It’s not easy to find a good Bluetooth sports headset. The units end up being too big or have an additional control box hanging down, making the headset feel heavier than it should. If not, then they cost a pretty penny. The Bluedio Q5 doesn’t seem to have any of these issues.
Design and Specifications
For starters, it looks great. The headset itself is a little larger than you’re used to, but the in-ear speaker unit is ergonomically angled to fit comfortably in the ear canal. Rubber cushioning comes in three sizes to fit all ears, and there’s also a set of T-light ear tips designed to keep the headphones from falling out during your workout. However, I didn’t feel the need to add this, as the headset managed to stay in our tests to the point where it didn’t even feel the unit in the ear after a while, which is always a sign of good design.
The two headphones are connected by a flat rubber cable, with no additional control box. Everything you need is right there in the right headset. There’s a USB charging port on the top, volume control on the back and the action button on the outside. It’s all very easy to reach and can be used while running as well.
Before we go any further, here are the Bluedio Q5 specs:
The first thing you’ll notice about the Bluedio Q5 is that it’s quite heavy. This is fine when you’re working out and need something lively, but if you’re using these flagship headphones, it’s not going to be the best choice for all forms of music. Heavy bass does well with hip-hop, pop, and certain forms of EDM, but when you’re listening to something a little purer like jazz, that’s when you realize the shortcomings. The overall sound is a little flat with the mids being a little louder.
While all of this can be easily fixed with the equalizer settings in your music player, it’s still not the best choice for slow ballads, jazz or classical music. Is this a bad thing? No way, considering there aren’t many people who will listen to these forms of music while exercising to begin with. Also, there are very few Bluetooth headphones out there that do justice to the minute sound notes.
Using the headphones as a handsfree unit for the phone works great. Considering that the speaker is based on the headset itself, your voice will sound muddled by ambient noise. That said, your voice will still be audible as long as you’re not in a noisy or windy environment.
As you can see from the specs, the Bluedio claims a listening time of seven hours per charge, which sounds about right. I actually counted a little over seven hours (more like seven and a half hours) while using the headset for a mix of music and phone calls. I couldn’t test the standby time itself, but the mentioned 220 hours might be accurate as I could leave the headphones on for days and still find enough charge to get around.
The Bluedio Q5 looks great as a sports headset and features pretty much everything you’d look for in this category. Even in performance, it’s not sloppy either – offering good quality audio for just about every popular music category. It’s perfect? Not really. But it’s still one of the best sports Bluetooth headphones you can get for Rs 1,899.