As far as I'm concerned, Ultimate Ears is the best name in portable wireless speakers right now - the BOOM and MEGABOOM are my personal picks for best all-around Bluetooth speakers on the market. The Mini BOOM had its time, as well, and it was very good for its pint size. Today, however, Ultimate Ears has unveiled the Mini's successor, the UE ROLL. I'll admit that I'm not the biggest fan of the name, but it is fitting - it looks like a dinner roll. I have no idea if that's actually what they were going for, but whatever. That's what I'm taking it as.
Anyway, this ultra-portable speaker improves on the Mini's design in basically every way. It's water-, shock-, and dirt-proof, along with offering 360 degrees of sound thanks to its unique dome shape. It also has a bungee strap on the back that allows the speaker to be hung or strapped to things, drastically increasing its versatility.
The ROLL is available today in six different color combos - Volcano, Atmosphere, Sugarplum, Reef, Pinata, and Sriracha (shown above, respectively) - for $99, and like the other members of the UE family, has an app that allows for deeper controls than just using the speaker by itself. I actually have a review unit on-hand, so if you want to wait before picking one up, expect to see a more in-depth look later today. In the meantime, here's what UE has to say about the ROLL in the official PR.
NEWARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ultimate Ears continues to transform the way people experience music, together, out in the world. Today, Ultimate Ears announces UE ROLL, a powerful pint-sized wireless Bluetooth® speaker that is ready for whatever, wherever, whenever. You haven’t heard anything yet.
“Music is made for sharing, connecting and enjoying”
UE ROLL blasts unapologetically awesome 360-degree sound that is loud and crisp with deep bass that busts out incredible beats. On top of its insane sound, the design of UE ROLL carries the essence of the original UE BOOM and is made to be part of your ultra-mobile lifestyle.
Whether you fasten it to your swimsuit using its one of a kind attach-and-go bungee cord, or hook it to your hiking gear while you backpack, UE ROLL connects to you, your friends and your music. It is waterproof (IPX7 certified) and life-resistant, forged from the toughest, most premium materials, so you can dunk it, drop it or toss it anywhere.
“Music is made for sharing, connecting and enjoying,” said Rory Dooley, general manager of Ultimate Ears. “It transforms moments into something special, and we designed UE ROLL to be part of those moments. No matter where you are, or what you’re doing, UE ROLL is there to amplify any experience.”
In addition to its epic sound and adventurous go-everywhere build, UE ROLL continuously gets better over time, just like UE BOOM and UE MEGABOOM. Through the UE ROLL app for iOS® and Android™, you can wake up to your favorite music, remotely turn the speaker on, and even double the sound by pairing it with any other Ultimate Ears speaker. New updates are sent to UE speakers wirelessly through the app, so you can easily continue to expand features, making each speaker even more awesome with time.
Pricing and Availability
UE ROLL is expected to be available in the U.S. in June 2015, and in select countries in Europe and Asia in July 2015, for a suggested retail price of $99.99. For more information, please visit www.ultimateears.com.
- Ultimate Ears