UNBOXED: Reviewing the Caseco Blu-Toque Bluetooth Beanie
We’re back with the second edition of UNBOXED! Hope you enjoyed the revamped video with the new (albeit slightly terrifying) intro there. But now it’s time to dive deeper into the beanie.
Caseco is a company that was founded by a team of mobile phone accessory industry veterans who wanted to come together to design and build products that fit the lifestyle of the consumer. They’ve found their niche with various cases, cords, car mounts, and other run-of-the-mill accessories. But it’s the Blu-toque beanie that really stands out from this Canadian-based group.
So, let’s dive into it.
About the Beanie
It’s not fair to talk about just one or two beanies, because there are literally dozens of these things available through their site. Here’s just one dozen:
We were sent the Northbound Blu-toque and the recently-released Reflective Blu-toque. Both are designed similarly, they’re skullcaps that come down over your ears, and they both have the same headphone layout with the master control on the left side and the connected speaker over the right ear.
The speakers are built with Bluetooth 3.0, they run on a frequency of 2.402-2.480 GHz, transmission works within a 10-meter (~33 ft.) range, the embedded mic can pick up sound roughly 1 meter away, and the rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides for 6 hours of running time and 60 hours of standby time on a single charge.
The Bluetooth beanie connects with any Bluetooth-enabled device and is knit from soft synthetic wool to provide a lightweight but warm and water resistant finish. And the speakers are removable, so if the hat needs a wash, you can take them out and throw it in the laundry to freshen it up.
Love it! The Blu-toque beanie is a really unique product that definitely is ideal for the urban commuter who has to deal with the cold weather from time to time.
The wool definitely keeps your head warm, but it can get a little itchy—at least in my experience with the Northbound beanie. It’s not unbearable, but it’s something that should be noted.
An interested added bonus, the speakers covering your ear do provide some additional warmth. It’s like wearing an on-ear/over-ear headphone, so the padded speakers that are built-into the hat do add an extra “layer” over your ears. I did find myself having to adjust the hat every so often to get the headphones back in the prime listening position, but once in that sweet spot, the quality of the audio is pleasantly surprising. These aren’t Beats or Sennheiser headphones, so the quality isn’t hi-res by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s the convenience provided by the wireless listening experience—not to mention the fact that Caseco found a way to enable the listener to have headphones on and keep the rest of their head warm at the same time—that makes this product a must-own.
Call quality was great as well. The actual hat acts as the pads you’d typically find on a normal set of headphones, so the sound gets slightly muffled, but (according to several test subjects who I called) I sounded great on the other end.
It’s all about convenience these days, am I right? And, considering how convenient the Caseco Blu-toque Bluetooth beanie is, it deserves to be rated highly. The speakers in the actual hat are connected by a wire, but you’d never know it as it’s folded up into the front lip of the beanie, so there are literally no dangling wires anywhere with this thing. The music comes through clearly, you can take and make calls that sound relatively clear. It’s all around a super convenient product, and one that we’d have no problem recommending to those of you looking to keep your noggin warm and your ears happy.