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

Nancy J. Delong

In excess of the years Tribit has made some of the greater spending plan portable Bluetooth headphones and speakers, setting up with its XFree Tune and XSound Go, respectively. The latter speaker is even now close to and delivers shockingly great sound for a lot less than $thirty. The larger MaxSound Moreover ($sixty) presents you additional bass and quantity and the StormBox ($fifty two) is Tribit’s additional inexpensive get on these types of preferred speakers as the UE Increase and JBL Flip 5. Now it really is accomplishing a spending plan edition of Bose’s excellent SoundLink Micro speaker. The new product is named the StormBox Micro and it really is one particular of the ideal-sounding pocket-size speakers I’ve heard.   

Like

  • Incredibly compact (pocket-friendly)
  • Much more bass and quantity than most speakers this smaller
  • Waterproof and dustproof (IP67)
  • Built-in strap
  • Can be joined to one more StormBox Micro for stereo manner
  • USB-C charging
  • 8 hours of battery existence

Do not Like

  • Not as durable as Bose SoundLink Micro
  • Distorts marginally at larger volumes with specific tracks

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Measuring three.87 by three.87 by one.37 inches (seven.three by seven.three by three.5 cm) and weighing 9.9 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 h2o-resistant, which implies it can get a dunk in shallow h2o (the Bose is IPX7, which implies it has not been tested versus dust). Its battery existence is rated at up to 8 hours at average quantity concentrations, as opposed to six hours for the Bose. It has USB-C charging and it can also be applied as a speakerphone.

The speaker with an Apple iphone 11. It also will work with Android phones just fantastic.


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Like the Bose SoundLink Micro, the Tribit StormBox Micro has an built-in rubber strap that enables you to clip the speaker to anything from a backpack to poles, tree branches, your bike’s handlebars or a belt loop on your trousers. With its fabric masking, the speaker doesn’t seem as durable as the Bose, but it seems sturdily plenty of crafted. It really should match in most pockets as long as you aren’t carrying restricted jeans.

Aside from its great design and style, the SoundLink Micro stood out since it was equipped to produce additional bass than each and every speaker in its size class (and it also managed to have confined distortion at larger volumes). And it really is the StormBox Micro’s bass and over-all quantity stage for its very small size that make it possible for it to stand out. For case in point, it really is plainly exceptional to the JBL Clip three, which expenditures close to $fifty but is marginally smaller.

The StormBox Micro does have its constraints and distorts marginally with specific tracks when you get it to max quantity. But the level is it seems substantially fuller than you’d assume from a speaker this size. You can also wirelessly pair up two of these very little men in celebration manner for expanded sound. After joined in celebration manner — it really is an simple course of action — you can then change to stereo manner with one particular speaker serving as the left speaker and the other as the appropriate.

I fired up a Spotify playlist of music with loads of stereo separation (the previous standbys are Pink Floyd’s Money, the Beatles’ Here Comes the Sunshine and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody). The speakers are in essence making use of the exact same technologies as legitimate wi-fi earbuds, and stereo sound unquestionably seems greater than the mono sound you ordinarily get from these very little speakers. 

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The built-in strap arrives in useful.


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There isn’t substantially else to say about the StormBox Micro. Preferably, it would expense a lot less than $fifty. And we may see that selling price shortly plenty of as Tribit’s now shaved a couple of bucks off the record selling price on Amazon, bringing it down to $56. That’s a great selling price for a incredibly great very little wi-fi speaker.

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