Ultimate Ears Boom 3 vs Boom 2: What's the difference?

No matter if you get the Boom 2 or the Boom 3, you're going to get a solid speaker. You just have to figure out if buying the newest model is the right choice for you. Normally, the only advantage you get with an older model is a drop in price, but the price difference between these two speakers is small enough that you should still go with the Boom 3.

Breaking it down

When you compare these Ultimate Ear speakers, you're not going to find that many differences between the two. Despite this, there are key reasons to choose the new one over the old.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Boom 3Boom 2
Battery life15 hours15 hours
Water resistanceIP67IPX7
Bluetooth range45 meters33 meters
Frequency range90Hz - 20kHz90Hz - 20kHz
Color choices49
Weight608 grams548 grams
Charges viaMicro-USB and Power UpMicro-USB

For more money, you get a newer device that has more Bluetooth range, can charge with Ultimate Ears' Power Up device and has better water resistance. Despite this, the newer device hasn't made any advances when it comes to sound and hours of enjoyment between charges. Both the Boom 3 and Boom 2 offer 15 hours of service between charges and both also have the same frequency range.

There's no doubt about it, the Boom 3 is newer than the Boom 2. As such, it offers a few new features over its predecessor. With that being said, this is an incremental update at best, which is something to consider when the price is the most important factor. If you want to spend a little less on your Bluetooth speaker and don't care about the range or other small features, it might be worth it to get the Boom 2. You'll be getting similar sound either way.

Another small factor that might influence your purchase: Do you like out-of-the-ordinary colors or styles? Ultimate Ears often reveals special editions for all of its speaker lineups, so a specific one might catch your eye. If you're eying the Boom 3 but don't like the choices, sit tight. More colors are probably coming soon.

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.