The UE Megaboom 3 has everything you want in a portable Bluetooth speaker: good sound quality, a long battery life, durability, and more.
Portable Bluetooth speakers are no longer the most popular way to listen to music.
But not everyone wants AI to listen in on their lives.
On the other hand, almost everyone wants a portable speaker that sounds great.
If you need a new speaker or want to upgrade the one you have, the UE Megaboom 3 is a good choice.
It improves on the great Megaboom by making the sound, battery life, and durability even better, and it costs less.
Keep reading our UE Megaboom 3 review to find out why it’s not just one of the best waterproof speakers, but also one of the best Bluetooth speakers overall.
At the time this was written, the UE Megaboom 3 was on sale for Black Friday, which is a good sign.
Even if you miss this deal, keep an eye out for other deals on the speaker.
It has been out for a while, so there are likely to be more.
The Megaboom 3 is 8.9 inches long, 3.4 inches wide, and weighs 2 pounds.
It simplifies the previous generation’s cylindrical design, making it better in most ways.
The large volume buttons on the side of the new model are now part of the mesh covering, and the charging port has moved from the bottom to the side, making it much easier to get to.
On top, there are small buttons for power and pairing Bluetooth, as well as a large button in the middle that UE calls the Magic Button.
The Megaboom 3 has a good mix of bass, midrange, and high tones.
It has a fuller sound than the Fugoo Style-S and a little more bass than the Megaboom.
The UE speaker does a good job with many different types of music.
Cardi B’s “I Like It” had a throbbing bass line that didn’t sound muddy or drowned out the vocals. “Love It If We Made It” by 1975 was driven by the bass, and Matthew Healy’s voice was easy to hear.
The Megaboom 3 has an IPX67 rating, which means it can be submerged for up to 30 minutes in water up to 3 feet deep.
I put the speaker in a sink full of water for 5 minutes, and after that, it, worked fine.
UE says that the speaker can play for 20 hours after a full charge, but that may be low.
After about 10 hours of use at low and medium volumes, 77 perper cent the Megaboom 3’s battery was still left.
How to set up wireless
The Megaboom 3 was easy to connect to my iPhone.
The signal was so strong that it went through several walls inside.
The new Boom and Megaboom app, which is available for free on iOS and Android, adds a few useful features but takes away a couple as well.
It lets you pair the Megaboom 3 with the older model and UE’s Boom 2 and Boom 3 speakers, which is something I wish more Bluetooth speaker apps could do.
You can choose which playlists to put on the Magic Button.
Once a playlist is on the Magic Button, you press it for 3 seconds to start playing.
You can also choose from equaliser settings that have already been made or make your own.
But the app doesn’t have an alarm anymore, and you can’t use Siri or Google Assistant on your phone through the speaker.
The UE Megaboom 3 is the best portable Bluetooth speaker for most people to buy.
It has great sound, can handle the weather, plays for a long time on a single charge, and can pair with other UE speakers for stereo sound.
If you want to take your speaker with you a lot, this one might be too big.
The $130 UE Boom 3 might be a better choice in that case.
If you don’t plan to move your speaker, on the other hand, you can get better sound from larger, more expensive speakers like the $250 Riva Arena or the $250 Marshall Acton II.
And, of course, the Megaboom 3 isn’t for you if you want a speaker that works with Alexa or Google Assistant.
But you won’t be let down if you choose the Megaboom 3.