Matone Qy8 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones review

 

Matone QY7 wireless headphones

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Whether it’s working out, jogging, or simply listening to music, good quality headphones or ear buds play a vital role in giving a pleasurable experience. I am always on a keen lookout for something that gives me quality sound without interfering with my workout routine or causing any issues while I’m jogging. The biggest concern most people have with working out while listening to music on ear buds is what happens when you sweat. And this is what has troubled me most of the times in my past experience as well. Until recently, when I was referred by a friend to try the Matone QY7 ear buds.

The Matone QY7 bluetooth headphones, used to be called the QY8 but they recently changed the name for reasons I can’t work out! I think it’s an upgrade to the version of the Q7. For such a low price,  I did not think twice before purchasing them as the specifications clearly stated that these are wireless and sweat proof…So hey, why not. What’s the worst that can happen? I certainly wasn’t expecting to be blown away by their performance.

What are they like for working out with?

Most headphones or earbuds that I have used in the past have failed to remain well-adjusted in the ears when I sweat or jog. The sweat causes the earbuds to slip out. This isn’t the case with the Matone QY7 ear buds. They have an adequate resistance to sweat and the design allows these ear buds to remain in position. No matter how tough my workout is or how long I jog, these earbuds did a pretty good job of staying put.

Sound quality and noise cancelling

Some gym sessions just seem to drag on more than others. It seems as though every little distraction is attempting to disrupt your workout routine. Sometimes, you need to just zone out and what better way to do that, than by using noise cancelling headphones!

OK, so for the bargain basement price these Matone’s cost, I’m not expecting noise cancelling like the Bose QC20’s offer as these are about 1/10th of the cost! however, if you’re going to offer it, then it has to be worthwhile.  I have to say, they do a pretty stand up job. These little Matone QY7’s certainly don’t shut the world off completely – but there is a very noticeable difference.

I’m a bass lover. I can’t carry those giant woofers along with me to enjoy deep bass. I’ve wasted money on lots of headphones and ear buds as none of them had the pure bass experience. They usually sound like stupid drums. The Matone Q8s offer fairly strong bass. They are not going to rock your world, but again, I have to keep pointing to the price -you are not going to get better bass in this price bracket.

Although I mainly use my ear buds and headphones for listening to music, I often use them as an aid for making calls as well. In my experience with these ear buds, the voice reaches my ears just fine. Most of the ear buds that are meant for listening to music do not respond well for making calls. But I am completely satisfied with the Matone QY7s in this regard.

Matone QY7

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Connectivity

Gadgets are supposed to be advanced and easier to use. I am pretty good with gadgets yet I had to work on managing and understanding the connectivity of Matone Q8 ear buds.

The manual came in handy. Going through all that text in the manual is something I don’t like to do. So this is something where the Q8 ear buds have a bit to improve. All I had to figure out was the light system. The ear buds turn blue as soon as they are connected to a device. What I liked about the connectivity of Matone Q8 ear buds is that they have a memory that saves previously paired devices. So they automatically connect to your device and get paired as soon as you turn on the Bluetooth. Going through the features I discovered that the Matone Q8 ear buds can be connected to more than one device at a time.

Range

All other things were just great, yet I wasn’t so happy about the connectivity range. The Matone QY7 ear buds only offer a connection range of maximum 10m… As soon as I go even a step further, the connection would break and the music would stop. I personally would have preferred a longer connection range. I’m often listening to music while using my laptop. If I go all the way to the kitchen to grab a glass of water, the earbuds would get disconnected. If only they had offered a broader connection range, these earbuds would have been perfect.

Volume control and playlist shuffling

Like most other headphones, the Matone Qy7 also have buttons for increasing and decreasing the volume. There’s nothing special about the controls. The only slight difference is that there are bumps on each of the buttons. The button with a single bump is for volume down and the double-bump button is for increasing the volume. It pretty much suits me as I can easily control the volume using these bump readings, without having the need to actually look at what button I’m pressing. 

Double pressing these buttons switches the tracks. The volume up button switches to the next track and the volume down button switches to the previous track. That’s about everything that I have observed in the Matone Qy8 controls.

