TGIF friends! And it’s especially a nice TGIF for me because I am taking most of next week off for a little mental (and physical) health break! Teaching fitness classes and coaching and blogging is all fun and I have no complaints about how I get to earn a living, but girlfriend needs some time off now and again! Everyone keeps asking me what I’m going to be doing on my vacation, and really besides a couple dates with friends and a few movies on Netflix and onDemand, the answer is not much. One thing I want to really concentrate on this spring/summer is finishing all the online courses I’ve registered for and not completed. And a big part of that is watching videos and listening to lectures online, which I’m hoping to get a jump start on next week. That’s where today’s post come in! I was sent a set of AfterShokz Bluez 2S Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones this week, which are making it really easy for me to listen to lectures and podcasts on the go without everyone in the room having to listen along with me!
I have a pair of traditional headphones that I keep at my desk when my husband and I are both working at the same time, but I find they hurt where they wrap around my head and really aren’t all that comfortable. And earbuds and I have always had a love hate relationship. I’ve got really small ear holes (is there a more technical term for that? haha) so unless they come with different rubber covers to adjust to different ear sizes they are in general pretty uncomfortable.
That’s what makes the AfterShokz Bluez 2S so different -they don’t actually go in your ears! Instead they rest just outside your ears on your cheek bones and the bone conduction technology delivers music through your cheekbones. This means you can listen to your music or audiobooks or podcasts, but still be able to hear what is going on around you at the same time!
I know, it sounds crazy, but now that I’ve tried them I really like them! They are more comfortable that traditional headphones and don’t go in my ear so the size of the speaker isn’t any issue. At first I was concerned that there would be a lot of sound leakage (you know, when you can hear everything that is happening in someone else’s headphones), but was pleasantly surprised at how little sound leakage there actually is. You can certainly hear bits and pieces coming from the headphones, but nothing compared to what I first imagined.
As a runner, and a runner who has notoriously had issues with headphones while running, I don’t think these would work for me in that regard. They aren’t adjustable, and while there is an adjustable tension band included to provide a more secure fit, I have a tiny head (my brother would tell you I have a head like a ping pong ball…) so even with the band the fit is fairly loose. However, I would have no issues wearing this on a walk or hike, or on a bike ride -I especially think these would be great for cyclists because of the open ear design (in case you are worrying about getting them wet from sweating, they are IP55 certified to repel sweat, dust and moisture). Chances are the most typical use for me will be general (non athletic) but it’s nice to have these on standby should I ever actually take up cycling like I keep saying I am.
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The triangular button you can see on the side in the above photos is the multi-function button which easily allows you to play or pause music, skip songs, answer or end a phone call, redial and a number of other calling functions without ever having to get out your phone. Pretty cool! And in case you are afraid you’ll get lost in all the functions when using the Bluez 2S, they also come equipped with Audrey Says™ which provides voice prompts to help you along the way.
On the underside you’ll find the micro USB port for charging. One full charge will give you 6 hours of continuous play, or 10 days of standby time. This is also where you will find the power button and the volume controls. It’s taken me a few tries to get use to adjusting the volume from below (my other wireless headphones have the controls on top so it’s been a bit of a learning curve), but that’s a pretty minor learning curve.
I haven’t had the chance to try out all the features yet but so far those I’ve used I’ve found user friendly.
Disclosure: I was provided with the Bluez 2S Wireless Headphones in exchange for this post. All opinions are entirely my own.