If you’re a gamer on the go living in an urban area that requires you to use public transit, but you don’t want to wear headphones because you can’t hear your surroundings, then AfterShokz has a solution for your audio needs. The company’s Gamez wireless headset uses bone conduction technology to carry the sound to your noggin without having to cover your ear holes. It’s a weird concept to think about, but the speakers sit on your cheekbones and magically pass clear sounding audio to your ears without plugging them shut. The technology is really radical, and allows you to have full audible access to your surroundings unlike traditional headphones that close the passages shut, which as previously mentioned is a great feature for people who may want to hear their bus stop without constantly worrying about not hearing it.
The Gamez headset features cool technology to keep your ears free and clear, which also provides a very comfortable wearing experience. Since the speakers aren’t in or covering your ears, you don’t experience the fatigue or pain that traditional headphones can induce. There’s a rubber attachment to secure the band to your head if needed, which sits comfortably over your ears like a pair of glasses. I found myself preferring to wear the Gamez over my Dre Beats at the gym because they’re just naturally more comfortable, and the lack of cables is a plus while working out.
In terms of sound quality the Gamez headphones perform admirably, especially when you consider that the speakers aren’t even in your ears. Due to this the sound isn’t as deep and rich sounding as traditional headphone speakers, as it does sound a bit hollow, or if you’re listening to a tin can, but it’s at least crystal clear. Bass tones are surely missed, as music that features heavy bass produces a vibration on your head that becomes a bit of a nuisance. Just don’t expect to hear Bose/Beats level quality of sound from the Gamez headphones, but also don’t discount them for this fact because they have their own merits that may make more sense for your wireless headphone needs. Although, I did find it to perform at its best while playing mobile games, so it does live up to its namesake.
The Gamez headphones sport about six hours of use on a single charge, and take about two hours to fully charge after a drain cycle. The unit is very easy to connect to any Bluetooth enabled device too. Like I mentioned before the whole wireless aspect of this headset is a dream, especially in a workout setting such as going to the gym, running, or biking.
The only issue I have with the Gamez headset is that there is a noticeable amount of noise leakage due to the speakers not resting in or over your ears. It’s nothing that affects the wearer, but it may annoy someone in a seat next to you on a train, plane, or bus. It’s not like someone can clearly hear what you’re listening to, but it’s very similar to someone having their volume way too high on a traditional pair of headphones making it leak out for the world to hear.
If you’re looking for a wireless headphone solution that won’t fatigue your ears while allowing you to still hear your surroundings clearly, then the Gamez headset from AfterShokz is worth looking into. They do cost $99, so they’re an investment, and they don’t sound as deep and rich as traditional headphones, but for what they offer they’re worth the price. Plus the bone conduction technology is very cool to experience, and definitely a conversation starter. You can check out the technical features, below, and if you like what you have read, you can order your own pair from Amazon.
- Speaker type: bone conduction transducers
- Frequency response: 20Hz~20KHz
- Sensitivity: 100 ± 3dB
- Microphone: -40dB ± 3dB
- Bluetooth version: v4.1
- Compatible profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP
- Wireless range: 33 ft (10m)
- Battery: rechargeable lithium ion
- Continuous play: 6 hours
- Standby time: 10 days
- Charge in: 2 hours
- Weight: 1.45 oz (41g)
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Review Statement: The author of this review was provided a sample unit for the purposes of this review from the manufacturer.