Ultimate Ears launches the UE Roll - an ultra-portable £100 Bluetooth speaker

Following in the footsteps of the UE Boom and UE Megaboom, Ultimate Ears has revealed the youngest member of its portable Bluetooth speaker range - the UE Roll.

The UE Roll delivers 360-degree sound, and is designed to be even more portable than its bigger brothers - its petite, disc-shaped design measures 13.5cm in diameter and weighs just 12oz.

It costs £100, and comes in six brightly coloured and patterned finishes.

You can connect up to eight smart devices at any one time using Bluetooth (A2DP).

Don't worry if you have a music player that doesn't support Bluetooth - you can still play your tunes using the 3.5mm jack hidden underneath the waterproof flap on the underside of the Roll. There's also a micro USB port for charging.

Ultimate Ears claims the Roll's rechargable battery will last up to nine hours on a single charge, and that the speaker's Bluetooth range is up to 65ft.

Read the UE Boom review

You can wirelessly connect two Rolls together, thereby extending the Bluetooth range and doubling up on speaker power. You can also connect the Roll to a Boom, or to a Megaboom - but not all three together.

The UE Roll comes with its own app, which is available for free on iOS and Android devices.

You won't need the UE Roll app for streaming music, but its features include an alarm clock, an equaliser, the 'Double Up' feature that links up two Rolls together, and the ability to check the speaker's battery status.

Read the UE Megaboom review

As with the Boom and Megaboom, the Roll is waterproof. The IPX7 certification means it will survive splashes and being submersed in 1m of water for a reported 30 minutes. Perfect for a pool party, then.

It's also 'life-resistant', so you can expect the tough shell to withstand plenty of knocks and scratches.

There's even a marine-grade bungee cord attached to the back of the Roll so you can attach it to yourself or say, your bike, and always carry it around with you.

"Music is made for sharing, connecting and enjoying," says Rory Dooley, general manager of Ultimate Ears. "It transforms moments into something special, and we designed the UE Roll to be part of those moments. No matter where you are, or what you're doing, UE Roll is there to amplify any experience."

The UE Roll is available from Ultimate Ears' website.

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Kashfia Kabir
Hi-Fi and Audio Editor

Kashfia is the Hi-Fi and Audio Editor of What Hi-Fi? and first joined the brand over 10 years ago. During her time in the consumer tech industry, she has reviewed hundreds of products (including speakers, amplifiers and headphones), been to countless trade shows across the world and fallen in love with hi-fi kit much bigger than her. In her spare time, Kash can be found tending to an ever-growing houseplant collection and shooing her cat Jolene away from spinning records.