The Good The UE Blast is a compact, fully waterproof Wi-Fi and Bluetooth speaker that has Amazon's Alexa voice assistant built in. It sounds good for its small size, is durable and offers decent battery life.
The Bad Somewhat expensive. Speakers can't be linked. There's no voice support for Spotify playback (it can only stream Spotify via Bluetooth). The USB charging port is a little bit of a pain to access, making the optional charging base more of a must-have accessory for home use.
The Bottom Line While it's expensive and still a work in progress, UE's Blast speaker is one of the best sounding portable Alexa-enabled speakers.
A compact wireless speaker that gives you Alexa on the go
In recent years, Ultimate Ears' Boom speakers have been among our favorite portable Bluetooth speakers. Compact and well-designed, they deliver big sound for their small size and are particularly well suited to outdoor use, thanks to their waterproof design.
So we were excited when the company introduced its next-generation Blast and Megablast portable speakers. Shaped like the earlierand , they add Wi-Fi connectivity and Amazon Alexa voice control.
Yeah, they're a little pricey at $230 (£200) and $300 (£270) respectively, with an optional Power Up charging base costing $40 (£35), but we've tested expensive portable speakers such as theand that seemed well worth considering. (There's no word yet on Australian pricing or availability, but the UK prices translate to about AU$345 and AU$470.)
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