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The Party Starter

Ultimate Ear's (UE) third offering in India, Megaboom, is designed for a grand outdoor experience.
Team BT   New Delhi     Print Edition: December 17, 2017
The Party Starter

Ultimate Ear's (UE) third offering in India, Megaboom, is designed for a grand outdoor experience. The wireless Bluetooth speaker is 8.9-inch tall and weighs 877 gms. The cylindrical speaker has the power button and Bluetooth button at the top, large volume keys (+ and -) prominently placed on the body, and the micro USB port for charging, 3.5-mm aux-in port, tripod mount insert and the micro USB port at the bottom. Once paired, the UE Megaboom app for iOS and Android smartphones offers additional control for equalizer, setting up alarm (waking up to your favourite songs) and pairing with other UE speakers.

Megaboom has two two-inch drives and two passive radiators that yield 360-degree immersive sound. The overall sound quality is top-notch with impactful bass and clear vocals. The treble is distinct and can be adjusted using the Equalizer app. It also supports gesture controls - hold the speaker upright and tap the top to play/pause music or to skip tracks instead of reaching for the phone. During our testing, the Megaboom lived up to its claims of being waterproof (IP67 certified) and drop-proof. It lasted close to 18 hours on a single charge, playing music at high volume. This stylish speaker, priced at Rs 19,995, is a good buy and could potentially become the talk of the party.

Magic Switch

Connected devices, traditionally dominated by smart LEDs, are becoming quite the rage. The latest to join the fray is the Tuya Smart Switch, a Wi-Fi plug-in socket that can be controlled using an app. Setting it up is easy. Plug the socket into a switch board first. After installing the Tuya Smart app and configuring the account, select the smart switch and enter the Wi-Fi password. Within seconds, the app detects the switch and is ready for use. Once a device, such as the TV or air purifier, is plugged into the switch, it can be operated from within the app. (Rename the switch in the app if you wish to.) So, you can have a cup of coffee brewed for you when you are nearing home if the coffee maker is plugged in.

The smart switch can be controlled manually, too. The only drawback is that it is an international socket and, hence, requires universal adaptors to plug in appliances available in our country. Tuya Smart Switch, priced at $9, is compatible with Amazon Echo Plus and Google Home, and can be controlled using voice commands.


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