The Good A simple pairing procedure, easy access to music navigation controls, and secure ear clips make the Outdoor Technology Bluetooth Tags a useful accessory for active music lovers.
The Bad The long cable connecting the two earpieces can sometimes be a nuisance.
The Bottom Line We recommend the Outdoor Technology Bluetooth Tags for their comfortable and secure fit, clever wireless design, and acceptable stereo performance.
OT Bluetooth Tags
Few things are more jarring than getting your headphone cord yanked out of your ears, but Outdoor Technology's Bluetooth Tags put an end to tangles with a wireless signal that eliminates the need for a dangling wire. The plastic clips keep the headphones securely attached to your ears (so they're also ideal for athletes), and you can navigate your music library using the small controls on the right earpiece. The Tags don't sound as clear as wired headphones, but if you're willing to sacrifice fidelity to cut the cord, these $80 headphones are a worthwhile purchase.
Design and features
Most of the Bluetooth headphones we review take the shape of on-ear, or supra-aural, headphones like the AKG K 830 BT wireless headphones. We rarely see wireless earbuds, which is why we're excited about the OT Bluetooth Tags, which are also cord-free but more compact and easier to travel with.
The individual earpieces are roughly 1 inch long and 0.5 inch wide, and the two earbuds are joined by a long cord that wraps around the back of your neck. A small plastic clip lets you link the two together, and Outdoor Technology encourages letting the two earpieces hang down when you're not listening, hence the "Tags" moniker that comes from the company's design inspiration: the military identification tags known as dog tags.