The Skullcandy S2WUHW-477 Bluetooth in-ear headphones are likable headphones aimed at active people who hate fighting headphones that tend to fall out with every faster move. The goal is to help you get the most out of your workout and do it with style. Just like with most fashion-oriented headphones, the question worth answering is whether the combination of fit and style is enough to justify the average sound quality of these headphones.
Build and Design
As far as design and presentation goes, the Skullcandy S2WUHW-477 share many similarities with other headphones from the company. Their youthful appearance may seem somewhat alien whenever you use the headphones outside the gym or your favorite jogging course, but seeing this as a fault of the headphones would be like saying that the Ferrari 458 is a poor car because it doesn’t have a huge trunk or a place to store a set of spare wheels.
What matters is that you can take the headphones with you outside even while it’s raining and toss them inside your bag after you’re done. The Pureclean Gel technology prevents bacteria from growing in numbers as they munch on the bits of dead skin from your ears. This alone could make the headphones worth their cost for people who suffer from ear infections.
Another clever, fitness-oriented technology that you can find on these headphones is called Sticky Gel. As the eartips get warmer and wetter, they become 30% more tactile than eartips on any other earphones. This creates a better seal and prevents the headphones from falling out. The only issue with comfort is created by what Skullcandy calls Triple Lock Tech. These pronounced earwings are designed to provide additional support and stabilize the headphones while running, lifting, or doing any other demanding physical activity. Unfortunately, they aren’t as flexible as they should be, and if you don’t happen to be born with just the right size and shape of ears, they will dig deep into the skin and cause pain.
The advertise battery life of the Skullcandy S2WUHW-477 is 6 hours, which the headphones achieve if you listen to your music at low volume levels. Having them at full blast recused the battery life to just 2 hours.
Over the past few years, Chinese headphones manufacturers have successfully changed how most customers expect budget headphones to sound like. So, when Skullcandy release a pair of wireless headphones that cost several times more yet sound similar to base headphones, like the Apple EarPods, one has to wonder whether they are worth the price.
To be fair, you get better bass quality improved sound balance, but the difference is too small to justify the price difference, especially if you listen to your music in a loud gym or while running along a busy road. On the bright side, the built-in microphone is as good as headphones mics in this price range get.
What’s in the Box?
Included in the box is a soft, mesh carrying case and three pairs of replaceable eartips.