Skullcandy Grind Wireless review:

A top budget Bluetooth headphone contender

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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The Skullcandy Grind sounds surprisingly good for its modest price, is lightweight and comfortable to wear and has a remote/microphone built into the left earcup. Headband is made of metal instead of plastic.

The Bad Doesn't fold up or come with a carrying case; only performs OK as a headset for making calls.

The Bottom Line The Grind Wireless offers a comfortable fit and good sound for its relatively modest price point..

8.0 Overall
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Sound 7.0
  • Value 9.0

Last year Skullcandy finally made a headphone I liked: the Grind, an on-ear model that's comfortable and sounds really good for its relatively modest price (it costs less than $50 online). Now the company has introduced a Bluetooth version -- The Grind Wireless -- that carries a list price of $90. No word yet on UK or Australia pricing, but that price converts to about £65 and AU$125.

From a design standpoint the Grind Wireless is very similar to the Grind and comes in six different colors at launch. The Grind is lightweight but seems sturdily constructed, with a metal headband and plastic earcups that don't look or feel cheap. It's comfortable to wear, particularly for an on-ear model, and seals out some ambient noise, though over-ear headphones will offer better noise isolation. Although it's a wireless model, you can listen to it in "wired" mode with an included cable.

The Grind Wireless comes in multiple color options but simple black has its appeal.

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A microphone is built into the right earcup along with volume controls and a pause/play button that also answers and ends calls. You hold the volume up/down buttons to advance tracks forward or back. Battery life is rated at 12 hours.

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