Really wi-fi earbuds — the sort that characteristic two small ear items with no cable between them — have been popularized by AirPods, and now opponents are popping up far and wide. Amongst these opponents is Optoma and its newly launched NuForce BE Free8. In contrast to its current BE2 Bluetooth earbuds, which have a cable, the BE Free are two easy ear items alongside a charging case.

Design and Match

The NuForce BE Free8 arrived with three parts: two ergonomic ear items and a glossy black case with a built-in battery. When saved within the case, the 2 ear items cost. When eliminated, the 2 join collectively and play audio as some other Bluetooth earbuds would, solely with none cables in any respect. It is rather easy and, in contrast to among the cheaper no-brand varieties discovered on-line, they really work with out problem.

Our specific evaluation unit is an earlier pre-production model that requires every ear piece to be turned on manually earlier than they sync, however the model now being bought by Optoma solely requires customers to activate one ear piece earlier than the opposite routinely syncs. I’ve completed this dozens of instances by now and have by no means skilled an event the place they did not sync.

The included suggestions could be simply eliminated as with every different earbuds. Every ear piece’s form is vaguely triangular and, in my expertise at the least, they match properly within the ear. I by no means skilled any points with the earbuds working free or falling out whereas strolling. Utilizing the BE Free8 is an identical to utilizing a pair of related Bluetooth earbuds, solely with out the annoyance the cable could cause.

Options

Optoma packed a bunch of options into the BE Free8, together with an IPX5 ranking for climate and water resistance, near-field magnetic induction, in addition to 6mm dynamic drivers paired with the corporate’s personal proprietary Sonic coating. There’s a good 20hz – 20kHz frequency vary, assist for AAC and aptX LL, and four hours of utilization per cost with the carrying case offering one other 12 hours of cost.

Audio High quality

The NuForce BE Free8 fulfill the most important requirement for a pair of untethered Bluetooth earbuds — they sync completely with out lagging or dropping. The audio high quality itself, in the meantime, is superb (for wi-fi audio). If you happen to search out the thrilling kick of heavy bass, NuForce’s mannequin will probably be greater than passable. The tiny BE Free8 pump out a shocking quantity of bass, although not excessively and never with any overt distortions.

The sturdy bass does include a small sacrifice within the mids class, however whether or not this will probably be problematic doubtless boils all the way down to your musical tastes. There are specific flavors of jazz, for instance, the place I felt the bass got here in a bit too sturdy, however its presence is welcomed elsewhere.

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Spoken audio like what you get from podcasts, audiobooks, and calls is crystal clear. Every ear piece does a superb job of passively blocking out ambient audio, so I by no means had bother taking calls. There have been a number of events the place the individual on the opposite line needed to ask me to repeat myself, however that all the time occurred within the automotive when different noises have been excessive. Total, most callers reported with the ability to hear and perceive me with out bother.

Points

I didn’t expertise any true points with the BE Free8, however there’s a degree to notice that some folks might not like: the ear items do protrude from the ears sufficient to be noticeable to others. That’s to not say that it’s a comical protrusion, however it is vitally noticeable, and so for those who’re harboring concepts about utilizing these earbuds to stealthily hearken to audio once you’re alleged to be working or learning, suppose once more.

Wrap-up

My expectations for the BE Free8 have been modest and I’m happy to say the earbuds exceeded them. Optoma has launched some nice wi-fi audio merchandise currently and this newest NuForce providing isn’t any exception. Audio high quality is akin to what you’ll get from different Bluetooth headphones on this worth vary, however the untethered design is top-notch, making the BE Free8 a superb possibility for Android customers or anybody not taken with AirPods.

Accessible from Amazon now for $149 USD.

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