- Slim, gentle headphones to put on for train
- Fast cost know-how
- Multipoint pairing
- Enhanced bass doesn’t ship exterior
- Proprietary charging cable
- Totally different waterproof ranking to OpenRun
The model previously generally known as Aftershokz rebranded as Shokz, however that didn’t manifest any totally different change in strategy. On the subject of bone conduction headphones, Shokz are in all probability probably the most recognized entity on the market, and the OpenRun Professional mannequin is among the higher proponents of the know-how.
Bone conduction works by producing vibrations by way of your cheek/jawbone to your ear. This implies the design is an open-ear mannequin, which additionally means that you can hear what’s round you. That is particularly helpful if you happen to’re utilizing them in an out of doors setting.
The OpenRun Professional are light-weight at 29g and we discovered them comfy to put on. Regardless of the light-weight body, our reviewer discovered they stayed put throughout workout routines, so there’s no worry that they’d be dislodged when operating. A ranking of IP55 means the OpenRun Professional can resist the likes of sweat, water and mud, although in truth it is a weaker IP ranking than older Shokz headphones.
The Shokz promise 10 hours of battery life, which is up from the eight hours of the unique OpenRun. Utilizing them with the amount set just about at its most, we managed to get 5 hours of use, although Shokz was testing at 75% so if the amount is lowered you’re prone to eke out extra battery life. Multipoint Bluetooth is supported, so you possibly can change between two units concurrently. There’s no built-in MP3 participant that you just’ll discover on the Naenka Runner Professional mannequin, as this solely helps audio over Bluetooth.
On the subject of audio efficiency, the OpenRun Professional promise a sound that gives enhanced bass and premium sound high quality. We discovered it didn’t fairly dwell as much as these expectations, particularly on the subject of bass, which has been a shortcoming with most bone conduction headphones. Should you do need a bassier, larger sound, nonetheless, the Philips TAA6606 is an alternate.
There are two modes to select from in Commonplace and Vocal, and the latter presents higher give attention to readability, whereas the Commonplace mode provides a punchier sound than earlier Shokz headphones. These aren’t pretty much as good as a real wi-fi pair such because the Adidas FWD-02 by way of audio, however they’re probably the greatest bone conduction headphones. Should you discover the OpenRun Professional too costly, there may be the choice of the cheaper OpenRun that’s nonetheless accessible.
Reviewer: Mike Sawh
Full Evaluation: Shokz OpenRun Professional