UE Roll 2
What’s going on here then? The UE Roll 2 doesn’t look like your average wireless speaker. It’s a giant Minstrel, a tiny discus, a Bluetooth UFO: take your pick.
There’s fabric weave on the front and soft-touch plastic on the back, and the Roll 2 has a thick bungee cord attached to let you hook it onto all sorts. You could even use it in the shower as it’s water resistant. UE says you can drop it in a swimming pool and it’ll be fine. The idea is you can use in anywhere, although you do need to make sure the rubber cover on the back is in place. Or you’re stuffed.
The Roll 2 comes in all sorts of front finishes, including one with an anime-like design. There’s also a tiny little lilo in the box, so it can float in the pool. Your local leisure centre probably won’t approve of you bringing it along, mind.
This is one of the funkiest wireless speakers around, and the woven + and - symbols on the front aren’t just for show. They signpost the volume buttons.
In real life terms this is a seriously versatile speaker, even though it only has basic features. There’s no mic, no device charging and no NFC. But they don’t really detract from the appeal.
The UE Roll 2 sound suits its style very well, but it’s not faultless. Under the fabric grille there’s a 2in main driver and two little tweeters. These project sound with real force. There’s oodles of volume on tap for the size, full mids and good treble definition.
The sound doesn’t get lost outdoors or when dealing with some ambient noise, but bass depth is limited compared with a rectangular speaker such as the Jam Audio Heavy Metal.