Tribit Stormbox Micro review
Are you willing to buy a portable Bluetooth speaker at a reasonable price? But, unable to find any such device? Well, that’s not a big problem. We will make sure that you can have the best one for yourself.
Portable Bluetooth speakers are proven to be excellent for taking out – at the beach, at the park or even at work. Anyone will love to have a mini speaker that they can carry anywhere. Tribit’s Stormbox Micro is such a device.
Stormbox Micro is a pint–sized speaker, that can easily adjust into your pocket – whether it is a coat’s pocket or jacket’s pocket or maybe a bag’s pocket. Instead of being small, the device produces excellent sound.
Indeed, it is one of the best-sounding pocket-sized speakers I have ever heard. So, let’s jump into the details and learn more about the product.
- Brand: Tribit
- Model name: Stormbox Micro
- Dimensions : 3.87 × 3.87 × 1.37 inches
- Weight: 280 g
- Frequency Response: 70 Hz – 20 kHz
- Bluetooth version: BT v5.0
- Charger : USB – C
- Battery Life: Up to 8 hours
- Waterproof & dustproof rating: IP67
- Colors: available in 2 colors. They are Black & Orange.
- Price: $49.99
Design & Build Quality
The design of the speaker is quite similar to the Bose Soundlink Micro. It is a compact and square-shaped device that can fit easily in the palm of your hand. It’s lightweight, making it easier to carry to different locations.
On top of the speaker, you will get volume controls. The surface is wrapped in a fabric that’s completely waterproof and dustproof as well.
You will find a multifunctional button in the middle, which you can use for phone calls, playing/pausing, skipping tracks, and activating Siri.
On the front edge of the device, you will get the Bluetooth pairing button, a power button, and Six LEDs so that you can understand the remaining charge of the battery.
You will notice a USB – C port on the side which is just for charging purposes. Even you will not get an included auxiliary port. If you are planning to give a wired connection to your device, if you are short of battery, you will not be able to do this.
You can use the tight band around your speaker’s back to hook it onto something like a cycle or bike handle. It would have been great if the strap was adjustable somehow, as its appropriate option is minimal.
Nevertheless, It’s better to have something rather than none. Overall the design and build quality impressed me a lot.
The first thing you will notice about the Tribit Stormbox Micro is the sound quality. This little Bluetooth speaker pumps up the volume, despite being small. The device sounds louder even at lower volumes & can quickly fill a room when maxed out.
Besides the loud sound, Tribit Stormbox Micro also produces a surprising amount of bass. Due to the lack of space for subwoofers, speakers of this size usually fall short. But this little one excels even in bass–heavy electronic music.
I will not compare it with any other speaker that has a larger woofer. But according to the size, the Stormbox Micro is tough to beat.
Some of the very demanding and popular songs sound great on the Stormbox Micro speaker. The device maintains a perfect sounding balance with minimal distortion & it’s straightforward to detect the instrumental position in the playback.
The problem arose when lower, bass-heavy moments sounding a bit washed out when you increase the speaker’s volume level. But you have to understand that this kind of problem is evident when dealing with a compact speaker.
Despite all this, you should appreciate the sound & bass it provides. Undoubtedly the best at this rate.
Portability & Waterproofing/Dustproofing
You might be a fan of cycling, hiking, short camping, climbing, swimming pool parties, barbecues, picnics, etc. Or you love to listen to music while tending the garden. Trust me, Stormbox Micro is the perfect Bluetooth speaker for all these activities.
Even you can bring it to a backpacking trip or a festival or maybe in the canoe with you. Its small size and built-in rubber strap on the bottom make it easier to carry the device securely anywhere with you. So, it a super-portable Bluetooth speaker.
Nowadays, quite several Bluetooth speakers are fully IPX7 waterproof, which means they can survive up to 30 minutes being submerged into 1 meter of water. Tribit Stormbox Micro is a step ahead of those speakers.
This gadget has an IP67 waterproof and dustproof. That means it can easily survive outdoor grime and dust. With its fabric-covered exterior and IP67 protection, the device can handle anything, whether it is falling or dunking into the water – be it explicit, salty, or soapy.
I know there is no reason for you to submerge the device. For the test, you can do so. But remember, not more than 1 meter of water and not more than 30 minutes.
With everything else, the device is exceptionally up-to-date on Bluetooth standards, using BT v5.0 connectivity. Usually, most of such speakers run solid using BT v4.0/4.1/4.2 connectivity. That means you will find a more stable and better connection, quality syncing with video in BT v5.0 connectivity.
Tribit claims that Stormbox Micro has a maximum range of 30 meters (100 feet), which seems very generous. Surely you will not listen to music from 30 meters away.
I had a few connection issues after 75 meters. But it’s not always you will be that far from your speaker. So I think Stormbox Micro has convenient Bluetooth connectivity.
Tribit has given priority to performance over longevity in the Stormbox Micro. It lasts more than 8 hours on a full charge, at moderate volumes.
The device has a 2600 mAh battery that takes 3.5 hours to be fully charged up. If you want to use your speaker on a long weekend of camping, you can add an external battery to recharge the device.
The device will last more than 8 hours at 50% volume. The lasting time will drop to 6.5 hours at 75% volume. And at full volume, the battery life will down to 5 hours. Six LED’s will tell you about the battery life of the device.
We have tested its connectivity with Netflix from a Chromebook and found no lag, and the sound was even louder. So, it can be easily said that the speaker offers a fantastic on-the-go movie experience.
Indeed, the audio of the speaker is nowhere near what you would want for a home system. You should not expect it either from such a small speaker.
The audio and calling both were perfect, near about 70-80 meters, then it started dropping a bit. However, we know that most people will keep their phones and speakers nearby, so the range is not a very big issue.
Tribit Stormbox Micro can pair up to eight devices and auto-connect with an active device. It can also pair two devices together at the same time.
The switching does not happen automatically, so it’s necessary to stop one device from playing before you start the other. Still, the stable Bluetooth connection is maintained in both devices.
You can pair two Tribit Stormbox Micro speakers together for doubling your sound or for ‘party mode’. We haven’t tried this feature, but some other viewers were extremely pleased with it.
Tribit offers a 1.5-year replacement warranty, one month of the money-back guarantee, and lifetime support for the product. With IP67 weather – resistance rating, the chance of having any problem is less, but still, you have to appreciate their service.
From Where You Can Buy Tribit Stormbox Micro?
You will find the Tribit Stormbox Micro price in your nearest gadget store. You can even look at the following online markets :
- Amazon ($49.99)
- Expansys (AU$74.99)
- Cnet ($49.99)
- Informr ($44.99)
- GadgetGuy (AU$ 87.99)
Many of the online markets are giving new year discounts. Please have a look at their website and buy your required speaker at a more reasonable price.
The Stormbox Micro is such an excellent wireless speaker of Tribit’s. Its rugged design suits both indoor and outdoor use. The audio quality is much better than we expected. All of this is making the device price-worthy.