As you may already know, Logitech knows how to make excellent electronic devices. They’ve pretty much perfected the computer mouse, and they make a seriously great wireless keyboard. So, it should come as no surprise that Logitech UE, the audio-specific division of the Logitech brand makes an absolutely brilliant super-portable Bluetooth wireless speaker/speakerphone combo called the Mobile Boombox. What may come as a surprise is that is can be purchased for under $100.
Here’s what you get for the money: A compact (4.4 x 2.6 x 2.4”), rubberized rectangular box that can pair with two Bluetooth devices at the same time (for tag-team DJing) with up to 10 hours of battery life, and a very good speakerphone for all the times that you are being productive instead of rocking out. Here’s what it does: After the remarkably easy pairing process, this thing makes whatever noise your device tells it too. The noise it makes, and the volume it can achieve without breaking up the bass or shattering the high-end is great. By great, I not only mean loud, which is of course important, but it is super clear as well - only getting dodgy at its absolute limit.
To top it off, the speakerphone in this thing is as good or better than the one I use everyday in my truck and the Logitech is actually cheaper than that uni-tasker clamped to the visor.
Is it worth $100? Yes. Is it better than most sub-100 dollar wireless speakers? Absolutely. Most devices that cost less than $100, have considerably more limitations (volume, bass reflex, questionable build quality, etc) than the Mobile Boombox, and the great majority of them do not house a speakerphone, as well.
Logitech didn’t aim low when they were coming up with the Mobile Boombox. If you ask me, I think they were aiming for the likes of the much more expensive Jawbone Jambox (which pretty much used to be the only game in town), and they did an excellent job of it, too. To get your hands on one of these, go to the Logitech website or any Bay Area Best Buy or Apple store.
Full disclosure: This speaker was provided at no cost for the purpose of testing/reviewing. To think otherwise would be silly.