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