Isn’t technology wonderful? Every day things get smaller, faster, more powerful and cheaper. Every time I turn around I see something I cannot live without. That is until a month later when something better catches my eye.
Last August I picked up a pair of over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones made by Kinivo. They are still my go-to choice for when I need a wireless solution, but are a little heavy on the ears. Typically I grab them when I’m mowing, working in the yard or going for a quick run around the block. I hate messing with wires, and these allowed me to work without fearing I would catch the cord on something.
Then in January I had the chance to try out a new wired solution from SMS Audio that included a heart rate monitor! In preparation for warmer weather, these allowed me to simplify my life by eliminating the need for a dedicated HRM. Plus the audio was amazing. These were my new workout buds.
But now something else has caught my eye, and it’s at a price point that won’t break the bank. The Silicon Devices COMFORT+ Bluetooth Earphones may just be what I need to enjoy the freedom of a wireless earbud without the strain associated with heavier headphones.
So what makes these so different from anything else we’ve tried? Take note of the cord – there’s only one of them connecting the two earbuds! No long cord connecting to your phone, this one just wraps around the back of your neck. And in a size not much larger than your standard wired earbuds.
My first thought was the battery cannot be large enough to have them last for any length of time. While I haven’t run them to failure, I did have them on for well over 90 minutes without dying out. Let’s just say they outlasted me…
The Silicon Devices COMFORT+ Bluetooth Earphones come with different sized rubber covers to accommodate any sized ear. You’ll also notice the odd-looking moon-shaped piece – that’s the ear lock! Different sizes are included that allow you to tuck it into the folds of your ear for a firm fit. I didn’t have the need to add it to mine as they stayed in place just fine without them. I’m guessing if I were doing more than running, this extra help keeping them in place would probably be necessary.
But design is only 50% of the battle, how do they sound? Let me preface this by saying I firmly believe that a wired headphone will always provide better sound than a comparable Bluetooth version. When comparing these earbuds to other wireless solutions, they sound as good (if not better) than any we have tried. Part of this is due to the fact that they are in-ear earbuds (as opposed to over-the-ear), but much is also thanks to the use of the latest HD sound chip technology.
You can also answer the phone, change the volume and skip through music using buttons on the earpieces. Charging is simple using the included USB cable and everything stows nicely in the zippered travel case (also included).
We did have a complaint however, but not with the product itself. The packaging is minimalist and doesn’t have the same quality feel as the headphones. The included instructions are very poor and obviously written by someone who’s native language isn’t English. But these are minor complaints and don’t impact the usability or quality of the product.
You’ll find the Silicon Devices COMFORT+ Bluetooth Earphones on Amazon for under $50 shipped. Right now by using the coupon code F3J3PFPD you can save an additional 10% off the purchase price! If you’re looking for a wireless earbud solution, this is your best choice. Well, today that is. As I said before, let’s see what next month brings!