For years I sailed along with solid headphone choices and didn’t think much about advancements in the marketplace. I relied on 3 products:
Plantronics Voyager Legend-Perfect earpiece for phone calls. I spend quite a bit of time on the phone. The battery life is 7 hours between charges and the Voyager Legend comes with a convenient case to charge it in between calls. Great sound quality, noise reduction when in windy or noisy environments.
Bose SoundSport Wireless Earbuds: I added these to my stable more recently. I like them for working out and for phone calls if I only want one device in my bag. They come with a recharging case like the Voyager Legend. However, only one works for phone calls. Great sound quality for music but not quite as good as the Voyager Legend for phone calls. A bit heavier as well.
When Apple released their AirPods, I largely ignored them. However, after they’d been on the market for a while I decided to give them a try. I’d just purchased an Apple Watch and tried the AirPods out in the store. They fit well and were more compact in my pocket than either the Voyager Legend or Bose SoundSport.
As it turns out, the Apple Watch is kind of a problem for my Voyager Legend. And, my AirPods are kind of a disaster. They frequently won’t connect, the battery life is poor. In short, they’re by far the worst Apple product I’ve ever purchased.
I had a close friend (Paul) tell me how much he liked the BeatsX, so I decided to give them a try. The BeatsX uses a cord that wraps around your neck to keep the earbuds handy. They also have a nifty feature where the earbuds have a magnet in the back. That means they naturally stick together around your neck so you don’t lose track of them. It’s very intuitive. They were also super easy to sync to my iPhone. And, that’s literally the only positive things I can say about them.
The sound quality is just poor. They sound much worse than either of my Bose devices or my AirPods when it comes to playing music. For podcasts, they sound tinny. As a guy who listens to a lot of podcasts (and produces 2 every week) I kinda want my podcasts to sound good. I tested them on phone calls with a handful of people. They told me I sounded okay, though they could hear more background noise than other devices I’ve used in the past.
The battery life is advertised at 8 hours. I got close to that on my two tests. And, it conveniently uses a lightning cable to charge. So, if you have an iPhone you can carry one cable. But, once the battery is dead, you’re stuck with a longer charging cycle than I can really deal with for phone calls.
The Final Two Pennies
At $99, the price is still just too high for me. They were $119, but seem to be discounted to $99 on Apple and Amazon. The sound quality and charging cycle just don’t match the price for a device of this nature. Even if you just wanted to listen to music, I’m not sure these fit the price point. If they were under $70, I might recommend them. But, I think they just don’t deliver enough quality for the price.
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