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Review: Skullcandy Indy Evo - In Ear True Wireless Earbuds - OxGadgets

Review: Skullcandy Indy Evo – In Ear True Wireless Earbuds

The world of true wireless earbuds has come a long way since we tried our first few pairs. What used to be a bunch of a bad experiences is now a smooth experience offering rich and powerful sound. Skullcandy is no stranger to headphones and earbuds, and with the Indy Evo, they are offering a worthy upgrade to the Indy Earbuds. These are slightly smaller and fit better, but still offer the sound you got from the originals.

Skullcandy Indy Evo – Features

  • 30 Hours Total Battery + Rapid Charge
  • IP55 Sweat, Water and Dust Resistant
  • Call, Track and Volume via Touch Controls
  • Use Either Bud Solo
  • 3 EQ Modes (Music, Movie, Podcast)
  • Find Your Earbuds With Tile™

In the box

  • Indy™ Evo True Wireless Earbuds
  • Charging Case
  • Stability Ear Gels (S, L)
  • Ear Gels (S, M, L)
  • USB-C Charging Cable
  • 2-Year Warranty
  • User Guide

Tech Specs

  • Headphone Type: True Wireless In-Ear
  • Connection Type: Bluetooth® 5
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms ±15%
  • Driver Diameter: 6mm
  • THD: <3% at 1KHz
  • Sound Pressure Level: 99-105dB
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20KHz
  • Weight: 57g

Connectivity

Generally speaking, they work well with iPhones as well as Androids. While I haven’t tried them with a PC, my experience with a Mac (MacBook Pro running Catalina) was okay. While the sound works well, the microphones appear but do not capture any sound. This obviously means that in this current era of WFH with plenty of online meetings, these cannot serve as the device of choice if you’re using a Mac.

It should be noted that being Bluetooth 5 makes them fairly robust when it comes to being future proof!

Setup

The setup is fairly simple and obvious. The earbuds go into pairing mode when you take them out of the box, and as long as you are in pairing mode on your device, you can pair them.

You can pair just the one, and it works well. However, if you are used to moving from one earbud to the other, or are used to using only one, you are better off pairing both of them. To pair the other, just take it out on its own from the pack, and a few seconds later it will go into pairing mode.

To pair to a new device is more of a hassle. You have to press and hold on the ‘touch’ area for over 6 seconds and then it goes into pairing mode.

Sound Quality

As mentioned already, the sound is great. They offer good isolation, and a good, true sound. A lot of in-ear buds are generally tuned for a heavier bass. Not these guys. No, they give you a more true sound, meaning it isn’t all beats. In a way, a credit to Skullcandy for not hiding behind a heavier bass.

As far as the microphone goes, it is reasonably sensitive and works well during calls made via my phone.

The sound quality works well whether you’re sitting at a desk or running along, making these quite good for all sorts of uses.

Ease of use

Generally, I am not a big fan of touch controls. Having slightly longer hair, I have found that certain earbuds will think I am touching them when my hair gets sweaty. I haven’t noticed this with these yet, but it does mean that I am slightly cautious.

Overall, they are fairly ‘pop in ear and go’ type once you are paired, so all good. However, Skullcandy have gone away from the traditional touch controls, where you touch to play/pause, etc. On these, a single tap adjusts volume (right = up, left = down), a double tap gives you a play/pause, etc. This means that muscle memory doesn’t work as well as you’d hope.

Fit and comfort

They fit very well, and come with an attachment that gives you a more secure fit. A bit of running, jumping or exercise and you have absolutely no fears regarding their fit. They’ll definitely stay in.

I am generally quite fussy around comfort, but an hour or two of wearing these was perfectly fine for me. The slightly smaller design goes a long way here.

Find them when they are lost

I love the Tile connectivity that Skullcandy have thrown in. I ended up using it on day 1, when these managed to fall behind my table! When used, they squeak a high pitched noise that lets you locate them. It connects with both earbuds individually, so works well.

More information

More information on these can be found on the Skullcandy website.

They currently retail for £89.99, and can be bought directly from their website.

 

Sami Mughalhttps://www.oxgadgets.com
Can be found somewhere between designing new tech as an electronics engineer or testing new tech as a technology enthusiast. Lives mostly on Twitter, and would love to have a word with you there as @smacula.

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