Logitech UE Boombox review: portable speakers that pack a punch

We liked the Logitech AirPlay speakers that we reviewed recently, so we were keen to take a look their new Boombox too.

As the name suggests, the Boombox is very much designed with portability in mind. It measures just 38.6cm long, 16.4cm high and 8cm thick and weighs 2Kg, so it’s easy to pick up and carry around when you’re heading outside.

It’s well built too, with a metal grille covering the speaker drivers and a rubber coating on the base of the unit to protect it from bumps and bruises. There’s a mains adaptor included with the Boombox, but it also has a rechargeable battery that lasts for about six hours.

There’s no dock for iOS devices – and no AirPlay either – as Logitech has opted for Bluetooth wireless this time around, along with a standard Line-In socket for wired connections. The Boombox can pair with three Bluetooth devices at once, so you and your friends can all use it together, switching from device to device whenever you want.

Logitech’s Boombox is light and sturdy for outdoor use

Sound quality is good – nice and detailed, and with surprisingly firm bass for such a compact unit. Higher frequencies can sound a little harsh at full volume – which we’d estimate at around 40W – but even if you turn it down a little the Boombox is still strong enough to get things going at a BBQ or on the beach.

It is a little pricey, though. Logitech charges £199.00 if you buy it direct from their web site, which does seem a little steep, so it’s worth looking around online to see if you can get it for a bit less.

OUR VERDICT

You’re paying a bit extra for the sturdy, portable design, but the Logitech UE Boombox is still a good option if you’re looking for a lightweight speaker system that you can use outdoors on a regular basis.

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