Today I’m reviewing a pair of the SoundPEATS Q12 Bluetooth headphones. SoundPEATS have a number of similar products on the market so what marks these out as different?
In black plastic, only a green centre to the eartips adds any colour. The cables are flat to reduce size and general bulk too. However, the USP for these are that both eartips are magnetic – allowing you to connect them together when not in use, allowing to hang securely around your neck. The magnets aren’t overly strong but enough to do as they’re intended. Different wireless earphones in the SoundPEATS range move the bulk (circuitry, etc) to different parts of the earphones – in this case it’s to the rear of the eartips but extending outwards rather than, say, back, as with some of the others.
Like the Q8s that I reviewed a little while ago, the eartips are held in place via a rubber hook, which sits inside your ear. 3 different sizes are provided, along with 3 different eartips sizes as well, for the perfect fit.
As with the other “top end” SoundPEATS products these sport both apt-X and CVC noise reduction which, for the money, are brilliant additions. apt-X, assuming you have a transmitting device with the same technology, provides an improved quality of audio via Bluetooth. CVC, on the other hand, provide noise assistance for phone calls – yes, you can use these headphones for taking calls as well!
A short cable connects the earbuds together and, on it, is a remote control. There are 3 buttons on this for +, – and a multi-function button. With the combination of these you can control power, Bluetooth pairing, volume, tracks, stop, pause, pick up and put down phone calls and even activate Google Now. A small port on here too is for charging the headphones via micro USB. It takes up to a couple of hours to fully charge them and then you should get up to 6 hours of playback from them – not bad for something so small. The microphone is also on this remote section too.
The Q12’s come in a smart box, in which is a hard case storing the headphones, replacement eartips and various clips and hooks for the cable. You also get a micro USB cable for recharging and a small instruction booklet. In the past I’ve criticised the instructions for their poor translation into English but with the Q12 instructions I’ve noticed they’re far better – well done to SoundPEATS for recognising this and sorting it out! However, the over-use of plastic bags and plastic ties in the packaging is still a concern.
Ok, so what are they like in use? Bluetooth pairing is easy – there are voice instructions throughout, which really helps. The earphones sit comfortable in the ears and the sound is great. Again, I think they’ve been reading my reviews, as the bass on these appears to be a lot greater than previous products.
Excellent value for money, comfortable in use and sound great. Packed with extras as well, what’s not to like about these?
Disclosure of gift - I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.