The ability to listen to music on the go is great. And if the battery lasts long, aided by a great stereo sound is an added bonus. But in order to make speakers portable, a lot of compromises are made by manufacturers. Some don’t have up to the mark audio, some sounds low, others might not have good bass. Also, battery life is a major concern.
To help our audience with selecting the best ultra-portable sound system that they can take anywhere they want, we have reviewed one of the best budget-friendly speakers that are available in the market right now. We are talking about the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2.
As of writing this article, the Wonderboom 2 has over 4400+ ratings, out of which 88% are 5-stars. That is not a big surprise judging the fact that, it is just under $100, water-resistant, dust-resistant, ultra-portable, and most importantly offers great sound. For a full setup, read our review on the KEF Q150B Q150 Bookshelf Speakers.
The design of the Wonderboom 2 looks a lot familiar to the Apple HomePod, in fact, looking from a distance at the black color variant, people would at first glance think of it as a HomePod.
Comparing it to the previous version, this one is very similar. Not much has changed, but there are some noticeable improvements. The newest iteration is a bit bulkier and bigger than the previous.
One thing that really stands out about this product is its integration of volume buttons. It is a part of the design and looks really sleek. This gives the product its own unique identity and separates itself from other similar looking products. The buttons are not just for design but are also very convenient for day to day use. As this product is designed to be used on water, having such big buttons is really convenient.
Regarding the outer construction, this product has a vibrant 2-tone knit fabric. This really gives the product a very premium look and feel. It is also comfortable to hold and feels surprisingly grippy. And the rest is made of very sturdy plastic.
This product comes in 4 color variants. These are Bermuda Blue, Crushed Ice Grey, Deep Space (Black), Radica; Red. We are recurrently reviewing the Deep Space variant. It looks clean and very premium. The red one is our second favorite. They have also used different colors for the buttons and also for the strips. It actually adds more definition regarding the styling of the product. Overall, the design exceeds our expectations.back to menu ↑
Construction and durability
The Wonderboom 2 is made to take in a lot of abuse. The product is drop tested from 5feets. So be assured it will not break down as other speakers will. We are not taking the company by its words, in fact, this product has also been tested in real life. Multiple drops were made deliberately and the results were great. It did however have dents and scuffs but worked flawlessly. The body was intact and didn’t show any signs of getting loose.
Water-resistance is another feature that is missing in many portable speakers. This one however is rated IP67, which means you can dive with it in up to 1 meter underwater for 30 minutes. This also means the product is dust resistant. Therefore, you will not need to worry about keeping it in a safer place to avoid dust or water ruining the sound system.back to menu ↑
The company heavily advertises this product to be ultra-portable. In reality, it actually is. This speaker is really made to tackle any type of weather you might face. In case you want to go hiking on an icy mountain and listen to music on the way, that’s possible using this speaker. It has a nice handle at the top, using which, you can hook this speaker to your bike, or hang it anywhere you need.back to menu ↑
Doesn’t matter what and how the product is made of, if the sound isn’t up to the mark, there’s no point in buying the product. Luckily, the EU Wonderboom 2 comes with great sound quality.
The sound quality is very crisp and clear, even at a high volume. Speaking of volume, this thing gets pretty loud. It’s suitable for having a mini party at home. Additionally, to make your music experience far better, you can connect two Wonderboom 2 at once. This is a really well throughout feature from the company, and an appreciated one. You do however need to purchase another one, pulling your expenses up to the $200 mark. But we think it is worth it, as it offers a great music experience. Plus, you then have the liberty to choose from different colors. In case one doesn’t suit your style, change to the other.
- Excellent sound quality
- Water-resistant, Dust-resistant, & Drop-resistant
- Extremely portable
- Ability to connect in pair
- Battery like decreases dramatically in full volume
- No voice assistant support
EU Wonderboom 2 is recommended for anyone who wants an ultraportable speaker that they can show off to their friends while having a great music experience. The combination of portability and ruggedness makes it suitable for most people. We think this speaker is the best one for just $100 and we would love to recommend it to music lovers.