The UE Roll 2 audio system deliver rugged Bluetooth audio poolside
The UE Roll 2 is enjoyable. How do I do know it’s enjoyable? Take a look at all the press pictures on the aspect of the field. It’s gone snowboarding, bike driving, mountaineering and rolling round within the mud with a bunch of engaging product fashions. Much more telling, the product ships with its very personal miniature inside tube, which is a reasonably enjoyable factor to do.
Additionally contained in the field is a brilliant yellow USB cable and a pamphlet of legalese referred to as “Bonus Materials for Legal professionals and Insomniacs.” Enjoyable.
The UE Roll 2 can also be extraordinarily brightly coloured – and within the case of the orange and maroon and teal mannequin Final Ears despatched us (Habanero, apparently), considerably clashing so. However it’s definitely the sort of product that’s designed to get observed. Although truly, design-clever, the product is just about similar to gen-one.
It type of appears like an enormous, vibrant Advil pill with a material face sporting two huge quantity buttons – a plus and minus that look a bit like a crucifix if you squint. The underside is a rubberized and ruggedized affair that includes two buttons and a flap that homes the microUSB port and auxiliary jack. Subsequent to that may be a massive bungee loop for hanging on a backpack loop, within the bathe, or, within the case of the press materials, a carabineer hanging off the aspect of a cliff.
The Roll 2 isn’t probably the most aesthetically pleasing Bluetooth speaker round (exhibit A. the B&O Beoplay A1), however that’s not likely the purpose. The speaker wasn’t designed to look good sitting round on a desk or shelf (I discussed the speaker ships with its personal inside tube, proper?). It’s designed get out into the actual world and get soiled within the course of.
That ruggedness is the speaker’s actual power. The Roll 2 is waterproof, mud-proof and designed to take a little bit of a beating. Naturally, I tossed the factor across the workplace a bit, simply to ensure. It got here out of unfazed.
The sound high quality on the Roll 2 is ok. I’m in all probability just a little biased having examined out that new B&O speaker yesterday. This isn’t that. However once more, UE’s gadget serves a considerably totally different objective – and at $one hundred, it retails for $one hundred fifty lower than the A1. The sound isn’t dangerous, it’s simply not as wealthy and full as you’ll discover on different pricier models. It does get loud, nevertheless – 15-% louder than the earlier era, in line with the corporate.
At these volumes, issues can get a bit distorted. I wouldn’t advocate it, however there’s definitely one thing to be stated for prime quantity when utilizing the product outside. The opposite huge enchancment this outing is vary. The product now operates at a powerful one hundred-ft away from its supply, so that you’ll have the ability to use it with out risking by chance dunking your iPhone within the pool.
All in all, not one of the enhancements over the primary unit are main, however they do assist the gadget keep its standing as one of many Bluetooth audio system greatest outfitted to handed regardless of the nice outside throws at it. And the internal tube definitely doesn’t harm.