Shokz OpenFit headset review

Shokz OpenFit headset review

Shokz is a genuinely fascinating business that consistently manages to hold my interest. Since I have written extensively about their journey, it is safe to state that they consistently push the bounds of innovation. They first debuted bone conduction headphones, which were, to be completely honest, uncomfortable invading devices. Many of us actually liked going headphone-free. But in 2022, they introduced the OpenRun Pro, which immediately rose to the top of my list of recommended workout headphones.

I was surprised by the OpenRun Pro’s lightweight construction, snug fit, and unexpectedly excellent sound quality. It enabled me to listen to my favorite podcasts while riding or gardening while remaining alert to my surrounds, including any on-the-road traffic or children’s joyful talk.

Naturally, when I heard about Shokz’s most recent innovation, I was really intrigued. Customers requested comfortable, all-day headphones that didn’t ring the neck, demand a tight fit, or conform to the ear canal, according to Shokz reps. Shokz created the OpenFit, a special style of open-ear headphones that make use of “air conduction” technology, in response. Basically, the sound is produced by small speakers that are placed immediately above your ear canal with these headphones.

Do the OpenFit earbuds work perfectly? No. They are, however, without a doubt some of the most intriguing headphones I have ever used. That’s a remarkable accomplishment in a crowded market.

The Convenience and Challenges of OpenFit Buds:

The OpenFit earbuds come with a handy, little case that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. You can charge your earbuds on the road with the case’s power indicator light and USB-C charging connector. A soft silicone cover and a thin ear hook with a little weight at the bottom are attached to each earbud to help hold them in place. They are a tiny bit heavier at 8.3 grams than my beloved Beats Fit Pro , but the weight difference was barely perceptible.

I tried to slip the buds into place while following the given directions, but I realized that I needed further explanation from Shokz. To be honest, the idea appeared shaky at first. The method entails sliding the headset back and tucking the device’s body behind your tragus (yeah, I had to use a search engine to figure out what that term meant). Unexpectedly, it succeeds. I have to say, though, that it didn’t feel completely secure, especially when doing anything other than calm desk work. The OpenFits regularly fell loose and were up tangled in my hair or even dispersed on the floor as I was going about my everyday routines, such as tucking my long hair behind my ears or adjusting sunglasses on top of my head.

Unintentional button pushes were regrettably another problem I ran across. A simple hair adjustment could mistakenly silence a song due to the variable behavior of the buttons; at times, they displayed hypersensitivity. On the other hand, there were times when I repeatedly tapped the “skip” button at a stoplight and got nothing in return.

I tried wearing the OpenFits while cycling to pick up my kids from school, anticipating a pleasant experience similar to how I used the OpenRun Pro. These earbuds couldn’t manage the combination of hair, sunglasses, and a riding helmet, though. I spent the entire journey paralyzed with caution because of my overwhelming concern of unintentionally knocking the testers off their feet and unintentionally crushing them under my bike wheels. So, as soon as I got to my kids’ school, I put the OpenFits back in my pocket for the ride home.

In conclusion, the OpenFit buds provide a balance of challenges and ease. They are appealing because of their lightweight construction and small shape, but there is need for development in terms of button dependability and security. As with any device, getting the most out of the OpenFits requires knowing how to use it properly and taking into account your own situation.

Unveiling the Air Conduction Wonder:

A corporation must have a certain level of boldness to claim to have created air conduction technology. After all, the air—the medium separating us from our speakers—is where the majority of sound waves naturally travel. However, creating a tiny speaker with such amazing sound quality that is intended to be used so closely to the ear is truly an impressive feat.

The OpenFit earbuds have a specialized driver with dimensions of 18 x 11 mm, which is slightly larger than the typical earbud driver but smaller than that of headphones. These lightweight carbon fiber drivers provide improved authenticity without sacrificing comfort. It becomes clear that the higher ranges may have a minor fuzziness when compared to both the OpenRun Pro and the Beats Fit Pro. Freddie Mercury’s falsetto may lose part of its immaculate nature, but it is still crystal clear and penetrating. However, the distinction is barely audible in the majority of musical genres, including my go-to blend of rock, pop, and country. For instance, The Turnpike Troubadours still have a great sound.

On the other hand, the Shokz unique OpenBass algorithm is really outstanding. It offers a rich, full-bodied bass sensation that gives the music a completely new perspective. This might not be an impressive feature if you don’t like music with a lot of bass. I found myself pestering my coworkers for suggestions in the psychedelic trip-hop genre after turning on the Bass Boost feature, which caused them to jokingly wonder whether I had taken up smoking. The Shokz app, which is now only available for iOS but will soon be made available for Android users as well, allows you to customize these settings.

The OpenFit earbuds are protected against splashes of water and dust thanks to their IP54 classification, which is significantly less than other sports headphones. Given the open-ear style of the headphones, I was especially interested in learning more about its AI noise suppression skills. Surprisingly, the noise suppression performed admirably while I was on the phone; a buddy even remarked that it seemed like I was in a small space. It’s important to note that I could still hear background noise, which is to be expected given the design of open-ear headphones.

The OpenFit earphones outperform the OpenRun Pro in terms of battery life. Although the latter have a reasonable 10-hour battery life for daily usage, I discovered that I had to recharge them every three to four days, which can be a hassle in comparison to exercise buds that come with a charging case. The OpenFit earphones, on the other hand, offer a respectable seven hours of playback time on their own and an astonishing 28 hours when used in conjunction with the charging case—a genuinely impressive performance, even though the case does not support wireless charging.

To be clear, the OpenFits deliver high-quality audio without sacrificing comfort or price. They haven’t yet identified the ideal niche, though. While the noise cancellation is effective for the person on the other end of the call, it doesn’t provide the same level of isolation for me, and they don’t have the secure fit that I want for all-day wear while doing home duties. I frequently reach for the OpenRun Pro when engaging in physical activities because it can comfortably hang around my neck whether I’m hiking or riding a bike. Nevertheless, earlier experiences have shown me how Shokz can translate intriguing experiments into items that become future favorites, so I’m looking forward to what their next version will bring.

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