Geeky Gadget Review: Dry Case DryBUDS
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 August 2012 06:42 Written by LoganDX Thursday, 23 August 2012 06:42
Water is the biggest fear and the mortal enemy of geeks. It can slip in through the smallest of weak spots and wreck untold damage on our favorite gadgets. Many of us have been in the predicament of dropping our phones in puddles but some of us have had a device stop running due to steam and sweat. Plenty of products have hit the market to protect our digital buddies from the dreaded H2O but what about accessories? Are they doomed to a life of wet death or can they survive to fight another day? Well yes and no.
Thanks to our friends at Dry Case, makers of the DryCASE, we have a new way to jam out in the shower or sing in the rain! How? Why with the DryBUDS Sport of course! The DryBUDS Sports are a set of waterproof headphones, submersible up to 10 feet with a waterproof microphone. The earbuds are attached to over the ear clips that allow users to adjust the buds to fit better inside their hearing holes.
So now you know what they are let’s talk about how they work. Hit the break and I’ll tell you just that!
The DryBUDS slip over the ears just like any other ear clip, dropping the buds themselves right into the ear canal. Since they hang on a small post, people can rotate the buds to fit more snugly. Nice touch as not all ears are the same. I found it a tad difficult to get a solid fit, however I say it’s less of a design issue and more of a gene issue. I have those odd ears you sometimes hear about, I have to fiddle with any set of earbuds I use. The ear clips grab on well, they never slipped off my ears, even during rigorous activity. The cord is longer than most earbuds, mostly so one can have the room needed to tuck their device away from the elements. Another nice touch but that extra can get in the way, get wrapped around the arm. Best advice is to secure it before your run or swim.
The DryBUDS live up to their waterproof claim. Neither sweat nor rain nor free flowing water could stop them from delivering the tasty jams on my Google Play list. Water still trickled into my ears thanks to my ears’ aversion to being normal but hey, what could I do? Get ear surgery? No thanks! The microphone worked well in all the different weather conditions, except storms. We had a good storm out here so I decided to put the BUDS through their paces. The sound output aced it but the microphone had difficulties keeping up. Extreme measure for sure but just had to find out.
The bottom line for the DryBUDS? If you’re in the market for a new set of earbuds to use in wet conditions, they’re definitely for you. Other than a few minor issues, they’ll keep you jamming to the latest tunes while you get your sweat on plus you can make breathless calls to your friends without switching out ear pieces. You can grab a set for yourselves here for a smooth $39.99. Have fun geeks!