10+ hours), the ability to be paired with up to 8 devices, and easy connectivity (first try right out of the box). Unlike the Mobile Boombox, the Mini Boom can be paired with another Mini Boom for twice as much listening goodness, and it is “App configurable” for both iOS and Android. Nice!
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**Full Disclosure: This wireless speaker was provided at no cost for the purpose of testing/reviewing. To think otherwise would be unsound.