The GRDE Wireless Sports Earphones have large hooks that wrap around the ears to provide a more secure fit for running and other athletic activities. The ear speakers are large and audio is decent, but for $36 they are not my first choice because I found them to be too big, somewhat clunky, and only slightly comfortable if youâ€™re doing more than walking around the house or sitting at your desk.
I used these Bluetooth in-ear headphones on a 90-minute bike ride and the experience was less than satisfying. If you wear glasses and a helmet, the hooks are obnoxious. Theyâ€™re heavy duty and really will stay in place, but it took too much trouble to get them to a comfortable position alongside my glasses. After an hour I wanted to stop and get them off my ears.
This headset is also supposed to be passive noise cancelling, and they work well if youâ€™re doing ordinary chores around your yard or apartment, but they canâ€™t compete with road traffic or wind. When youâ€™re exercising outdoors, itâ€™s best for safetyâ€™s sake to be able to hear some of the sounds around you. The key is to find the right balance.
Sound separation is fine and while bass is a bit thin, the overall audio experience is suitable for anybody who isnâ€™t an audiophile. Voice communication is clear, and inline controls enable you to answer calls on your iPhone or other Bluetooth phone by pressingÂ the Multi-Function Button (MFB) once to interrupt music. Unfortunately, because of the location of the MFB, I found myself pressing it and interrupting my music every time I reached behind my right ear to adjust the ear hooks.
Mymac Review Rating is 6 out of 10