Friday, February 5, 2016

CES 2016: My ears were initially all in for this gadget (Earin)

But product reviews have cooled my enthusiasm.

The Best Tech Gadgets at CES 2016.  (Huffington Post, 2/3/2016)
These earbuds, like the Bragi Dash earbuds, are truly wireless headphones. They are placed in your ears like ear plugs and are comfortable with a surprisingly high quality sound. In terms of battery power, I was able to get a full 10 hours of use from a single charge

The video sez "up 3 hours at a time" of battery life.

I realize that 5 reviews in Amazon isn't much to go to, but 4 of the 5 reviewers give the Earin 5 stars.  And there's what they have to say:

  • They are AMAZING,
  • Earin gets an A+ from this picky buyer.
  • Great concept.  (Notes concern about their falling out of the ears.)
  • Hmm, the 4th review is nowhere to be found.
The lone naysayer complains that The pair I received worked (poorly) once and never turned on again.  (Well, Kyle, I couldn't get my Fitbit to sync properly while setting it up and, after calling customer service, whose patient troubleshooting assistance didn't fix the problem, was sent a new one at no cost.  Now everything's fine'n'dandy.)

Bottom line:  I need a higher confidence level before making this $250 purchase.

So I checked another review source.

Where we have decidedly mixed results.

After skimming through these reviews, I'll sum up my concern as follows:  Too many issues for 1st-generation wireless earbuds.  

Bottomer line:  Guess I'll wait for Generation II.

Other CES 2016 posts:
Are you Ditto-worthy?  (2/4/2016)
Triby (tri-bee) takes you back to the days of the family phone.  (2/4/2016)
ODG R-7 smartglasses.  (1/24/2016)
Withings Thermo smart thermometer.  (1/24/2016)
SensorWake alarm clock (you'll need to lobby for bacon).  (1/23/2016)
Dear Panasonic, This transparent LCD display promo does not fill me with anticipation and excitement.  (1/18/2016)
All, if not much more, than most of us will ever need to know about the Vert wearable jump tracker.  (1/17/2016)  Be George Jetson: Ehang 184 AAV drone at CES2016.  (1/14/2016)
Virtual reality porn ('full immersion for the adult experience').  (1/14/2016)
'Crazy, trippy' OLED rollable TV.  (1/14/2016)
ModiFace mirror.  (1/14/2016)
A personal bartender available in multiple colors.  (1/10/2016)
Wearable translator.  (1/10/2016)
Samsung KS9500 SUHD 4K TV with stunning natural curves.  (1/8/2016)
Be your own home brewer the easy way with Pico Brew Micro Brewer.  (1/8/2016)
Daqri smart helmet.  (1/8/2016)
This shower head tells you when your time is up.  (1/7/2016)
According to this HairMax instructional video, 82 medical-grade lasers will put a smile on your face.  (1/6/2016)
You may or may not get a charge out of the Digitsole Smartshoe.  (1/6/2016)
Enrich your family life with this Samsung Smart Family Hub Fridge.  (1/6/2016)

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