Otium Bluetooth Headphones Review
When it comes to training, Bluetooth headphones and earbuds currently the most popular options. And it makes sense, you don’t have any cables that could get in the way. So you can also focus more on your workouts. The main problem however is usually the price. Most of the best Bluetooth headphones cost anywhere from $100 to $200. And that’s a lot to spend.
Luckily, a company called Otium has brought out a much cheaper budget option. The Otium Bluetooth headphones are designed for sports and cost only $20! But what amazed me the most, was that it is also the best selling wireless headphone on Amazon. So I decided to try them out myself and review them.
In The Box
- Otium Bluetooth Headphones/Earbuds
- 3 sets of ear tips
- Carry case
- MicroUSB to USB charging cable
When I first saw the Otium Bluetooth headphones, I thought I was looking at the Beats by Dre PowerBeats. They look pretty similar. Other than that, the Otium headphones have a very nice a sleek design. They look sporty and it makes sense as they are made for working out. The headphones have a large ear hook that keeps them steady while running. And that makes them perfect for both the gym and while running outside. The hook is also made of out this wobbly rubber like plastic, which should fit every ear. I personally don’t feel any discomfort while wearing them.
The headphones have an IPX7 waterproof rating. As in they can handle moisture and splashes of water (including rain). Being sweatproof means that you don’t have to worry about them breaking while working out. So these should definitely last you for a long time. As long as you don’t plan on going swimming with them of course.
Both sides also have a rectangular part which is connected to the ear tips. The right one also has a power button, volume button and the microUSB port for charging. The placement of those is fine and easy to access. Both of the sides are connected with a flat cable. I really like that over the typical round one as it’s much more durable and doesn’t tangle.
Besides the Otium earbuds, you also get 3 sets of different size ear tips. These are your typical silicone eartips. You also get a MicroUSB to USB charging cable and a small hard case for carrying them. I don’t use the case at all but I can see it being useful for travelling.
The one thing that I really like about the Otium Bluetooth headphones is the wireless connectivity. My phone found them the second I turned them on. They also paired almost instantly. So overall super easy to set up. The wireless range is also pretty decent. According to Otium, the wireless range should be up to 9m / 30ft in an open area and 3m / 10ft with obstacles. That’s pretty decent as most of the times you’ll be keeping your phone near you anyways. At least I haven’t had any problems with connectivity while working out at a gym.
Another thing is the battery life. Now these are $20 headphones so the battery life isn’t as good as on more expensive models. Still, you can get around 8 hours of continuous music with these, and that should be enough to last you a week without having to recharge. That’s of course if you only use them while working out. So overall I’d say that it’s pretty good and definitely won’t be a problem when using the headphones.
The sound quality is pretty decent for headphones of this price range. Like most budget headphones, the Otium’s too have an explosive bass that is perfect for listening to Hip-Hop and EDM. You can also listen to anything else but it’s pretty clear that the headphones have been designed for more bass heavy music. And that’s fine as these are for working out. Overall I’m pretty happy with the sound.
The Otium headphones also have an active noise cancellation feature. It uses the CVC6.0 noise cancellation standard which measures outside noise and limits it accordingly. It works pretty well. I tested them at a subway station and I didn’t hear any outside sounds in the background while listening to music.
Otium has somehow managed to do the impossible. These budget wireless headphones are fantastic for working out. Plus the quality is really impressive considering how much they cost. So if you are looking for new Bluetooth headphones for the gym and don’t want to spend much, then I recommend checking out the Otium’s!