Since I've stopped heavy-duty gardening my use of earbuds has dwindled, but I still use them to cut the dullness of my exercise sessions, and any time I'm walking somewhere. I love the lightness and ease of simply slipping them on, as opposed to fitting bulky headphones over my head. Unfortunately my ears are difficult to fit, and most earbuds I've tried refuse to stay put, especially if I jump around. This Sonixx X-Fit headset seems to be the exception. I've put it on this afternoon as soon as the strimmer came out of our shed, and I must say it's doing a very good job of minimizing the snarling outside!
As far as sound quality, I thought it was a tad sharp at first, but I'm getting used to it. I love the clarity and the volume is so loud I've had to turn it down a lot. I'm hearing layers and detail, but for me the bass is disappointing. I guess I prefer a rounder sound.
The Bluetooth performance is staggering. I have tested dozens of Bluetooth devices and I'm familiar with the usual cut-off limits. Our house is made of stone and these thick walls could stop a bulldozer. Normally the Bluetooth signal can cross one wall and a half, then it cuts out. With these I was in the kitchen, two full rooms away, before I lost the audio. Also, I turned them on today meaning to connect to my tablet, but before I knew it, they had paired with my laptop in another room and across a thick wall!
The packaging deserves a mention. This headset comes complete with a very attractive hard protective case, tiny but big enough to house the headset, the charging USB wire, and a range of additional fitting accessories (3 sets of ear tips, 3 sets of stabilizer wings, and 2 ear clips). The manual is basic but understandable. When I was offered these sports earbuds to evaluate, I did not expect a lot, given the price. Having done a bit of testing, I really like them.
I don't have a compatible phone to test the answering capabilities, but I do appreciate the voice indications of “Power Off”, “Connected” etc. I really like the supple wire connecting the two ear pieces, which makes them essentially independent, but is also short enough not to get tangled up in things or in my hair when I leave it untied. With some models, the wire is stiff and too long for my head, and it makes the ear pieces pop out, which I find highly irritating. I also like the sweat and water resistant design (the USB input is sealed by a rubber cap).
So, my conclusion is that I am very happy with this headset. It works well, pairs easily with all the devices I have tried, it fits my ears and stays comfortable for long periods of wearing it, the sound is above average, the price (currently under £20) is pretty low, the tiny case is easy to carry around, and the battery life (about 8 hours) is extremely good.