By Todd Bernhard on Wed, 12/21/2016
Bluetooth is big these days, thanks to Apple removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, but you don't need to pay $300 for Apple's Beats Solo headphones. For less than half of that price, Urban Ears offers the Hellas ($119) wireless Bluetooth headphones, and you can pay even less if you sign up for the mailing list, thanks to a 10 percent discount. You could buy three of the Hellas for the same price as the Beats and choose fromUrban Ears' nice selection of different colors to match your outfit.
There's more to like about the Hellas wireless headphones, such as the removable, washable ear cups and headband. Because they are fabric, they are lightweight, comfortable, and colorful. When they get soiled, just slip them off and throw them in the washing machine. Another neat feature is the gesture-based controls. Instead of fishing around for volume and playback buttons, one of the earcups works like a touch sensitive trackpad, supporting gestures to pause, rewind, fast forward, and control the volume. It's a clever feature, although it may require some practice to learn the options.
- Removable, washable ear cups and headband
- Gesture-based controls
- Fashionable color choices
- Lightweight, comfortable ear and head padding
- 14-hour battery life
- Need to learn the gestures
If you are looking for a wireless headphone, but don't want to spend $200 or more, the Urban Ears Hellas offer some impressive features at a reasonable price.