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

Above the decades Tribit has manufactured some of the improved price range portable Bluetooth headphones and speakers, setting up with its XFree Tune and XSound Go, respectively. The latter speaker is still all-around and provides incredibly superior sound for less than $thirty. The larger MaxSound Plus ($60) offers you far more bass and volume and the StormBox ($fifty two) is Tribit’s far more reasonably priced take on these well known speakers as the UE Growth and JBL Flip five. Now it really is doing a price range model of Bose’s excellent SoundLink Micro speaker. The lesser model is identified as the StormBox Micro and it really is 1 of the finest-sounding pocket-dimension speakers I’ve read. It retails for all-around $fifty. 

Like

  • Pretty compact (pocket-pleasant)
  • Much more bass and volume than most speakers this tiny
  • Water-proof and dustproof (IP67)
  • Built-in strap
  • Can be linked to one more StormBox Micro for stereo mode
  • USB-C charging
  • eight hrs of battery everyday living

Never Like

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

Even though we initially reviewed this model back again in May possibly of 2020, it really is stood the exam of time compared to merchandise that have appear after in the group. As these, we are awarding it an Editors’ Preference.

Measuring three.87 by three.87 by one.37 inches (seven.three by seven.three by three.five cm) and weighing 9.9 ounces (280 grams), the StormBox Micro has a marginally larger footprint than the Bose, which weighs ten.2 ounces (290 grams). The StormBox Micro is IP67 dustproof and drinking water-resistant, which usually means it can take a dunk in shallow drinking water (the Bose is IPX7, which usually means it has not been analyzed from dust). Its battery everyday living is rated at up to eight hrs at reasonable volume degrees, compared to six hrs for the Bose. It has USB-C charging and it can also be applied as a speakerphone.

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The speaker with an Apple iphone 11. It also operates with Android phones just good.


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Like the Bose SoundLink Micro, the Tribit StormBox Micro has an integrated rubber strap that will allow you to clip the speaker to something from a backpack to poles, tree branches, your bike’s handlebars or a belt loop on your pants. With its cloth covering, the speaker will not seem to be as sturdy as the Bose, but it appears sturdily adequate designed. It should fit in most pockets as lengthy as you aren’t carrying limited denims.

Aside from its excellent design and style, the SoundLink Micro stood out due to the fact it was ready to deliver far more bass than each speaker in its dimension course (and it also managed to have limited distortion at larger volumes). And it really is the StormBox Micro’s bass and all round volume stage for its little dimension that allow for it to stand out. For instance, it really is plainly outstanding to the JBL Clip three, which charges all-around $fifty but is marginally lesser.

The StormBox Micro does have its limitations and distorts marginally with certain tracks when you take it to max volume. But the issue is it sounds a lot fuller than you’d anticipate from a speaker this dimension. You can also wirelessly pair up two of these very little men in bash mode for expanded sound. At the time linked in bash mode — it really is an quick process — you can then switch to stereo mode with 1 speaker serving as the remaining speaker and the other as the proper.

I fired up a Spotify playlist of tracks with lots of stereo separation (the old standbys are Pink Floyd’s Dollars, the Beatles’ Listed here Comes the Sun and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody). The speakers are fundamentally utilizing the identical technological know-how as correct wireless earbuds, and stereo sound definitely sounds improved than the mono sound you usually get from these very little speakers. 

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The integrated strap arrives in helpful.


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There isn’t really a lot else to say about the StormBox Micro, other than that it really is settled in to a improved price tag issue. When we initial reviewed it, it offered for all-around $60. But towards the conclusion of 2020, it really is stated at $fifty, and nearly always on sale for closer to $40. That is a excellent price tag for a extremely superior very little wireless speaker.