Thanks to Bluetooth V2.1 technology, these iT7 wireless headphones are ideal for running or going to the gym, as there are no cables to get in the way and don’t fall out. This is, of course, what you’d hope for given they were designed in conjunction with former Aston Villa footballer Ian Taylor.
You wear them looped around the back of your head and hooked over your ears, and are very light (30.6g) and comfortable to wear. When I wore them running I didn’t have a problem with them becoming dislodged, which I was extremely pleased about, so felt very liberated. With their rubber coating around the buds, they are also sweat and water-resistant.
If someone calls while you are listening to music, you can also answer via a built-in microphone, with your tunes cutting out automatically. With this in mind, and the fact that the glossy black iT7s are discrete in style, they could also be used for the daily commute. A rechargeable battery allows for seven hours of continuous playback or eight hours’ talk time, and 180 hours of standby on full charge.
The headphones can be synched to any Bluetooth mobile device including smartphones, MP3/4 players and PCs, and can be used at a range of up to ten metres. The sound is decent, though not mind-blowing, and didn’t cut out at any point due to a drop in Bluetooth connection. They were also very quick to pair with my iPhone 4S.
The only drawbacks were that I found them fiddly to charge – the hole for the power cable (connected to my laptop via USB) is hidden behind a tiny flap of rubber and the LED that glows blue or red (depending on power/sync status) is miniscule. I also found it hard to feel the tiny control buttons (used to skip tracks, turn them on and off, and adjust the volume) when running. It’s also worth noting that the ear buds can’t be switched for different sizes so there is no guarantee they will fit snugly. I didn’t have a problem though.
PROS They are light, stay in place when running and there are no cables to get in the way. The design is smart too.
CONS Fiddly to control, sound is average.