AfterShokz Bluez 2 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones
|AfterShokz Bluez 2 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones|
|Features and Specs|
|General Usage and Thoughts|
Back at CES 2012, we met with AfterShokz and took a look at their first-generation "Bone-Conduction" headphones. These were pretty cool as we'd never seen anything done like this before and they actually won our "Best of CES" award that year. From a usable standpoint, the sound quality wasn't quite the best, the volume control/battery was pretty clunky and they were wired only - without a microphone. They've released a few different versions over the years that include both wired and wireless versions and today we are taking a look at their latest wireless version - the Bluez 2.
They use the same technology, but the Bluez 2 has come a long, long way since the release of their original model. There is no more wire, no clunky volume control and they are a bit squarer and look more modern. The transducers have improved as well and they claim to have a lot better sound that the original. Today, we'll take a look and give you a brief overview as to what to expect and how they perform.
As I opened up the Bluez 2 box, I noticed that AfterShokz has really stepped up their game. The presentation of the product is fantastic and as they are geared toward athletes and fitness, the minimalist and professional appearance goes a long way. Inside the box, there is absolutely everything you need to get rolling.
The Bluez 2 come complete with a pair of reflective stickers (if you're running in low light), a weatherproof storage pouch, micro-USB charging cable, adjustable tension band for use is you're wearing these doing parkour, and of course a user guide. While they don't include a USB wall-charger, there is a pretty good chance that you've got a dozen of these laying around your house or office. Unlike Nintendo, they do include a cable at least.
While the AfterShokz rely on transducers instead of speakers, there are some holes located next to the cheek-rests that seem to allow some sound to escape. As you can see below, they do look pretty sleek.
As you can see in the image above and on the right, the bulk of the controls are located on the one side. There is a single power button that can be used to pair the headset, as well as volume up and down controls. In between these sets of buttons is the micro-USB charging connector and on the same side - on the transducer is the microphone. All of these adds up to one sleek headset that promises quite a lot. On the next page, we'll take a look at the features and specifications before we jump into testing and general usage of the Bluez 2.