Ultimate Ears UE Roll 2 Bluetooth Speaker

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Meet the UE Roll 2

Front, side, and rear image of a UE Roll 2 speaker
The saucer-shaped UE Roll 2 is rugged, waterproof, and portable.

Ultimate Ears has made quite the name for themselves over the past few years, knocking out repeat successes with their portable speaker lineup (among other audio product categories). And if you think that the best couldn't get even better, Ultimate Ears has announced the second-generation model of their 2015 breakout hit. The UE Roll 2 portable Bluetooth speaker shares the same size, shape, and functionality as the original UE Roll, yet manages to deliver improved sound at three times the standard range of Bluetooth wireless.

Bluetooth audio devices are a dime-a-dozen these days, so it can take something exceptional to draw attention. Saucer-/disc-shaped speaker design appears to be catching on, as seen with the recently-released B&O Play Beoplay A1. While the Beoplay A1 speaker may appeal more to those with a sense of refined taste, the UE Roll 2 is ready to tag along with whatever rough outdoor adventure life takes you on.

Measuring a mere 40 mm thick with a 135 mm diameter, and weighing only 330 g (1.57 in x 5.3 in at 0.7 lb), the portable UE Roll 2 can be carried one-handed and easily stows away in bags or backpacks when not in use. Thanks to the versatile bungee, users can place the UE Roll 2 so that music is always around within earshot. The stretchy cord loop can hang, wrap, or tie to poles, bikes, coolers, belts, or even showerheads. This speaker can play for up to 9 hours before needing to recharge via the included micro USB cable. 

While other speakers may feature basic water resistance, the UE Roll 2 goes for the plunge with a rugged exterior and full IPX7-rated waterproofing. So even if the speaker plops in the pool, it'll stay safe for retrieval for up to 30 minutes (at a 1-meter or 3.3-foot depth). A tight silicone seal helps against water ingress to the USB and 3.5 mm auxiliary output ports. But if the connections do happen to get wet, they're are also designed to be waterproof in order to prevent permanent damage.

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Why the UE Roll 2 Might Be for You

Two women on a surfboard with a UE Roll 2 speaker attached
The UE Roll 2 speaker is just as much into sun, wind, and waves as you.

The original UE Roll speaker delivers an impressive amount of decibels, with a Bluetooth wireless reach of up to 20 m (65 ft). That's twice the distance of your everyday Bluetooth device. The UE Roll 2 manages to push the limits even more, boasting 15 percent greater volume and a maximum range of 30 m (100 ft). Not too shabby, considering the pair of 3/4-inch tweeters and single 2-inch driver responsible for belting out all the tunes.

Although the UE Roll 2 portable speaker is perfectly capable all on its own, users can opt for enhanced functionality through the UE Roll 2 app (available for iOS and Android). The mobile app lets two Ultimate Ears speakers (UE Boom, UE Megaboom, and UE Roll 2) pair together. A simple press of a button toggles between 'Double Up' and stereo modes. The app also provides custom-tuning with a 5-band equalizer (EQ) as well as an alarm so people can wake up to favorite music or streaming radio stations. The latest over-the-air updates can also be downloaded for free with the app.

And if all that weren't enough, each UE Roll 2 comes with its very own floatie (think a personal speaker raft) so that bob about nearby in pools, lakes, or bathtubs. There shouldn't be any reason why you can't have music wherever, whenever.

"Thanks to its bungee cord loop, UE ROLL was our most portable, convenient, on-the-go speaker in the family," said Charlotte Johs, general manager of Ultimate Ears. "No other speaker comes with everything you need to hang it in the shower, float it in the pool or attach it to your bike.'"

The Ultimate Ears UE Roll 2 portable Bluetooth speaker in available to order now in a choice of bold colorways: habanero, tropical anime, sugar plum, volcano, atmosphere, and reef. Priced under the US$100 mark, it's easy to see how this speaker may quickly stay a top pick and fan favorite.

Product page: Ultimate Ears UE Roll 2