There are so many Bluetooth speaker options that it can be hard to figure out which provides the best value. When I was in the market for one a few years ago, I took the advice of The Wirecutter and picked up a UE Mini Boom, and I’ve been very happy with that decision.

So while I haven’t felt the need to upgrade, I took notice when the company launched an updated model called the UE Roll last year, featuring a waterproof design and a speaker that projects sound in 360 degrees.

Now there’s an even newer model called the UE Roll 2.

ue roll 2

The new version looks and acts almost exactly like the original UE Roll. But it offers 15 percent louder volume and longer Bluetooth range. UE says it should maintain a connection to your phone or other gadgets from up to 100 feet away. Last year’s model had a maximum range of 65 feet.

That’s about it for new features, but the old features are pretty decent: up to 9 hours of battery life, a mobile app that lets you connect up to three phones at the same time or adjust the EQ settings.

Priced at $100, the new UE Roll 2 gets pretty decent reviews. But if you don’t need the volume or range improvements, you can save some money by picking up the original UE Roll (available from Amazon for $70).

Or if you don’t need the 360-degree audio or waterproof features, the older UE Mini Boom is still a pretty great speaker that can be purchased for as little as $30 if you don’t mind buying refurbished hardware.

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