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Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 Review

True Score

83
86
17

Experts

92
17

Consumers

Product Awards

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Top-tier testers liked how well the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 was built and were also pleased with its long battery life. They felt that the WONDERBOOM 2 had great portability and that its bass depth was impressive for its size. However, they complained that the speaker lacked WiFi connectivity, speakerphone functionality, and voice assistant support.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

First announced in mid-2019, the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a compact, entry-level Bluetooth speaker with up to eight color choices. It also weighs less than a pound, making it one of the most popular speakers to get, especially for users who prioritize portability. Pairing it with other devices is pretty simple to do via Bluetooth, and like most standard to highly rated Bluetooth speakers, it can handle up to two simultaneously connected devices at any one time. The speaker’s 360-degree design allows it to create a wide soundstage, and since it is both dust and waterproof, it is ideal for use outdoors. If you’re looking for an outdoor speaker that’s a little more inconspicuous, check out our Theater Solutions B83GR review. According to the manufacturer, its battery lasts up to 13 hours, which is great for users who want to move around with their music. While the WONDERBOOM 2 could still technically work as a computer speaker, a more viable option would be the Logitech Z130. These are a pair of small-sized speakers that also offer decent bass and are meant for a desktop setting. Check them out in our Logitech Z130 review.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 was hailed by expert testers for its impressive build quality (a highlight it shares with the Braven BRV 1, which we’ve covered in our Braven BRV 1 Bluetooth speaker review), as well as its wide soundstage and excellent portability. Reviewers from Rtings were also impressed with its battery performance since, during their tests, the speaker lasted about 13 hours before its battery ran out. Still, the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 lasts much longer, averaging up to 17 hours. We’ve also covered it in our Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 review. The WONDERBOOM 2 was also lauded for its clear vocals, while testers from What HiFi also liked that it had a deep bass output despite its small size.

Testers were not as pleased with its missing WiFi connectivity. The Yamaha MusicCast 50 supports WiFi, so go ahead and read through our Yamaha MusicCast 50 review to see if you’d be interested in it. Testers also didn’t appreciate the WONDERBOOM 2’s lack of speakerphone and voice assistant functionality.

Reason to Buy

  • Lightweight and Portable
  • Long battery life
  • Great bass depth
  • Wide soundstage
  • Water and dust resistant

Reason to Avoid

  • No WiFi connectivity
  • No speakerphone functionality
  • No voice assistant support

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 Specs

Battery LifeBattery Life13 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In Microphonen/a
Charge TimeCharge Time2.6 hrs
SizeSize4.1" (h) x 3.8" (w) x 3.8" (d)
Smart AppSmart Appn/a
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater ResistantYes
WattageWattage100W
Wireless RangeWireless Range100 ft

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)13.6333
Volume Output (dB)88.95
Low End Roll Off (Hz)93.773
High End Roll Off (Hz)13,668.76

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Market Context

First announced in mid-2019, the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a compact, entry-level Bluetooth speaker with up to eight color choices. It also weighs less…

First announced in mid-2019, the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a compact, entry-level Bluetooth speaker with up to eight color choices. It also weighs less than a pound, making it one of the most popular speakers to get, especially for users who prioritize portability. Pairing it with other devices is pretty simple to do via Bluetooth, and like most standard to highly rated Bluetooth speakers, it can handle up to two simultaneously connected devices at any one time. The speaker’s 360-degree design allows it to create a wide soundstage, and since it is both dust and waterproof, it is ideal for use outdoors. If you’re looking for an outdoor speaker that’s a little more inconspicuous, check out our Theater Solutions B83GR review. According to the manufacturer, its battery lasts up to 13 hours, which is great for users who want to move around with their music. While the WONDERBOOM 2 could still technically work as a computer speaker, a more viable option would be the Logitech Z130. These are a pair of small-sized speakers that also offer decent bass and are meant for a desktop setting. Check them out in our Logitech Z130 review.

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is also capable of a stereo output while the JBL Flip 5 is not, and its battery also lasts up…

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is also capable of a stereo output while the JBL Flip 5 is not, and its battery also lasts up to 12.9 hours, much longer than the 8.2-hour battery life of the Flip 5.

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2’s 360-degree design gives it a wider sound stage compared to the JBL Clip 4, and it is also capable of…

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2’s 360-degree design gives it a wider sound stage compared to the JBL Clip 4, and it is also capable of a stereo output while the Clip 4 is not. Lastly, the WONDERBOOM 2 lasts up to 12.9 hours, much longer than the 5.5-hour battery life of the Clip 4.

Buyers might appreciate that the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a more compact alternative than the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3. However, the BOOM 3 has…

Buyers might appreciate that the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a more compact alternative than the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3. However, the BOOM 3 has a graphical equalizer while the WONDERBOOM 2 does not.

Battery Life

13 hrs

12 hrs

10 hrs

Built In Microphone

n/a

No

No

Charge Time

2.6 hrs

2.5 hrs

3 hrs

Size

4.1" (h) x 3.8" (w) x 3.8" (d)

Smart App

n/a

JBL Portable

n/a

Speaker Pairing

Yes

Yes

n/a

Water Resistant

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wattage

100W

20W

5W

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Score Card

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Expert Score

86

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Customer Score

92

*.25

We place a 25% weighted value on Customer Scores

True Score

83

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Score

    72
    Ultimately, the differences between the new Wonderboom 2 and the original are small. Instead, Ultimate… read more

    By:

    Natalya Paul
  • Techgear Lab
    44.89

    Category Trust Score

    90
    The Wonderboom 2 is a great little speaker that’s perfect for both indoor and outdoor… read more

    By:

    Unknown
  • Tom’s Guide
    68.04

    Category Trust Score

    90
    The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is good for outdoor use. This portable speaker has great… read more

    By:

    Lewis Leong
  • Sound Guys
    55.87

    Category Trust Score

    81
    Between an excellent 13-hour battery life, waterproof and drop-proof design, and enough volume to cut… read more

    By:

    What Hi-Fi?
  • Trusted Reviews
    48.27

    Category Trust Score

    100
    This tiny speaker is entirely unimpressive, with thin, closed-in sound and wimpy bass. It’s hardened… read more

    By:

    Sam Vafaei
  • Techradar
    46.31

    Category Trust Score

    90
    It’s a repeat performance for the Wonderboom, with this second iteration being every inch as… read more

    By:

    Michelle Powell

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