UE Roll 2 review:

Waterproof Bluetooth speaker plays louder, has better range

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CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The UE Roll 2 is a compact, waterproof Bluetooth speaker with a unique design, very good sound for its size, and decent battery life. It has an integrated bungee cord and an included inflatable life preserver that allows it to float in water. New version has better wireless range and plays a little louder.

The Bad It has no speakerphone capabilities.

The Bottom Line Overall, while this may not seem like much of an upgrade over the original, the UE Roll 2 is a better speaker and clearly one of the top mini Bluetooth speakers on the market.

8.3 Overall
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Sound 7.0
  • Value 8.0

The UE Roll was one of my favorite compact Bluetooth speakers of 2015 and now there's a sequel: the UE Roll 2, which offers a couple of modest improvements over the original. For starters, it plays louder. About 15 percent louder according to UE. More importantly, it has a longer wireless range of up to 30 meters or 98 feet. And it ships with a UE Floatie, so you can take it into the pool with you right out of the box.

That's right, this speaker is completely waterproof and can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes. However, it doesn't float, which is why you need to the Floatie accessory to keep it above water.

What you get in the box.

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The speaker looks identical and weighs virtually the same (330 grams or 11.6 ounces) as the original Roll (332 grams or 11.7 ounces), with the same integrated bungie cord, which comes in handy, allowing you to hang the speaker from a hook or attach it to a backpack or even your belt clip. Battery life is the same at around 9 hours and the price is, too: $100, £79 or AU$149 (will be available in Australia later this year).

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