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Logitech UE 984-000294 Mobile Boombox Bluetooth Speaker and Speakerphone (Blue Grill/Light Grey)
- Bluetooth wireless speaker: Plays music up to 50-Feet away from your Bluetooth-enabled Smartphone or tablet
- Multi-person access: You and a friend can take turns playing music from your Bluetooth devices at the same time
- Ultimate Ears Sound Signature: Two full-range drivers and a passive radiator deliver clear, big, perfectly tuned sound
- Doubles as a speakerphone: Built-in microphone for hands-free calls in the office, car, house or anywhere
- Ultra-portable: Compact design and 10-hour rechargeable battery make it easy to roam with your music
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The Logitech UE Mobile Boombox is a Bluetooth speaker that plays music wirelessly from your Smartphone or tablet and can double as a speakerphone for voice and video calls.
From the Manufacturer
Everything we do is in the service of music. Our relentless commitment to honoring music drives us to push the boundaries of audio engineering, wireless connectivity and industrial design. All to create products that deliver music to your ears in its purest most undiluted form. Learn more about Logitech UE
1 Actual wireless range will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions.
2 Actual battery life will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions. Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles.
Logitech UE Mobile Boombox
Bluetooth Speaker and SpeakerphoneIt only sounds big.
We created the compact Logitech UE Mobile Boombox for people who live for music and want to take it everywhere. Easily connect to your Bluetooth-enabled devices from up to 50 feet away and enjoy rich, clear music. Two full-range drivers deliver our perfectly balanced UE Sound Signature for pure and detailed sound. A built-in microphone enables it to double as a speakerphone for hands-free calling. And it’s incredibly portable so you can always travel with pure, undiluted music.
- Amazing sound plus Bluetooth wireless freedom
- Use your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet to control music from up to 50 feet away1
- Easily pairs with up to eight Bluetooth devices
Take turns playing music
- You and a friend can connect two Bluetooth devices at the same time
- Switching between devices is as easy as pressing pause on one device and play on another
UE Sound Signature
- Sound that’s distinctly and unmistakably UE—pure, undiluted, rich, clear and perfectly tuned
- Custom-tuned drivers give you surprisingly big sound from a small speaker:
- Two full-range drivers for crisp high notes and warm mid-range
- Passive radiator boosts the low end
- Fours passive radiators for deep, thumping bass
Hands-free phone calls
- Doubles as a wireless speakerphone for hands-free phone calls
- Enjoy loud and clear calls in the kitchen, car, office or backyard
- Built-in microphone for clear voice pick up
- Stop to chat without missing a beat—automatically pauses/starts music when you pick up/end calls
Perfectly portable and rechargeable
- Compact go-anywhere size fits easily in your bag
- Internal rechargeable battery—play up to 10 straight hours of music anytime, anywhere2
- Easy USB recharging and 24/7 power with included AC adapter
Vibrant, durable design
- Choose from a variety of stylish colors
- Unique grip-action rubber casing—feels great in your hand and fun to pass around
- Built with premium materials to withstand a little rough and tumble
No wireless? No problem.
The 3.5 mm jack makes it a snap to plug in your iPod or other digital music player.
