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Geek Gadget Review: Spider Ear Buds

March 13, 2016
 

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Something happened to me…. It started out simple enough, a single pair of ear buds came with one of my phones. I set them aside because headphones and all. One day though, I was just too lazy to go get my cans. I decided to go ahead and use the pair of pack in ear buds, thinking I would use them just long enough to get by until I got unlazy. Wrong. While they weren’t the greatest, I liked the low profile and feel of them. Ever since then I’ve amassed a small collection of buds. Waterproof. Bluetooth. Wooden. Various other. And now here I am testing a new set from the kind peeps at Spider USA.

I was sent two sets of ear buds – the Jade and Sapphire series. Both are built like rockstars, durable and tough. Seriously, I love how these feel in my hands and more importantly, in my ears. Getting them to fit was easy peasy, each set came with extra ear tips.

Sound was outrageous with these sick puppies. I usually notice a light drop off in sound quality when switching from the phone to buds but there was no such thing with either the Sapphire or the Jade. Calls were excellent, I felt like I was using the ear piece on my phone. Listening to music was a jam session. The treble came in clear and crisp, vocals were sharp. Bass was a thumpin’, not too loud and not as soft as some sets I’ve used. Using them for streaming services like Netflix or Hulu had me forsaking my headphones more and more. Getting caught up on “Parks and Recreation” at night was a true delight.sblue

Both sets come with and inline mic. I routinely asked my callers how I sounded to them and except for one call, they all said I sounded like I was right there. No real echo like some mics have and it didn’t pick up much if any of my background ambient noise. The last set of buds I used were horrible for background pick up.

Now that I’ve had some good time loving up on the Jade and the Sapphire series, I’d have to give the nod to the Jade set. While $10 more, the inline mic also comes with a volume control slider. Very handy indeed. Makes it nice when you don’t want to fumble with your phone to adjust that talky talk talk. The one thing that may put off some people is the placement of the mic on the Jade buds. It sits alot lower on the cords then the Sapphire ones but it doesn’t affect how people hear you. I know because I’ve been using them pretty hard.

Cost is where these headphones really excel. The Sapphire set comes in at a great price of $19.99 while the big brother The Jade set are only $10 more bringing your total to $29.99. I found for the quality the cost was perfect compared to some other high priced sets out there.

The bottom line from a guy with a pile of buds sitting on his table? You can’t go wrong with a set of Spiders. They sound great and callers won’t complain about your background sounds (unless you have Call of Duty on blast). You can hop on over here and grab you a set for yourself.

Spider Onyx Stereo Bluetooth Headset

March 7, 2016
 
They are made of extremely light weight plastic, which suggests that they might be less durable. However, in my use of them so far, I haven’t experienced any problems with them breaking. The lightness of them will make you almost forget you are wearing them when they are not in use.

Also, you will not notice earbuds dangling down and hitting you in the face because the buds are magnetic and will stick in a notch on either side of the headset.

They are made of extremely light weight plastic, which suggests that they might be less durable. However, in my use of them so far, I haven’t experienced any problems with them breaking. The lightness of them will make you almost forget you are wearing them when they are not in use.

Also, you will not notice earbuds dangling down and hitting you in the face because the buds are magnetic and will stick in a notch on either side of the headset.

At least one of the three sizes of eartips included in the package should stay in your ears, making these headphones suitable for running and exercise.

The largest negative of these headphones is the Bluetooth connectivity. Although the range is good and will easily exceed 75 feet, there is a very noticeable lag while watching videos. If the video you are watching has a speaker in it, their lips will not match the words that you are hearing. This will not affect your music listening experience, but it will certainly affect your video watching experience.

There are seven buttons on the headset which will allow for much control of your music, without you even having to touch your phone. On the headset there is a power switch, an answer phone call button, up and down volume buttons, a pause and play button, and also skip-track-forward and skip-track-backwards buttons.

