Over the years, Logitech has acquired quite a few companies in order to expand and strengthen its portfolio. A couple years back it was time for Ultimate Ears (UE). This brand created exclusive and professional audio products that frequently found their way to famous artists, particularly their in-ear headphones have become a standard for certain crowds. Logitech continued the UE product line, but wasn't very active with it. That is changing this year. The originally Swiss company has launched a number of audio accessories under the name Logitech UE, including various headphones and wireless speakers with integrated amplifier. An example in this last category is the Mobile Boombox Bluetooth speaker, which Hardware.Info tried out for a week. Here's our verdict.
The Logitech UE Mobile Boombox is available in various colours, from plain black to different combinations. Our test model was black with a red speaker grill and back. You can also get it in all-white, white and blue, and black with bright yellow/green.
The Mobile Boombox is a very compact little device. 'Boombox' should be taken with a grain of salt here, unless Logitech has uncovered some new laws of sound. The dimensions of 11 x 6 x 6.5 cm (BxHxD) and 300 gram weight does make it very portable. Even an iPhone 4(S) is wider than this thing.
We're tempted to say that, as long as it sounds better than a speaker in a smartphone or tablet, we're happy. But we can't do that with a product that costs £79.95. Of course you can probably find even more expensive compact speakers, but there are cheaper ones too. Logitech itself has multiple portable speakers for the same or lower prices, sometimes with Bluetooth and sometimes with features the Mobile Boombox does not have, such as an iPod/iPhone dock or remote.
So what do you get with the Mobile Boombox that does justify that price?