@Nyc_Tattoo Buy three pairs. As long as a pair can be charged fully from empty in four hours or less, you could conceivably listen to music on them in perpetuity, less a brief pause to swap/pair earbuds every couple hours.
@Dizavid@shahnm the $18 MPulse on ear headphones they sold a year and a half ago were actually pretty good until I broke them recently. All other headphones I’ve purchased from here have sucked. So… there’s a chance?
@Dizavid Well I’ll admit I haven’t used the sucking ass function of these yet (frankly I didn’t know they had that feature until just now) but I bought the Rowkin Charge last time Meh had it and I love them.
They are comfortable, sound good enough, and if you’re selling your first born for only $39 I’d say (and this is coming from a cheap fuck) you are THE cheapest fuck out there.
I think I’m going to buy the Bit this time as a backup pair.
I bought some memory foam tips for them off Amazon and they never fall out. The quality is excellent. My only criticism is that they’re small and easy to lose. I keep forgetting to charge them. Here’s the tips that fit them. Comply T-600
I got a pair of these previously. Audio is decent. Comfort is just what you’d expect from this style of earbud — but no wires. Which is very cool. Except the blinking lights emanating from your ears, which is rather weird.
One serious caveat: do not expect anyone to be able to understand you if you try to use them for a phone call. I tried that… once. Then I quickly pulled them out and finished the call with Bluetooth off. The mic worked okay for Siri, but humans can not understand you apparently.
I bought the tube one when they first sold them. It’s one of the few purchases from here I regret.
The headphones don’t stay charged very long and if I have my galaxy s9+ in my pants pocket, they lose signal. I guess E feet is too far away. My other cheapo pair can reach 30 feet away with other people and cubicles in between.
@Mehrocco_Mole Hopefully, your elbows are larger than these ear buds.
On a side note, I think it would be quite ironic for a person to go to the doctor because he has a piece of elbow macaroni stuck inside his ear.
I bought both sets of these in earlier Meh deals (separately). Both work great, but I like the smaller charger because I can separate it and keep both halves in the tiny pants pocket that usually has no discernable use.
Bought the ones with the lipstick style charger last time they were on here. The fit and finish is quite excellent, but everything else is garbage.
The Bluetooth radios can’t maintain a solid connection for anything, even to a phone a mere foot away. Every time they glitch (which is a lot) they drop the volume to 0 and then slowly ramp it back up over two seconds, so every minor dropout is amplified into a major outage. The earbuds are large enough that they don’t fit in my ears very well at all with any of the supplied tips (they fall out on their own after 10-15 minutes if I don’t keep pushing them back in). They don’t turn themselves off when you put them in the charger, you have to do it manually.
It’s a seriously impressive amount of fail for a single product. I would have been pretty angry had I paid anything close to their full price.
@jandrese I discovered that they don’t drop out if you orient the blinky (technical term) to the top. When I first read that on the Rowkin forum, I thought that was BS - like do I need to hop on one leg too? but since I pay attention to how I put them in my ear, they don’t cut out.
@jandrese@paullaf I can second this. The drop issues are typically my fault for not orienting them correctly in my ear. It really makes a huge difference. I have the big one of which I use one bud at a time for podcasts. It works pretty seamless.
@paullaf THIS. Once I discovered this light orientation tip, I’ve had the disconnect problem only very rarely. My product satisfaction went up considerably, moving from a 2-star product to at least a 4-star.
Thanks for the input on the light orientation. I bought the lipstick looking ones in the last sale, and tried to use them once and had that trouble so didn’t try them again and thought they were duds.I’ll try again tonight. Thanks!
I have these. You have to pair them every time you use them, to each other and to the bluetooth, which requires pushing teeny tiny buttons on the ear parts, both of them at the same time and watching for itty bitty lights to change how they are flashing - it’s crazy fussy. They are also heavy and not really shaped to fit in an ear.
Dead stylish looking case, magnetic so they don’t fall out, easy to charge, the sound is good when you do get them to work, but they are so much trouble to use I never end up using them.
@robin0575 You must be doing something wrong if you have to pair them every time you use them. I have a pair of these (in the lipstick-style “Bit” version), and I have never had to re-pair them to my device, they work every time.
@robin0575 agree with the pairing, you do have to press the on button on both but don’t hold down longer than the white light coming on. They should look almost like the the lights are “talking to each other” and then after a few seconds they pair. Additionally on my iphone as long as I didn’t disconnect them myself it finds them and connects
I use the lipstick model every day for a 45-min walk to work and return walk. I love how rugged they are, surviving the hostile environment of my pack, pockets, submerged in alcohol or hand sanitizer. When I cross a very-densely populated street with a huge flux of 2.5GHz radio interference they drop out sometimes. I hate that. I love the magnets and form factor. The magnets really do prevent losing the tiny buds. Sound is meh, not great. I plan to use them til they fail or I lose them, not a terrible deal on meh. Overall: 3/5 stars.
I got the lipstick style on the last sale. I agree that it is hard to keep them in my ear. I have to keep pushing them back in or they will fall out. I did have a volume issue once with the left channel. I had to reset the buds and it hasn’t come back yet. My main complaint is not even really a complaint. Since they are stereo, the right channel can only be used in conjunction with the left, not independently. I can use the left by itself but when the battery dies, I can’t just switch up to using the right bud. It’s not a product malfunction, just an fyi. I might get the other model if anyone here can confirm that they can each be used independently.
