This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Bose FreeStyle Earbuds: In-ear headphones for people who don't like in-ears

About Video Transcript

First Look: Bose FreeStyle Earbuds: In-ear headphones for people who don't like in-ears

2:21 /

The $129.95 FreeStyle, which comes in two eye-catching colors, is a re-branded version of Bose's existing ultracomfortable earbud-style headphones.

[MUSIC] This is the FreeCell, Bose's new $129.95 earbud style headphones, which comes in Indigo and Ice Blue and compliments the existing IE2SIE2I and MIE2I in-ear headphones but does not replace them. I'm David Carnoy, and welcome to another cnet headphone video review. In this case, what you're looking at here is really some small, cosmetic changes, and a rebranding of an existing product, rather than a truly new product. In some ways this is Bose's attempt to loosen up a bit, and appeal to a younger audience with more fun, eye catching color choices. That your phone itself is probably most similar to Bose's SI2I Sports model, but it has a different cord design and isn't water resistant like that model is. As will all of Bose's ear bud cell headphones, this is the in ear headphone for people who don't like to have ear tips jammed into their ears. The buds are designed to sit loosely in your ears, but they are held in place by bose's stay in here tips which feature a wing like design and come in three different sizes. I really like their fit in the medium stay tips fit my ears well and kept the buds locked in. I think most people will find these earphones very comfortable, but because of their open design, they do let in a lot of sound, so they're not good for noisy environments. In terms of features, there's an integrated remote with microphone for cellphone calls. This is an Apple friendly headphone, so not all the remote features will work with Android and Windows phones, but you can still make calls with the headset. A nice carrying case is included, which it should be at this price point. The sound is decent, but you can get headphones that sound better for the money. Bose does a good job making good sounding headphones that are pretty well balanced with fairly strong base and good detail, but they're not the most exciting, or refine sounding headphones. [INAUDIBLE] make most music genres sound good, which is why I like to call them safe headphones. And most people outside of audio files should be pleased with their sound quality. At $129.99 is a bit expensive, but they really are a good head phone for people that want an in ear head phone but don't want to have that tip jammed into their ear canal. I'm David Carlisle. Those are the Bose Free Style Ear Buds. Thanks for watching [MUSIC]

New releases

Tech to expect in 2015
2:31 December 26, 2014
The five most-anticipated gadgets we expect to see in 2015.
Play video
Best websites for finding child care
1:01 December 26, 2014
Between holiday parties and New Year's Eve plans, it can be tough to secure a babysitter. In this Tech Minute, CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports...
Play video
What's new on Netflix in January 2015
2:08 December 25, 2014
Find out what you should add to your watch list and what other videos are disappearing in the new year.
Play video
Brian Tong's Viewer Feedback 2014
2:17 December 25, 2014
We read the e-mails, tweets, and YouTube comments from you that have helped us create the best tech videos on Earth.
Play video
XCAR Awards 2014: Best-Looking
1:31 December 24, 2014
The XCAR team has played with some amazing cars in 2014, but which will be crowned the best-looking?
Play video
LG's bare bones oven needs a little more meat
2:02 December 24, 2014
The LG LRE3021 gives reliable mid-range performance, but lacks the features you can find from other brands for the same price.
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 106: Our 'Best of 2014' Extravaganza
27:44 December 24, 2014
On today's show, we celebrate another year gone by naming our (and your) favorite tech stories, pop culture news and video games of...
Play video
The big trends to watch at CES 2015
2:55 December 24, 2014
With CES around the corner, Bridget Carey tells you what to look out for at the tech expo. Expect buzz around the smart home, virtual...
Play video