"Working out with Under Armour's new heart-rate headphones"
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Working out with Under Armour's new heart-rate headphones
These are Under Armour and JBL's new heart rate headphone.
They're designed for working out and are rated IPX5.
So while not fully waterproof they'll do just fine in the rain and with sweat.
The headphones work with the UA record app which lets you track runs and workouts and receive audio updates for things like pace, distance, and heart rate zones.
You can also get accurate on demand updates on your heart rate by tapping the Under Armor logo on the right ear bud.
Other features include an inline remote and microphone for taking calls, changing songs and changing the volume.
As for battery life, you can expect up to five hours of usage, which is the same for similar head phones.
Overall they sounded pretty good and the hook design kept it in my ear when walking and running.
But here's my problem with them.
They feature an open design and don't go far in the ear.
So while this allows you to hear cars and people around you when running, it also means they aren't very good for blocking out noise, and really aren't worth wearing when you aren't working out.
And at $200, that's a lot of money for a pair of part-time headphones.
Now while the heart rate feature is cool, most people probably don't care about it.
And those who do, are better off getting a heart rate running watch, or using a chest strap at a gym.
For more information on Under Armour's Heart Rate headphones, check out my full article over at cnet.com
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