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The Boom 3 and Megaboom 3 offer a fresh take on the familiar cylindrical aesthetic

You can always agree with an Ultimate Ears speaker to sound quite slick, be simple to apply and no longer blast a hollow to your wallet, and the newest launches from the Logitech-owned brand are a case of if it ain’t broke, do not restoration it. The Boom 3 and Megaboom 3 — there by no means turned into a Megaboom 2, but for the sake of consistency, Ultimate Ears has jumped quite a number — appearance a lot like their predecessors, but a few design tweaks, brought features and appealing price tags define this next gen.

Boom 3 and Megaboom 3 Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker Design

The adjustments start on the outdoors, in which UE has refreshed the layout. The rubber stripe on the the front where the plus / minus volume buttons had been is long gone for a purifier appearance and extra uniform sound. Also new is the fabric, which has been updated to a lovely-looking two-tone style. (The blue / pink design is in particular satisfactory; it has an iridescent look that shimmers in sunlight. )

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Boom 3 and Megaboom 3 Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker Features

Visible fashion aside, the largest replace is a new “Magic Button” on top of the Boom 3 and MegaBoom 3. At its simplest, the Magic Button works as a play / pause / pass button, something that the UE increase line has been sorely missing for the past 1/2-decade. However the button does more than that: press and hold the Magic Button, and it is able to turn on the speaker, connect to your smartphone, and start playing one among 4 preset Apple music (on iOS) or Deezer top class (on Android) playlists in a single shot. Press and keep it once more, and it’ll cycle to the following playlist at the listing. Services like Spotify or Pandora aren’t currently supported, however UE says that deals for extra sources are in the works.

Boom 3 and Megaboom 3 Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker Price

The Boom 3 and Megaboom 3 will be available in the US, Europe and Asia for $150/£130 and $200/£170, respectively, which is significantly cheaper than the launch prices of previous speakers in this line. Blue, black, purple and red versions are in the initial batch, while lighter and darker blue colors will be exclusive to Apple stores. Later in the year, Ultimate Ears plans to offer a green model, following up with pink in early 2019 — and now the rubber strip is neater than before, the longer-term goal is to put that extra fabric to good use with some outlandish special editions.