What’s to say about a pair of Bluetooth earbuds that weigh hardly a thing, stay in your ears and have a decent level of sound to them? Well that says a lot already. The Omaker Bluetooth in-ear headphones (earbuds) do exactly that. They are a lightweight wireless earbud solution for those times where you don’t want to be tugging on cables running around your body to your waist or elsewhere.
They offer a simple design that forms great to your ears while keeping their position, even during heavy workouts. They don’t feel or appear to others as overly bulgy or tacky looking. They were designed with a lot of thought in mind for keeping things minimal while giving you exactly what your ears need–sufficient sound. The two ear pieces are small in size, feature a plastic body, soft rubber tips and soft rings that extend to fill in a small portion of your ear canal for extra grip (keeping them in place).
They offer a flat cable that wraps around the back of your neck, featuring a small slider to control the length with, so that you can adjust it to your comfort. The cable is encased in a soft flat jacket that doesn’t cause any irritation to the skin or distraction to the user. Depending on where you have the slider, the wire could pull a little on your shirt when you rotate your head left and right, you may find yourself adjusting it at times to compensate for this. There really isn’t anything in the design that can be improved on to counter this, so it’s not a big deal to adjust to.
One earbud contains the micro-USB charging port, hidden behind a small rubber door that protects it from exposure to things like sweat. You can use your finger nail to pop the little door open for when you are ready to charge it.The other earbud contains 3 buttons, one a straight button and the other a toggle. The one button is to power the earbuds on and off, activate Bluetooth pairing, play or pause the current track or answer/reject a call (a all-in-one button of sorts). The toggle controls your volume up and down, as well as previous and next track (hold either button for about one second).
There isn’t any print on the earbuds that acknowledges which bud is left or right, but the one with the button controls belongs in your right ear, with the strap going around the back of your neck. I guess this was the only thing we stuck our nose in the air at. That’s not bad if it’s the only thing mostly affecting the score of the product.
Sound quality is average, with nothing that stands out in the bass outside of the fact that it has a small bit (a lot of Bluetooth earbuds we have tested offered zero bass, so this is nice). The range beyond that focuses mostly on the upper mids, with a the highs feeling a little compressed. Compared to the price you are paying, you can’t really expect anything else out of these. They really do sound good and have a lot of volume to them without running into any distortion.
Connectivity is the same as any other Bluetooth device offering a quick connection via the Bluetooth menu of your Bluetooth compatible device (ie, smartphone, tablet, etc). The range is minimal, so of course you will want to keep the phone on you and without too much wrapped around the earbuds like a few layers of thick beanies. You get about 20-30 feet distance, unless you cup your hand around the right ear bud while it’s in your ear, which gives you about 3-4 feet (obviously the Bluetooth antenna is inside of that bud).
It comes available in just one color, black with a red cable running in between the two buds. It also comes with an armband so that you can carry your phone on your arm during your activities (ie running).
The armband is a nice touch since that alone would typically run you about $10 or more just by itself. Throwing that into the mix, you can tell they really want you to like their product.
Inside the box you also find a (very) short USB to Micro-USB cable for charging it with, a selection of tips for the buds to better fit them to your ear with and additional rubbing rings in case anything were to happen to the ones currently installed. A two sided instruction foldout is inside that walks you through the button options and how to pair it to your phone (to do so, you simply continue to hold the power button [play/pause button] when turning it on for a few more seconds and it will eventually go into pairing mode). There is also a small card that invites you to reach out to them with any questions or concerns.
For the price, these earbuds really stand out. They offer an average range of sound with slightly compressed highs but offer a little more bass than some of the competing options that can sometimes cost 2-3x the price (and “usually” aren’t worth the buy for the price they are asking). Instead, these offer a balanced average of things while maintaining a low price point, and they even throw in an armband to make sure they are ready to be used the second you break them out of their box. They are light in weight and feel ok in the ears. Since they average about $29.99, you can’t go wrong and can’t get much better without spending far more than $100.
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