BONX Grip hearables are a kind of Bluetooth walkie talkie. It’s an outdoor group talk system for active people like runners, cyclists, hikers, etc. They let you create a group chat with up to 10 people.
- Microphone: Dual microphone
- Weight: 15g
- Size: W: 44mm x D:18mm x H: 32mm
- Battery: Lithium polymer battery
- Charging: microUSB
- Play Time Using BONX apps: Up to 7 hrs
- Standby Time: Up to 400 hrs
- Waterproof: IPX5
- Bluetooth: Dualmode Bluetooth 4.1
- Range: About 10 meters
The Grip is a rugged Bluetooth earpiece that gives you cellular-network enabled communication. It can also work as a regular earbud, but since you only get one in a box you probably won’t use it much for listening to music. My first instinct was to call this a walkie talkie. However, it’s not because it relies on Wi-Fi and your cell service.
That means you don’t have to be in range of your group to use them. Example: You could be skiing a mountain and talk to your friend in another state or country with this. As long as your friend also has a BONX Grip.
What’s interesting is that it has unlimited range. It’s not constrained by Bluetooth signals. As long as you have cell service, the BONX Grip works. The earpiece is water- and shock-resistant, and it features noice-cancellation. To use it, just press the button on the side and start talking. You’ll look like a secret agent.
It’s a bit expensive, coming in at US$140. But they can be a good investment for certain situations. If you find yourself outside and you can’t pull your phone out, then these earpieces are great. If you hunt or fish, I think this would be a good product for you.
I’m giving this our mid-range rating of “It’s Okay, Get It If You Need It.” Not because I found anything wrong with the device, but rather because it’s sort of a niche product. It’s meant for hands-free group communication for people needing to stay in contact with each other. As I stated in the intro I recommend it for people who engage in group outdoor activity. You can pick up a BONX Grip earpiece on Amazon for US$139.95.