Skullcandy’s Dime wi-fi earbuds are a easy and fundamental, but highly effective, pair of earbuds that are perfect for the gymnasium or runs. In the event you aren’t in search of flashy options and simply need one thing that may keep in your ear with a low profile, mild weight, and first rate appears to be like — all with wonderful high quality audio, these earbuds are what you’re in search of.
They aren’t costly, they usually shouldn’t be. For “true wi-fi” headphones, these are one of many higher bang-for-your-buck choices on the market out there.
Proper out of the field, the very first thing I observed was their simplicity. There may be nothing additional about them. Their construct high quality is about what you’d count on for a low worth pair. The packaging is compact, they arrive with a charging case as most true wi-fi earbuds do, a particularly quick microUSB charging cable (which I discover quite inconvenient), and naturally the earbuds themselves.
The case itself is fabricated from plastic that snaps closed but additionally appears to have magnets serving to to carry it collectively, which is nice for safeguarding the earbuds when you have been to drop them. Due to this, the case undoubtedly has no downside staying closed when it must, which is one thing I’ve discovered that another related earbuds battle with.
They’ve a form just like that of the AirPod Execs, however a bit bigger.
For lengthy durations of listening, these are undoubtedly not your go-to, and it’s not solely due to their battery life. After about 2.5-3 hours of nonstop listening, they started to really feel just a little bit uncomfortable, which conveniently lined up with them beginning to run low on battery.
For a 45-120 minute work out session or run? They do nice. No complaints there, which is why that’s one of many solely makes use of I’d suggest them for.
The match is fairly stable as nicely, I can’t complain a lot about their “noise isolating” match. It does its job as marketed. Regardless of not having ANC (lively noise-cancelling) I discovered that they have been doing a fantastic job blocking out the assorted sounds on the gymnasium whereas I used to be attempting to focus, even on decrease quantity.
They’re sweat-proof and water-proof, however as I started to sweat I discovered that the best facet earbud needed to maintain falling out, even after I wasn’t transferring my head a lot.
It appears that evidently clenching your jaw mixed with just a little little bit of sweat makes it exhausting for them to stay in. Nevertheless, I’m not fully certain if that is due extra to the earbuds or the form of my ear canal. Both means, it’s undoubtedly vital that you simply use the correct dimension of ear gel to assist them keep in.
Sound High quality
For a small pair of fully wi-fi earbuds for below $30, the sound high quality of the Skullcandy Dime earbuds is undeniably implausible. There’s loads of bass concerned and basically the entire spectrum of frequency sounds very clear.
There have been by no means any issues with skipping, and it appears to me that the general high quality is akin to that of upper finish earbuds like my very own Samsung Galaxy Buds. As talked about earlier than, the noise isolating capabilities are additionally passable solely because of the seal that the earbuds create along with your ear canal.
On low quantity they do nicely that can assist you focus, and for a small pair of headphones, they will get impressively loud for probably the most intense jam session. Indubitably, you get greater than you pay for so far as sound high quality.
Skullcandy advertises the earbuds to be IPX4 water-proof. Which means they are going to don’t have any downside dealing with sweat or rain, and would possibly even be okay when you needed to put on them within the bathe however I wouldn’t counsel attempting it. If that appeals to you, undoubtedly do extra analysis on that earlier than deciding to take that threat.
The earbuds even have in-built microphones for cellphone calls, a flashing mild to show the standing of the earbuds when you’re charging or pairing, and a button on every earphone to do varied issues like pausing and enjoying music with out utilizing your linked machine.
The buds even have a pleasant auto join function that I didn’t count on which permits them to hook up with your cellphone routinely upon eradicating them from their charging case.
For his or her worth, I actually can’t complain an excessive amount of in any respect about these headphones. There’s no query that they’re a fantastic worth. Nevertheless I do have a pair small criticisms of those.
The microphone high quality appears to be a slight problem. When speaking on the cellphone with them in-ear, I’ve no issues listening to, however on the one cellphone name I did have I used to be having hassle being heard. Now in my view, you’re fortunate to actually have a microphone on these earbuds, so it’s not an enormous crimson flag on these particularly.
One other small problem is the buttons. Now that is simply private choice, however the buttons are quite tactile and tough to press compared to my Galaxy Buds which solely require a faucet on the floor to carry out a operate. You’ll be able to nonetheless simply use the buttons whereas they’re in your ear however you undoubtedly have to use some strain.
As I mentioned beforehand, the battery life and comfortability over lengthy durations are my two remaining points with the earbuds. On no account are they unmanageable, however if you wish to use them throughout an extended session of cramming on the library, there are most likely higher choices on the market for you.
In abstract, when you’re simply in search of a cheap pair of headphones that may get you thru the gymnasium with highly effective audio high quality and above common noise isolation, the Skullcandy Dime Earbuds are a dominant selection. For below $30, with an honest model and from a widely known model, you possibly can’t actually ask for far more out of them.