The Azatom Storm Bluetooth Speaker is a powerful, portable and affordable wireless speaker that’s been designed to deliver hi-fi sound on the go. Featuring a stunning design profile, an excellent playback time of up to 20 hours and a maximum range of 40 feet, this great little Bluetooth speaker is a gem that will deliver more than you expect from it.
More importantly, audio performance can hardly be faulted since the Azatom Storm incorporates wider than average speaker drivers, two passive subwoofers and state-of-the-art digital amplifier technology, all of which help reproduce sound with incredible accuracy. All in all, you just can’t go wrong with this gadget.
The Azatom Storm comes in a box that contains the Bluetooth speaker, a 3.5mm audio cable, a mains charger adapter and a practical user manual (although chances are that you won’t need to refer to it). Shipping weight is approximately 780g, although the actual device only weighs half of that.
Azatom Storm Design
The first thing to note about the overall design of this Bluetooth speaker is that device is fairly small. The Azatom is only 8.2 x 2.5 x 2.7 inches (21 x 6.5 x 7 cm), pretty small compared to other portable speakers out there at the minute, but here’s the thing: its reduced dimensions have nothing to do with the speaker’s powerful performance.
This Azatom Storm Bluetooth speaker features the best of British design, as the device itself has been developed in the United Kingdom. Rounded edges make for a stylised appearance and so does the matte finish in contrasting black and silver tones.
Volume Up / Down and Pause / Answer Call controls are conveniently placed on top of the device to avoid cluttering the overall design. At the rear of the speaker you’ll find the on/off switch, the charging connector and a 3.5mm audio input. Lastly, the actual speakers and subwoofers are located to the side and front of the unit, a smart design decision that really helps.
Azatom Storm Audio
I’m no audiophile, I’m not going to pretend I have all the gizmos and gadgets to test sound frequencies and all that, what I do know is that it’s “very loud”, crank this all the way up and you’ll have some very annoyed neighbours in no time.
In terms of bass, this wireless speaker packs a pretty decent boom, you’ll definitely feel it if you’re into bass heavy music. Overall clarity is excellent, you can crank the Azatom Storm all the way up to maximum and there’s hardly any noticeable distortion.
Bonus – it doesn’t move around or fall off the table at maximum volume like some other portable speakers.
Azatom Storm Battery Life
This is one of the areas where the Azatom Storm really shines in my opinion, there’s a built in 2,200 mAh Li-ion battery which according to Azatom should provide a playback time of up to 20 hours. I’ve been testing the battery life of this speaker for the past week for about 4 hours a day and finally at the end of day 5 it was starting to run flat.
Overall, it lasted for about 17-18 hours on a single full charge. This test was carried out using Bluetooth connection only; so I’m pretty sure it would have lasted a bit longer on the wired connection. Overall – very pleased with the battery life.
Azatom Storm Connection Options
Connecting to the Azatom Storm literally takes 4 seconds. Using the NFC function, I was able to pair my Samsung S6 in just under 4 seconds. Other connection options include Bluetooth 4.0, as expected this takes a few second more to scan and establish a connection. Last but not least there’s an Aux input for connecting older devices that do not support Bluetooth streaming. This worked straight out the box as you would expect with a wired connection.
Azatom Storm Main Features
24W audio output: Excellent sound quality thanks to a smart combination of active drivers (wider than average at 52mm each) and passive subwoofers. All in all, the Azatom Storm lets you enjoy 24 Watts of detailed and rich stereo sound.
Integrated DSP: An integrated Digital Signal Processing micro chip that boosts bass performance in an enjoyable and true-to-life way.
Bluetooth 4.0 CSR: Top-of-the-line and reliable Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity supported by CSR technology. This technology is the gold standard when it comes to delivering universal connectivity in Bluetooth devices, and facilitates wireless streaming while at the same time preventing audio quality degradation.
NFC support: Pairing and re-pairing are simple thanks to NFC (Near Field Communications) and Bluetooth 4.0 technologies.
Up to 20 hours playback: A high-capacity 2,200 mAh lithium-ion battery that features a quick charge mode (a 1-hour charge delivers 5 hours of continuous playback) and up to 20 hours of playback time when fully charged.
Azatom Storm Specs
|Dimensions||21 x 6.5 x 7 cm|
|Playback Time||Up to 20 Hours|
|Battery Charge Time||4-6 Hours|
|Wireless Range||40 feet|
Azatom Storm Verdict
The Azatom Storm Bluetooth speaker packs a host of premium features you wouldn’t normally find in the sub £40 price range. It’s easy to connect, has a very good battery life and packs a real punch you’ll hear and feel.
The only thing I didn’t like about the Azatom Storm was the fact that it requires a dedicated charger whereas most portable speakers can be charged using a regular mobile phone charger. Besides that, I would highly recommend this wireless speaker to anyone who wants premium quality on a budget.
The Azatom Storm Bluetooth speaker is hands down one of the best Bluetooth speakers under £35. Its 24W audio output, NFC capabilities and long battery life makes it the ideal powerhouse for the budget conscious audio enthusiast.