With so many of us staying home to stay safe, the little things in life are gaining greater significance. For example, the perfect speaker for your lockdown soundtrack. We might not be throwing wild parties, but dancing on your own can be incredibly therapeutic, and the right tune will drown out the sound of screaming children and noisy neighbours while you’re working from home. After extensive research and several disappointing dead-ends, The Sandpit recommends the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 (AED 519).

The speaker immediately connected with our iPhone via Bluetooth, and the link seems rock-solid, even when we moved to a different room. The sound is crystal clear, and surprisingly loud, with a decent bass. You can connect several Boom 3’s to each other to create more noise, and the speaker is fully waterproof (to 30m) and dust resistant, which is brilliant for beach and desert trips. Bizarrely, it even floats in the pool.

The Boom makes for a great buy for the young teen in your life, or any tech-savvy dad.

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