Skullcandy made a pair of $80 AirPods
Okay, everyone’s just copying each other’s homework now.
The latest company to copy Apple’s iconic (and divisive) AirPods design is Skullcandy, with its latest true wireless earbuds, the Indy. The only thing not copied? The price, which comes in at $80, half the cost of the fruity trendsetters.
For that price, you get the similar styling, with ‘legs’ that come down from your ears, Bluetooth, and a familiar-styled charging case. Indy offers 16 hours of playback in total, 4 hours from the buds, and three recharges from the case.
While the rough shape is definitely Cupertino-inspired, the rest is all classic Skullcandy
Who’d mistake that stylized logo for anything else? Skullcandy has also added some removable fins, which are supposed to help them stay in your ears. With IP55 sweat and water resistance, that should make them great for use in the gym. Bonus points to Skullcandy for the matte black colorway, with Indigo Blue, Moab and Mint color options coming later this year.
The buds have touch controls on them as well, with access to call, track, volume and voice assistant via gestures. That’s not often found on cheaper buds, where play/pause is often the limit of on-ear controls.
The question I have is how will they sound?
Skullcandy is known for its V-shaped sound signature with warm lows and crisp highs. Can they manage to translate the superb quality of their wired earbuds to the TWS form factor?
Skullcandy also has one other thing that differentiates them from most other true wireless earbud manufacturers – its Fearless Use™ Promise. We all know the perils of losing just one TWS earbud, making the set virtually useless. Skullcandy set this program up so you can get a replacement bud at a discounted cost, so you can be as extreme as you want with your buds knowing a loss is only temporary.
If you want a pair, you can grab them for $79.99 from Skullcandy directly, or from select retailers.
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