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Tribit XSound Go review: An excellent mini speaker for the money

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The Good The Tribit XSound Go is a budget-priced Bluetooth speaker that sounds good for its size and price. It's attractively designed and is waterproof.

The Bad It has trouble with complicated tracks. There's some bass, just not a lot.

The Bottom Line For an inexpensive Bluetooth speaker, the Tribit XSound Go is hard to beat.

8.2 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 7
  • Sound 7
  • Value 9

What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word "Tribit?" Maybe a travel app. Or a fridge-friendly Alexa device. Or a critter from Star Trek. But probably not a portable Bluetooth speaker.

But that's just what the Tribit XSound Go is -- and a cheap one at that, going for $36 on Amazon for the black version and $40 for the blue one. It's £36 in the UK, but not yet available in Australia (the UK price converts to about AU$65).

From the pictures you see online, there isn't much to distinguish the Tribit from other generic Chinese speakers. But in person it feels sturdy enough and has an understated matte-finished exterior that seems like it should hold up well over time. It weighs in at 13.4 ounces (380 grams).

Unboxed.

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The speaker is fully waterproof (IPX7 rated) and comes with a lanyard that allows you to hang the speaker from a shower head, a tree branch or anything that has a hook. It has an auxiliary input and a built-in microphone for making speakerphone calls. (Don't expect business-grade performance, but it works acceptably well.)

Battery life is rated at an impressive 24 hours at medium volume levels, so it's packing a fairly large battery that probably contributes a fair amount of weight to the overall package. The only downside is that the speaker takes around 4 hours to fully charge via Micro-USB.

Part of the Tribit XSound XS's claim to fame is that it's Wirecutter's pick for best budget Bluetooth speaker, a fact that's been shamelessly incorporated into the speaker's name on Amazon.

Does it truly merit such a distinction? Well, I haven't tested every cheap portable Bluetooth on Amazon, so I can't definitively say it's the best budget Bluetooth speaker out there. But I can say that, for the money, it's certainly one of the better ones I've tested.

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