Speaker fact: IP ratings are designed to let you know how protected your speaker is from the elements. IPX ratings usually take only water into account, while IP ratings consider water and dust. The UE Megablast is IP67-rated — that is, it can be fully submerged in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes and is virtually impenetrable to dust. This means you can take it with you anywhere, and the 16-hour battery life means it will perform all day long without dying, even at louder volumes.
The physical design is sleek, as are most of the options included in the app, and the Megablast fits in quite well among other tech toys. On board, there’s a power switch, Bluetooth button, and the “+” and “-” volume buttons that almost all UE products have.
The Megablast delivers on all counts, giving you a versatile sound solution that you can take anywhere. At home, the sound will easily fill a room while also providing access to the Internet of Things and even Alexa. No other speaker in the $$$ range can do all that — and this makes the Megablast an easy option for our top pick.
Get it from Amazon for $125.