Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST Portable Waterproof Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Enabled Speaker (2020) Review

The Ultimate Ears Megablast is by far UE’s loudest and smartest speaker, compact, light and well-designed, they deliver big sound for their smaller size and are well suited for outdoor use. As with all Amazon’s Echo devices, in order to use Alexa you have to be connected to reliable Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot. You get access to the more than 25,000 amazingly handy skills available for Alexa, among the best includes the ability to control smart-home products.

Alexa voice control is a bonus feature, but we adore this easy to travel speaker’s fun, robust, and admirably controlled performance most of all.

The MegaBlast is very similar to the popular Boom 2, but  according to UE the Megablast has been completely redesigned from the “ground up” and is specially equipped with new drivers that deliver enhanced sound quality with a top volume that’s 40 percent louder than the Megaboom. The Megablast portable waterproof wi-fi and bluetooth speaker weighs in at 2.8 pounds or 1.3kg, while the smaller Blast has a scale weight of 1.4 pounds or 0.64kg. That’s two times the difference for those keeping score.

Despite being designed light weight and portable, there has been a conscious effort to make the Megablast more home-friendly – due mostly to smart technology integration.

Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST Portable Waterproof Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Speaker with Hands-Free Amazon Alexa Voice Control…

 

Charging can be done directly with the charging cord plugged into the unit. However, users must be aware of the downside to not buying the Power Up charging base. Accessing the USB charging port can be a pain. The speakers have a threaded tripod mount on the top, which is a nice addition, but you have to unscrew and take off the flap (which keeps moisture out) to access the charging port. If you plan on using these primarily inside your home,  It might be a good idea to consider purchasing the charging base, which adds some bucks to the total price of the speaker.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Dynamic, detailed sound
  • Enthusiastic, punchy rhythms
  • Precise, taut basslines
  • Goes really very loud
  • Excellent build and design
Cons
  • Presentation is slightly lean
  • Not fully featured just yet