I received a pair of AfterShokz Bluez 2 Headphones to facilitate my review.
I tend to do my blogging at either Panera or Starbucks and I love doing that. It makes me focus on what I’m doing and not find a million other things I could be doing from cleaning to knitting. When I’m out side of the house, I can stay focused and keep doing what I’m supposed to be doing. The problem is blocking out the outside noise. Starbucks does play some good music from time to time but if it has words I will stop doing what I’m supposed to be doing and get sucked into the music. Panera has the other customer noise to distract me. So I’ve found that plugging in a pair of headphones and turning on music for me I can focus and get moving in what I want to be doing. The problem is my ears. I have odd shaped ears and regular ear buds are painful to me. Over the ear headphones are bulky and cause migraines for me. So I like trying new ones until I find a pair that I love and then I will use that for some time until I see another style that might work better for me. I hear about bone conduction headphones and thought they would be interesting to test out. Aftershokz sent me a pair of the AfterShokz Bluez 2S wireless bone conduction headphones to test out for my review, but all opinions are my own.
This weekend Charlie had a birthday party. I knew the party would last 1.5 hours and I would have Rae with me. But I also knew that the party was 1.5 hours away from home. So Rae and I brought some things to do (Text books for me and drawing supplies for her). We headed to the Starbucks around the corner from the party location and chilled. I hooked her headphones up to my iPod and let her be. I decided I would test the AfterShokz Bluez 2S wireless bone conduction headphones with a classical music study playlist from YouTube on my phone.
On the way up to the party spot, I had Charlie open the box, take out the headphones and plug them into the enclosed charger in order to charge them before we got there. I have a 2 power port charging block in the car so I was able to keep my phone on the charger at the same time.
So how did they work? I have to say I really liked these. First of all they don’t sit in your ear canal which is a huge problem for me with other headphones. They sit on the bone outside instead. They produced a clear sound of outstanding quality. The one thing that was a huge difference is the vibrations. Because these are bone conduction headphones, you will feel a vibration as the sound travels through the headphones into the ear. It wasn’t distracting but it took some getting used to. The headphones have a special design so they sit on your ears the proper way. Built into the band is the power and volume controls. The headphones are equipped with Audrey Says with voice prompts guide users through power, pair, play and talk. That’s right it you can connect your phone and use these to make calls.