Enjoy safe music.
The new trend in headphones at the moment are the ones that use bone conduction. It basically uses the bones near your ear to transmit sound through vibrations. But why this new trend? Its makers claim that it keeps your ear canal free from bacterial infection and even protects your eardrums from long-term damage due to prolonged exposure to loud sounds. Additionally, it also helps you be aware of your surroundings, especially if you’re walking along a busy street.
XTouch’s new XBone headphones does just that: it’s a simple bone conducting headphone that offers Bluetooth connectivity that makes it instantly compatible with nearly every device. It uses a gooseneck design and utilizes memory wire so it fits snuggly in your head when you’re wearing it.
The only controls you’ll find on the XBone are the physical volume control and one button that serves as the pairing and call button. A micro USB port is present for charging the XBone.
Pairing the XBone to my smartphone completed in less than a minute and in no time, I was listening to music on the headphones. The fit is nice, and since it’s lightweight I’ve barely noticed that I was wearing them. It feels kind of weird though since I’ve gotten used to wearing in-ear or over-the-ear headphones in the past. I’ve also gotten looks in public who might be thinking that I’m wearing the XBone incorrectly.
The sound on the other hand, is another story. It won’t replicate the sound you’re used to when wearing actual headphones, so expect the sound to be bit muffled. Stereo separation is present, though you’d notice it only when the volume is a little louder.
You get about 4 hours of playback time on the XBone over Bluetooth, along with a 10 day standby time. It’s also rated IP65, meaning that it is sweat and water resistant so it’s a perfect accessory when doing your workouts.
Bone conducting technology is impressive, though I’ve yet to hear a pair that replicates my headphone experience. The 299 AED for the XTouch XBone is actually good if you’re keen on trying this new audio technology.
+ Decent design
+ Snug fit and lightweight
– Audio output is average
Final Rating: 3/5