Logitech UE Air Speaker
Simple configuration; customisable sound levels
Expensive; sound quality disappointing
Logitech has a good reputation when it comes to portable sound system, and the UE Air Speaker is no exception. It’s a good-looking AirPlay-compatible speaker dock that also includes a retractable 30-pin connector dock.
While the UE looks good, it is also the largest speaker in this group test, measuring over 50cm wide and nearly 20cm tall, which is worth noting if you intend to use it on a bookshelf.
Setup of the UE was relatively simple. Once you dock your iPhone the dock will prompt you to download the free UE Air app from the App Store. Once you’ve installed and launched the app, it will prompt you to enter your Wi-Fi password. Once entered the UE will be connected to your Wi-Fi network. It’s simple, but not quite as easy as on the A3, where you don’t even need to use a third-party app.
Unlike the cheaper devices in this Group Test the UE doesn’t come with a remote control, but if you’re using AirPlay you can control all the main functions from your iOS device.
Even though the UE is the largest speaker we reviewed it didn’t have the best audio. While sound quality was OK when using it at mid-volumes, it deteriorated quickly when increased. A disappointing result for the largest and most expensive device in a test group.
On the plus side, the app that you use to configure the Wi-Fi settings on the UE can also be used to adjust the bass and treble settings; something that no other unit in this group test allows you to do. Changing the default settings provided slightly better sound but still disappointing overall.