Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Philips ActionFit Overdrive Review

Of all my earphones, the ones that usually break first are the ones that I use for the gym. It's either the thing gets shorted because of my sweat, or, and this happens more often, the wire inside breaks because the thing gets yanked whenever I workout.

My latest earphones, the Yurbuds, which I reviewed here, broke and I needed to find another pair. I would have gotten another pair of Yurbuds but I wanted a pair that blocks out most of the noise. I mostly workout in a gym anyway so I don't need to be as conscious of my surroundings as compared to if I jogged outdoors.

So, I decided to get the Philips ActionFit Overdrive.

This pair hooks around the ear and you adjust the hooks based on the size of your ear lobes. This pair has an in-ear design so it makes for a more immersive listening experience. Much of the noise is blocked out though you will not be completely isolated: external sounds are muted but are not totally blocked off. This makes the earphones still useable for outdoor activities.

There is a clip along the cord so you can attach it to your clothing. There are two extra pairs of silicon caps and you determine which pair is more compatible with your ear canals.

There is also a small bag for the earphones though I really couldn't see the need for that...

The hook itself does not stay in place when bent. However, there is a plastic slider that you adjust when you put the earphones on. I illustrate the difference on the photo below. The earphone on top has the slider on the default position, while the one at the bottom has the slider set all the way down. You adjust the slider based on the size of your earlobes.

Sound quality of the earphones is great, the mids are clearly heard. The lows are very distinctive and spoken words are clear and highly intelligible. However, the bass of the earphones is on the quiet side, so if you are into rock or hiphop music, you won't be able to feel as much thump. For a sports-oriented pair, this earphone is great for listening to classical music. And also, since some of the outside noise leak in, you will have to increase the volume of your player.

The Philips ActionFit Overdrive is sweat and moisture resistant so I hope this will last longer than my other sports earphones. The Philips website also states that the wires are "Kevlar-reinforced" so I hope that this new pair will survive the tugging and yanking that will definitely happen.

But overall, the sound quality of the Philips Action Fit Overdrive is great. #TheShyPhotographer Highly Recommends it for workouts, for listening outdoors, or if you just want to kick back.

So get yours here:

Photos shot with an iPhone 6+ using the iOS app Hipstamatic

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