The UE ROLL was one of the most interesting new Bluetooth speakers launched last year. With a waterproof (IPX7), disc-shaped body, and an attached bungee cord, the ROLL was marketed as a perfect companion for any adventure, rain or shine. Cam was a big fan of the device and had almost no complaints in his review.
Ultimate Ears is back at again this year with an update to the original ROLL. It's called the UE ROLL 2 ($99), and as you might expect, it's even better. Read More
UE's smallest speaker, the ROLL, is 50 percent off right now at Best Buy and Amazon, dropping the price to $50. It packs impressive sound for its diminutive size and boasts 9 hours of battery life, a 65 foot Bluetooth Range, and an IPX7 rated waterproof body. Plus it has a marine-grade bungee cord attached to it that you can use to strap it to things. Gotta love a bungee cord.
Only the red and purple color options are available to ship at Best Buy, though more colors may be available for pickup at your local store. Read More
In addition to making phones, TVs, and refrigerators, Samsung builds some pretty decent audio devices. David reviewed the bulk of the Level series (Samsung's name for their audio line) and came away pretty impressed with their build quality and sound performance.
One of the members of the Level family, the Samsung Level Box Mini, is part of a special BOGO promotion today on Samsung's own website. It's simple, buy one Level Box Mini for $80, get another free. Admittedly, the price is higher on Samsung's site than on Amazon (where it is $50), but with the BOGO promotion the speakers come out to $40 a pop. Read More
A long time ago, Sony Electronics had a reputation for stubborn adherence to its own proprietary formats. Back when the iPod was just an MP3 player, Sony was still trying to promote its own ATRAC standard that was only available on its own hardware. ATRAC itself was a descendant of MiniDisc, another semi-proprietary format that tried to usurp the CD... not long after Sony had lost the BetaMax war. The company doesn't always lose - Blu-ray is a notable exception - but it doesn't learn very quickly, either. Read More
It looks good, it sounds great, it's water-resistant, and is available in all sorts of sweet color combinations. What am I talking about? The Logitech UE Boom 2, one of the best portable Bluetooth speakers on the market. At least according to Cam, but he doesn't work for AP anymore, so we may not be able to trust him (I'm kidding, we can still trust you Cam, I'm just a little bitter).
The speaker was on sale a little more than a month ago for $167, but there were only two color options to choose from at that price. Today it costs just $150 at Amazon and you can choose from ALL THE COLORS! Read More
There are plenty of portable Bluetooth speakers out there, but how many of them look like a Naquadah generator?
A Sharp 100W Bluetooth speaker is currently marked down at Best Buy to $99.99. Read More
I own many different Bluetooth speakers, but there is just one that I carry daily in my backpack. That's the JBL Flip 3. It is rugged and water-resistant, surprisingly loud and crisp, and has great battery life. I paid $100 for mine a few months back, but now you can pick up a refurbished Flip 3 for a whole lot less. HarmanAudio.com has them on sale for just $69.99 ($85-$99 new on Amazon) in your choice of black, blue, or red.
If you want a little more oomph and rumble, you might also consider a refurbished JBL Xtreme, the Flip 3's muscular older brother, which Harman is selling for $209.99 ($249-$265 on Amazon). Read More
The JBL Charge is a great speaker. When David reviewed the original model, his biggest issue was the price. That makes it a good product to pick up on sale.
Right now Best Buy is offering the JBL Charge 2 speaker at $79.99, which is a significant discount from the usual price of $149.99. And since this is Best Buy, you can place the order online and pick up the product from the nearest store that has it in stock. Read More
The UE Boom 2 is one of the finest Bluetooth speakers you can buy. Great sound, long battery life, distinct styling, and a waterproof exterior make it stand out in the crowded group of competitors in the portable speaker arena.
It's also one of the pricier speakers on the market, normally selling for the premium of price of $200. With the support of a strong brand name and stellar reviews, the Boom 2 almost never dips below this price.
It happens to be on sale today. At least in a couple of color variations. The royal and baby blue 'Brainfreeze Edition' is currently priced at $166.42, and the obnoxiously bright pink and orange 'Tropical Edition' is even lower at $161.16. Read More
The UE Roll may be the most diminutive member of UE's proud Bluetooth speaker family, but it's also the most portable. Weighing in at just 11 oz, the Roll punches above its weight class with surprisingly loud and clear audio for such a low profile device.
In addition to sounding great, the Roll also is waterproof and has a permanently attached marine grade bungee cord that you can use to hang the speaker on things. Things like your backpack, skateboard, dog, or the side of your head (if you buy two, you can put one on each side of your head for true stereo sound). Read More