If you’re in the market for earbuds or headphones, your choices are almost endless. We recently covered the very competent Nokia power earbuds lite, and today I wanted to talk about earbuds that grabbed my attention personally: The Airloop Snap 3-in-1.
You can watch my unboxing and features explanation video below:
So what makes these earbuds special? Well, other than having a fairly competent spec sheet, decent audio quality and low latency, they are also advertised as the first transforming earbuds, where you can use them as true wireless earbuds, or connect them to a sports band, or even attach them to a neckband for a more stealthy office-friendly approach.
They do this in a pretty clever way, but utilizing magnets built into the earbuds themselves and into their companion bands. It works almost seamlessly, and the magnetic attachment is quite strong so I never felt like the earbuds will fall off. For the neckband, it requires a bit more work to connect, as you have to remove the built-in rubber on the buds and attach them to the built-in rubber on the neckband itself. With time you can do that pretty quickly, but it does take getting used to.
Another notable aspect of these headphones is that they are IP7X water-resistant, have noise-canceling for phone calls, and can last 10 hours on a single charge. They also come with a metallic case that adds another 80 hours of usage thanks to a 1400 mAh battery capacity. The case itself is quite big and not the lightest implementation I have seen, so if you are very conscious about what you carry in your pocket like myself, that’s not ideal.
I connected them to my Nokia 8.3 to see how they sound compared to the Nokia powerbuds, since both advertise graphene drivers, and they sound very similar. The Airloops can get a bit louder though which also causes a slight loss in audio quality, but on the same level they are almost identical in quality. Their sound quality is also far superior compared to my old and trusty Nokia Pro Wireless Earphones.
Airloop Snap 3-in-1 will cost you 100 USD which is not bad since you do get a lot for the money. Anyways, do check out the video for a more detailed look, and I would love to hear your thoughts on them.