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Pause for thought!
on 29 September 2012
As a purchaser of the previous Mini Boombox (model F-00003), this review is mainly aimed at people who would like an unbiased comparison review of the new UE model.
When I received the previous model, I was totally over the moon with it. The sound was excellent (taking into account its size), the shape was not only ergonomically designed, making it very "touchy-feely" but it was also easy to clean. I can honestly say that it was one of the best and most used gadgets I've ever purchased.
So how does this current UE model compare?
When I opened the cocoon-like, transparent plastic box, any "over-the-moon" feelings quickly evaporated. My first thought was disappointment. The outer casing is made of a rubberised material and whilst it can probably be described as "funky", I immediately realised that this cannot be easily cleaned. There are no feet for it to stand on, so the underside will pick up any dust etc wherever you place it. So it's probably not suitable for kitchen listening as any left-over spills will soon be transfered to the base of the Boombox.
Nul points so far.
The new model is slightly bigger and a fraction heavier.
The sound quality of the UE model is brilliant for its size. There is a grille at the front and rear, the latter of which accommodates the base responses, a feature normally only associated with much more expensive speakers. So this model certainly does perform well and produces a slightly more richer sound that its predecessor plus the volume controls are certainly better and more responsive.
Trois points ici.
However, in my opinion, Logitech have definitely missed a trick by eliminating the pause, plus forward and back buttons which were so useful in the previous model. OK, you can perform these functions on your smartphone but if, like me, you prefer to do this on the Boombox, you cannot. And if you need to cut the sound quickly, it will be a fiddly and time consuming task finding your phone or tablet settings to do this.
Bluetooth connection was easy and fast but mine suffers form frequent and annoying 1 second dropouts which I never experienced with the old model.
All in all, I am in two minds as to whether to keep and use this or revert back to my previous model.
If you're looking to upgrade your old model to this one, I would honestly think twice.