Zipbuds 26: A Unique Approach to Bluetooth Headphones

If you are a huge fan of bluetooth devices, or you have one of those smartphones that inconveniently does not come with a headphone jack, you should check out the Zipbuds 26, a truly dynamic pair of headphones that are not just great for casual listeners, but for fitness advocates as well.

Inside of the box you get all of your normal literature and quick start guides, but you also get the Zipbuds, a micro USB charging cable, and a separate magnetic charging dock which is also an extension of the battery life of the Zipbuds.

Zipbuds 26: A Unique Approach to Bluetooth Headphones

I used the Zipbuds almost exclusively at the gym, courtesy of it’s waterproof design that Zipbuds themselves claim can be worn in the rain, which means it will obviously survive a rigorous workout where you leave them drenched in sweat. In terms of battery life, Zipbuds states that you will get 15 hours on a single charge, and this is without being attached to the additional charging dock/battery. In practice, I will say, I’m not a fan o the dock at all.

Zipbuds 26: A Unique Approach to Bluetooth Headphones

Sure, it’s a great idea to have when you’re on the go and you forgot to charge your Zipbuds, but in real world practice, it’s just one more thing that you can lose. My solution to that problem is just leave it plugged into the USB cable and go without it. Especially considering that Zipbuds mentions that the Zipbuds 26 actually feature a QuickCharge technology that will give you an hour of battery life with just five minutes of charging. This is a feature that could come in handy quite often (especially if you plan on tossing these in a bag and forgetting them until you need them).

Zipbuds 26: A Unique Approach to Bluetooth Headphones

In terms of comfort, you’ll be hard pressed to find another pair of headphones more comfortable. Zipbuds included a variety of ear tips, as well as ear wings (including C-Lock stabilizers, Fitness stabilizers, and memory foam tips) that each come in three different sizes, small, medium or large.

Zipbuds 26: A Unique Approach to Bluetooth Headphones

Overall looks of the Zipbud 26 to me, aren’t that great. The inline modules sit in both ear, and if you plan on listening to podcasts or music at your desk all day, you will feel a bit silly with two quarter-sized notches sitting under your left and right ear. I get that these house the power button and the volume control, however it looks rather ugly. Not only that, but they tend to weigh down the cable which cause you to readjust them if you move around a bit, (which explains why they included ear wings). All in all, the look I’m not a fan of at all.

Zipbuds 26: A Unique Approach to Bluetooth Headphones

But the upside comes in the form of the audio and call performance. If there’s one thing Zipbuds 26 gets right, it’s int the audio department: these sound phenomenal. When receiving phone calls I can hear the other person clearly and there’s no noticeable wind or outside noise that’d been reported by the people I’ve spoken to. When it comes to listening to music or podcast, I’ve been able to hear my tunes crystal clear. I like my music in the gym with a bit of bass, and the subwoofer in the Zipbuds 26 have a kick you’ll instantly notice.

Zipbuds 26: A Unique Approach to Bluetooth Headphones

If you can put aside the modules that sit in on the sides of your ear, the Zipbuds 26 are without a doubt a good pair of headphones to check out. At $149.99 they aren’t the cheapest pair of headphones in the world, but you won’t find many other brands competing with the audio quality you’ll receive from these.

For more information you can head over to Zipbud’s site today.

Source: Manufacturer supplied review unit

What I Like: Available in both black and white; Battery life is amazing; Audio quality

What Needs Improvement: Modules are hideous

About the Author

Greg Alston
Diehard Apple fanboy, and lover of all things tech. Born and raised in Washington, DC, Greg enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, family and friends, live sporting events, good bourbon, Tetris, and pizza. In that order.
  • PC

    Are there no specs on these? Did the manufacturer not list the type(s) of driver(s) in these? Is the objective information so bad that you have to leave it out? Can we just label these “reviews” as advertisements upfront so I don’t waste my time reading a page of nothing with a price and link slapped on the bottom? It’s so sad that GearDiary has turned into this.

    • Chloe

      They have tech specs on the site if you’re really interested…pasted from product page

      Audio

      Type: Closed In-Ear Style
      Impedance: 16 Ohm
      Speaker Sensitivity: 91 +/- 2dB At 1KHz
      Output: 5mW nominal, 10mW max
      Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.03%
      Response Bandwidth: 5Hz – 20KHz
      Drivers: Hybrid Technology, one 9.2mm Dynamic Driver and one Balanced Armature Driver
      Bluetooth

      Bluetooth Version: 4.1, Multi-point
      Frequency Band: 2.4 GHz
      Profiles: Handsfree, Headset, A2DP, AVCRP
      Battery

      Play Time: 15 Hrs* (7.5 hours plus an additional 7.5 hours with included charge clip)
      Standby Time: 400 Hours
      Charging Time: 2 Hours
      Quick Charge: 5 min = 1 hour play time plus 1 hour of play time via the charge clip
      Charging: Charging Clip with USB connector and internal battery, Charger clip and USB cable included
      AC Power: DC 5V 500mA
      Type: 100 mAh Lithium Ion in the device & 100 mAh Lithium Ion in the charge clip
      Battery Voltage: 3.7V
      Energy Voltage in Watt hours: 0.35Wh
      Charge Clip / Battery Pack

      Charging: USB cable included
      AC power: DC 5V 500mA
      Type: 100mAh Lithium Ion in the Charge Clip
      Battery Voltage: 3.7V
      Energy Voltage in Watt Hours: 0.35Wh
      Button Controls

      AVRCP Music Controls (Play/pause, next, back)
      Call Controls (answer, end, reject call, etc)
      General (Volume, pair, power)
      In the Box

      26 Wireless Sport headphones
      Mobile Charge Clip
      Fit-Lock Stabilizers: S/M/L
      C-Lock Stabilizers: S/M/L
      Memory Foam Ear Tips: S/M/L
      Silicone Ear Tips: S/M/L
      USB 2.0 Charging Cable
      Carry Case