- Good battery life
- Built-in power bank
- Durable, robust design
- Water resistant and shockproof.
- Built-in microphone quality limits the usefulness of voice assistant integration and hands-free calling
- Switching between paired devices can be tricky
- Audiophiles are unlikely to be wowed by the sound quality, although this is reflected in the price
The Treblab FX100 is a robust Bluetooth speaker that’s targeted firmly to outdoor enthusiasts. With a built-in 7000mAh power bank, this speaker can provide the soundtrack to your weekend camping trip while also keeping your phone fully charged.
Designed for the great outdoors
The Treblab FX100 is a rugged speaker that’s clearly designed for outdoor use.
This speaker is shockproof and water-resistant, with a rating of IPX4. This means the Treblab should have no problems surviving the occasional splash of water, making it the perfect speaker for a day at the beach or an afternoon by the pool. Alternatively, if you live in a colder, wetter climate, then you won’t have to worry about a few spots of rain or snow completely ruining your new Bluetooth speaker.
At home, chances are that your speakers all have a dedicated space or at least a stable surface where they’re unlikely to get knocked over. Outdoor speakers tend to have a tougher life, but the Treblab’s protective layer of impact-absorbing rubber means that knocks, scrapes and bumps shouldn’t inflict any lasting damage.
This is the kind of speaker you can balance precariously on the nearest flat(ish) surface, place directly on the sand, or lug around in your backpack all day, without having to worry.
With its durable rubber casing, the Treblab would also appeal to anyone who shares their home with a toddler, pets, or even adults who have a poor history of man-handling electronics.
The extra padding does add to the product’s size (9 x 4.3 x 3.2 inches) and weight (609 grams). However, the Treblab FX100 is still compact enough to pop in your backpack, and the extra weight makes the speaker feel sturdy and durable.
If you’re an outdoorsy sort of person who loves activities like camping, hiking, fishing, or any kind of outdoor sports, there’s a lot to like about the Treblab’s design.
Connecting to your Treblab speaker
As a Bluetooth speaker, the Treblab can connect wirelessly to any Bluetooth-enabled device. When you power up your Treblab for the first time, it enters pairing mode automatically. You can then open the Bluetooth settings on your smartphone, tablet, or any other Bluetooth-enabled device, and connect wirelessly to your Treblab speaker.
From here, you can open your favorite music-playing app or service, and the audio will be beamed to your new speaker.
I tested the Treblab FX100 with various devices and never had any issues connecting. After the initial pairing, the Treblab will automatically connect to the paired device whenever it’s available.
However, unlike other Bluetooth speakers, there’s no way to force the Treblab into pairing mode. This can become tedious if you’re sharing your speaker with other people – for example, your children or roommates, or if you want to use multiple Bluetooth-enabled devices with your Treblab.
If you want to connect to a new device, you’ll first need to disconnect the current device. This means either disabling the device’s Bluetooth connection or forcing it to forget your Treblab.
This process only takes a few seconds, but it does add a significant amount of friction to the user experience. I can imagine this becoming particularly annoying if you have several Bluetooth-enabled devices that you like to switch between, such as a smartphone and a tablet.
Sound quality: Is the Treblab value for the money?
Once the Treblab is connected to your favorite music-playing app, there are several ways to control the listening experience. Firstly, you can control the volume and move between tracks using the physical buttons mounted on top of your Treblab speaker.
You can also control the audio directly from the paired Bluetooth device.
The Treblab does seem to support the standard Bluetooth audio qualities. However, after scouring the Treblab website, I couldn’t find any mention of this speaker supporting aptX or Apple’s AAC (Advanced Audio Coding). This means you’re not getting the best audio quality, but this is reflected in the price ($69.97).
The sound quality is comparable to other speakers at this price point. Considering the Treblab also serves as a power bank, this is a fairly-priced product with a decent sound quality.
If you’re craving a louder sound, according to the Treblab user manual, it’s possible to pair multiple Treblab speakers. This would be ideal for an outdoor event, such as a BBQ or garden party.
Keep all your devices fully charged
The Treblab’s rechargeable battery can provide up to 35 hours of music. This should be more than enough juice for your weekend camping trip or day at the beach.
However, the Treblab also has a built-in 7000mAh power bank. This power bank makes Treblab the perfect companion for all-day outdoor activities and even weekend breaks where electrical outlets become a distant memory.
I can imagine the 7000mAh power bank being a lifesaver when you’re far away from civilization, and your smartphone is rapidly approaching zero percent battery.
Hands-free calls, direct from your speaker
The Treblab features a built-in speakerphone and noise-cancelling microphone, so you can make calls on the go.
It’s a nice added extra that could come in useful for quickly checking in with friends or family members while you’re away from home. However, the microphone quality isn’t the best, so it’s difficult to imagine anyone making serious or lengthy calls via this Bluetooth speaker.
If you receive a call on the paired Bluetooth device, Treblab will pause the audio automatically. When I tested this feature with my iPhone, the Treblab announced the number, which was a nice touch. However, it didn’t announce the caller’s name, even though this person was a known contact.
The Treblab FX100 has a few other features that are worth mentioning:
1. A line-in port
The Treblab FX100 features a line-in port, which isn’t particularly common amongst Bluetooth speakers. This is a bit of a niche feature but will likely be appreciated by anyone who still has a fondness for non-Bluetooth audio devices, such as the classic iPod.
2. Voice assistant
When it’s connected to a smartphone, Treblab FX100 can integrate with that device’s voice assistant. However, in testing, the Treblab’s microphone quality made it difficult to interact with the voice assistant to the point I asked Siri the time, and she reacted by calling a random contact from my Address Book.
3. FM Radio
The Treblab FX100 can play FM radio stations. Whether you view this as a bonus or a strange inclusion for a Bluetooth speaker will depend on your listening habits.
Personally, if you’re using a Bluetooth speaker, then I imagine you’d be streaming your own content rather than listening to FM radio, although I can’t remember the last time I listened to the radio, so I may be biased!
Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to like about the Treblab FX100 Extreme Bluetooth Speaker. This is a robust, durable speaker that’s clearly built to withstand some rough treatment. This would also make it a great kid-proof speaker.
The Treblab’s built-in battery pack also makes it the ideal companion for full-day adventures or even entire weekends spent in the great outdoors. You can enjoy hours of music and keep your phone fully-charged without having to lug around a separate power bank.
The added extras, such as the built-in microphone and voice assistant integration, are a bit hit and miss. However, if these features aren’t to your taste, then the robust design and built-in power bank are strong enough to stand on their own. The audio quality is also solid, considering the price point.
Mostly, the Treblab demonstrates a good understanding of its target audience. If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, then Treblab FX100 may be the perfect companion for your next adventure.
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