Velodyne vFree Review
In our last experience with something from audio-centric company Velodyne, we were undeniably impressed by their vPulse in-ear headphones, as we deemed it as one of the best in its class. Relatively new in the headphones market, they’re branching out yet again, but this time, it’s in the wireless Bluetooth space. Intent on becoming a formidable figure, the Velodyne vFree On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones is the first step in their quest. As with all things, let’s cross our fingers and hope they can pull it off.
Taking it out of the box for the first time, we’re amazed in awe with its peculiar design, which has a tepid fashionable style to it, but upon grasping it with our hands, our once eager thoughts quickly subside into oblivion. Sure, the ear cups have a neat diamond shaped to them, however, the entire thing comes off as being cheap in build quality and construction – toyish in a way! For starters, the glossy black plastic body of our unit is simply a gold mine filled with nasty fingerprints and smudges, which makes it look like a greasy mess after a few minutes of using it. Indeed, we appreciate its lightweight and comfortable feel, which are attributed to its extra soft padding material around the headband and ear cups, but we can’t steer clear from the fact that it’s lacking the sturdiness of other comparable headphones – even more when we look at its exorbitant price point.
In keeping it portable for traveling, the Velodyne vFree can be collapsed along its sides, but the hinges seem so brittle to the point that we’re scared about accidentally breaking them. Of course, seeing that it’s plastic, the headband has enough flexibility to minimize any strain when worm over our ears for an extended amount of time. However, the ear cups themselves are narrow in size, which doesn’t seem ample enough to accommodate those with larger sized ears.