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Here One 'smart' wireless earphones aren't AirPods killers, but they're better in some waysDoppler Labs totally wireless headphones don't quite live up to the hype, but they sound good, are loaded with features and have room for improvement.
[MUSIC] Smart ear phones. That's what Doppler Labs calls it's new $250 here 1 totally wireless headphones. The question is are they really smart or too smart for their own good. They're not the first totally wireless. Earphones to lay claim to the smart mantle, Bragi's The Dash, which got off to a somewhat rocky start. It's been on the market for several months, and shares some of the same features as the Here One. Touch controls, a noise isolated in-ear design Multiple microphones, the pass-through mode that lets you hear the outside world. So-so battery life and a companion app that lets you control the headphones' smart features. And like the Bragi the Hear One comes with a charging case that has a built-in that delivers over 3-volt charges. Out of the gate the Here One is the more polished product. And a step ahead of the Broggy in terms of sound quality. Delivering a reliable wireless connection with only the occasional Bluetooth pickup. Using one of the included different sized eartips you should be able to get a fairly comfortable secure fit. That will keep these guys in your ears even doing a gym workout. And yes they are sweat resistant. [MUSIC] So long as you get a tight seal to hear one clearly, sounds fuller than Apples ear pods. It's media based and DC clarity for bluetooth headphone. The ear pods a significantly more comfortable to wear than any open design in lining a lot of ambient noise. Aside from the good sound quality the EarOne's differentiating factor is it's noise filters. Earphones are equipped with six microphones and you can choose to tune out the outside world with a noise cancelling filter or tune it in with a pass through filter. Some of the preset filters work well versus walking around New York City using the city filter really cut down on the noise. making this a much better totally wireless headphone to use in noisier environments than the air pods. The only issue is the caller said that they heard a fair amount of background noise when he was making calls from the street. You'd think a smarter earphone like this could filter that noise out better. Down the road it might. Doppler is also touting the restaurant filter which allows you to tune out the din of a background restaurant noise and amplify the voices of the people you're talking to at your table. [SOUND] It works, but I personally wouldn't wanna wear these headphones while I was eating a meal. I never forgot they were in my ears because they're noise isolating, and I could hear myself chewing. These earphones are also designed to work as a headset for making cellphone calls and they mostly work well. You can access blueNav voice assistance with a couple of quick taps on one of the buds. What's the weather? Despite a few quirks and drawbacks which includes some strange ear piercing audio feedback noises when cupping the earphones in your hand, mediocre battery life of two hours, and somewhat slow charging via the included battery case, the Hear One is one of the best totally wireless earphones we've tested today. It's an ambitious product that will presumably improve over time with software upgrades. In the mean time it will capture some people's hearts and leave others longing for something more straight forward and simple to use. I'm David [UNKNOWN] for CNET.com. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]