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Review: Ultimate Ears’ UE Roll 2 Features Louder Sound and Longer Range

Ultimate Ears today added to its speaker lineup with the launch of the UE Roll 2, a successor to the original UE Roll. The UE Roll 2 looks like the current version of the UE Roll, but it has been upgraded with a longer Bluetooth range and louder sound.

I own an original UE Roll, so Ultimate Ears sent me a UE Roll 2 for a comparison review ahead of the new speaker’s rollout. When it comes to design, the palm-sized UE Roll 2 is physically identical to the original UE Roll. It features the same flat, circular design with a bungee cord in the back and a flap to cover both a microUSB port used for charging and a 3.5mm audio-in jack.

Original UE Roll on left, UE Roll 2 on right


The UE Roll 2 isn’t the most portable speaker out there due to its size (it’s not going to go in a pocket), but because it’s flat, it fits well in a purse or a backpack. It weighs about a half pound, so it’s not going to add a lot of weight if you need to travel with it, and with the stretchy bungee cord, you can attach it just about anywhere.

Original UE Roll on left, UE Roll 2 on right


The UE Roll 2, like the original UE Roll, comes in a range of bright colors and it features a “life-resistant” shell that’s waterproof and dust proof. It has an IPX7 rating, so it’s waterproof for up to 30 minutes at a depth of one meter. The UE Roll 2 successfully survived being submerged for an extended period of time and it also made it through several shower trips. Since the UE Roll 2 is essentially weatherproof and impact resistant, it’s ideal for backpacking, hiking trips, the beach, and other outdoor activities.

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