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New UE Roll 2 waterproof Bluetooth speaker plays louder, has better range

Ultimate Ears' second-generation version of its popular flying-saucer portable wireless speaker offers improved performance and comes in five color options.

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The UE Roll 2 color options (the five on the right are available at launch).

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The last couple of months we noticed that Ultimate Ears' Roll waterproof disc-shaped Bluetooth speaker had been getting discounted, so we suspected a sequel was on its way. We weren't wrong: The UE Roll 2 is now here and it's a modest improvement over the original, with 15 percent more sound and a longer wireless range of up to 100 feet (30 meters). It also ships with a UE Floatie, so you can take it into the pool with you right out of the box.

The Roll was one of CNET's favorite compact speakers of 2015 and we expect the refreshed Roll 2 to score well when we put it through its paces, as soon as we get a review sample.

The Roll 2 is wearable.

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Here are the Roll 2's key specs:

  • Outputs 15 percent more sound.
  • Has a longer wireless range of 100 feet.
  • Colors: Tropical Anime, Volcano, Reef, Sugarplum, Habanero and Atmosphere
  • Completely waterproof (IPX 7)
  • Bungee cord loop: hang the speaker anywhere; attach it to a bag, bike or belt loop
  • The UE Floatie, a small blow-up donut, is included
  • $100, £79 or AU$149 (it'll launch in Australia later in the year)

The UE Floatie.

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This review also appears in Spanish. Read: Nueva bocina impermeable Bluetooth UE Roll 2 suena mucho mejor

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