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Product Review and Buyer's Guide: Urbanears Hellas Active Headphones

Finding the right pair of headphones to workout with is tough, especially if you’re not a big fan of earbuds, like me. This is our product review and buyer’s guide for the Urbanears Hellas Active Headphones.

The Hellas look cheap. The on-ear headphones come in four colors with contrasting accents for the earpads and headband. The earpads and headband can be removed and washed. It’s exclusively a Bluetooth headphone, there’s no option for a wired connection. But the battery does last 14 hours.

The headphones have touch controls on the outside of the right earcup. Press and hold in the center of the cup to turn them on. To pair them, keep the center pressed until the light turns from a fast blinking blue to a slow blinking white. Swiping up and down controls the volume, left and right skips songs. Tapping in the center plays and pauses music and accepts and declines calls.

The sound quality is pretty decent. While listening to bass-heavy music, you’ll be very pleased. The music doesn’t suffer distortion and won't put too much force on your ears. Songs with traditionally less focus on the lows don’t sound bad either, but they’re not as crisp as they might be on other headphones.

For $119, these headphones aren’t a bad investment. The headphones were designed with working out in mind. The Hellas don’t bounce around when running, and they won’t fall out of your ears. Pairing the headphones with your device can be a little frustrating, but the touch controls are very responsive

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