I had a real #FirstWorldProblem the other day. I went to the gym and forgot my headphones. It was the worst time of my life. I needed the motivation, I didn't like the music that the gym was playing (really? country???). I ended up feeling just horrible after.
It just goes to show how much we need music in our life. There are plenty of options out there, and like we say about cameras, that the best camera is the one you have with you. So having something small and fairly inexpensive is usually your best bet for a nice set at the gym.
This week's review (it seems we've done quite a few lately) is the iClever XFree Mini (IC-BTH30)
So first up, I do have to say I really really like the little control fob on it. the buttons are low profile and are still easy to find. It's funny how such a small thing makes a big difference.
Okay, so in their $60USD (on sale for 50% at Amazon right now - do note it's not letting me ship to my Ontario address, so you may need to find alternate methods if you're north of the 49th) comes with a 10hr battery; which is waaay more than the 45 minute run I'll put myself through, even including readying, stretching and cool down time at the gym.
It'll use the standard microUSB connection to charge up and it won't take long. So take it to the gym all week long (well, guess depends on how long you and how often you go to the gym) and charge it on the weekends.
The earbuds themselves have the typical hook, and I'm surprised how much I'm liking them, I didn't think I would when I first started out these styles. It stays in just fine.
very comfortableThe little fob is a little short for where it sits. It'll be good for picking up voice, but to reach up and press the buttons I wish it was just a tad lower. But that's just me. Again the buttons are not in my preferred configuration. Vol+ is on top, play/pause in the middle, Vol- on the bottom. That's normal. But to skip you have to hold the vol- (which I always think is backwards) and vice versa (hold vol+ to go previous).
When not in use you can let them dangle and the little magnets will hold the buds together so they're not flopping around, and as I've noticed often with other sets, if they're not connected to each other, one tends to pull the other and then can fall off. So that's a nice peace of mind.
But how's the sound?
It's nothing to write home about, it's loud enough and it's not bass heavy or bass absent. It's got a good balance actually.
Overall, you really can't go wrong, especially as it's half off currently (sorry if you're reading this after their sale is over). It's the right size, the right amount of convenience, ease of usability, and quality of sound.