The sound quality of these headphones is what would be expected for Bluetooth headphones of this price. They have good bass and also allow you to change equalizer settings by holding down the up and down buttons. By using the Bass-Boost equalizer setting, you will be provided with even more bass. For Bluetooth, these headphones have a loud max volume that is easily audible without having the earbuds in.

The battery life on these headphones is a definite pro. You will get somewhere around what Spider claims: ten hours of listening time. While using these headphones, they never ran out of battery for me. These headphones have the ability to connect to multiple devices at once (multi-connect), noise cancellation, and also vibration when you are receiving a call. This feature will allow you to know you are being called without having the headphones in your ears.

Overall, I think these are well built, high quality headphones. The sound quality is satisfactory for the price. There is the one large issue in that you will experience lag in the sound when watching video, I experienced this fairly consistently and the Bluetooth latency must be something unique to this device. This decreases my opinion on this product a bit as a result of this being discovered in testing.

SpiderBuds Sapphire, Amber & Jade Series: Hands-On Review

How they were tested:

March 4, 2016
 

The Sapphire Series

This series of Spiderbuds is the more basic of the three. They are metal earphones with noise cancelling, an in-line microphone, and an in-line remote that can save you from digging your device out of your pocket or bag.
The pair I received for testing had a black cord with red metallic cased earbuds. It also came with the standard alternative sizes for a better fit. While these looked and felt fantastic to wear, the sound itself felt solid, but not stellar. However, it is a great bargain for the MSRP of just under $20 and is a strong competitor in that line.

The Amber Series

Spiderbud’s Amber Series is their mid-priced option that offers a step up from their Sapphire Series. Like its two sister products, these are also noise-cancelling earbud headphones. The pair of earphones I received from the Amber line for this hands-on review were nearly entirely black with gray earbud tips. The most useful element of the Amber Spiderbud in-ear headphones is the flat cord. All in all, this is a solid choice for price point.

The Jade Series

The Jade Series is the top of the line for Spiderbuds earphones. Arriving in the cool green Alien-inspired packaging, the earbuds themselves were also green tipped with a metallic finish and black cord.

Aside from being noise cancelling, they are also well-equipped to be your choice for mobile use. These in-ear headphones feature an in-line microphone, as well as an in-line controller that allows you to adjust the volume, change tracks, and operate the basic functions of your phone calls. This is a great value for the MSRP of just under $30.

 

How they were tested:


Everyone has different types of gadgets and uses for earbuds. They were tested on two different Android smartphones, three tablets, a Windows-based laptop, and even a desktop computer to ensure compatibility.

The recorded sounds came from iTunes, Google Play and YouTube and were tested with the following genres: Hip hop, Rhythm and Blues, Blues, Classic Rock, Metal, World, Classical, eLearning, downloaded movies and games.

Durability:

One of the biggest complaints I’ve seen with earbuds is that some may fall apart if dropped or used too frequently. Keeping in mind the typical wear and tear for this type of product, each of the three series went through the same durability challenge. They were dropped, thrown, and placed on the bottom of a backpack filled with books. The second step was for continued usage, so they were placed in ear with removal by tugging or pulling. Upon completion, each set of earbuds was tested again for sound quality. The housing remained intact, the cords did not pinch or fray, and there were no broken parts. All passed with flying colors.

The overall construction for the Spiderbuds is excellent. As for sound quality, they are good for the money spent, unlike others in the same price range.

Onyx Series Blue Tooth Headset- Black

February 29, 2016
 

Great looking hands-free stereo sport earphones! •For outdoor sports or regular use •Enhanced audio and bass •Noise reduction and echo cancellation •High quality, light-weight materials •Built-in rechargeable battery -10 hrs •Compatible with iPhones and smartphones 

The Last Roundup – We Score A Score of Gadgets From CES

February 6, 2016
 

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Spider Sapphire Earbuds – From the outside, these Spider earbuds don’t look much different from scores of others we saw at CES.  But they deliver terrific sound quality across the frequency spectrum. They come with three different sized ear tips and they use passive noise cancelling to keep out the din (even worked on the CES show floor).  These buds also have an in-line mike and track control for your smartphone and playing your tunes.  But what impressed us most was the price, a mere $20.