What's in the box
- Mobile Boombox
- USB charging cable
- Power adapter
- User documentation
What you needFor audio playback:
Smartphones, tablets and other devices that support Bluetooth wireless audio profile [Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)] or 3.5 mm audio output
For phone calls:
Phones that support Bluetooth Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.5)
|What do you get?|
Tiny ultra-portable speaker with big sound streamed from Bluetooth-enabled devices
Elegant and portable design with seriously powerful sound streamed from Bluetooth devices
Home Wi-Fi speaker for effortless, high-quality audio streaming in any room from your Apple iOS devices or computers with iTunes
|Home Wi-Fi Speaker: With Apple Airplay|
|Bluetooth Speaker: Up to 50 ft. wireless range|
|Multi-Host Technology: Take turns playing music from compatible wireless devices|
Connect 2 Bluetooth devices at the same time
Connect 3 Bluetooth devices at the same time
Connect any number of iOS devices at the same time
|Perfectly Tuned UE Sound Signature|
|Uncompressed Audio Streaming: For highest quality wireless audio|
|Custom-Tuned Speaker drivers|
2 full-range drivers, 1 passive radiator
2 tweeters, 2 woofers, 4 passive radiators
2 tweeters, 2 woofers, 2 ports
|Apple Device Dock|
|Built-In Microphone: Doubles as a speakerphone|
10-hour battery life between charges
6-hour battery life between charges
|Micro USB Charging Cable|
Any Bluetooth-Enabled Smartphones, Tablets and Other Devices
Any Bluetooth-Enabled Smartphones, Tablets and Other Devices
For AirPlay streaming:
Wi-Fi network, plus at least one of the following: iPad, iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 4.3 and later. Mac or Windows computer with iTunes 10.2 and later
For playback using Apple Dock Connector:
Made for: iPad (3rd generation), iPad 2, iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G iPod touch (2nd, 3rd and 4th generation)
|Aux Input (3.5 mm) for iPod and Most Other Portable Music Players|
Top customer reviews
This unit will live either in my carry on, or in the bag I keep at my hotel.
To give you a sense for the dynamic range I typically listen to, my primary uses are to stream NPR from my home NPR station where ever I am, listen to podcasts (typically voice interviews), Facetime calls, and stream Pandora - typically jazz, blues, R&B, up through Dave Mathews. Nothing huge on the bass.
The unit is intended to replicate as much of how I live life at home in a travel sized unit to supplement the speakers on the iPod and iPad.
Bought both the Logitech and Jambox, paired each with an iPhone and iPad, and switched back and forth on songs I know very well. Here are my thoughts. I hope they are helpful to you.
Neither unit really slams out the bass. Physics just doesn't allow that in units this small. I will focus on the sound quality and design of the units.
The Logitech has two 1 inch drivers. The Jambox has two 1.25 inch drivers. Point to Jambox - it can move more air.
Point to Logitech. The Logitech is more box shaped. The Jambox is more candy bar shaped. The Logitech has a larger airbox for its passive radiator. The Jambox is thinner and has less air to move in its passive radiator.
MY PERCEPTION OF MID TONES
Point to Logitech for more sense of presence of the mid tones. There's just a more there, probably due to the larger air box for the radiator. My test was 1) what I perceived, and 2) placing my hand on the table in front of each unit playing the same song. There was more vibration on the table from the Logitech.
MY PERCEPTION OF THE HIGHS
Point to Jambox for being "clearer" in the upper voice and higher tones. The design emphasizes this, and one can tell side by side. Interestingly, I take back half a point for some sharpness on instrumentals, especially high horns, strings, and piano. The Logitech slightly de-emphasizes the highs for a more neutral tone. I liken to the difference between design philosophy between Definitive Technology and Klipsche. My ears are more attuned to a slightly flatter sound scape.
MY PERCEPTION OF THE SPACIOUSNESS
Point to Jambox. Side by side, the Jambox sounds more open, and the Logitech is more linear, straight at you.
Point to Logitech. 10 hours v. 8 hours. Honestly, in my application, charge once a week and I am good with both units
Point to Logitech. It has more coverage by rubber material than metal mesh. That just gives me more confidence. This thing has to survive in a suitcase every week. The Jambox has more metal mesh wrapper than rubber. May account for the difference in the overall sound spaciousness. I also intend to listen to the unit while in the shower and getting ready for the day. I have no proof the Logitech is better in this application, just a feeling.
Point to Jambox. The Logitech is more utilitarian.
Point to Logitech. It's a more utilitarian design, and just feels more rugged. Because of the style points of the Jambox, I'm less likely to toss the Jambox in a bag to the park or beach. Prettiness has two sides to that coin.
No points. Both are uber-portable
PAIRING OVER BLUETOOTH
No points. Both flawlessly paired with iPad and iPhone.
USE AS SPEAKERPHONE
I did not test this feature as it is not its intended use, but good to know it's there. I would assume this is more Jawbones territory.
No points. Both feel solid
The Jambox is 30-40% more expensive as of Nov. 2012. I could afford either - so no points.
