Just got the iSport Super Slim bluetooth headphones from Monster, and on first blush, I really like them. I’ve been a fan of the iSport Victory’s (they stay in my ear and deliver better sound than a lot of the one’s I’ve tried) for a while, so I was excited to try out the wireless one’s.
Ease of setup and use (9/10)
Out of the box, they had some charge, but I threw them on the charger in anticipation of a run the next morning. Very simple to charge, just open up the port, connect the usb and you’re there. Charging time says 1.5 hours from dead and I had them on there for about an hour before the light shut off, indicating they were good to go. The only reason 1 take one point off is that because these phones do so much else (answer calls, control Siri, control music), you have to learn the buttons and commanding Siri, even when walking or stopped, was a bit of a challenge (of course, that could have partly been me out of breath)
My first test was listening to them in bed. Pairing with my iPhone was simple and they delivered clear sound and
good outstanding bass. (The only negative at night is the bluetooth indicator blinks and is bright/annoying to your spouse if you sleep on the left side of the bed) On the treadmill the next morning, sound through the phone was as good as wired and with the right earpiece in place, they stayed in. I also paired them with a GOgroove Bluegate TRM transmitter hooked up to my tv about 12 feet away and experienced no lag in sound.
Call me lazy, but if two things from the same manufacturer look exactly the same, I figure they should fit similarly. A medium is a medium, etc. What I found was while the in-ear-canal piece was the same between these and my victories, the “fin” is different (slightly different shape and angle). What that meant was, for my massive ears, I needed to put the large fins in for the Super Slims.
They are slimmer than other Bluetooth, but not as slim as a wired pair, I added some shots at the end of the post so you can see the difference. (The black headphones are a pair of JayBird BlueBud Xs that decided to go through the washing machine. Testing the “sweatproof” vs. “waterproof” theory was interesting, and although you can hear sound out of them still (impressive), one ear is noticeably different from the other and the button functionality has somehow been rearranged and there’s no volume increase button. Bottom line, don’t put them or any other headsets through the wash).
So, that’s about it for now, I haven’t tested the 5 1/2 hour life yet, so I’ll get back to you on that. One of the things I experienced with the GOGroove and the JayBirds was static/dropping when I used them with my old school iPod nano in my pocket. Not all the time, but a few times to notice. I will check that out with the Super Slims on my next run. In the meantime, I would recommend checking them out and if you’re bored, take a look at the rest of the site!
2/11 Update: Took it out for a run this morning. They performed really well with the GoGroove and my old nano. Interestingly, while running, It did drop when I turned my head to the left, looking for traffic (ipod/GoGroove in my right jacket pocket), but not when I turned my head to the right (similar to the JayBird, which tells me it’s a broadcast not a receiver issue). Also interesting (to me, at least) was that if I covered my pocket with my hand while running, the signal dropped completely. I tried it, though, at the end of the run while walking and had no interruption. I’m not an engineer (apart from a mistake I made Freshman year), so no idea why it does this. 5 1/2 hour field test this weekend!
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