Fitbit Flyer wireless earphones review

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The Ionic phone finds ideal audio and control companions in the Flyer earphones

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation

The Ionic phone finds ideal audio and control companions in the Flyer earphones

Flyer wireless fitness earphones are a perfect match for the fitness-tracking Fitbit Ionic smartphone. They’re sweatproof and held securely and comfortably in place so they don’t fall out when you’re exercising.

The battery life is a generous six hours and there’s inline remote control for handling music and phone calls.

I had no problem connecting the Flyer to the Fitbit Ionic. Switch it on the first time and it immediately goes into pairing mode, with its LED blinking blue.

Since the Flyer is lightweight and secure in the ears, with the strap resting on your neck, you can enjoy listening to music while using the Ionic to record your run or bike trip. The Flyer weighs just 20 grams and has a cord length of 500mm.

The Flyer will pair with up to eight devices. Simply press and hold the power button on the right earbud for four seconds to put it into pairing mode and open the Bluetooth menu on your phone and select “Flyer”.

Once paired, the matching device’s profile is stored in the Flyer’s memory. The Flyer will automatically connect to nearby paired devices. Two devices can be connected at the same time, but only one can play music.

You control music playback on the Ionic or another phone with the Flyer’s Up and Down and Select buttons.

Press Select to play or pause, and Up or Down to alter volume and skip tracks. Press Up and hold for one second or double-press Select to go to the next track. To go back, press Down and hold for one second or triple-press Select.

The Select button is also used to answer, end or reject a phone call.

The Flyer has good sound quality. It uses 8.6mm drivers with a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz and good sensitivity of 110dB.

There are two sound profiles on the Flyer. The default Signature sound is classic and crisp, suitable for most activities. If you want more bass, go for Power Boost, which amplifies the lows and adjusts the equaliser for more power.

You can toggle Power Boost on and off by pressing Up and Down at the same time briefly. You’ll hear an audio notification of its status, as an energy-saving measure.

I found the bass to be ample on the Signature setting and enjoyed using the earphones to listen to rock music, which came through loud and clear. In Power Boost mode, the bass was massive.

The Flyer comes with three sizes of ear tips. Choose the right fit and you’ll be guaranteed of good passive-noise reduction.

To further help with the fit, there are two sizes of large wings and smaller fins. The wings tuck behind the fold in your ears, so pick the size that fits snugly without slipping. If neither the larger nor the smaller wing feels secure, go for the fins.

The fins follow the curve of your ears. You might have to switch between right and left fins to tuck in your ears correctly.

The earphones use a two-microphone system to ensure clear voice exchange during phone conversations.

The Fitbit Flyer has a suggested retail price of Bt5,190.

KEY SPECS: Fitbit Flyer

– Type: Inear

– Noise isolation: Passive

– Audio format: 16bit stereo, 44.1/48kHz

– Supported codecs: AAC, SBC

– Driver size: 8.6mm

– Frequency range: 20Hz to 20kHz

– Total harmonic distortion and noise: More than 0.5 per cent at 1kHz/1dBFS, 20Hz20kHz bandpass filter

– Maximum sound pressure: 100dBSPL at 1kHz

– Bluetooth: 4.2 supporting A2DP + AVRCP + HSP + HFP

– Battery: Playtime up to six hours, charging time two hours, charging port microUSB

– Microphone: Two MEMS mics (pickup pattern), dual omni-directional microphone (two-mic beamforming array)

– Dimensions: 25x20x18mm

– Cord length: 500mm

– Weight: 20g

– In the box: Fitbit Flyer Wireless headphones, three sizes of customisable ear tips, two sizes of wings and fins, carrying case, USB charging cable (USBA to USB MicroB

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