I’ve had some fun lately trying out a new toy – the STORMp3. It’s a water-resistant MP3 player, and once I saw how small it is and heard the quality of sound coming out of it, I decided that little Mr. Storm and I have a future together. I’m making big plans dreaming up all the ways to incorporate this little speaker into my outdoor and indoor workouts.
PACKAGING: It came packaged in a little plastic box that was easy to open – if packaging doesn’t result in me jabbing myself in the palm with scissors, it’s always a bonus.
SETUP: Four AA batteries are included, thankfully, so I didn’t have to pilfer batteries from my kids’ toys. You just open the side battery compartment and pop them in. No screwdriver needed - there’s an easy twist-off for the battery compartment cover. I found it hard to see the positive/negative markings to see which way to put in the batteries - I had to shine a flashlight into the compartment. Some day I’ll memorize which battery connection points go with which end of the battery, but for now I suggest doing this in daylight or using a flashlight.
It also comes with a USB cable, quick guide instructions, a wall moutning bracket and some adhesive.
THE SIZE: I did not expect it to be this small – I loved the size and look of it! It easy fits in one hand so I can hold weights in the other hand to set up a workout, or carry a water bottle to the track.
Here it is next to a Solo cup for comparison.
CONNECTING TO THE COMPUTER: Easy. The USB connection is in the battery compartment, which makes sense to keep it protected from the elements. But seeing as how I’m a super-klutz, I put the batteries in first, turned the unit on its side to connect the USB, and the batteries came sliding out all over the floor – duh. Then I read that you don’t need to have batteries in it to sync with the computer. So do whatever works for you. But eventually I wanted to add more music to the player and had batteries in there, so the trick is to not turn it on its side. Not too hard, it’s small enough to just rest anywhere and it didn’t require a lot of effort to set up.
The directions were very clear if you read them. The guide says a Stormp3 icon will appear on main screen for Mac users and a popup for PC users. I kept doing things before reading since there were only like 3 steps - so after connecting the USB I waited for a popup. No need – the STORMp3 icon just opens the Finder on a Mac, so you could just go straight to the Finder.
ADDING MUSIC: This was so easy. It’s a drag-and-drop system, and it was way easier than I expected. I was worried it would require a lot of thought or effort, and I don’t have time to invest into learning a new system, so I was pleasantly surprised. It only took a second.
I opened ITunes, clicked on a song, and dragged it over to the STORMp3 folder. It copied quickly, so I tried mutli-clicking on various songs and dragging them. No problem. In an instant I had a whole album copied.
I ejected the STORMp3 and unplugged the USB cable, replaced the battery cover, and was good to go.
PLAYING MUSIC: This was even easier - I just held the center on/off button and it started playing. Loudly.
Oops, kids, you didn’t need to be sleeping right now, did you?
It was good to see that it has a good volume – my laptop never gets loud enough. I lowered the volume quickly - it’s very responsive. And the first thing I said was “wow, this sounds good!” I’m a musician so I was relieved to be able to honestly say I liked the sound quality! It’s really impressive.
My only negative on the sound is that usually I prefer to balance with a bit more bass (it’s the former cellist in me!), but the balance seems to be good for projecting through the noise of a shower or street noise so I can’t complain.
WATER RESISTANT-NESS: Yep, I took this bad boy for a spin in my shower. The water seemed to roll right off of it, so I was happy it was water-resistant as promised. I loved the sound in the shower and while getting ready. I had stopped taking my phone in the bathroom during my showers since a coworker had his phone ruined this way (condensation in the phone), so it was nice to have something designed for wet or steamy conditions.
It’s water resistant and not waterproof, and a LOT of water was running all over it in the first place I put it, so I decided to move it higher. Just because I’m paranoid.
I may mount it with the bracket, but it fits so nicely up there that I probably don’t need to use the adhesive and bracket system.
The buttons were easy to press with wet hands because the rubber has a non-slippery texture.
FITNESS USES: The STORMp3 fits right into the external side pocket of my triathlon bag and my bike commuting bag, the mesh pocket where I often keep a water bottle. So I am dreaming up several potential uses:
- In my backpack pocket during a bike commute or long bike ride.
- By the pool for some tunes while swimming or playing in the water with the kids.
- At the beach.
- In the backyard when playing with the kids or riding bikes in the alley behind our house.
- On our screened in porch where I can do planks and strength workouts.
- While on my bike trainer.
- At a track workout – my boot camp classes used to use music from a smartphone, but it didn’t project very well. This would be perfect.
- And last but not least – running with the stroller.
I experimented with putting it on the handlebar console but thought it might take flight during a sharp turn. It would actually fit in the pockets of the console, but those are always in use with water bottles, sippy cups, or any number of pacifiers and other doodads for stroller runs.
So I realized that it might come in handy for my son to listen to music while we’re running. I never give him my phone because I’m worried he’ll drop it and klutzy me will run over it, so a somewhat durable Mp3 player in the pocket where he won’t mess with it is a good solution for giving him some riding tunes.
(I”m not sure if you can see it in the interior pocket of the stroller but it fit well!)
The official STORMp3 details are as follows:
- Water resistant, rubberized exterior
- 2 built-in speakers
- 2 GB of internal memory (holds approximately 500 songs of average length and quality)
- Simple “click and drag” application to add music
- Shuffle design allows for random song play
- Comes with a USB cord to download music
- Includes 4 AA batteries, for approximately 73 hours of play time (this would allow for a year’s worth of 12 minute showers without having to change the batteries!)
- Comes with a wall bracket for mounted and/or portable use
- Available in Black or White
- FCC approved
What makes our Water-Resistant Mp3 Player unique? Other portable music speakers cost over $200 and require a second source (ex. smartphone or computer) to stream music via a Bluetooth connection. At a retail price of $99.95, STORMp3 (patent pending) will provide a booming speaker experience without the boundaries of water and Bluetooth technology.
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As you can see, I think it’s a neat little item, useful in many fitness situations, and it was way easier to use and way more portable than I expected. I loved the sound quality, although I wish I could boost the bass a little, the way it is balanced cut through the shower noise and would cut through street noise very well.
I recieved the STORMp3 in exchange for my review, and the opinions are my own.