iTouchless Pure-Ear review: iTouchless Pure-Ear

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.3
  • Design: 5.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 5.0
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The Good The iTouchless Pure-Ear headphones offer active noise-canceling technology and deep bass at an attractive price.

The Bad When it comes to sound quality and overall noise isolation, the iTouchless Pure-Ear headphones are nothing special.

The Bottom Line You'd be better off spending your money on a good pair of passive sound-isolating in-ear or over-ear headphones, or spending a little extra on a competitor, rather than buying the iTouchless Pure-Ear headphones.

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Active noise-canceling headphones can be a sanity saver in noisy planes, trains, or offices, but their high price has kept them out of reach for many of us. The iTouchless Pure-Ear active noise-canceling headphones ($129) offer an affordable active noise-canceling headphone option for those seeking sonic refuge on a budget.

Cosmetically, the iTouchless Pure-Ear headphones look and feel like average over-ear headphones that aspire to pass for a pair of Bose QuietComfort 2. The small earcups and shallow padding on the iTouchless Pure-Ear headphones make them more of an on-ear design, offering less passive sound isolation than true over-ear headphones, such as the Audio Technica ATH-ANC7 QuietPoint. We like how the iTouchless Pure-Ear headphones can fold up into a compact ball for easy storage, although many competitors opt for a flat-folding design.

The iTouchless Pure-Ear headphones include such niceties as a removable headphone cable, iPhone cable adapter, and on-ear volume control, that are great to have. The ability to operate the iTouchless Pure-Ear's active noise-canceling feature without a cumbersome headphone cable connected is a notable advantage if you're just looking for a way to block out background noise.

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iTouchless Pure-Ear

Part Number: PE001A

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features foldable
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor ear-cup
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
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Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.