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Spider Onyx Stereo Bluetooth Headset

★★★★☆
4 5 1
They are made of extremely light weight plastic, which suggests that they might be less durable. However, in my use of them so far, I haven’t experienced any problems with them breaking. The lightness of them will make you almost forget you are wearing them when they are not in use. Also, you will not notice earbuds dangling down and hitting you in the face because the buds are magnetic and will stick in a notch on either side of the headset. Although the range is good and will easily exceed 75 feet, there is a very noticeable lag while watching videos. If the video you are watching has a speaker in it, their lips will not match the words that you are hearing. This will not affect your music listening experience, but it will certainly affect your video watching experience. There are seven buttons on the headset which will allow for much control of your music, without you even having to touch your phone. On the headset there is a power switch, an answer phone call button, up and down volume buttons, a pause and play button, and also skip-track-forward and skip-track-backwards buttons. The sound quality of these headphones is what would be expected for Bluetooth headphones of this price. They have good bass and also allow you to change equalizer settings by holding down the up and down buttons. By using the Bass-Boost equalizer setting, you will be provided with even more bass. For Bluetooth, these headphones have a loud max volume that is easily audible without having the earbuds in. The battery life on these headphones is a definite pro. You will get somewhere around what Spider claims: ten hours of listening time. While using these headphones, they never ran out of battery for me. These headphones have the ability to connect to multiple devices at once (multi-connect), noise cancellation, and also vibration when you are receiving a call. This feature will allow you to know you are being called without having the headphones in your ears. Overall, I think these are well built, high quality headphones. The sound quality is satisfactory for the price. There is the one large issue in that you will experience lag in the sound when watching video, I experienced this fairly consistently and the Bluetooth latency must be something unique to this device. This decreases my opinion on this product a bit as a result of this being discovered in testing.

Onyx Series Blue Tooth Headset- Black

★★★★★
5 5 1
Great looking hands-free stereo sport earphones! •For outdoor sports or regular use •Enhanced audio and bass •Noise reduction and echo cancellation •High quality, light-weight materials •Built-in rechargeable battery -10 hrs •Compatible with iPhones and smartphones

The Jade Series

★★★★★
5 5 1
The Jade Series is the top of the line for Spiderbuds earphones. Arriving in the cool green Alien-inspired packaging, the earbuds themselves were also green tipped with a metallic finish and black cord. Aside from being noise cancelling, they are also well-equipped to be your choice for mobile use. These in-ear headphones feature an in-line microphone, as well as an in-line controller that allows you to adjust the volume, change tracks, and operate the basic functions of your phone calls. This is a great value for the MSRP of just under $30. How they were tested: Everyone has different types of gadgets and uses for earbuds. They were tested on two different Android smartphones, three tablets, a Windows-based laptop, and even a desktop computer to ensure compatibility. The recorded sounds came from iTunes, Google Play and YouTube and were tested with the following genres: Hip hop, Rhythm and Blues, Blues, Classic Rock, Metal, World, Classical, eLearning, downloaded movies and games. Durability: One of the biggest complaints I’ve seen with earbuds is that some may fall apart if dropped or used too frequently. Keeping in mind the typical wear and tear for this type of product, each of the three series went through the same durability challenge. They were dropped, thrown, and placed on the bottom of a backpack filled with books. The second step was for continued usage, so they were placed in ear with removal by tugging or pulling. Upon completion, each set of earbuds was tested again for sound quality. The housing remained intact, the cords did not pinch or fray, and there were no broken parts. All passed with flying colors. The overall construction for the Spiderbuds is excellent. As for sound quality, they are good for the money spent, unlike others in the same price range.

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