Just over a month or so ago I reviewed the AWEI HD Bluetooth Wireless Sports In-Ear Earbuds Headphones
If you read that post you may want to SKIP onto the main review of the product as I’m going to re-tread some old ground regarding wireless headphones first.
Since purchasing the iPhone X I’ve had to get used to no longer having a headphone jack on my phone. The phone comes with headphones that fit the lightning port, and also comes with a 3.5mm to Lightning port adapter if you’d prefer to use your older headphones.
So the only real problem is if you need to charge your phone at the same time you want to use your headphones!
The iPhone X has great battery life so unless you’re a heavy user of the phone, if you set out with a full charge for the day this isn’t going to be a problem, even if you don’t have a full charge, if you’re heading to for example your work place you can top up the charge when you get there if you carry a charging cable about with you. As per my article here on how to keep your smartphone battery healthy for as long as possible, you don’t want to constantly be fully charging the device anyway.
For those moments where you do need to charge and want to listen to music/podcasts at the same time you need another solution. Either get a Bluetooth headset or buy an adapter that allows you to charge and listen to music at the same time. The recommended adapter from Apple that allows you to charge and listen via 3.5mm jack is made by Belkin and costs £30. The adapter that contains two lightning ports is £35.
If you’ve got top quality headphones that you want to continue using then the £30 adapter is probably a good investment. It’s probably on the same par for lose ability as wireless headphones also.
But what if you could get Bluetooth headsets for less and embrace the wireless revolution? Especially if it’s something you’re concerned that you might lose. You don’t want to keep shelling out £30 each time you lose that adapter!
Well, you can, and quite frankly, I wouldn’t want to spend any more than £30 on a pair of wireless headphones anyway, ideally, I’d spend less. For three reasons.
1. If you have a top quality brand pair of headphones on you, it’s likely their logo is going to be all over it. It’s not too difficult to identify someone using wireless headphones, and even ones like the model I’m about to review, are going to be pretty easily steal able. It only takes someone standing behind you on a train for example, waiting for their stop, pulling at the headphones, which will bring them flying off your head, and then they do a runner out the train doors and into the night. By the time you’ve realised what’s going on, they are long gone.
2. You have to charge these things, and the battery life of them is probably enough to get you through a daily commute, If you need to use them everyday for your commute to work. odds are you’re going to need to charge them everyday too. We’ll discuss the battery properly in the main review, but like all batteries, it’s going to degrade over time, so what’s the point in spending close to or over 3 figures for a pair of headphones whose lifespan is going to limited by their battery!
3. As already mentioned. Easy to lose.
I actually purchased the over the head headphones at the same time as the in ear ones, as I wanted both type of headphones. I just hadn’t got round to reviewing this pair properly and also other articles needed my attention sooner than a product review that didn’t have a deadline as such.
They arrived in a brown box, of which inside was the headphones themselves, a soft bag to keep them in, a USB charging cable, some instructions and a rather alarming warning notice that using an incorrectly powered charger could result in an explosion!
Over the head headphones won’t be for everyone but I like to attempt to at least cancel out the noise around me.
The instructions quote 6 hours ‘talk time’ and 4 hours for playing music. I would say the 4 hours for music is about accurate, so you may wish to look for something that can go for longer if you’re daily commutes, jogs etc are likely to last longer, especially if you haven’t been able to give them a full charge beforehand or are unable to charge them in-between uses, such as via your work’s computer.
Charging takes 2 and a half hours to fully charge and as with other devices, I would recommend you try and stick to this, don’t leave them charging for 8 hours overnight, you’re just going to degrade the battery very quickly or as the warning label says, potentially cause an explosion. The instructions themselves quote to not charge for any longer than 10 hours.
It’s worth noting they charge via USB, but just come with the lead, So yet another device to take up a USB plug. I’ve found juggling all my devices that now need to charge via USB difficult before heading out to the point I’ve had to buy a 4 port USB plug adapter as well.
They look pretty stylish too, again, they look more expensive than what you’re paying, the provided bag is also pretty useful when you need to put them away and they actually fold up pretty well in order to store.
The volume controls are pretty easy to use also, + single press increases the volume while a longer press skips tracks, obviously the same but in reverse for the – button. The buttons are all located on the left ear cone.
Firstly, you need to connect them to your phone obviously. To pair you need to hold down the power button until the blue/red LED starts flashing. Pretty simple and straight forward.
As with the earbud headphones reviewed previously there is the flashing blue light indicator when they are paired with your device. Whilst not as annoying as the other previous pair because you can’t really notice it yourself, as the flash is on your left ear, of course however other people around you will notice this, so will be a dead giveaway you’re using wireless headphones to a potential thief.
On the iPhone once connected you get the handy power indicator to show how much battery is left in your headphones.
So that’s the funky features and look and feel out the way, how do they sound.
Pretty good, at least for someone that suffers with tinnitus. Listening to podcasts felt fine, some people had mentioned a constant hiss in the background when listening to spoken word only but I did not suffer this.
Audio also sounded good enough for me, I didn’t need to have them too loud either. You don’t get the colour indicator on the phone when adjusting the volume like you do with wired headphones which is a good visual indicator that you may potentially damage your hearing in the long-term, something I would advise any youngsters/teenagers reading this to take notice of, a constant beeping in your ears for the rest of your life may not be fun if you don’t learn how to mentally deal with it. Personally I feel there’s no need to even have these on full blast at any point, they do a good job of cancelling out the noise around you.
Speaking of beeps these headphones do have another slight annoyance, upon pretty much every track change, there’s a beep. If you’re listening to a gapless mix for example, this beep becomes rather irritating when it moves on to the next track, in fact even when it’s not a gapless album, its still annoying. You’ll also get the beep when various system notifications happen on your phone, it’s just plain annoying, and annoying enough to make you not want to use the headphones when you’ve got a choice of several pairs.
For this review I’m purely basing the product on it’s audio and spoken word quality from music apps. I haven’t yet received a call with them on, or had the need to make a phone call, and I’m not one for needlessly just phoning someone up for a pointless chat. This is 2018 after all. No one actually uses a phone to speak to each other verbally! Right?
To round up, for a pair of Bluetooth headphones that cost less than £25, these are an excellent choice. They arrive in good packaging, and the included bag and the way they fold up makes storing them easy.
The product seems well made, they are comfortable and the general audio quality for an everyday person is more than good enough. For a less than £25 pair of headphones, these are an excellent choice. However the constant beep when moving onto the next track, is just too annoying, and this alone warrants a 2 point markdown. If the beep was not there they would have easily been a 5/5
Final score: 3/5