What’s Light and Blue and Has No Cord? Checking Out iFrogz Colorful Coda Forte Bluetooth Headphones

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iFrogz coda Forte Bluetooth headphones are very blue (or black, pink and white. They are light, visually striking, and under $100. They run for up to 12 hours per charge, work with the included cable when the battery runs down, and they have controls that are as simple as simple can be. Are they the right wireless headphones for you?

The coda Forte headphones have Bluetooth, so they connect to pretty much any Bluetooth-enabled device.

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Interestingly, while iFrogz shares the fact that the headphones can get up to 12 hours per charge, they don’t specify which version of Bluetooth they have.

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Controls are as simple as you will find on any pair of Bluetooth headphones. There is a power button that also functions as the pairing button. (There is no Near Field Communications (NFC) functionality available here for simple pairing.) the only other control is the Play/Pause/Volume Up/Volume Down button next to it. I really appreciate it when companies make it easy and intuitive to use technology. This is especially true when you are wearing the device in question.

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When the power dies, or when you are not allowed to use a wireless connection, you can plug in the included cable. It is 1.2 meters long and has a 3.5 mm jack on each side.

The coda Forte Bluetooth headphones 40 mm neodymium drivers. As iFrogz notes,

Enjoy hi-fidelity sound from the go anywhere, do anything Coda Forte wireless Bluetooth headphones. These stylish headphones come in an array of vibrant colors and connect to your music player via Bluetooth so you can enjoy your music without getting tangled in pesky cords.

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From a comfort and sound perspective, the headphones are good but not great. The padding on the ear cups is soft but, at least for me, there wasn’t quite enough of it. The result was that my ears actually touched the hard speakers inside each ear cup. I also didn’t get a complete seal while wearing them. I will say that, except for my ears coming into contact with the speakers, the coda Fortes were quite comfortable. This is, in large part, due to the lightweight design of the Bluetooth headphones.

Sound also was good but not great. I can see these working just fine for someone who likes the design and wants wireless headphones for under $100. For example, we recently gave my niece and nephew Kindle Fire HD tablets. I can see them going nuts over these. Someone like me however, who has had the chance to enjoy numerous headphones in the $250-$400 range, will likely be a bit less enthusiastic. That is not, mind you, a knock on the coda Forte headphones; these headphones are not intended for audiophiles or for those with deep pockets. For someone looking to get a cool pair of Bluetooth headphones for under $100 however, they are more than sufficient.

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The iFrogz code Forte stand out in a crowded market thanks to their bright colors and unique shape. They certainly “ain’t your daddy’s headphones”, and that’s the point. I can see many folks — especially those who are college age and below — who might also be getting a tablet or smartphone as a gift this year being very, very happy with these.

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MSRP: $99.99

What I Like: Light; Striking appearance; Get 12 hours of runtime; Also work as corded headphones; Controls are simple and intuitive

What Needs Improvement: Not as comfortable for me as I would like; Sound is good but not great

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample

About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.

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