Battery timing

Poor battery life of such gadgets is a huge bummer for me as I’m mostly on the go. I don’t get much time to charge my portable devices. What I liked about the Matone Q8 ear buds is that their battery lasts for almost 7 hours with continuous functioning. I charge them in the evening before getting off from work, and then they keep going until night. This is a huge plus. I’ve had a pretty hectic experience with my previous ear buds as they went low on battery just after an hour or so. I’m more than happy to have found the Matone Q8s.

I find them very user-friendly as they are easy to charge as well. I simply connect them with my tablet or laptop while I’m doing my work and they get charged meanwhile. Quick charging and a long-lasting battery is a great feature of the Matone Qy7 ear buds.

Design and level of comfort

Ear buds can have pretty pathetic designs, trust me. I have come across such troubling ones in the past that my ears started to hurt after using those ear buds for about half an hour. But what I’ve observed in the Matone Q8s is that these earphones are not that stylish but they are definitely comfortable for the ears. My ears don’t hurt even when I’m using these for hours. It’s a good thing that the company has focused more on the comfortability and less on the stylish appearance. For this price, you shouldn’t be expecting too much of a stylish and attractive product. They look fine. Build quality is a little lacking, but you can’t have everything at this price.

Device Compatibility

I hate it when I get strangled between two devices from different companies that won’t connect with each other. Apple and Samsung, for one case, have this thing that Apple won’t allow Bluetooth or other direct connectivity with any other brand devices. The Matone Q8 ear buds are thankfully compatible with almost all brands and devices. Whether it is an Apple device, and android or even a Bluetooth supported LED TV. I have tried connecting my ear buds with all these three platforms and they worked absolutely perfect. I don’t have to care for the connectivity anymore whether I have my iPhone or Galaxy Tab.

Conclusion

I would give an overall 4 out of 5 rating to the Matone Q8 ear buds after my experience. The features are good, but not perfect. But for this price, I’m happy with what I got. . Obviously the better they get, the more expensive they would be. I would refer the Matone Qy7’s to anyone who is looking for inexpensive and fine earbuds, especially for gym work.

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Optoma NuForce BE6i wireless in-ear headphones review

Optima Nuforce BE6i review

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everything that comes with the optima nuforce be6i headphones

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For the longest time, listening to music through Bluetooth headphones was not popular with most people thanks to the poor quality of sound offered by a majority of the Bluetooth devices. However, in recent times, sound streamed via Bluetooth has improved tremendously. One device that has led to people appreciating the wireless technology is Optoma’s NuForce BE6i wireless in-ear headphones.

The headphones have proven to be an affordable way of listening to good quality music. They’re well positioned price wise. Not cheap,but far from the most expensive on the market but at a level where you would expect very good quality audio and I think it’s fair to say the Nuforces provide. The good quality of music is attributable to the headphones support of the AptX codec. In addition to that, they were also made to have a balanced sound signature. This makes them great for listening to all genres of music as they have a controlled bass consequently improving the clarity of the music.

The quality of sound being the main selling point of the device, the manufacturers of the device also included in the BE6i a larger 10mm driver. The feature ensures that sound from the headphones does not have any reverb. This is particularly useful in calls because they are often prone to echoes.

What are they like for working out with?

The beauty of the Optoma’s NuForce BE6i wireless in-ear headphones is not only in its ability to produce good quality sound, but also in its dawning features that make them a great companion while working out. It is a recommendation for those that workout, especially joggers, to opt for accessories that are light in weight and the BE6i fits the profile. The headphones weigh approximately 0.6 ounces making them the perfect companion. As a runner, you also need not worry about getting them wet when you sweat or hit the showers. The headphones were made to be water resistant boasting of a protection rating of IPX5. They are, however, not to be exposed to dust. The X preceding the 5 in its protection rating means that the headphones do not have a certification for protection from dust.

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While running with headphones in their ears, the joggers worry is not only the sweat from their ears but also the probability of the headphones falling off. The constant jumping is more than likely to cause the earpieces to fall off. To counter this, the BE6i earpieces have been fitted with silicon ear wings that help keep the earpieces in place.

