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85 Global Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Summary

The Ultimate Ears line from Logitech has always tried to deliver big, punchy sound, and those intentions have never been more clear with the naming of their new UE Megaboom. This speaker is tough, portable and offers the same stellar audio the line excels in, though the price might put it a bit out of reach for some.

The Megaboom is as physically imposing as its name might suggest, offering up a sturdy and functional design that PC World Australia says can take "a hell of a beating." Digital Trends calls it the "most robust speaker in its genre," possibly "tough enough for a drop from a considerable height" and maybe even capable of being used as "a weapon in a pinch."

While its rugged waterproof nature means you can take it anywhere, the Megaboom's cylindrical shape suggests you can put it anywhere too, with Digital Trends noting "shape and driver configuration are designed to allow it to excel in virtually any position." So stand it up or lie it down, it doesn't make a difference in how good the Megaboom sounds.

And how good does the Megaboom sound? Well, PC World Australia happily notes it's "beautifully crisp and clear, and well rounded," with more than enough voiume for anyone. What Hi-Fi says its "punchy, energetic delivery comes straight to the fore," with "solidity and precision through the bass, the midrange and treble." They find it "bristling with life" and Re/code concurs, saying the Megaboom's bass notes "got me and my toddler to start swaying our hips." Overall, What Hi-Fi says it might not be "the ultimate in refinement," but its certainly "well balanced."

CNET notes that the UE Megaboom improves on its smaller siblings in a lot of ways, "including a larger size, bigger sound (particularly on bass), better waterproofing and extended battery life." But one way it doesn't improve is on price, with these features coming at a $100 premium. But, given its size and output, anyone willing to lay out $300 for a Megaboom will be more than satisfied.
85 Global Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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86
Average Critic Score
 
90
Wired
It has a smart waterproof design, a small footprint, excellent battery life, and it tosses clear, lively sound in a nice wide arc. It’s the best battery-powered speaker for almost any mobile application, inside or outside the home.
 
80
PC Mag
The Ultimate Ears UE Megaboom is the bigger, louder follow-up to the original UE Boom, and just like its predecessor offers a rugged design and strong audio performance for a portable Bluetooth speaker.
 
80
CNET
The UE Megaboom Bluetooth speaker one-ups its little brother with a range of improvements, including a larger size, bigger sound (particularly on bass), better waterproofing and extended battery life.
 
100
Pocket-Lint
This bass-booming cylinder sounds great, looks great, and is tough enough to tackle music in the office, for that summer picnic or festival, or whatever else you happen to throw at it. It's Bluetooth speaker bliss.
 
80
Digital Trends
If you’re willing to pay for the latest and greatest, the Megaboom is an impressive follow-up.
 
100
What Hi-Fi
Megaboom in name, not megaboomy in nature, this Bluetooth speaker is a talented performer.
 
80
Recode
Logitech’s UE brand is giving the company a boost, and the sound from the ... Megaboom speakers will give you a boost. If the multi-speaker setup works successfully when it’s widely available this summer, it will become a viable option for people who want simple stereo setups in their homes.
 
80
Mashable
The UE Megaboom isn’t the smoothest-sounding Bluetooth speaker you can buy, but its waterproof design and loud, full sound make it a great choice for lovers of the outdoors.
 
80
PC World Australia
An excellent all round speaker, with brilliant battery life, a great feature set and superb design. The problem I have is with the pricing. This is now in the premium-priced Bluetooth speaker category, and its sound quality, while good, is not going to be keeping Bose and others up at night.
 
90
9to5Mac
As I hinted in my Best Bluetooth Speaker of the year list, the Megaboom is as good, if not better than the other best $300 Bluetooth speakers we’ve reviewed: Bose Soundlink 3, Beats Pill XL and Jawbone’s Big Jambox have met their match!

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