The Bluetooth technology has become commonplace long ago, and due to the advantages it brings, it’s quite affordable to cut the cord. Nowadays, people are switching to wireless earphones because there is a trend of removing all the openings on the smartphones. Previously, several manufacturers have removed the 3.5mm audio hack from their devices, replacing it with the USB Type-C port, which can serve for charging, data transfer, and audio output. Moreover, wireless headphones are more comfortable to wear. Especially, it’s preferred by commuters, sports enthusiasts, and anyone who wants to enjoy a little music without being physically tethered to their phone. Of course, we remember there was a time when the convenience of wireless headphones came at the expense of sound quality. But we should state those days are gone. Nowadays, it wouldn’t cost you anything to get your hands on an inexpensive pair of earbuds and still be pleased with the sound. The iTeknic IT-BH001 is such a product.
In the last days of 2018, the manufacturer announced the iTeknic IT-BH001 as great wireless headphones that is capable of providing up to 24 hours playback. But agree there are tons of Bluetooth earphones with a similar description on the market. So why you should choose the iTeknic IT-BH001 and what other highlighted selling points does it come with? In this review, we’ll be taking this product for a spin. After taking a look at its design and key features, we’ll help you decide if these affordable buds would make a good addition to your next workout.
iTeknic IT-BH001 Design
As you understand, these aren’t ‘genuine-wireless’ earphones. We mean there is still a single cable that connects one bud to the other. This cable sits comfortably on your neck, and there is also a three-button inline controller for remote control.
In fact, the cable is thick enough to be durable. At the same time, it’s thin enough not to get easily tangled up. We also can find a rubber grommet at each end. They prevent the cable from fraying or the insulation from cracking.
As for the earbuds, they have a modern look. The black coating is smooth. They are also very compact, and don’t rest against the cartilage of your ear. Instead, they use a combination of rubber wings and ear tips to support themselves.
If you have used Bluetooth headphones ever, you should know they are heavier than the traditional headphones. It’s because they have batteries, receivers, and electronic hardware that add weight. These all may cause an inconvenience when long wearing. But due to the wings in the buds that fit up inside your outer ear and rest against the cartilage. You can complain, saying everyone’s ears are different. But the iTeknic IT-BH001 box includes two other pairs of wings.
These headphones have the IPX4 certification, which means that it is rated to resist splashes from water (but not be submersed in water). Sweat or rain drizzle won’t be a concern.
iTeknic IT-BH001 Sound Quality
Honestly, the design of the iTeknic IT-BH001 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones is good. Nothing special, but also it comes with a trendy look. However, when buying a new pair of headphones, you should not only pay attention to the appearance but to the sound quality as well. Actually, our protagonist provides good quality. But how good is it? We are not going to say these headphones provide the best quality. We are saying that it’s way better than many other products on the market, even costing more.
Say, the bass is perfectly balanced. Regardless of the fact what kind of music we were listening to, these headphones kept up. As for the mid-range and treble, the definition and clarity stood out. The iTeknic IT-BH001 is not the type of earbuds that you put on and think it’s the best headphones you have ever seen. In fact, they are middle of the road, and there is no singular element that stands out from every other pair of headphones on the market. But if you ask to describe them in a couple of words, we’d say they are well tuned and proficient.
iTeknic IT-BH001 Functionality
If the appearance and sound quality are the most important features when buying wired headphones, it’s not so for the Bluetooth headphones. As for the latter, the most important feature is the battery life. No one is asking for the headphones that will last forever, but if the battery is dead after two hours, you should think of buying a new pair. The iTeknic IT-BH001 can provide up to 24 hours of playback. And this is not written on paper only. When tested, they provided identical performance.
They charge using any standard Micro-USB cable. Of course, the manufacturer has included one into the box. But there is no charging head. So you can use your phone charger in a pinch. To fully charge, it takes about two hours. But again, this is the first Bluetooth neckband headphones providing up to 24 hours of playback on a single charge.
The next noteworthy feature is the inline controller. On a basic level, this provides some navigation through your music library. Long hold the volume up button, and you can skip forward. Long press the volume down, and you’ll skip backwards. As you can guess, the third button serves to start and stop your music, and can also be used to answer calls. The manufacturer has also added a compact omnidirectional microphone in the remote, which makes hands-free calling way easier. This is one of the features that impressed us most. It’s very high quality, and produces a clear voice recording thanks to its build-in noise cancelation.
The back of the earbuds are magnetic. So when place them together, they’ll hold firmly. This allows you to keep them around your neck, even when they’re not in your ears.
What is Bluetooth 5.0?
Many talking about the iTeknic IT-BH001, forget to mention one of its key features. They support Bluetooth 5, which not only allows for wireless connectivity but also comes with a number of upgrades over the previous versions. Unfortunately, to completely use its advantages, the phone that is paired with, should have Bluetooth 5.0 as well. In other words, your smartphone should be a newer model.
But if your smartphone does have it and you have been looking for headphones that support this technology as well, it’s the right time to get acquainted with the upgrades coming our way from the 5.0 version.
First, Bluetooth 5.0 uses a low energy form of transfer. This reduces the battery consumption. In fact, this is one of the main factors helping the iTeknic IT-BH001 provide 24 hours playtime.
Second, Bluetooth 5.0 allows you to play audio on two devices at the same time. So you can play audio on different speakers – a feature that will come in handy during parties.
Third, it’s senseless to say that this version has an improved connection quality. Plus, the data transfer rate is higher and the connectivity distance has been increased from 200 feet to 800 feet. Thus, compared with Bluetooth 4.2, it’s increased by 4 times.
Finally, Bluetooth 5.0 is fully backwards compatible with previous versions of Bluetooth. Therefore, your Bluetooth 5.0 headphones can connect with all Bluetooth speakers, smartphones, and any other devices.
Conclusion and Price
When testing the iTeknic IT-BH001 Bluetooth Headphones, we were looking at what other people say. Honestly, we were impressed with the quality and new features it comes with. Of course, its selling points are the long-lasting battery life and Bluetooth 5.0 technology. But it didn’t fall behind when it came to other features and appearance as well. So when comparing our impressions with the others’, we found a comment saying it looks like the Sound Peats Q30. But the truth is there are tons of headphones with a ‘wings’ design, and it’s naïve to say they look like this or that product. What is more important, the mentioned model and many other models on the market cost identical or more but don’t support Bluetooth 5.0 and provide a playtime of 6-7 hours maximum only.
As for the iTeknic IT-BH001, it costs £19.99. But you can use this exclusive coupon (code: EARFONE20OFF) and get your hands on it for a 20% discounted price tag.