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Samsung Level U: A supercomfortable in-ear Bluetooth headphone for in-ear hatersThe lightweight and well-designed Samsung Level U is very comfortable to wear and a good in-ear option for people who don't like to have ear tips jammed in their ears.
[MUSIC] Ear tips jammed in your ears? Some people just don't like that feeling, but they still want an in ear headphone. If you are one of those people, the Samsung Level U might just be the wireless bluetooth headphone for you. Hi I'm David Carnoy from CNet.com, and it's the design of this $70 headphone, that makes it recommendable. Modeled after LG's popular around the neck Tone headphones, the [UNKNOWN] has a lightweight flexible neck collar with easy to access control buttons built in to the right side of it. The buds hang from the collar and adhere magnetically when not in use to help with cord clutter. You get a couple of sets of ear gels, but the one that worked for me and kept the buds securely in my ears This is one with the stabilizing wings, a lot like Bose's earphones that have their own little wings and are designed to sit loosely in your ears. A very comfortable design, and this headphone actually works well at the gym for light workouts, but I wish it was sweatproof. Like other Bluetooth headphones, this one doubles as a headset and has dual microphones and vibrates when a call comes in. The only downside to the eartips open design is that they do let in a lot of sound from the outside world, so the performance suffers a bit in noisier environments. Yes, this is a Samsung headphone, but it does work with all blue tooth enabled phones including iPhones. Though a free Android app does add a bit of extra functionality. Battery life is rated at ten hours of music playback, which is decent for this type of headphone. I wasn't blown away by the sound, but it's pretty good for a Bluetooth headphone, just not great. There's some distortion at the higher volumes and some competing end-year models offer more bass and a little cleaner sound. With those headphones, you do have to jam the tips into your ears. And some people really don't like that. I'm David Carnoy. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]