Ultimate Ears (UE) boom Bluetooth speaker line receives a new design and an optimized mobile app. Boom 3 and Megaboom 3 look similar to previous generations, only better.
Boom 3 and Megaboom 3 have a new exterior material that gives the speakers a premium feel. You can adjust the volume with the two buttons on the front of the speaker, although I can not press it hard because you have to press in the middle of the keys, and not anywhere on the whole layout of the plus and minus signs
UE has the Charging port laid on the back of the speaker, rather than on the bottom as in the previous generation speakers. There is now support for the Power Up Charging Stand, an accessory of $ 40.
On top of the speaker is a new "Magic Button" that controls the music playback. The new button, when used in conjunction with the new UE Boom and Megaboom app, which combines controlling the entire boom speaker line, rather than having one app for boom and another for megaboom speakers, gives users the opportunity to play and between up to four playlists Currently, the playlist feature supports Apple Music on iOS and Deezer on Android.
UE sent me a Megaboom 3 and granted me access to the new app before the announcement. The playlist feature is easy to set up and requires a few clicks in the app. After selecting four playlists, I can easily switch to the next playlist by long-pressing the Magic button.
I do not have a Deezer account, so I can not talk to the setup process on Android. UE told me that they would like to add more services in the future, but did not provide a timeline.
The entire range is now rated IP67 water and dust resistance. The speakers float so you can throw them both into a pool and stream music without worrying about damage.
In late 2016, I looked at UE's PartyUp feature, which gives users the ability to stream to multiple UE boom speakers – up to 150, to be exact – from a single source. The Boom 3 and Megaboom 3 work with PartyUp, and the feature is backwards compatible, so you can combine old speakers with the latest generation. UE now claims that the Boom 3 Series speakers have an extended range of 150 feet.
The new loudspeakers are expected to hit the market in September, with boom 3 at $ 150 and Megaboom 3 at $ 200. The speakers will be available in four colors: black, red, blue and purple. Apple will offer its own exclusive colors of cloud blue and denim.