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  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Game Changer! Mind Changer! EXCELLENT SOUND!!!

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    My New FAVORITE Bluetooth Audio Device! These have stepped up the game on open ear sound. There are so many great things about these that I honestly looked forward to writing this review because I am so happy with them. The sound on these is impressive! Period! Are they as good as ear buds that you insert into the ear? No. They lack a little mid and they lack bass in comparison but it is not “off putting” or noticeable while these are in use. These sound great both in and out of the water and, to be honest, these have become my “daily drivers” over my ear buds that I was in love with. I look at it now like, it’s a bonus that I can swim and do water activities with them instead of they are purposed for just those activities. There’s a couple reasons for this and things that SHOKS just “GOT RIGHT” with these. Just as an aside, I am a Contractor and Business Owner so I need hands free in my ear(s) all day every day BUT, I also need to hear my surroundings for safety related reasons and to stay alive. I have been using the “hear through” function on my beloved ear buds but the experience was less than perfect but pretty good. These SHOKS allow FULLY OPEN HEARING to my environment in a way that no other pass through or hear through option could hope to do. It is absolutely amazing to be able to hear EVERYTHING around me while still being able to listen to music or podcasts as I work. I don’t have to pull out an ear bud to talk to people all the time and I do not have to be hyper visually aware like I have to be with my ear buds plugging up my ears. People cannot even tell that I am listening to stuff on these while I am talking to them and they handle phone call perfectly in my ear as well as the mic passing my voice over the call. I have had zero issues with people being able to hear me or complaining about noise around me and not being able to hear me. I have found that 50-80% volume is all I need to get through the day and they advertise 9 hours of music and calls BUT I get 11.5-12 HOURS before they shut themselves off! That is amazing battery life! I no longer have to switch to a different set of headphones partially through my day. In addition to that, THEY RECHARGE FAST! I have gone from completely dead, shut off on their own, to fully charged in somewhere around 90 minutes. So 90 minutes for another 12 hours of use. Good Deal in my book! This is the ONLY REASON why I do not mind having a weirdo proprietary magnetic charging cable. Because they last all day easily I can leave the cable at home and I have no need to charge them on the go through the day. It is concerning that if the cable goes missing or gets damaged that I would not be able to charge these though. That kind of stinks and that is why I am not thrilled about the proprietary charger. The BLUETOOTH RANGE IS AMAZING!!! I can leave my phone in the truck and walk all over a job site and even go in and out of buildings and I stay connected with no choppy audio. The connection here is strong and allows a long distance of freedom away from the Bluetooth device that it is connected to. I never have to worry about missing a call or having to reconnect to my phone like I used to have to do multiple times a day as I came back within range of my phone. These just stay connected and working seamlessly. The physical button controls are super smart and easy to use and remember. Here is one thing that I consider to be a “miss” on the part of SHOKS….there is no access programmed into the button to access my assistant, “hey google” and it doesn’t actively listen or integrate with my assistant like my ear buds do. Meaning no matter how far away from the phone I am, as long as my buds are connected, I could softly say, “hey google” and it would respond and there is also an option to long hold to activate the assistant. These SHOKS have none of that and no way to access the assistant unless I am directly next to my phone and then my phone can hear me and respond through the SHOKS Bluetooth connection. If they fix this and integrate the assistance access to these they would literally be the perfect headphones for ALL activities from day time wear all the way through working out, swimming, running and sports. I love how I can adjust the volume from the back of the right ear and that there is only one big button on the left side that does a ton of stuff depending on how and how many times it is pressed. Pretty smart design. Now, the next best thing about these and why I am in love with them is the fit and comfort of them! They stay put through the entire day and do not need constant readjustments. They are not constantly falling out of my ear and I no longer have the fear of losing one into a hole, wet concrete, into a toilet or drain, etc. while I am working. These fit securely on my dome but they do not dig in and I actually forget that I am wearing them except for the fact that I can hear my podcast playing. They are super comfortable, to the point that after 12 hours of playback I am not in a hurry to get them off my head and take a break and often forget they are still on while I am feeding the dog and getting dinner going. The last thing that sets these apart is the 32GB of on board storage these provide for audio files to be locally stored on the headset itself! No device or bluetooth needed and 32GB is enough to get me through multiple days of listening and training without hitting a repeat in the playlist. Its a lot of space to store audio files that can be controlled with the buttons on the headset. It is SUPER EASY to load files to the headset with the magnetic cable. Plug into the headset, and the other end into the computer and look for the “SWIM PRO” drive and just move the files over. That’s it. Now there's all those files on the headset that can be listened to at any time with no phone or Bluetooth connection needed. Super nice and handy