Bluetooth speakers are great companions at the weekend barbecue, with a beach or pool – passions of Brazilians. When it comes to speakers, luckily, there are many options on the market for different audiences. THE Wonderboom 2, gives Ultimate Ears, is one of the models that conquered many people around here and features compact design, portability, 360 sound and long battery life.
As the name implies, this is the second generation of the EU entry-level speaker, it was launched at the end of last year and aims to attract young audiences. Does the sound surprise? Can you have a party with her after the pandemic? I spent a few days testing the Wonderboom 2 and I share everything next.
Video review of Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2
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Design and connectivity
Wonderboom 2 has a rounded design that resembles smart speakers. This is because it has a two-tone fabric finish, while the ends received a rubberized material that accompanies the color of the fabric. For this review, the Tecnoblog received Wonderboom blue, it’s my favorite color, but I found it a bit poor in the product, so I would go gray or black.
Even with visible stitching, the box is very pleasant to the touch; it’s not that heavy and a handle on the upper back makes it even easier to transport, and the best part: you can hang the Wonderboom 2 anywhere.
The design, of course, divides opinions due to the huge volume buttons. I even think it’s cool, maybe the look could be much poorer and ugly with their absence in this region.
And since I touched on this subject, all the buttons present on the body of the box are hard, this is because the Wonderboom 2 is waterproof, that is, it can have contact with the water of the pool, the beach, the key ring etc. The most interesting thing is that it floats in the water, so there is no risk of you losing the product when you enter the beach water, for example.
Now with respect to the controls, there are six buttons here with the volume buttons. At the top, the middle one is used to play and pause music, videos and podcasts; the smaller one jumped out serves for the Bluetooth connection; and the minus button allows you to turn the box on and off. Below, there is a button that activates the Outdoor mode, a novelty, which I will explain its operation later.
In connectivity, I missed a dedicated app for making audio settings. The “Boom and Megaboom” application left Wonderboom out. At least the pairing is fast and the box automatically connects as soon as it identifies the other device, in a few seconds.
For a stereo sound experience, you can connect the Wonderboom 2 in another box of the same model at a distance of up to 30 meters (the same range as when it is connected to another device).
At the rear, a cover protects the Micro USB port for powering the device. Unfortunately, Ultimate Ears opted for Micro USB at a time when practically almost all new phones already come with USB-C and, considering that, charging would make it much easier.
Sound and battery quality
Now let’s get down to business. In the company’s words, this box has “surprisingly louder, clearer and lower sound”. We have really made good progress compared to the first Wonderboom. This model has two 40 mm active drivers and two passive radiators.
The sound here is quite loud and, considering the size of the box, the power is quite satisfactory and should please most people. The great highlight of Wonderboom 2 is the 360-degree sound that guarantees an immersive experience in addition to making the audio more present, something that LG’s Xboom Go PL2 does not have and it disappoints precisely at this point.
During my tests, Pink’s vocals in Try they sound good with the volume at 60%, but the treble is slightly strident when the volume is raised. Furthermore, under these circumstances, it is impossible to identify each instrument of music. Of course, this is just an irrelevant detail if you are not a demanding consumer.
Outdoor Boost mode – a novelty in this second generation – can be activated via a button on the bottom of Wonderboom 2, and its mission is to make the sound louder and more alive. The EU says that this feature is useful for open environments, that is, the ideal is to activate it during an open-air party.
I would very much like to have a party to test this mode, but as we are still in a pandemic, I decided to evaluate it in a closed place. In practice, I could see that the sound is not as full-bodied and valued as Sound Boost does on the Xboom Go PL2, which is a feature that I consider excellent.
When activated, it is possible to notice the significant loss of the bass with the volume below 50% and, consequently, the mids gain prominence. If you, like me, enjoy electronic music beats, you’re sure to avoid Outdoor Boost often.
Okay, what about the battery? Well, Ultimate Ears promises up to 13 hours of playback, that is, 30% more than the first Wonderboom and 3 hours less when compared to Sony SRS-XB10, its main competitor. She fulfills the agreement and even surprises, given that I was able to listen to music for two days before hanging up.
The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 is an interesting option for you who are looking for a compact Bluetooth speaker to use, especially outdoors. The 360 sound is loud and does not disappoint, and although I didn’t really like it, the Outdoor Boost mode is a nice feature to use at times.
The battery has great autonomy and water resistance is a strong point here, and it can also float in the water for greater protection.
It is a pity to see a product with a focus on practicality and portability to bring Micro USB instead of USB-C. In addition, a microphone and an auxiliary input could be present. I hope Ultimate Ears will consider all of this in the next generation of the box.
While I was doing this review, in October 2020, Wonderboom 2 was on sale for R $ 699.90 on the website of Logitech, which owns the EU. It is a high value and in retail you can find it for around R $ 500.
Sony’s XB10 is its main competitor delivering NFC and more battery. The JBL Flip 5 is a legal option for those looking for more power and costs around R $ 100 more. If you’re willing to shell out a little more, this JBL box is a good option. LG, for its part, has the Xboom Go PL2, which we have already tested here and will win over you who appreciate bass.