iFrogz has built a reputation for building decent accessories for your mobile devices without outrageous price tags. We’ve reviewed a few sets of headphones from the Zagg subsidiary before and found them all to be well worth their asking price, even if they don’t necessarily compete on the very high end of the market.
Today we’re taking a look at the Toxix Wireless cans, a Bluetooth version of the company’s entry level over ear headphones. Are they worth the asking price? Let’s find out.
The Toxix Wireless headphones only cost $25, and for better or worse, they do feel like $25 headphones. There’s a lot of plastic here which definitely doesn’t bring a premium feel, but it also makes for an incredibly lightweight construction. To counteract the plasticky design, iFrogz created the headphones without any folding mechanisms. It makes them impossible to fold down and carry, but it also means there’s pretty much nothing major that can break aside from a big drop or spill.
The cushions on the ear piece are also very lightweight, but that’s all positive on this side. They don’t quite fit all the way around your ear, they sit pretty comfortably and breathe well. An often overlooked aspect of headphones is how long they can be worn without discomfort, but the Toxix headphones compete well above their price range in that aspect.
So how do these wireless, wallet-friendly headphones actually sound? That’s probably what you’re most curious about, and honestly, they’re not bad. I’ve reviewed plenty of headphones from both sides of the price spectrum, and the Toxix Wireless outperform what I expected out of $25 headphones, with just a few drawbacks.
They’re pretty well balanced across lows, mids, and highs, which is pretty rare in cheaper headphones. The bass is still pretty lacking for most music to cross that threshold into “great” sounding, so you’ll want to EQ your music to tweak the sound a bit, but there’s plenty of clarity and just enough oomph to handle all but the heaviest of soundtracks.
One area where this could’ve been improved is if the cushions were around ear instead of on ear. Closed headphones manage to create deeper sounding bass and have a better soundstage, and that’s something you’ll lack with the Toxix Wireless. Is it a dealbreaker? Not really, but extreme budget audiophiles will want to take note. They also didn’t do a great job of keeping sound in your ears and out of your surroundings, so if you listen at high volumes, you can bet the people around you will hear your jams, too. However, they did do a pretty great job of isolating noise coming in. I couldn’t hear people talking at barely half volume, oddly enough.
One of the most pleasant surprises from the headphones is just how clear they sound for the price. They’re a good value for music, if a little lacking, but they’re worth well above the asking price if you’re primarily using them for podcasts and videos.
Every so often I did have an issue where the headphones would desync with video, though. Audio and video feeds were mismatched, which wasn’t a big deal for music but was a huge problem for Netflix and other videos. A quick reboot fixed it, but it’s worth mentioning.
Battery life was fairly decent, too. iFrogz claims about 10 hours of playback from a 2 hour charge, which seemed pretty accurate with what I found. Not the best, but a significant jump over smaller in-ear headphones. They’re also IPX2 rated for sweat resistance, so if you’re looking for something to work out in, they’ll fit the bill.
At just $25, there’s a lot to love with the iFrogz Toxix Wireless headphones. Good battery life, a comfortable fit, and sweat resistance are all excellent features in this price range. If they were any more expensive they’d be dangerously close to being overpriced, but where they currently sit is a great value for serviceable headphones that don’t do too much damage to your wallet.