At the beginning of September, you got introduced to the four new wallet-friendly wireless headphones from iFrogz. As many of you know, building a set of Bluetooth headphones that sell for less than 40 bucks rarely results in a set of headphones that you’d want to own. To achieve that price point, some critical compromises generally need to be made. The question is: will the compromises quash the quality?
As luck would have it, BFF got ahold of the Summit Wireless Earbuds from iFrogz to help answer that question. These earbuds sell for just $34.99, so, not much was expected of them. Here’s what you get for the price:
- Designed for an active lifestyle
- IPX2 sweat-resistance
- Secure-fit wing snugs into the curve of the ear to keep earbuds in place
- 8mm drivers for a big sound
- Three sizes of ear tips to ensure a perfect fit
Bar none, the best feature of these headphones is the clever little “wireless hub” that dangles between the two earbuds. Track/volume, play/pause, and on/off functions are handled by the three somewhat chunky and easy to identify buttons. This hub is sheathed in a nice soft-touch silicone material and it features a powerful magnetic clip which is quite handy for securing this controller to a shirt collar for those times you are not dancing naked in the kitchen.
After a month of testing, the concern about compromise and quality came clear. The Summit Wireless Headphones are incredibly lightweight. Though heavy headphones are a bummer, to be sure, the Summits are so light that they feel a bit delicate. That said, they’ve performed flawlessly the whole time.
The light weight of the Summit headphones comes from iFrogz using as little material as possible. The flat cables that connect the earbuds to the wireless hub are quite thin and the plastic housings of the actual earbuds feel insubstantial. Despite this, the ultralight setup of the Summit has performed for the last month without any issues or signs of wear.
By now you must be wondering about the sound quality of the Summit Wireless Headphones. Inexpensive headphones often deliver thin, distant, tinny sound. This, however, is not the case with the Summit headphones. Though the overall lack of bass would likely cause consternation amongst the audiophile set, it is quite likely that such people wouldn’t be looking at a 35 dollar set of headphones to satisfy their listening pleasure. For the rest of us, especially considering how well these headphones work as a telephony device, the sound quality will likely suffice.
Here’s the thing, that old adage about getting what you pay for is based in fact. If they feel cheap but perform well, however, it could be deduced that the compromise perceived is more a case of optix than actuality. For $34.99 you can get a decent pair of wireless headphones and that is not a bad thing. For more information about iFrogz, click here.
**Full disclosure: These headphones were provided at no cost for editorial consideration, to think otherwise would be silly.