feature and it is nice to be able to keep my phone locked up in a safe place and not need it to stay entertained. Also, switching between MP3 Mode and Bluetooth can be done right from the headset, so swapping back and forth doesn’t require my phone to be close by or any complicated stuff. There's no app and that is good and bad. Good, being that it keeps everything simple. Bad, being there’s no way to get firmware updates, like if they wanted to fix access to phone assistants like I mentioned above and not way to remap button presses and functions. I REALLY WISH they had access to assistant. BUT….. Beyond that one gripe, you can clearly see why these have become my daily drivers. These can survive a construction site, sweat, rain, swimming, direct sun, mud, dirt, sawdust and all sorts of stuff and keep on ticking for 9+ hours (11.5-12 hours with my use). They are comfortable to wear that entire time and I don't have to fidget with them all day. They stay connected and allow FAR distance with a solid Bluetooth connection that does not drop on me. The sound is amazing both in and out of the water and they come with a nice HIGH Quality storage bag with dry out holes in it and a complimentary pair of ear plugs. While swimming they sound great with or without ear plugs in but I prefer the sound of ear plugs in. Plus, I prefer swimming with ear plugs in, so it is a win-win for me. I have tried them multiple times without plugs in and the sound is still very good. Just 2 different sound profiles. Neither is better than the other except for personal preference of wanting water in your ears and being able to hear the water sounds more or having plugs in and being able to not hear water sounds and have a slightly more mid and bassy sound with plugs in. These are the most well rounded headset that I have had for my lifestyle in the past…well….ever! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE being able to easily and clearly hear my surroundings but also be able to hear my audio at the same time all while no one has a clue that I am listening to my audio and I can carry a conversation without telling someone to “hold on” and take an ear bud out or pause my playback in order to hear them. THESE ARE AB-SO-LUTELY RECOMMENDED! Hands down the best and most unexpected pleasant experience I have had with testing earbuds and headphones in years. I was dead set against open ear because the audio was so un-nice or they were uncomfortable. These have none of those concerns and come packed with Bluetooth and 32GB of on board storage! If I had access to my assistant I would literally have nothing to complain about. Since getting these I have not worn my beloved, super expensive, in ear, earbuds other than to compare sound. These just work so well and fit right into my life perfectly. I am so happy to have them and I wouldn’t give them back even if they threatened me. I have adopted these and will never let them go willingly. A++++ Headset. If you are skeptical about open ear audio, had a bad experience with open ear or are unsure if open ear would be a good fit for you….like I wa…..then I HIGHLY RECOMMEND picking these up. I think once you do, and you hear how good they sound and how easy you can carry on life without addressing the audio playback in your ear then you’ll be as sold and over the moon about these as I am. Big Thanks to SHOKS for literally making multiple improvements to my life and making my days easier and more pleasant! Please add access to assistants! ;)

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good at what it does, but…

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    Verdict: The Shokz OpenSwim Pro Headphones deliver all the strengths of bone conduction earphones, and much more. They are sturdy, stay in place, easy to use, and actually work in the water. However, I think they are not for everyone and/or not for many situations. If you buy them for specific uses, you will be very happy. Initial impressions. They are sleek and nicely designed. While very light, they stay in place well, even while running or swimming. The buttons have nice tactile feedback. The earphones come with a nice pouch, a quick start guide, charging cable, and earplugs. Setup. Very easy and typical setup for earphones, including with my Apple Watch. However, I had to “forget this device” on my iPhone before I could connect to the watch, so I think these headphones have a 1-device at a time limit. Sound. This was my first time using bone conduction headphones, so I didn’t know what to expect. While the technology is very cool and works well, sound quality is not for audiophiles… Without earplugs, the sound lacks a little clarity, but mostly suffers on the lows, with mids at average, and highs being quite good. The headphones sound much louder at the same level when putting on earplugs, and now the lows are noticeable, but sound lacks significantly clarity, almost sounding muffled. I understand that it’s just part of the bone conduction delivery, and it’s ok. Running. Restating the obvious… there is no passive noise cancellation on these because they are open-ear. However, this also means that they are not optimal for listening in loud environments. I tried to use these on a treadmill for a running workout and it was not enjoyable because in this case, earbuds are used to block some of the noise and provide an immersive experience. On the other hand, I used these for an outdoor run on a forest trail, and they provided a unique experience; I could hear my music, and I could also hear birds chirping, my shoes hit the ground, and maintain awareness of other runners. Pretty cool! While I would not recommend these for commuting and indoor workouts (treadmill, gym, etc.), they are GREAT for quiet environments where you want to be more connected with your surroundings. Also, they are easy to grab, turn on, throw on, and go. Swimming. I thought I would be sooo smart by connecting my Apple Watch to these headphones so that I could swim and listen to my playlists on my watch, but nature won… I guess Bluetooth (BT) doesn’t