AfterShokz is a brand that you will come across if you are looking for bone conduction headphones.
AfterShokz announced AfterShokz Trekz Air as a new and updated device of AfterShokz Titanium.
It is a beautifully designed headphone for people who like outdoor sports. They are designed for runners, cycling athletes who want to retain the focus around them while listening to music.
These pair of headphones are not your regular headphones. They are based on bone conduction technology. It sends the vibration of the sound wave from the air to your ear from the cheekbones to the brain.
Today we are looking at the AfterShokz Trek Air. All the premium features it provides and all the things it lacks and must improve.
AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless bone conduction headphones review
The design of AfterShokz Air is sleek and cleaner. They call their design “OpenFit”.
They have two pairs of the transducer which fits right in your temple bone or cheekbones. The two transducers are connected around by a rigid titanium and silicon band to give more stability.
They have over-ear hooks that stay in your ear. The fitting of the band is more rigid making it comfortable and stable while working around. All the corners of the headphones are coated with rubber so it doesn’t slip when you sweat.
The weight of this device is only 30g. So if you are worried about the burden in your ear or skull, you might not know. Soft silicone covers the sound generator and tends to stay in the same place while you are doing your workaround.
Comfort lies in Trekz Air at every nook. Since they are so light and have a solid build, you are guaranteed to get the best experience out of them.
While other normal headphone covers up your ear or you need to stuff it inside your ear, Trekz Air leaves your ear free.
The band goes at the back while not touching your head, neck, or skin. The band size is a standard size so it fits in for all head sizes.
Controls are on the sides with a volume up and volume down button alongside a micro USB port. The volume button can also be used to make or reject the call, play and pause the music, and change the songs. However, you can not go to the previous song on the list.
It is one of the downsides of this device. You get a beep sound for any button you press. Because the buttons are small, using them can be tedious. Buttons work well enough but the only thing that lowers a good experience is the size of the button otherwise the controls and the responses are great.
There is also two rectangle housing that contains the battery and the functionalities of the Trekz Air. They also help to keep the device in place around your head.
If we look at the portability of the device, they are small and lightweight which makes them portable enough. As the band of the device is made solid and rigid, there is not much more of flex in it. This makes it a bit risky when putting in smaller areas.
Overall, the design of AfterShokz is good from any aspect these pairs are made for. They provide you what they offer at their best. The material used is not compromised in any aspect. They are meant to provide you with the comfort you want while using them.
Coming to the performance of Trekz Air.
You take out your device from the box. Take a good look at it, and switch on the device. You need to pair it with your smartphone, so you make a connection. You put it around your ears. The connection is super quick with Bluetooth v4.2 that can pair up with any smartphone with Bluetooth connectivity. You will encounter a female voice who introduces herself as Audrey and the connection is completed. You can play your favorite music.
At first, the music will feel surprising. Like, what is going on? How am I hearing the music and the traffic sound or TV sound at the same time? Vibration can be felt but they are not heavy. They are ticklish in your cheekbones and bones around your ear when you raise the volume to 100%.
What is the sound quality like?
The sound quality of Trekz air is better than its previous generation Trekz Titanium.
Talking moring prominently, you don’t get the bass. They are not your regular headphones. These headphones are meant to work through different methodologies giving you the consciousness of your surroundings while listening to music.
Overall the performance depends on its durability and sound quality. Looking at a longer time frame, these devices will hold your hand for many years with a decent sound that you can enjoy listening to some mid-range music or podcast which does not require much bass in it.
The battery life of AfterShockz Trekz Air is slightly lower than it should provide. The battery life span is 6 hours.
They also feature a quick charge so if you want to head up for the gym then it can get enough charge within 15 minutes. This feature is pretty cool about these headphones and charging it might not be a big deal anywhere.
But, the 6-hour charge might not be sufficient if you want to listen to music all day long. The lack of battery life might be due to its lightweight they reduced the size of the battery to compromise with the longevity of the workload it can handle.
If you are using it for longer than 6 hours, then you might want to take the chargers with you. They are good to listen to music while you are at the gym, walking your dog, exercising, or cycling but if you tend to use it as your regular headphones all day long then you might lose the battery life soon.
While they fulfill the requirements of the user, they might want to improve the battery life soon to get the best out of the device and good compliments from the user end.
Headphones are meant to be used for a longer period without charging. But for this price range and the battery life many people will find the battery life shorter than they expected.
Looking at the design, performance and battery life, we can conclude a whole lot of good parts in AfterShokz Trekz Air.
- It is lightweight and comfortable to carry and use.
- OpenFit Design to ensure awareness of the situation.
- It has titanium and silicon used for the headband and for the grips around the cheekbones. So, it is more rigid and stable around the head.
- It also fits tight and firm in any head size.
- It has a decent battery life with 6 hours of music and 10 hours of standby time.
- It has also a quick charge feature that might come in handy while you are rushing for your work.
- Connectivity is quick and can be connected to any device easily.
- Unlike other regular headphones, it doesn’t let anything in your ear. No need of putting things inside your ear.
- It is also based on the bone conduction technology. So it stands out from them.
- You can wear glasses or caps on top of these headphones.
- Great for outdoor sports person and hearing impaired people.
- Gives your ‘best of both world’ of music and your surrounding.
While the headphone is the best in the market and its league, here are some features that AfterShokz should consider improving.
- We know that it is based on bone conduction technology. Sending the vibration through bones needs more intensity. But the sound quality needs to get improved. You will listen to your music but if the music is rich in bass and kicks than this will definitely disappoint you. Sound quality is the first a headphone should provide. It doesn’t lack good sound but it can be improved for a better experience.
- Battery life span is shorter than many would have expected. While the quick charge is a better improvement than its previous generation, the 6-hour life span might be less than expected.
- At such price, you can get many other regular headphones or earplugs that gives a better sound quality than these.
So to conclude, AfterShokz Trekz Air is a great buy for those who want to listen to music as well as also want to be aware of the surroundings. Perfect for those doing outdoor sports or physical activities.
The new AfterShokz Aeropex Wireless Bone Conducting Headphones is also out there at cheap rates currently. It’s lighter than the previous Air model (Trekz being born from the merchandise name), with higher sound and improved waterproofing that ought to keep them from being at risk of perennial outpourings of sweat.
Bone conduction technology is gaining a boost in itself. AfterShokz is providing the best in the market headphones using this technology. They might be lacking some research and development but in the near future, these will be dealt with for sure.
At present, before buying these headphones, you must understand the actual use of it. They are meant to be used to listen to music while you talk with people or say commuting.
They give you the sound observation of two things at once. You can listen to music or podcast while you do your thing say listen to people’s conversations or focus on your studies.
And of course, if you like to try new technology, then this might be the next thing on your list.
For all these sections, it may be hard for you to choose other headphones besides AfterShokz because they are uniquely different and good at what they are giving to their user.