UNBOXED: Reviewing the Urbanears Hellas Active
As far as filming UNBOXED’s goes, this active headphones episode was easily one of my favorite to make. It’s embedded above and worth the watch, especially for fans of the Rocky movie franchise, but we’ve got some deeper diving to do into each of these headphones. Here we’ll go over the Urbanears Hellas Active headphones. (You can check out the Under Armour Headphones Wireless by JBL review here.)
About Urbanears Hellas Active
As far as reviewing on-ear Bluetooth headphones goes, typically what I’ve come across is headphones that have the option to go wireless, but the company still provides a cord for either the user who doesn’t want to experience the freedom of Bluetooth, or for those who simply run out of juice and have no option but to go corded.
Urbanears ditched all of that with their Hellas Active headphones. With these its Bluetooth or nothing, which I thought I’d be annoyed by, but the 14 hour battery life ensured that I stayed a happy music listener without ever having to worry about the headphones dying.
When it comes to controlling the headphones, the touch interface is one of the more unique experiences I’ve ever had with Bluetooth headphones—in an awesome sort of way. Rather than hunting for the right button to raise the volume, change the track, or pause the music, Urbanears designed their Hellas Active headphones to have a touch panel on the right ear. Looking to crank (or lower) the volume? Simply swipe up (or down) on the ear piece. Pause or play the music with a tap. And skip ahead or go back and listen to that same track again by swiping forward or backwards. In our smartphone, connected world, we’ve become used to using our fingers to swipe and click through life, so adding those same gestures to a pair of Bluetooth headphones provides a unique but familiar experience.
The Hellas have other familiar features found on Bluetooth headphones like the ability to take calls (there’s a mic embedded on that same ear cup that has the touch interface), and the music and call quality is impressive, but by no means hi-res.
The Urbanears Hellas Active Bluetooth headphones are available now for $119 on the Urbanears website.
What struck me most about these headphones though was the actual build of the product. They are, simply put, the lightest headphones I’ve ever picked up and put on my ears. The mesh cushions and headband are incredibly comfortable. And, as workout headphones, Urbanears worked in a way to care for those meshy areas that could come into contact with the user’s sweaty hair and ears. The ear and head pads all pop off of the headphones and are machine washable. They come with a convenient washing bag that you can throw them in to keep the washing machine monsters from gobbling them up.
The sound quality was great as well with enough bass to keep me using them beyond just as workout headphones. And the color combinations available through their website are endless, so these headphones should have wide appeal.
Considering how light, powerful, and convenient these headphones are, and how affordable they run, they’re up there with some of the better headphones I’ve ever put on. No, they’re not hi-res, but they can be thrown in a backpack, take a beating, and still perform great. You’re not concerned, as a user, about getting them nicked up (they are very durable), and the battery life is enough to get you through a week of commuting without any worries. Excellent product and an excellent option for the person looking for comfortable workout headphones, or just a convenient pair to use for the daily commute.