Ultra-portable Wonderboom 3 Bluetooth speaker adds more range and better battery

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3 portable speaker

The petite Wonderboom 3 portable speaker is coming soon with several new quality-of-life improvements over its predecessor, alongside a new look for the Hyperboom party speaker, as announced by Logitech’s Ultimate Ears brand.

Ultra-portable, brightly coloured and affordable, the Wonderboom 3 is a 360-degree Bluetooth speaker designed for taking just about anywhere. Despite its size, the speaker features bassy audio on its own or paired up with another Wonderboom 3 to amplify the sound or produce a stereo output. You can even have it cranking tunes while in the shower, thanks to its waterproof and dustproof IP67 rating. Marketed as a pool party or beach companion, the Wonderboom 3 also floats in water and can withstand 30 minutes of submersion.

What’s good?

More battery life is the first improvement the Wonderboom 3 has over its predecessor. Ultimate Ears claims it lasts up to 14 hours, up from the Wonderboom 2’s 13 hours on a single charge. Another benefit of the new model is its increased Bluetooth range, which now reaches 40 metres, an increase over the previous speaker’s 33-metre range. From an eco-friendly viewpoint, the Wonderboom 3 is made of 31% recycled plastic sourced from end-of-life tech, meaning less overall wastage.

Available from 31 August, the Wonderboom 3 series comes in four different colours: Joyous Bright (Grey), Hyper Pink, Performance Blue, and Active Black. At a $149.95 RRP, it’s a reasonably priced wireless portable speaker.

Meanwhile, the larger Hyperboom speaker isn’t getting the same level of overhaul, but will soon be available in white. Billed as Ultimate Ears’ loudest and bassiest speaker, what the Hyperboom lacks in sheer portability, it makes up for in versatility. With a 24-hour battery, it supports four inputs in total: two Bluetooth devices, an optical audio connection, and a 3.5mm aux jack. 

Ultimate Ears Hyperboom portable speaker
The larger Hyperboom portable speaker.

You can still use it next to the pool, as it has an IPX4 rating, so splashes are fine – just don’t dunk it in the water. Other than that, the Hyperboom features adaptive EQ technology, reading its surroundings and adjusting the sound accordingly. Plus you can sync it with other Ultimate Ears speakers – including Boom, Megaboom and Hyperboom devices – via the Boom app. Available at retailers from 9 September, the new white Hyperboom has a $599.95 price tag.

Both Ultimate Ears speakers already have a strong reputation, so any improvements will undoubtedly add to the experience. Longer battery life and further Bluetooth range surely make Wonderboom 3 an even more tantalising portable speaker choice.

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