It’s been a while since we tried anything new from Skullcandy, and in the past, they’ve proven to be quality products at a solid price point. They’ve just sent through one of their latest products, the Hesh 3, a pair of wireless headphones, with a retail price of just under £90. Let’s take a look.
The Hesh 3 come well protected in some nice packaging, finished with a lid for easy access. They come in 6 finishes, black, red, blue, grey, physco tropical & vice/grey/crimson, so something for everyone. We got sent the physco tropical ones, which are the ones that stand out most from the crowd, with their bluey/green wood patterned ear cups. I like the look of these, though I would personally prefer something a little subtler.
On one of the earcups, assume the right, though I have yet to find any markings indicating which is which, is the power on/off, volume up/down, track select, microphone, microUSB port and aux in. There is also an indicator light, so you can see what’s happening and battery level can be monitored on your smart device (tested on iPhone). They are constructed from plastic, with the adjustable headband being metal, which is great. The earcups are over ear, as opposed to on the ear, they are thick and squidgy. There is also padding to the top of the headband for extra comfort. At just 200g, they are a light in weight. Overall, the headphones are nicely constructed, flexible yet secure, with plenty of padding, resulting in a comfortable fit. The headphones do fold, but a carry pouch or case is not included.
These are wireless headphones, using Bluetooth tech and pairing your device to the headphones is like any other Bluetooth device. If for some reason you do not have Bluetooth on your device or the battery runs out on the headphones, you can indeed connect the two together via the supplied aux cable. With bluetooth, comes the microphone feature, which allows you to take phonecalls via the headphones, which is handy for some.
As for performance, the sound quality is top notch, for this price range. The sound is rich and punchy, with plenty of volume, thanks to the 40mm drivers. The thick, over ear cushioned cups hold the sound well, offering a decent level of passive sound isolation from the outside world. Weighing in at just 200g, they feel light on your head, secure and comfortable, thanks to the padding, though I do not recommend these for sports, you will get sweaty. Skullcandy state a 22hr battery life, which I would agree with, though I probably did about 6 hours of testing and had about 65% charge left. One handy feature that works well, is the rapid charge. 10 minutes of charge equals up to 4 hours of playback.
Retailing at £79.99, these are a great pair of headphones, with surprisingly good noise cancelation. They can’t compete with the more expensive brands such as Bose or Bowers & Wilkins, but the price reflects that. I personally wouldn’t pick this finish, the pattern is too bold for me, but fortunately there are colours for everyone. For more info, visit the official Skullcandy Hesh 3 web page