@sherrenwe Definitely can be used independently. Just factory reset them in the charger and also make sure to disconnect from phone/forget this device and then only press and hold 1 of the buds until it’s blinking red and white and it should show up in your bluetooth options. This is with an Iphone, if any android users have a different experience feel free to chime in
@mandirose@sherrenwe I am on a Oneplus 5 and you simply need to pair both buds once. After that, make sure you turn off your bud before powering the other and you’ll be fine swapping. If you are using both, you cannot simply turn one off to go single. You have to turn both off and then one back on.
I have the big charging version and here are my thoughts coming from a LG HBS-830.
First off, I consider my ears to be average, but I could only use the smallest ear plug. However, I think I used the smallest plug on my LGs as well, so maybe I do have small ear canals. It doesn’t create a perfect seal and the sound gets much better every time I push them in. I am sure this is YMMV. The “medium” and “large” plugs are freaking massive. Who has ear canals that large?
The sound is what you’d expect. If you’re an audiophile, you’re not going to like these. However, for what they are, there is a surprising amount of noise cancelation. I was pleasantly surprised when using both buds. The sound quality is noticeably better on my LGs. These have near non-existent base and feel a little tinny. However, for podcasts, I noticed no difference from the LGs. My LGs are louder, as well. I find myself pretty comfortable listening with volume around 80% but I need to crank it up to 100% for when I ride. You certainly will not blow out your ears with these little guys.
The functionality of these is a little give-n-take. I can confirm that you may use one bud at a time as that is how I use these almost exclusively for my podcasts. Pairing isn’t an issue, but it does take a few seconds and it will have this soft beeping noise as it looks for the second bud. It lasts about 5 seconds. When using two, it pairs the first (a few seconds) then designates the right bud, then connects the second (a few seconds). So getting these fully up and running takes a few seconds longer than the LGs. I can confirm that they DO automatically shut down if you dock them. When using both, turning one set off turns off both pods. When I run out of juice on one pod, transition to the other takes only a few seconds. It’s pretty seamless. However, the bad is that you lose all the functionality that’s on the LGs. Volume? Pull out your phone. Skip a song? Pull out your phone. However, you can click once for pause/play or answer call. Click twice for google assistance, but because there is a audio fade in upon response, expect to not hear the first second or two of the response. For example, I asked google “what time is it” and the answer was 8:36, but because of the audio fade in, all I heard was “6.” Again, slightly annoying.
The durability of these suckers seem pretty solid. I’ve dropped the buds multiple times on hard tile and wood floors. They have held up fine so far. The water resistance is pretty solid as well. I thought it would be a cool idea to shower with these so I could listen to whatever instead of blasting my Alexa Tap. It was cool at first, then the moisture makes it near impossible to keep them in your ear. I was even trying to keep that ear dry. Nope. So I can’t imagine you’d want to swim in these. They’d probably survive the water, but you’ll be digging them out of pool filter. This also suggests that these would be poor for exercise. A little sweat and these suckers will be falling out of ears left and right…ymmv. My LGs are not water proof at all so these give you a little piece of mind.
The disconnect issue is real. I am a lazy bastard so I can’t testify to how they handle when running or the like, but they do disconnect more than any other bluetooth headset I’ve used. However, this is largely due to how you orient them in your ears. It makes a crazy difference. I find that you have to keep the button vertical. If it’s horizontal, any movement has discons like crazy. Once adjusted, it’s pretty reliable. It is a small annoyance. I’ve never had discon issues with my LGs.
The range is comparable. If the buds are oriented correctly (see above). I can leave it on my desk and walk around my classroom with no issue. Also, I’ve accidently left my phone on my front patio and walked into my place only to notice it cutting out at around 30 feet and a wall. Not too shabby.
The battery life is accurate. 3 hours of constant use is about what I get. I am not sure about the recharge time because I alternate buds. I haven’t drained the charging dock yet because once a week or so I’ll charge it simply when I conveniently have a charger nearby and happen to remember. With alternating, I’ve never had be without my podcasts or music. I’d have to charge my LGs once every couple of days, but with these, there is no down time.
If I bought these at the original MSRP of $150, I would be pretty disappointed. I think the original reviews of 3 or 3.5 stars out of five are about right for that price range. On the other hand, for $40 bucks, these are five star. I am very happy with them. I would wear my LGs religiously…but they’ve been hanging on my shelf for weeks now.
For riders, they work fantastic. Of course, they also double as ear plugs. They block out the noise better than my LGs did. You can toss your regular earplugs and use these. I thought I’d be dropping these buds everytime I pull off my helmet, but I haven’t had an issue at all. I now don’t have to worry about wires snagging my jacket collar when head checking.
Got these last time they were on sale. As mentioned by someone else, I found them decent. Short battery life, but ok. Cool that the charger is also a case. A BIG issue is that they connect to the phone only when it is in real proximity to it. If you put it in your back pocket, you’re loosing signal, which I found mind-blowing