Wednesday, January 31, 2018

HBUDS Bluetooth Headphone review

Full disclosure - I was provided a unit for review

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I was impressed with the unit even before I opened it. The packaging was high quality, even with a magnet grab to seal on the container. The packaging was not the usual flimsy or plastic style container of so many similar products. In fact, the outer box is so nice I'm going to keep it! So a 10 out of 10 for the packaging.

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Inside the packaging are the earphones themselves, a range of different ear buds (to suit different people) which is really handy. How many times have I had a set of earphone and lost one earpiece only to have to throw out the whole thing out and get a new one. It is really nice to be provided with some spare earpieces. Inside you'll also find a USB charging cable, a handy pouch to carry everything in while travelling (big bonus for me) as well a set of instructions. So a 10 out of 10 for the contents with everything required actually inside.

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Normally, the instructions you receive are typically too small to read, have all the languages mashed together so you have to find the ones you understand and basically lack simple pictures to show you how to get started. Not here. The manual contains simple and straightforward instructions with lots and lots of picture to help you work out how to get everything working. 10 out of 10 again for the manual, which is easy to read, detailed and contains plenty of pictures.

With the unit now free from its packaging it was simple matter of hooking it up to a USB with the cable provided to charge it up prior to use. Again, the manual provides excellent clear instructions on how to make all of this happen.

After a short period of time the headset was charged and I paired to my phone. Now Bluetooth pairing can be tricky at times, given two different devices and one without a screen. I found it best to wear the headset so I could hear the commands and then do a manual find on my phone. Although not 100% seamless it was pretty close and the fault could have been mine or my phone so no deductions for the headset.

With the headset now fired up and connected I proceeded to listen to podcasts, music and take phone calls. The sounds quality was excellent and the reduction in ambient noise was good. The unit fitted snuggly and around my ear and provided enough distance from my ear to avoid any interference or irritation. The unit is light yet attaches quite sturdily and at no time did I feel it was going to fall off.

Working with headset on is always a bit of challenge to remember what all the buttons do and how long you need to hold them down for to perform their function. The main functions like volume, on/off, accept/decline calls are pretty straight forward but things like redial I'll need to memorise. The main button give a nice click to indicate on/off as it is easy to determine whether it is being pressed. Likewise, the volume button are easy to find and large enough to work with fat fingers like mine, unlike some other units I have used. So 10 out of 10 here as well, especially when compared to other headsets.

It is hard to fault this unit. From the packaging to the instructions to the setup and use, it really is a high quality products that a lot of thought has clearly been invested. I thoroughly recommend this if you are in the market for such a device and am now happily using it to listen to music, podcast and take calls no matter where I am. My only ask would be perhaps a small container, separate from the packaging in which I could store the spare ear buds, however this is a minor issue on what is a really top quality unit. Highly recommended.

These headphones are currently on sale and the current price is really a bargain, so act fast!

Here are the links to the different versions on Amazon:

Black: http://amzn.to/2DLQzjL

White: http://amzn.to/2nednON

Purple: http://amzn.to/2GivUlB