Until a few years ago, you needed an entire computer to stream the web’s radio stations, including Pandora and those alike.  Rewind 50 years and UK radio stations deprived listeners from listening to what the government deemed it to be “immoral and reprehensible’ music.  The answer?  UK DJs took to the high seas and manned old gun towers and boats, setting up pirate radio stations just outside the reach of the government.

Logitech UE’s new Smart Radio is something akin to that of the DJ pirates of 50 years.  It facilitates all of your music needs wrapped into a small, lightweight and very portable radio.  And boy do we mean portable thanks to a fully rechargeable battery that is good for up to 4-5 hours of streaming any station you can dream of.

And whatever you do dream of, you’ll be able to track down using the UE Smart Radio’s intuitive menu and knob system that can be easily navigated thanks to the crisp and colorful 2.4-inch LCD screen.  Which mind you, adjusts brightness on the fly thanks to an ambient light sensor conserving power when it’s not plugged in.  Adding to that is an accompanying iPhone app that let’s you can control it from any where – provided it and the UE Smart Radio are connected to the same wireless network – as well as add the services (Pandora, Spotify, etc) of your choice.

Behind the mesh grill is a ¾-inch high-definition, soft-dome tweeter and 3-inch high-power, long-throw woofer that is powered by a bi-amplified class d amp with a digital cross over.  We’ve got some hands on time (review coming very soon) with the UE Smart Radio and we can attest to its sonic capabilities.

So this holiday, we suggest you get yourself one of these before the airwaves are over run with holiday commercials and the “hohohos” from jolly good old Santa.

The Logitech UE Smart Radio is available now direct, at Apple Stores or online for $179.99.

This post is sponsored by Logitech UE – please see our sponsored post policy.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."