Truly Wireless Earbuds” are the talk of the music town. Now, they come in various hues, styles and price points making it really a difficult job to narrow down the right pair for you. Skullcandy has joined the bandwagon with the Push priced at Rs 9,999 in India. So are these the buds you should lay your hands at? For that, keep reading our Skullcandy Push review where I unravel the pros and cons of the new buds in town.
Out of the box, you get the:
- Paid of buds
- Charging case
- Type C cable
- Extra pair of ear tips
- and user manual
The best part of the truly wireless earbuds are most of them come with a charging case – you can toss your earbuds in them and they not just rest but also gets charged up. The Skullcandy charging case is slightly bulky compared to a few other I have come across but still pocketable. It is made of plastic and frankly, I expected a bit of more premiums in terms of finish and make. The charging case and earbuds come in what the company states as Psychotropical Teal colour a sort of metallic green. Though I personally liked the Tangerine colour variant they have but it is available only on a limited number. So probably you might settle for this green colour. The case has the funky Skullcandy logo on it. There is no spring mechanism for the lid and you will have to manually pry them open.
There are blue LED light indicators to give you the estimate of the charge remaining on the case. The USB Type C for charging is a good addition, but if you are still stuck with microUSB type C on your Smartphone, you might have to carry the type C cable that comes with the box while travelling. But I would suppose if you are spending 10 grands on this earbuds, you probably do have a Smartphone that uses type C port.
The earbuds snuggle into the charging case and they don’t fall if you turn the case upside down with lid open.
They don’t fall because of the magnetic pogo pins which held them to the case and pass on the charging juice too.
While the earbuds look a bit big, they are quite flat too and lightweight. The company calls them FinFit wings, and they do keep the buds steady during exercise. There is one single large button on both the pairs. They offer good haptic feedback and are pleasant to use. About the controls? well, there are few bag full of tricks which you might have to learn to use them.
The Skullcandy Push are decently well-made headphones. They are made of plastic and don’t feel like premium headphones but should still be solid enough to survive a few accidental drops. They are rated IPX3 for sweat and splashing water resistance. The fit is good and is stable enough for running and much of physical activity and in gyms. They sit upright on your ears and the fins keep it stable. In my use for the last 10 days, I didn’t face an instance of it popping out during my general use and workouts.
Skullcandy Push controls
There is one button control for all the needs. You make single or multiple tap or press for a set duration for activating different functions as listed below.
- Pairing first time: Press the left button for 7 seconds
- Power on/off: Press for 5 seconds
- Play/Pause: Single Tap
- Volume Up: Quick double tap on right button
- Volume down: Quick double tap on left button
- Next track: Long press for 3 sec on right bud
- Previous track: Long press for 3 sec on left bud
It is quite easy once you get used to the combinations but the voice assistant failed to activate on my use for whatsoever reason.
Performance of Skullcandy Push
- Connection Type: Bluetooth® 4.2
- Impedance: 16 Ohms
- Driver Diameter: 9.2mm
- THD: <3% at 1KHz
- Sound Pressure Level: 100 +/-3dB (1mW/500Hz)
- Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20KHz
- Weight: 54.2g
If you are a bass lover, the Push should impress you. It is slightly bass heavy and in my experience, I find many people prefer this than a pure audiophile would love. They have a powerful, thumpy and consistent bass, a decently well-balanced mid-range, and a good treble. Since they emphasise more on the bass, you might feel the mids and vocals slightly taking a back seat but overall the earphones are great for bass-heavy music and general populace might like this. The passive noise activation is not very effective though it’s not bad either. You might have to find the right ear tips and figure the best match for your ears. The audio leakage is minimal which means you might not be disturbing the person sitting next to you even when listening on high volume.
Call quality is decent enough to manage your calls. Though it was disappointing to note that the microphone and call audio are only available on the left earbud. If you want to know if you can use only one earbud for listening to music, yes you can but only on the left bud while the right can rest on the case. I tried resting the left bud on the case and listen on the right one and it doesn’t work that way.
It is not water resistant and I guess it might be IPX3 which means a slight splash should be ok but not beyond that.
Battery life of Skullcandy Push
Skullcandy states a battery life of 6 hours and another backup of 6 hours the charging case offers. 6 hours is good for a truly wireless earphone and most of you would not be draining the charge in one stretch. The case though has only one additional charge so totalling 12 hours. The additional capacity/cycle is a bit less than many of the earphones I have tried. Still, you should not be worrying much of the battery life and 12 hours is still a decent duration even if you are travelling.
It is strange to know Skullcandy have opted for Bluetooth 4.2 when we have Bluetooth 5 around which offers a better range and power efficiency. These Bluetooth headphones can only connect to one device at a time, and they also don’t support NFC. In spite of the BT 4.2, I was happy with the range these pairs offered. While watching movies on Netflix or Youtube, I didn’t notice any significant latency worth mentioning.
If you are a bass lover and you want a truly wireless experience, Skullcandy Push would please you. A lack of proper IP certification for water resistance, the absence of Bluetooth 5 and microphone and calling ability restricted to left earbud leave a sour note but on a positive side, it offers a great fit, a decent battery life and bass-heavy audio which most of you might prefer. Skullcandy Push is no pushover.