Design

The BE6i popularity is also attributable to its easy to understand multi-function buttons that make the gadget quite easy to operate. To lower or raise the volume all you need to do is briefly press the bottom or top buttons respectively. Long pressing these buttons gets you to the next song on the track list on the paired device. The middle button pauses or plays the music after a brief press and switches the headphones off after a long press. These multi-function buttons are located on the ribbon cable that joins the earpieces. The cable is 23 inches long and is made out of rubber.

the headphones also come with Comfy foam tips and six pairs of silicone tips. The purpose of a large number of silicon tips is to increase the probability of users getting tips that fit. The comfort provided by the foam tips and having perfectly fitting silicone tips helps the user not feel any discomfort for having metal in their ears for long hours.

Perhaps the most innovative feature of the BE6i is the magnetic caps at the back of its earpieces. The caps allow the user to wrap the phones around the neck while not using them as compared to putting them in the pockets or bag. The technology also reduces tangling, a characteristic of most wired earphones.

The earpieces dawn an aluminum exterior. Other than making the earpieces look stylish, they also improve durability. The probability of the earpieces breaking when they fall is quite low. The durability of the headphones cut a users’ cost of repair significantly and eliminates the agony of  having to buy new headphones in a short period of time.

The Optoma’s NuForce BE6i wireless in-ear headphones have also been manufactured to cater for those that love controlling gadgets through remote control. They come equipped with an in-line remote which gives the user the ability to perform certain functions through it, such as skipping tracks, activating a Bluetooth pairing mode, and engaging Google Voice or Siri. This feature gives the user the feeling of being in total control of the device.

Battery life and Connectivity

As a user of the Optoma’s NuForce BE6i wireless in-ear headphones, you do not need to worry about having the headphones on all day especially if you are not close to a power source. This is because they have the ability to play music or take calls for eight consecutive hours which is generally considered above average in the world of bluetooth headphones.

The biggest worry for most people that fancy Bluetooth headphones is the Bluetooth range. Their hope is that the headphones have the longest range possible to allow them to move freely without having to carry the paired device. The manufacturers of Optoma’s NuForce BE6i wireless in-ear headphones have strived to make this dream a reality by giving the BE6i’s a 100ft range, which is more than enough in practically any scenario. In testing, without any barriers between the paired device and the headphones, the sound quality remains top-notch up to a distance of 80 feet. With barriers between the two, the range reduces to about forty feet. The beauty of the device is that it will let you know, via a female voice, that the connection has been terminated once you are out of range. As you get closer to the paired device, the connection automatically re-establishes itself.

be6i in box

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The headphones are not selective regarding the type of device or brand they need to be paired with. The headphones’ only requirement is that the device that it is being paired with to have Bluetooth. This makes the headphones a good buy for anyone in the world no matter their make of their music device or phone.

It is everyone’s dream not to have to keep on switching connectivity between his or her music player and phone when using Bluetooth headphones. The BE6i makes this dream come true as it allows dual device connectivity. Now a user can comfortably pair their music device and phone to one headset. This allows them to continue listening to music when they are not on that very important call. The device works by automatically stopping the play of music when a call comes in and resuming play when one is done with the call.

Downsides?

Like any other device, the Optoma’s NuForce BE6i wireless in-ear headphones are not without their weaknesses. Perhaps their biggest downfall is their lack of a visual low battery warning. The only way for a user to know that the battery is low is through them being turned on so that the user can get to hear the warning. This calls for proper planning by the user in case they are travelling all day, and it is their obligation to ensure that they are properly charged to avoid any surprises.

In addition to lacking a visual low battery warning, their other weakness is their use of the last generation Android charger. In our today world, most devices use the standard USB making the chargers available for almost everyone. The BE6i use of the USB Type-C charger makes it compulsory for a user to carry along the specific headphone’s charger since they cannot use their phone charger to charge the device. This causes a lot of inconvenience on the part of the user, especially men, as it increases the number of items one has to carry along with them.

