OT Bluetooth Tags review: Ideal for active music lovers

Most of the Bluetooth headphones we review sit on top of your head, but the Outdoor Technology Bluetooth Tags fit in your ears with a long cord that wraps around your neck, which comes in handy when you're not listening to music.

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Most of the Bluetooth headphones we review sit on top of your head, but the Outdoor Technology Bluetooth Tags fit in your ears with a long cord that wraps around your neck, which comes in handy when you're not listening to music. They're meant to dangle off your neck like a pair of dog tags, and a small plastic clip on the wire lets you twist them together.

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The set comes with three colo-coded ear tip sizes, a Mini-USB cable for charging through a port on your computer, and a small plastic carrying case.

Since there's no room on the cable for the remote control, all the navigation is done directly on the right earbud using three buttons: one multifunction button to play and stop, and two directional buttons to skip forward or backward through a playlist.

The company also includes two plastic ear clips that securely fasten to your ears while you're listening. The tags weren't specifically designed for athletes, but the clips make it easy to add a soundtrack for jogging, cycling, hiking, and other active sports.

And pairing the headphones to a Bluetooth-connected smartphone is easy, but if you don't have a compatible device, OT also sells an external transmitter for iOS devices for $25.

One drawback to Bluetooth audio is that you lose sound quality in the audio compression process, so you might notice a bit more static and a drop in clarity compared to wired headphones, but we think the trade-off is worth it, especially considering the $80 Tags cost less than a mid-level pair of earbuds. Want to know more? Check out our full review of the Outdoor Technology Bluetooth Tags.

 

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