The Satechi Aluminum Wirelsss on-ear headphones are moderately priced yet feature rich. While midrange and not for the perfectionist audiophile, features include enhanced bass, Bluetooth or wired operation, audio playback control buttons, three crisp aluminum colors, and a separately available stand that doubles as a USB 3 hub.
I am not a musician, but I have spent quite a bit of time in my life building home audio and home theater systems for personal use. As a result, I have learned to assess and compare audio equipment subjectively.
So when I had the opportunity to review these new Satechi Aluminum Wireless Headphones, I decided to take a certain approach. Namely, how do they sound for the money, how do they compare to some other headphones I have, what are the notable features, and what is my recommendation? Accordingly, you won't see frequency charts here. But by the time I'm finished, you'll know if they're worth the price and if you want a pair.
The Satechi Aluminum Wireless Headphones (SAWH) come in space gray, silver or gold. (MIne were silver.) They are on-ear headphones, meaning that they rest on top of the ear and do not surround it, as with over-ear headphones. They're designed to be used as Bluetooth 4.0 devices, but they include a 3.5 mm port and cord that includes a microphone and has playback controls. These headphones are very handsome looking compared to the typical, dreary black plastic used in many designs.
Close-up detail showing charge LED, bevel and BT pairing button. Stand described below.
- Bluetooth 4.0
- MicroUSB-USB charging cord included (1 meter, 39 inches)
- 3.5 mm audio cord included (1.25 meter, 50 inches)
- Audio cord has microphone and controls (Play/pause/next or previous track).
- Aluminum earpieces and aluminum head bar (with external cushioning).
- Earpiece has pairing button, volume buttons (hold) and next/previous track (click).
- LED charging indicator. (Red for charging, blue when fully charged.)
- 18 hour battery for Bluetooth (Lithium-ion, about 300 mAh. ) Three hours to charge fully, drawing 100 milliamps.
- Weight stated as 170 grams/6 ounces. Thats with the audio cord. (I measured 155 grams/5.5 ounces for just the headphones.)
- When the battery is depleted, the wired mode remains seamlessly available.
- When the audio cord is plugged in, the battery stops being depleted.
These last two features are crucial and require just a bit more engineering that one might suspect would be common in $70 headphones.
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