Lastly, probably a big disappointment for those that appreciate color is that the headphones do not have a vast range. They are mostly available in neutral colors with the most common being grey. Although color does not affect their performance, it surely does weigh down on its aesthetic value especially to those that do not appreciate dull colors.
Upon purchase of the headphones, they come equipped with a carrying pouch, charging cable, silicon ear wings, and cord management clip.

 Conclusion

The BE6i proves to be a great purchase for the price tag. With the myriads of benefits it offers, it remains the favourite in-ear wireless headphone. The headphones are particularly a good buy for those that love to work out thanks to the features that make it withstand all the sweating associated with workouts and those that love good clear sound. If you are in the market for a pair of in-ear headphones, you can’t go too far wrong with a pair of Optoma’s NuForce BE6i wireless in-ear headphones. Overall we were more than satisfied.

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Plantronic BackBeat Fit headphones review

Plantronic BackBeat Fit review

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So you’re in the market for a new pair of workout headphones. How about a pair specifically designed for sport? The Plantronics backbeat fit are built solely for this purpose. So you would hope the manufacturers have read our blog on what makes the perfect pair of sporty headphones!

So, do they cut the mustard? Well, I’m happy to say that today we’re talking about some of the best sports headphones of the moment! So lay down and prepare to read our Plantronics Backbeat Fit review.

Design

The headset was especially designed with people who need music to complete a workout in mind! Weighing less than an ounce and made of a rubberized plastic, these Plantronics wireless earbuds are also water and sweat resistant, so you’re free to make even the most extreme moves, since there’s no cable to bother you.

After a first look, you will notice that they’re unsealed, so there aren’t any silicone tips to insert in your ears and completely block external noise. In our opinion, this is a big plus, since even though noise-cancelling technologies are awesome, you really need to be aware of what’s happening around you during workouts or when going for a run. Safety comes first, so it’s recommended to be able to listen for oncoming traffic!

The Plantronics Backbeat Fit loop over the top of the ear and will remain secure all the time, making them suitable for running, no matter if you’re on track or treadmill. Sure, the cord that gets around your neck might bounce a bit, but you really don’t need to worry about this as they are extremely lightweight.

The controls are positioned on the buds, allowing you to easily adjust the volume, change the tracks and pause the music. These are positioned on the left earpiece, while on the right you have the power and phone buttons. Also, on the same right earpiece there’s a micro USB port, that can be accessed by lifting the small cover . Oh, and yes, you do get a USB cable in the box.

Performance

Like mentioned above, the Plantronics BackBeat Fit bluetooth headphones don’t have a seal, but, to our surprise, this doesn’t affect the sound quality that much. Actually, we were more than just impressed about how good they sound and how loud they can get, reaching 105 decibels.

Of course, they do have their minuses. The bass is far from being strong, unlike the top of the class jaybird x2’s. However, the highs, lows and midrange…man, they sound good! In a nutshell, if you’re not an audiophile, you will barely find much to complain about the sound quality of these headphones. For a Bluetooth headset, they sound more than decent for a pair of “open” earbuds. And let’s be honest, most likely, you’re going to wear them while exercising, so you won’t pay 100% of your attention to the sound, analyzing every aspect of it, right?

Let’s not forget about the wireless range, since this is also a very important aspect for a Bluetooth headset. From this point of view, the BackBeat Fit performs incredibly well, allowing you to walk up to 100 feet away from your device without the music skipping!

Battery Life

Being a light and relatively small pair of headphones, the Plantronic BackBeat Fit are able to provide up to 8 hours of playback, at a moderate volume, which is way better than the Plantronics Backbeat Go 2. Also, when it comes to talk time, they can last up to 6 hours. Of course, the standby uptime shouldn’t be ignored either, as it can reach 14 days. Finally, the headset also has a “Deep Sleep” hibernation mode, promising up to 6 months of battery life.

Wrap-up

Yes, they have a couple of minuses, but overall, the conclusion of our Plantronics Backbeat review is that these are the best unsealed wireless Bluetooth headphones money can buy right now. With an eight-hour battery life and a really cool case, that doubles as an armband, so you can carry your phone around during workouts, they are one of the best choices an active user can make.