OVERALL IMPRESSION AND FINAL PURCHASE DECISION
I ended up landing with the Logitech. The final test was the live version of Alison Krauss' "Maybe". One of my favorite songs - it combines Alison's high pure tone with the mid-tenor of Dan Tyminski, and those bass drum kicks. I personally think the Jambox has slightly better and more spacious sound on the higher end. The Logitech has fuller, more balanced sound - all around, and that's what I landed on. If I could combine the two, it would be perfect - but I can't. For my intended use of the unit for frequent travel, camping, picnics, take the beach, etc., I landed on a very good sound with more durability and more utilitarian design. If this was going to live in a briefcase or an office, I would more favor the Jambox. As a value proposition for my intended use, the Logitech won out.
What I do know, is I did not waste money on this.
Hope this is helpful.
After using the UE for two work weeks at the hotel, here are some additional observations.
It's a great unit. Straight up. I would compare the sound to a good table top clock radio ipod dock, like my older Sony Sony ICFCS10iP Speaker Dock with Alarm Clock and Radio for iPod/iPhone (Black). I think that's a fair comparison. The shape of the sound is pretty close.
Verified initial observation that the sound is quite linear up close. Three feet away, and the linearity disappears.
Placing it a couple inches from whatever wall really helps the perceived bass.
With the iPhone in the main room, I can stream NPR in the super-steamy bathroom while taking a shower and shaving, which is great, and protects the iPhone. That's just cool.
The unit is plenty loud enough. Hotels tend to be very quiet places in the morning and evening.
Took it to the jacuzzi at the hotel to relax and was streaming Pandora, which was very nice. A couple of other frequent travallers I see all the time, but I hadnt met formally eventually entered the room, and we cranked it up listening to BB King, which was a blast. They each bought one.
I also like to listen to those ambience apps while going to sleep. Storms, surf, whatever. It REALLY shines here. Sounds so much better than the speaker on the iPad.
Overall, it's great. I'm very happy with it.
For its size, it's loud, it produces good sounds for a speaker that is this small. Sound is balanced from lows, mids, to highs. Don't expect pounding bass, but expect something that will sound good enough to fill a medium sized room.
Another thing that impressed me was the durability of the UE mini, I kept this speaker in my car for over 3 years, in the heat of the summers and the coldness of winters. It did its job.
I was very impressed with this speaker back in 2012, and if you buy one new, you should expect to get a speaker that is definitely worth an under $70 USD price tag.
The sound in this unit is very good considering the size. Bass at higher volumes will have a bit of pop or thud to it. I'm being picky because it doesn't distort to a point of poor sound. There is a slot across the back you can look into and see a passive radiator to help aid in bass reproduction. Do not place the speaker flat against a wall covering this port...it will have a negative impact on sound quality. The quality of sound is on par with speakers that cost double or more.
$60 is the going price and for all the features it is a great price.
Connection to bluetooth was very very simple...turn on the speaker, open bluetooth on my iPhone, connect and done. The speakerphone option is very handy, but be warned it will answer automatically. It was actually harder to get into the packaging than connect the bluetooth!
The battery lasted almost (2) full work days. I turned it off for about an hour each day for lunch. That's better than I expected. Note...when the battery gets low the speaker will begin to *gripe* with a special tone. I only heard this tone a few times before the speaker quit playing (it goes down pretty fast).
1. It "reboots" if the input level is too high. I assume this is a self-protection "feature" but none of the other portable speakers that I've used have this "feature." It means the speaker will go dead for about 9 seconds while it restarts. And if the levels are still too high, it will reboot again. And again. And again. This is unacceptable for me. I'd rather hear distorted audio than nothing. I was going to use it to monitor recordings and I can't have it going dead if the audio is a little too hot.
2. There is a low level buzz present if both the audio stereo input and the USB cord are plugged into the same computer. Again, my other portable speakers don't do this.
As far as distance, I couldn't get 15ft in the house without losing the connection. I tried the distance just so I could give a complete review. This was an absolute waste of my time and money. Yes I returned it and got a refund.
If you want a good speaker then you'll need to pay for one. I have tried others and the only one to give me good quality sound was the Bose. I have yet to have any of them go farther than 15ft through walls or 20ft with a clear line of sight.