Ultimate Ears BLAST Portable Amazon Alexa Reviewed

8.7

Design

9.0/10

Build Quality

9.0/10

Performance

8.0/10

Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Works with Alexa

Cons

  • WiFi can be challenging
  • Alexa at times problematic

Ultimate Ears recently released a new product on the market, the UE Blast Bluetooth wireless speaker. But this isn’t your ordinary Bluetooth and wireless speaker; it features voice control and delivers innovative ways of listening to your favourite tunes.

Design

Ultimate Ears BLAST

The Blast features a tubular design, measuring at 18.8 cm x 6.8 cm. It has easy to spot + and – symbols at the front, used to increase and lower the volume. At the top, you have the Bluetooth button; if pressed simultaneously with the – symbol, you’ll activate the Alexa Privacy mode and turn off the mic.

Next to the Bluetooth button at the top is the On/Off button. At the bottom, you have a small white LED, which signals the charging state. Next to it is the micro USB port. Below these parts is the slot for contact charging, which you can utilise if you have compatible accessories.

Blast is available in six colours. It is made of graphite and features minimalistic but funky design. The Blast also has the IP67 certificate: it is shock and waterproof (up to 1m) Upon purchase, you receive Micro-USB cable (for recharging, instruction manual, removable D-ring (for tripod installation), and one Lithium-Ion battery.

Specifications

The Blast features Wi-Fi compatibility and works with both iOS (10.2+) and Android (5.0) devices. The Wi-Fi supports both 2.4 and 5.0 GHz networks and connects with devices that are within 100m of the speaker. It is also Bluetooth compatible, capable of connective with up to 8 devices simulations (max range of 45 m.)

One annoyance was that I needed Wi-Fi connectivity the first time I set up the Blast. The speaker runs off a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, with a maximum usage of around 12 hours. Naturally, the battery life will vary depending on use and eventually age.

Features

Let’s start with the coolest feature: Alexa voice-control. The Ultimate Ears Blast isn’t merely compatible with Alexa; it has Alexa built into the device. As soon as you set it up, Blast will connect to your cloud, allowing you instant access to your music. Even though the Blast is a speaker, you can also use the built-in Alexa for its other functions. Use it to play music, check the weather, or to pre-order paper towels! Compared with Google Home, I felt that our experience with Alexa on the Blast wasn’t as polished. That said, this product feature shows great potential in the future.

We also mentioned that the Blast is waterproof and shockproof. This means that you can carry it with you wherever you go, in the shower or on the beach. The speaker is quite robust; it can take a couple of hits here and there. Another cool thing about the Blast is that it uses Ultimate Ears app, which features live updates, meaning that the Blast and its functions will improve with time.

Sound Quality

The Blast uses a cylindrical 360 sound system, with the max loudness of 90 dB. The sound is loud and clear, focusing on all-direction performance and sound clarity. The Blast isn’t as loud as Ultimate Ears MegaBlast, but the max 90 dB will shake your furniture, especially if you play hard rock or electronica.

Thanks to the 360-degree system, the Blast is perfect for outdoor activities, parties, barbecues, etc. It delivers dynamic and immersive sound, one that will put you on the map. And if you think the music is too loud or too low, easily tell Alexa to lower the volume; easy, is it not?

Final Thoughts

It is clear that the Ultimate Ears has a clear vision of what the future of speakers should look like. Their waterproof and robust Blast Bluetooth/Wi-Fi speaker is, in essence, a 2 in 1 device, featuring voice control and delivering clear and high-quality 360 sound. Whilst, the Alexa experience could have been a little better, it was hard to fault the speaker capabilities of the unit at this price point.

Meet Ultimate Ears BLAST, the super-portable Wi-Fi/Bluetooth speaker with bold, immersive 360° sound and hands-free voice control. Now with Amazon Alexa built-in, you and your crew can blast tunes, crank the volume, order takeout, and more, with just the power of your voice. Do it all at home or on-the-go, even take calls without killing the music whenever connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot. BLAST is waterproof, drop proof, and super stylin’ too — go from the shower to the beach party with confidence and style. Just say it to play it with BLAST from Ultimate Ears. • Enjoy 360° bold, immersive sound wherever you go • Control your music hands-free through far-field voice recognition and Amazon Alexa built-in • Up to 330 ft / 100 m range on Wi-Fi and 150 ft / 45 m on Bluetooth lets you move around freely • BLAST is IP67 rated and can be immersed in water up to 1 m for 30 minutes • Add new features as they become available through the Ultimate Ears app ULTIMATE SOUND – Slim, super portable and super stylin’, Ultimate Ears BLAST is also insanely powerful. Blasting 360° bold, immersive, crystal clear sound, this Wi-Fi/Bluetooth speaker will bring your music to life in its full glory wherever you take it. ULTIMATE VOICE CONTROL – Ultimate Ears BLAST comes with hands-free Amazon Alexa built right in. Just ask Alexa to blast tunes, change tracks, crank the volume, check the weather – or try any of Alexa’s crazy skills. Use Alexa anywhere your speaker goes, all you need is Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot. THE MUSIC NEVER STOPS – Ultimate Ears BLAST brings Wi-Fi to the portable speaker party and connects directly to the cloud. Enjoy fast, seamless music streaming and a bigger range to roam and dance. Anyone can DJ. And even take calls without stopping the music and killing the vibe. SERIOUSLY WATERPROOF AND VIRTUALLY INDESTRUCTIBLE – Ultimate Ears BLAST is drop proof, seriously waterproof, and ready to rock any adventure. From the pool to the all-night beach party, the summer festivals to the winter slopes – your music will always be on point no matter how wild things get.

Ultimate Ears Blast Portable Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Speaker Hands-Free Amazon Alexa Voice Control (Waterproof) – Graphite Black (Electronics)


Features:

  • Ultimate Sound: Super-portable with 360° bold, immersive, crystal clear sound and up to 12 hours of battery. It brings your music to life wherever you take it
  • With Amazon Alexa hands-free voice control: Just ask Alexa to blast tunes from Spotify (as of May 2018), Amazon Music, iHeart Radio or TuneIn, change tracks, discover new restaurants – or try any of Alexa’s skills
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled: Use the Alexa Voice Service at home or on the go whenever connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot or stream music via Bluetooth from your phone
  • Waterproof and virtually indestructible: No matter how wild things get, your music will always be on point. The speaker is IP67 rated and can be immersed in water up to 1 m for 30 minutes
  • Smarter over time: Update your speaker with the Ultimate Ears app as new features become available. Drivers: Two 1.4 inches active drivers and two 3.2 inches x 1.5 inches passive radiators
  • These are FCC regulated products: FCC ID JNZS00166

New From: $98.95 USD In Stock

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