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Jaybird X2 Sport Review

Jaybird X2 sport headphones

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Whether you are hitting the pavement for a run or just working out at the gym, you will need a pair of appropriate workout earphones that don’t get in the way. When we first heard about wireless earbuds, we thought our prayers had been answered, but were sadly let down by the precursor models by their poor connectivity and lack of clarity and bass. Over the years, this technology has been steadily getting better and now, we have a few examples to recommend that are truely great headphones in their own right…wireless or not.

An important aspect of fitness earphones, one that you must consider when shopping, is that they need to be sweat resistant and able to stick to the ears despite the movements and excess moisture. The Jaybird X2 headphones not only have these qualities, but as they are also cordless and very lightweight compared to some of the other bluetooth headphones out there – The X2’s come top of the class in this department as put simply, no other headphone comes close to providing the mobility while working out at the gym that these do. We were able to ascertain this after simply removing them from the box, but I think this Jaybird X2 Wireless SPORTS Earbuds review will blow you away, as it’s not just great movement that these offer. Every inch of their design is pure perfection.

Design

Jaybird are renowned for making some of the most popular sports-oriented Bluetooth ear buds. The Jaybird X2 earbuds are not just a typical type of earphones; they are a product of an effort by the manufacturer to deliver high quality and exceptional listening experience to the users. As compared to their predecessor, the BlueBuds X, the X2 earphones feature improved sweat resistance, improved battery life, a better mantle finish and a better carrying case.

The charging port of the earbuds, a micro USB port, is well concealed by a cap on the rear side of the right ear bud. The in-line remote for the Jaybird X2 headphones is located right above the charging port. The remote consists of three buttons, which may be used to select music and control the volume. These buttons may also be used to receive calls through the earbuds. Some of the features that make these earbuds unique include:

• A 5 percent harmonic distortion
• 6mm drives with an output of 12mW RMS and a frequency response of 20-20000Hz.
• Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
• 100 mAh Lithium Polymer battery, capable of supporting 8 hours of play time.
• An impressive choice of colors
• Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows compatibility
• The earbuds can pair with up to 8 devices
• Outstanding noise isolation
• Cord management clips

Packaging

Jaybird X2 headphones packaging

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Inside their packaging, the ear buds are contained in a tray. The tray holds three sets of the earbuds, featuring smart and impressive color combinations. The three ear tips are made of silicon or foam. The packaging also includes a carrying case that is designed to offer additional protection to the ear tips, when they are stuffed up in a workout bag. The earphones also come with three sets of ear fins — add-ons designed to hold the ear buds in place while working out, cord clips and a micro USB cable for charging the earbuds.

Sound Quality

The X2 earbuds are some of the best sounding earphones ever produced by the Jaybird manufacturer. Basically, the sound is well-balanced and delivers a decent bass performance as well as outstanding clarity. Jaybird X2 earbuds are specifically designed to deliver a bass-heavy listening experience to their users. Regardless of the genre of music you are listening to, the earphones will definitely deliver a desirable sound quality. Additionally, the ear buds make the vocals of any track stand out. Being a sound-isolating type of earbuds, the X2 creates a tight seal around your ears. This tight seal blocks out any sound from outside sources and enhances the quality of sound delivered by the ear buds.

Considering the array of features offered by these ear buds, they probably are some of the best priced wireless earbuds in the market today. If you are looking for tight fitting earphones with impressive sound quality, the X2 earbuds are the fitness earphones to go for. The improved battery life offered by the earbuds is also a marvel among the sports in-ear fitness earphone enthusiasts. With a choice of form or silicon ear tips, the earbuds allow the user to opt for whichever he or she finds comfortable. The ear fin add-ons may take you a while to get used to, but are very useful accessories; they are flexible and soft, designed to hold on to the ear ridges without causing any discomfort. As you can see in this Jaybird X2 Wireless SPORTS Earbuds review, these earbuds are an essential addition to your workout gear.

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