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Wouldn’t you though?

Have you come across one of these spherical orbs before, ablaze with full-on whacky colour and pulsing out the kind of music that leaves your earlobes aching? They’re ultimate ears, boombastic and totally fantastic speakers, beloved of teenagers and would-be-cool-parents everywhere.


A virtually indestructible bluetooth speaker the UE Roll 2 is basically da bomb. There are other models but this is the best one under £100. It has won practically every tech award going and happens to look very pretty too – especially if you go for a limited edition version like the current Tropical Anime (above left) or Drippy styles.

When I say indestructible I am not kidding. For starters this thing loves water – belt it out in the shower, take it kayaking, hell, jump in the sea with it – it is the SAS commando of wireless speakers. And to prove the point, here are several beautiful young things playing about with it in splashy situations…



It has insanely good sound with a big booming base and none of that tinny rubbish. With a ‘marine-grade’ bungee cord you can strap and go, and attach it to virtually anything, making it totally portable. AND it has a 19-metre wireless range – you can use your phone, tablet or any other Bluetooth-enabled device to control the party from up to 19 metres away.

In short, I think it’s just about perfect in size, price and cool factor and would make a brilliant fun present-to-self (no playing your Take That Ultimate Collection and ruining your newly purchased cred, mind) or a teenager who has been kind to their siblings, tidied their rooms and offered to make dinner. I know. As. If. Well, looks like it’s all yours then!


ue-speaker_life_01-640x427-c, £79 available from John Lewis, Reading

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