Wireless earbuds have turned out to be a more difficult technical problem than anyone could have anticipated. Even the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H5 isn't completely wireless. It has a short wire that dangles from the earpieces and converts to a necklace when the user isn't listening to audio. But cramming enough equipment into an earbud for full Bluetooth connectivity without wires has taken quite some time to accomplish.
Fortunately, the German electronics manufacturer Bragi has pulled it off with their Dash. The Bluetooth receiver itself is in a teardrop-shaped extension that hangs from your ears and does a lot more than receive wireless audio from your mobile MP3 player. It also contains an ear bone microphone that lets you talk with your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone, for instance. And if you use the Dash when you're running (which, guessing from its name, is probably what the manufacturer intended you to be doing), the app supplied by Bragi can monitor real-time fitness data. It'll tell you what your heart rate is, how far you've run, how long you've been running and probably how much caffeine you had to drink at Starbucks that morning. (This last claim is not supported by the manufacturer. You may have to monitor your own caffeine.) You can recharge the device while you're running to get up to 15 hours of audio.
Bragi also claims to have created a unique earbud shape that will not -- brace yourself -- fall out off your ear even under the intense jostling of your morning marathon. And in the unlikely event that you don't own a mobile MP3 player (or the more likely event that you don't like to carry it with you while running), the Dash contains 4 gigabytes of internal storage, rendering an external device unnecessary. So just decide what that day's audiobook is going to be, put it on board, and catch up on your reading while running.
Slim design and comfortable fit, nice rechargeable case...bluetooth connection sucks, you have to be within 1.5 feet away and on the right side to stay connected.
As soon as I updated the software they worked flawless. Better than what I expected!
The touch interface...works amazingly well even while swimming...it keeps getting better with every software update.
The software works but is still in development, but many features have already been added in the last month. I use them for biking, running, and swimming and they work great!
I am very disappointed! The BT connection is very weak. Once the cell phone is in your pocket, the connection disappears. The sound is also too weak.
Sound is great, and with the last update, the bluetooth problems are solved...so good in the ear, that I have no concern even when swimming or playing sports.
Great for workouts. Impressive sound...things just don’t work as planned on too many occasions, thanks in large part to shaky Bluetooth connection.
Solid sound quality for such small 'buds. Super secure, and can handle the elements...Connectivity is a mess.
Snug, secure fit...Excellent design and build quality...Bluetooth problems outdoors when the phone is in your pocket. Sleeves for different ear sizes are ugly.
Still uses Bluetooth to connect to your phone, and it's a big problem. Any time my phone was more than a few feet from my ears...I'd experience hiccups in the audio.