The audio experts from Tribit are building up a solid portfolio of Bluetooth speakers. With the Tribit StormBox Pro, the sound specialists expand their setup with a bass-powerful speaker that is easy to transport thanks to a flexible handle. In the StormBox Pro test, we checked what the big brother of StormBox Micro and StormBox has to offer in terms of sound and functionality. As of March 2021 available on Amazon!
Design and features
The StormBox Pro Bluetooth speaker makes an impression at first glance. It is placed vertically and has a slightly square shape, which is different from the typical, more rounded speakers. The control buttons of StormBox Pro reminded us of the middle speaker variant StormBox, which we were also allowed to test before: A large minus symbol for volume down, a multifunction button in the middle as a circle, and next to it a plus symbol for the volume up. Compared to StormBox, the control buttons of StormBox Pro are not on the side, but on the top. We rate this as the right decision for StormBox Pro, as it makes it easy to operate when positioned.
The control buttons on the rubberized top of the Tribit StormBox Pro are completed by a Bluetooth button, on/off button, and X-Bass button. Also, there are dots that light up to indicate the battery level when a button is pressed. We already know these LEDs from the review of the mini-version StormBox Micro. This is practical because you won’t be surprised if the battery slowly runs out, but you can recharge the Bluetooth speaker in time before an outing with your friends.
Another common feature with the portable model is the elegant woven fabric that covers the speaker, which gives StormBox Pro a modern appearance. A unique characteristic is the rubberized carrying strap, which we rated as a useful addition to Tribit StormBox Pro in the test.
As a useful extra, StormBox Pro has a power bank function. The corresponding port is located under, right next to the USB-C charging port of the speaker. Like the top, the bottom of Tribit StormBox Pro is also rubberized, which ensures a firm stand of the Bluetooth speaker.
Inside of StormBox Pro works a 10,000 mAh battery that provides up to 24 hours of music fun. For good sound, the sound experts have installed a 3 inch (76.2 mm) subwoofer, two 40 mm speakers, and 2 passive radiators.
Features and functions
If you choose StormBox Pro, you will get a speaker with a great sound. In the test, we not only played bass-heavy sounds, but also orchestral tracks, such as “Feeling Good” by Michael Bublé. Both the voice and especially the brass instruments were played clearly and without any dull background noise.
The almost funky pop number “Eule” by Jan Delay and Marteria with dominating sound passages was also reproduced confidently. Only “High Roads” by Broken Bells seemed a bit noisy in some places.
In the sound test, we also checked what StormBox Pro has to offer in terms of volume and were surprised: The maximum volume was ear-splitting, definitely suitable for parties, and literally room-filling. Nevertheless, StormBox Pro hardly faltered even with loud sounds. However, you should not push the maximum volume too often in everyday life to avoid trouble with the neighbors.
All settings that can also be made directly from the smartphone are possible on the speaker, from adjusting the volume, navigating through playlists, and starting voice assistants to answering and rejecting calls when you do not want to use the hands-free function. We rate the speaker’s numerous control options as very good since the smartphone is not always at your fingertips.
Other special features of the Tribit StormBox Pro Bluetooth speaker:
Stereo mode: users can connect two StormBox Pro together to form a stereo pair and enjoy stereo sound.
Water-resistant: Tribit StormBox Pro is protected against water according to IP67. This makes the Bluetooth speaker the ideal companion at the lake or in the swimming pool – no need to worry about sudden rain: The speaker even survives brief submersion of up to 30 minutes without damage.
XBass technology: The manufacturer Tribit already convinced us with other speakers in terms of bass. With StormBox Pro, this succeeds once again, because the bass was literally noticeable with songs like “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish especially after pressing the X-Bass button in the test. Thanks to the X-Bass technology, music enthusiasts have the option to additionally intensify the bass at the push of a button.
Setup of the Tribit StormBox Pro Bluetooth speaker
We succeeded in setting up StormBox Pro easily in just 3 steps in the test:
Turn on the Bluetooth speaker and activate the Bluetooth button to put the speaker in pairing mode.
Turn on Bluetooth on the smartphone or tablet, search for StormBox Pro in the list of available devices and select it.
The smartphone and StormBox Pro are connected and now content from Spotify, for example, can be played.
If you press and hold the action button (round button) of the Tribit StormBox for about two seconds, the voice assistants of the connected device will turn on. This can be Siri but also Google Assistant or Alexa. In our Tribit StormBox Pro test, we connected the Bluetooth speaker to an Android smartphone that also has the Alexa app (Android | iOS ) installed. We were therefore asked whether we wanted to act with Google Assistant or Alexa after pressing the button.
Anker Boost as an alternative to StormBox Pro
If you were curious about the mixture of a quality speaker and power bank function but can make compromises in terms of battery life, we recommend the Anker Soundcore Boost Speaker as an alternative to Tribit StormBox Pro. However, the Anker speaker only offers up to 12 hours of runtime instead of 24 hours.
Conclusion of the Tribit Bluetooth speaker StormBox Pro in test
The Tribit StormBox Pro Bluetooth speaker has a stylish design and quickly finds a nice place in the home as an eye-catcher. It is also ideally equipped for on the go and can even survive short dives in the lake thanks to water protection (IP67). At around 2 lbs (1 kg), it is as noticeable in the backpack as a small water bottle and is a bit heavy. However, this is not a serious point of complaint in our opinion, as it can also be carried around easily on its practical carrying bag.
In terms of sound, Tribit StormBox Pro convinced us especially in songs with deep tones and a lot of basses. Voices were also played clearly when listening to podcasts. We could not discover any major weaknesses in any sound spectrum and therefore give it a clear buy recommendation.
The Tribit StormBox Pro Bluetooth speaker has a stylish design and quickly finds a nice place in the home as an eye-catcher. In terms of sound, Tribit StormBox Pro convinced us especially in songs with deep tones and a lot of basses. Voices were also played clearly when listening to podcasts. We could not discover any major weaknesses in any sound spectrum and therefore give it a clear buy recommendation.