BlueAnt Pump HD Sportbuds8
Wireless sporty styled headphones are big business, so there’s no shortage of models that try to appease the vast segment of fitness oriented consumers. Longtime Bluetooth maker BlueAnt is in the race too, where they intend on making a splash with its brand spanking new model – the BlueAnt Pump HD Sportbuds. The company’s approach is a tad bit different from the crop we’ve been seeing of late, since they’ve opted for a more secure fit with its design. Not only that, but it’s ensured to please hardcore fitness buffs with its rugged and waterproof nature.
The package contains:
- Owners guide
- Comfort seal tips
- Cable zip
- microUSB cable
Despite its bulkiness, BlueAnt emphasizes on having a secure and firm fit that others lack.
Something inside of us sparks the moment we take a peek at the BlueAnt Pump HD Sportbuds. It’s that peculiar feeling we get that makes us think we’ve seen this pair of Bluetooth headphones before. In fact, the Pump HD Sportbuds’ design instantly reminds us of Plantronic’s line of Voyager series Bluetooth headsets, mainly because of its similar approach. Specifically, it employs that bulky arched arm design that permits the backend of ear to rest against its bulkier frame – while the skinnier ear bud section snakes its way into our ear.
Sporting a Teflon coating and Kevlar exterior, they’re there to give the unit its IP67 certification, which makes it rugged and waterproof. Therefore, there are no worries if it’s used in the rain for an extended period of time, or even submerged with you as you quickly take a dip into the pool. Even though it can survive submersion for a little bit, don’t think for a moment you can use these bad boys underwater to listen to music. Nevertheless, the rubbery exterior enables it to retain a clean appearance – even if it’s constantly fighting sweat.
BlueAnt made sure to focus on its fit around our ears, and boy did they get it right! Whereas other sporty styled units strictly rely on a traditional freestanding ear bud design, the Pump HD Sportbuds evenly distributes weight over our ear. Combining its weighty rear siding, which rests against the back of our ear, and the narrow ear bud section that finds its way into our ear canal, there are no complaints about it becoming loose. Of course, the snug fit can be enhanced by using the optional stabilizer ear buds, but the usual ones prove firm enough.
Alternatively, the packaging contains comply premium awareness tips, which are more spongy in comparison to the rubbery silicone based comfort seal tips. Depending on your workout, these awareness tips prove to be more beneficial, since they allow background noise to move freely through it – allowing us to be aware if a car is honking at us, or if a biker is ringing its bell. Naturally, it’s a precaution that prevents us from totally being unaware of our surroundings as we’re using the headphones.
Taking a look at the left component, it only houses the unit’s microUSB port – hidden behind a tightly closed rubber flap to prevent water from coming in. Meanwhile, we find its various physical controls on the right component. They included the volume up, volume down, and multi-function buttons. Starting with the latter, it’s used to pause/play with multimedia content, and pickup/decline for phone calls. Indeed, it lacks dedicated controls for track forward or reverse, but the functions can be achieved by simply holding down the volume up and down buttons for a few seconds.