The UE Wonderboom 2 has a new design, improved bass performance, and longer battery life.
And Outdoor Boost, making it an even better outdoor companion.
The Wonderboom 2’s sturdiness, and sound quality.
And functional makes it one of the best portable waterproof speakers available.
Since its release, the original UE Wonderboom has remained at the top of our best waterproof speaker list for good reason:
It’s tough and plays louder than its small sound suggests.
And can be linked with other UE Wonderboom speakers to boost sound.
Although the UE Wonderboom 2 looks nearly identical to the original.
Ultimate Ears included a slew of improvements that make the Wonderboom 2 even better, including a 30 per cent longer battery life.
Improved bass response, and a new Outdoor Boost feature that allows the speaker to get even louder than before.
These seemingly little improvements together not only maintain the UE Wonderboom 2 on our list of best waterproof speakers for another year.
But they also assist to make it one of the best portable speakers you can buy in general.
the cost and the availability
The tiny portable speaker is available for $99.99 / £89.99 / AU$129 in the US, and the UK.
And Australia, which is the same price as the original Wonderboom.
The original Wonderboom will be available for a bit longer, according to a business spokeswoman.
It will be sold at a discounted price while supplies last.
What About The Design?
If you put the original Wonderboom next to the Wonderboom 2, it’s difficult to tell which one is the newer.
The Wonderboom’s new colour options and elastic band are the only aesthetic differences;
The speaker chassis, buttons, and MicroUSB charging connection remain intact.
Power, pairing, and playback buttons are located on the top of the speaker.
The volume control buttons are located on the front of the device.
The Outdoor Boost button is located on the bottom of the speaker and raises the volume even more in noisy areas.
All of the buttons are membrane-type for water resistance, so they’re a little mushy but not difficult to use.
A plastic door around the rear of the speaker seals the device’s micro USB charging port.
In 2019, you’d expect a speaker to include USB-C charging, but Ultimate Ears didn’t.
It’s hardly a deal-breaker, but not being able to bring a single cable to charge all of your gadgets is inconvenient.
What About The Performance?
The UE Wonderboom 2 is a remarkable sounding speaker considering its size.
The speaker is far louder than you might imagine, especially when the Outdoor Boost feature is turned on.
At the maximum level, there is some distortion, but if you keep it around 80%, the music sounds wonderful.
But first, let’s speak about Outdoor Boost, which is the fundamental feature that distinguishes the Wonderboom 2 from the original.
While Outdoor Boost increases overall volume, the sound quality suffers when listening to lower volumes.
At medium intensity, cymbals sound splashy, mids are more emphasised
– which is a good thing
– and there’s somewhat more bass than the original Wonderboom.
Which helps provide some warmth to the sound without sacrificing the highs.
The mids are fantastic, and the vocals sound natural and realistic.
The Wonderboom 2 also boasts 360 degrees of sound.
This means you get the same music quality no matter where you are concerning the speaker.
Thanks to its encircling grille.
Last but not least, the Wonderboom should function just as well at the beach as it does by the pool.
It Is Dust And Water Proof!
Thanks to its IP67 dustproof and waterproof designation.
But it’s not all good news. The original Wonderboom’s soundstage was a flaw.
And it still is with the second version.
However, if you pair another Wonderboom 2, you can play in real stereo.
Whereas the first generation could only link up to improve loudness.
The Wonderboom 2 has an IP67 classification, which means it now has dust protection in addition to the IPX7 water resistance it had last year.
The speaker can also be dropped repeatedly from a height of 5 feet.
Making it a speaker that can withstand a beating whether you’re trekking or swimming.
The battery life on the Wonderboom 2 has also been boosted, according to Ultimate Ears.
To up to 13 hours compared to 10 hours on the previous model.
And we found that claim to be reasonably true.
We got 12 hours playing at medium to low volume.
But expect to reduce the 13 hours in half if you want to play with Outdoor Boost all the time.
What About The Final Verdict?
The UE Wonderboom 2 is a terrific durable and waterproof speaker that you’ll want to carry with you everywhere you go.
Its diminutive stature, however, does not imply a small sound, since the speaker is incredibly loud.
And sounds fantastic.
While it can’t compete with larger speakers like the UE Boom 3 or the Bose SoundLink Revolve in terms of bass response.
The increased bass adds warmth and intensity to music that the original lacked.
Overall, the UE Wonderboom 2 is still one of the best waterproof speakers you can purchase for $100 (£90 AU$129)
– and our top recommendation for those wishing to take their speaker to the beach or pool.