Looking for a new set of headphones to get you through your morning commute, block out your coworkers, or just jam out at home? We got our hands on the iFrogz Impulse Duo Bluetooth headphones which offer powerful sound in a sleek package that clips right to your shirt, belt, or bag. Are they worth the price of admission? Let’s find out.
The first thing you’re going to notice about these headphones is the clip design. Headphones that wrap around your neck or just dangle tend to be the most popular form factors, but the Impulse Duo ditch that in favor of building a magnetic clip onto the main control piece.
On the face of it, you’ll notice the single large button to turn your headset on or off and control playback. Both grooved pieces to the sides of it will control your volume and change tracks. It’s pretty minimalist, but hey, this is a Bluetooth headset, not a remote for your TV.
On the reverse side, you’ll find the quirky little flap that helps to keep your headphones wrapped up, but also doubles as a clip to hang the device on your shirt, belt, pants, bag, whatever. It’s firm enough to hold in place while moving around but soft enough to stay relatively lightweight and easy to maneuver.
The bottom of the headset houses an LED light to give you alerts (slow blue flash for on, quick red and blue flashes for pairing, and so on) and a standard microUSB port. The top has a small microphone for phone calls and talking to your device.
So the design is great, but what about sound?
Honestly, not too bad! iFrogz touts the premium sound from the headset’s 6mm drivers, and for the $45 price tag, they’re solid little headphones. There’s a surprising amount of low-end, which is normally absent from budget-friendly wireless earbuds, and it’s overall a pretty full sound. The highs are maybe a little too high, but it never gets to the point of being grating.
The most shocking part? These things are loud. They get much louder than several of my other pairs of headphones, wired and wireless, and I couldn’t stand to listen to them fully turned up for more than a few minutes at a time.
That might sound like a bad thing, but it’s really not. It gives you a ton of flexibility on controls, especially if you like to mix in quiet YouTube videos with loud music and action movies. Most headphones are obviously plenty loud for music, but sometimes you need just a few extra volume steps when you’re watching a calm video with someone speaking and not yelling. These iFrogz have you covered and then some, and the volume controls make it easy to manage if you frequently switch up your entertainment.
Overall, are they worth the price? Absolutely. At $45 you’re not in outrageous territory, and they’re still high quality and versatile enough to handle a ton of different kinds of music and media. Even without the solid sound quality, though, I really like the sleek design. They can be easily rolled up into a package that’s more compact than a lighter or USB stick and then clipped to your shirt collar, making this the easiest gadget to transport I’ve ever used.
Yeah, there’s no crazy virtual assistant controls here, it doesn’t use a proprietary charging port, and there are no kitchen sink features to put on the box. But sometimes, you just want a compact set of headphones that sound good without costing as much as your phone, and these iFrogz do just that.
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