The Tribit X-Bass has large obvious buttons that means you can easily, covered ports making it waterproof and sound that astoundingly crisp with the ability to get pretty loud, there is a lot to love about the XBASS.
The crisp sound is what we loved most about the X-Boom, it has decent bass and it gets slightly more impressive when you press the XBASS button.
We weren’t in love with the design, the large plus and minus are a little cartoony but since there aren’t any companion apps we’re glad they’ve made the speaker extremely easy to control.
On the back, from top to bottom, there’s a power button, four tiny circles to indicate battery level, a Bluetooth pairing button, an “XBASS” button (guess what that does), and lastly, a giant flap covering the aux and Micro-USB charging ports. We’re bummed about the choice of conneter since this cable is only carried around for accessories so it contantly the one I have the hardest time finding. Complaining about not being able to find my micro USB cable is the most first world problem that I have.
That flap over the ports is necessary for the IPX7 water (but not dust) resistance, which most speakers in this category have.
The top and bottom have an interesting party trick: they visually bump to the bass, just like with actual speakers. As expected, they don’t move much at low volumes, but they really start shaking when you crank it up, especially when the XBASS button is pushed.
You’re able to charge the speaker at 5V/2A, so it happens pretty quickly, Tribit claims that the X-Boom’s 5,200mAh battery will last up to 20 hours. Given that the battery has nearly double the capacity of the BOOM 2’s 2,800mAh pack, which UE claims 15 hours for, I have no trouble believing this. But as always, your battery life will vary depending on volume, idle time, and other factors, so it’s difficult to give a hard number. I can tell you, though, that I haven’t once worried about the X-Boom’s battery life when taking it places.
If you compare the sound to the UE BOOM 2 is louder and does win out in terms of bass. It’s a marginal difference and not a difference of huge note. That being said, the X-Boom still gets plenty loud, and sound quality at those high volumes for any of these speakers isn’t pretty anyway. The 360-degree design and dual 12W drivers allow sound to go in all directions, which is nice for parties but doesn’t impact the experience if you’re the only one enjoying the tunes.