I'm going to be straight up honest with you, as I always am, and I didn't have high hopes for these no-name headphones. The reviews on amazon were stunning but something was scream at me "No Pauly, don't do it, you'll regret it" - But I wanted to freshen up my dog-walking game, and these seemed spot on.
Firstly, why these are good for walking the Sir NukNuk; is that they're very easy to take in and out. If you need to cross the road or say 'Hi' to another pooch with an Owner, you can kind of just flick/tug at the headphones and it'll be dangling by your ear ready to be put back. This also works for when crossing the road or when you need to wrestle another f''king chicken bone out their mouth. Or when you 'n your best 4legger needs to chirpz some bird up - #Wingdog got my back.
Oh my dayz, for £50 I did not expect such an unboxing experience. I know it sounds silly to say but they spent a lot of money on these boxes. They have magnets and stuff. Then as you open it, it has the headphones up front saying Just Play. Silly I know, but this box is going in a cupboard and not the bin.
Then there are the accessories. You've got a gorgeous stunning silky smooth soft pleather pouch, your standard USB (MicroUSB I'm afraid, but what can you expect for an early 2018 model?), 3 sets of tips in different sizes, a very unusual but great MicroUSB to 3.5mm headphone jack & finally some nice ties so things stay together. Oh', and the paper work.
How it feels & Looks
The neckband is a tad on the big side, i'm a tiny guy though, so what is big to me might be normal to you. I need to wear these on my collar rather than inside, then it's spot-on. They're stiff too. Not "This is gonna snap" stiff, but "These aren't going to shape to my body well". The buttons aren't the easiest to press either - not hard, but not silky smooth. They're rubberised and big, and have markers on though, so you don't have to look at them.
Pairing is OK, the range is about one and a half rooms, not bad, but hay, we're talking half the price of the BeatsX.
I can say for certain "I Did Not Expect That". The ANC is mostly spot on, it can accept calls nicely, it's slightly base-heavy but that's 'the thing' these days, but these hands down beat the BeatX for sound (The Ball is firmly now in Apple/Beat's court - c'mon Sept or Oct Apple Event). And as for those little throw-away white ear buds you get with your phone? Not a chance you'll be using those again. No complaints about battery life, i'm not the heaviest of users on any single pair, but I don't need to charge these more than every 2 or 3 days. 4 at a push.
The Non-Techsperson Test - Albert - The Handyman & Me Ma'
I have (read as: My family has) a workman who does all the stuff around the house (read: mum's house), which is currently being renovated, and he tried them on - no complaints, actually went and ordered a pair that very night. He could use them whilst working in places where he can't take his HUUUUUUUUUuuuuuUUUUUge radio that he carries about - like seriously, that thing looks like a car battery. He likes an audio book too. Ma' didn't want to be photographed, but she hates in-ear stuff, so it's a 50/50 - but she'll keep to Alexa instead.
Would you replace them if broken?
Yes and No - but if I didn't have an alternative pair, I totally would. Or I might try another pair and it'll be pot-luck if they're better or not. I definatly can't say i'd replace my BeatsX though knowing that these are available. They're not quite as comfortable because i'm a runt & these are for big-knecked people, but they're half the price and sound as good.