While companies across the world are drawing inspiration from Apple’s AirPods to design their wireless earbuds, Skullcandy’s first truly wireless, stemless set is making a psychotropical teal splash.
The American company, which is usually known for its bright coloured and value for money audio equipment, is calling the Push earphones their first “truly wireless earbuds.”
Featuring an innovative design and intuitive controls, Push brings an entirely new way to experience personal audio without a single wire.
According Skullcandy’s blogpost, with both true wireless connectivity and Bluetooth wireless tech, you won’t have to reach for your phone to control your music, access a voice assistant (which can help you send messages and set reminders among other tasks), and even take a call.
The “Secure FitFin Gels” are designed to ensure that you don’t have to reposition the buds after the first placement, deepening the design’s resemblance to the Bose SoundSport Free wireless in-ear headphones that were released in 2017 and the Sony WF 1000X Wireless Noise-Canceling in-ear Headphones. These other sets, however, have a mess of buttons around the perimeters of the less-aesthetic oval earpieces, whereas the Skullcandy model is controlled just by two, easily accessible and non-obtrusive buttons, one on either earbud.
Like Bose and Sony headsets, the Push earbuds come with a portable case, but the Skullcandy models puts both its competitors to shame in this area. The Skullcandy earbuds on their own have a battery life of 12 hours which can be expanded with the charging case an extra six; the Bose wireless headphones’ battery life is just five hours while the portable charging case provides enough extra energy for two additional charges. The Sony set has a battery life of nine hours which can be expanded by three hours after charging in the case.
In terms of price, the Skullcandy Push retails for a recommended $130 (~R1 860) Stateside, but nothing has been confirmed on when they will be available in South Africa.