UE's up to date Roll speaker brings a quantity and vary increase
Final Ears overhauled its entry-degree speaker round this time final yr, reintroducing it because the UE Roll. This leveled the enjoying area for its trio of Bluetooth audio system, giving all of them improved internals, Bluetooth four.zero and app compatibility. Immediately, the corporate has introduced a brand new successor, the UE Roll 2. This up to date mannequin boasts inner tweaks, together with improved Bluetooth vary and a 15 % quantity increase. On the surface, nothing has modified, which is ok by me: Final yr’s slim, saucer-formed design made for straightforward stowage, whereas the stretchable bungie twine allowed for some versatile mounting choices. Because of its portability and sound high quality, the unique Roll was already a worthwhile choice, and with the worth staying the identical at $one hundred, we anticipate we’ll benefit from the Roll 2 as nicely. I used to be curious, although, to seek out out if the audio and vary boosts can be noticeable in actual-world use.
The updates aren’t a lot of a shock, contemplating UE already made a few of these similar tweaks on the Growth 2, which was launched again in September. Because the Roll 2 is the runt of the UE litter, there are not any accelerometer-based mostly controls available this time, and as earlier than there isn’t any NFC sensor inside. You get simply the one-two punch of sound and vary upgrades — until you rely the addition of a cool new shade choice.
I did some informal testing to see if there actually was an apparent enchancment within the audio high quality this time round. The unique Roll is rated at a most output of 85dBc, whereas the Roll 2 maxes out at 87. In a aspect-by-aspect check, there’s certainly an audible distinction within the loudness on the brand new mannequin. The change is tough to pin down utilizing a easy sound metering app, however after flipping forwards and backwards a number of occasions it is apparent the output is punched up a bit. Final Ears additional optimized the digital sign processing, in order that the drivers would not clip at larger volumes. I am not speaking an evening-and-day distinction right here, however nonetheless: I am going to take it.
As earlier than, do not anticipate to get a lot bass out of this speaker — that is have been the Megaboom shines — however for the cash, it is definitely loud sufficient to maintain the vibe going for a number of pals. Plus you’ll be able to nonetheless pair the speaker with any of its UE siblings by way of the constructed-in Double Up function.
As for the expanded Bluetooth vary, the brand new Roll 2 has a rated max of one hundred ft, besting the unique mannequin by 35 ft and placing it on par with the UE Growth 2. After putting each audio system one flight down and on the reverse finish of my condominium, the unique mannequin’s sign started to interrupt up, whereas the Roll 2 maintained a strong connection. That is solely about sixty five ft, however muddled with competing Bluetooth and WiFi alerts, in addition to loads of partitions and doorways. You are undoubtedly gaining some freedom of motion, however since there are all the time numerous elements at work, I’ve not often achieved the utmost listed distance in actual-world conditions.
General, it is an amazing little speaker for if you’re on the go and even simply singing within the bathe. The slim, simply-hangable design and IPX7-rated water proofing make it one robust little buyer. It is one of many greatest speaker choices in its worth vary and these enhancements — albeit slight — simply make it that a lot better.