Tribit StormBox Micro speaker review: A pocket-size Bluetooth speaker with surprisingly big sound

About the years Tribit has built some of the far better funds portable Bluetooth headphones and speakers, setting up with its XFree Tune and XSound Go, respectively. The latter speaker is nevertheless all around and provides incredibly fantastic sound for a lot less than $30. The larger MaxSound Plus ($60) offers you much more bass and quantity and the StormBox ($fifty two) is Tribit’s much more affordable acquire on such well-liked speakers as the UE Growth and JBL Flip 5. Now it truly is accomplishing a funds model of Bose’s excellent SoundLink Micro speaker. The new product is identified as the StormBox Micro and it truly is a single of the best-sounding pocket-size speakers I’ve heard.   

Like

  • Pretty compact (pocket-welcoming)
  • Far more bass and quantity than most speakers this compact
  • Water resistant and dustproof (IP67)
  • Built-in strap
  • Can be linked to yet another StormBox Micro for stereo method
  • USB-C charging
  • 8 several hours of battery everyday living

Don’t Like

  • Not as strong as Bose SoundLink Micro
  • Distorts marginally at larger volumes with certain tracks

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Measuring three.87 by three.87 by 1.37 inches (seven.three by seven.three by three.5 cm) and weighing nine.nine ounces (280 grams), the StormBox Micro has a marginally much larger footprint than the Bose, which weighs ten.2 ounces (290 grams). The StormBox Micro is IP67 dustproof and drinking water-resistant, which implies it can acquire a dunk in shallow drinking water (the Bose is IPX7, which implies it hasn’t been analyzed against dust). Its battery everyday living is rated at up to 8 several hours at average quantity ranges, vs . six several hours for the Bose. It has USB-C charging and it can also be used as a speakerphone.

The speaker with an Iphone eleven. It also functions with Android telephones just high-quality.


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Like the Bose SoundLink Micro, the Tribit StormBox Micro has an integrated rubber strap that enables you to clip the speaker to just about anything from a backpack to poles, tree branches, your bike’s handlebars or a belt loop on your trousers. With its cloth covering, the speaker would not appear as strong as the Bose, but it would seem sturdily plenty of constructed. It really should healthy in most pockets as long as you are not donning tight denims.

Aside from its terrific style and design, the SoundLink Micro stood out since it was capable to supply much more bass than every speaker in its size class (and it also managed to have minimal distortion at larger volumes). And it truly is the StormBox Micro’s bass and overall quantity degree for its very small size that let it to stand out. For example, it truly is evidently exceptional to the JBL Clip three, which costs all around $fifty but is marginally smaller.

The StormBox Micro does have its limitations and distorts marginally with certain tracks when you acquire it to max quantity. But the issue is it appears considerably fuller than you would anticipate from a speaker this size. You can also wirelessly pair up two of these minimal guys in party method for expanded sound. When linked in party method — it truly is an easy system — you can then swap to stereo method with a single speaker serving as the left speaker and the other as the appropriate.

I fired up a Spotify playlist of tracks with tons of stereo separation (the outdated standbys are Pink Floyd’s Cash, the Beatles’ Right here Arrives the Sunlight and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody). The speakers are mainly utilizing the exact same engineering as correct wi-fi earbuds, and stereo sound surely appears far better than the mono sound you normally get from these minimal speakers. 

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The integrated strap will come in helpful.


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There is just not considerably else to say about the StormBox Micro. Ideally, it would charge a lot less than $fifty. And we may see that price tag before long plenty of as Tribit’s previously shaved a couple bucks off the record price tag on Amazon, bringing it down to $56. Which is a fantastic price tag for a quite fantastic minimal wi-fi speaker.

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