travel well through water, so that didn’t work. It dawned on me that this was the purpose of the MP3 function… So I loaded music on the headphones from my computer. Essentially, the earphones become a thumb drive, and you can add MP3 files into the Swim Pro drive that appears on your computer. I also happen to have thousands of MP3s from the “old days” so no-big-deal to create an epic playlist for swimming. As a millennial, this was easy for me, but this could be foreign concept for younger generations… my teen kids don’t know what an MP3 is! Performance in the water is good, with the same comments about sound from the previous paragraph. The headphones stay on, and you have music while swimming. Pretty cool! Controls. Switching from BT to MP3 is easy by holding both the + and – buttons at the same time until you hear the notification. This is nice because you can access unlimited music through BT, then switch to your MP3 playlist for swims. The general controls are easy to find and work very well, even in the water. Things I like: - Very easy to put on and use - Comfortable - They stay on while running and swimming - Great to maintain awareness of surroundings - Bluetooth and MP3 capable - It comes with a pouch and earplugs - The quick start guide is actually useful - Decent battery life - Easy to charge connector Things I don’t like: - Not great to use in loud environments or noisy activities (i.e. running on a treadmill) - Sound quality is ok, but it’s a worthwhile tradeoff depending on the activity Overall, I think that the Shokz OpenSwim Pro Headphones are not for everyone, but if they fit an activity or use case for you, you will love them and they will perform very well for you. While I will mostly stick with other earbuds and headphones that block out the rest of the world, I do plan to use these regularly for nature runs and swimming… they are wonderful for these activities. As a general pair of everyday earphones, I would rate these at 3 Star. For a pair of bone conduction headphones and solution for nature runs and swims, I would rate these at 5 Star. I hope this review helps a few people.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Love swimming with these !

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    TLDR version: This is a new model of the OpenSwim headphone from Shokz and this new Pro model has both bluetooth and internal storage making it ideal for water sports such as swimming and for other sports out of the water such as biking, hiking, tennis, or jogging / walking. In addition, one could wear them at a sports event and listen in to a local streaming radio station for the play by play coverage from a smartphone via bluetooth while also hearing the immediate crowd and stadium announcements since a user’s ears are not covered. I found this on the Shokz website: “The sound bypasses your eardrums, traveling directly to your inner ears (cochlea). The result: A reinvented listening experience, through an open ear design. Premium audio, situational awareness and extreme comfort—second to none.” My understanding: Bone conduction uses a process where a vibration of sorts of the audio produced by the headphone is transferred internally via a user’s cheek bones into the auditory cavity of human ears and the user hears the sound produced by the headphones. I am not a scientist nor a medical professional who has studied anatomy but that is my understanding on how bone conduction works in headphones. The “open-ear” feature still allows road and adjacent sounds to be heard so that a runner, sports player and user is not totally isolated from surroundings for safety. These OpenSwim Pro models are totally waterproof for swimming while using and adds bluetooth 5.3 that the original model did not have; the internal memory has also been increased 8 times to 32GB of internal storage for adding music files, spoken books, podcasts or anything else one wants to listen to either while dry or wet in a pool or shower or hot tub or steam room or wherever it is wet and damp. The Shokz website says 32 GB is enough to hold approximately 8,000 songs. There is a button that instantly switches from internal storage to bluetooth. The onboard preset equalizer modes on the headphones cover a swimming mode,a vocal boost mode, and standard flat mode. As in the original model, the OpenSwim Pro is IP68 rated for water and dust-resistant. The description from Shokz indicates the headphone can be submerged in a couple of meters of water for several hours without worry. Shokz specifies a full charge is good for 9 hours of playback time. I am a swimmer and tried them in the lap lanes at my local fitness center. They work to play music to time my lap swimming so I don't swim too fast and tire myself out prematurely. By selecting the MP3 format music files I loaded into the internal memory I can swim at a steady pace for more beneficial benefits. Swimming is a great exercise and does not introduce joint impact as does jogging and court sports. It is an easy process to connect a USB cable to my computer and use an easy Shokz app, to transfer music files into the OpenSwim Pro. The headphones are wonderful for allowing me to swim while listening to music. The sound is very good as it envelopes my sense of hearing and with excellent stereo separation. It is clear and quite loud so adjust the volume before swimming. As stated, I am also able to hear any sounds around me (such as lifeguard whistles and instructions) if need be. Wearing these while swimming makes the lap swimming exercise more enjoyable for me. They are also conversation starters in that other swimmers will ask about them and we start lap lane friendships. I tried them while swimming with Bluetooth from my phone approximately 12 meters from the longest distance to the headphones (since the lap lanes are 25 meters long and I placed the smartphone in a deck chair equidistant from both ends of the lap lane) . Later on, with research, I learned that the bluetooth signal travels less than 1 foot (only inches) in water. The headphones sporadically connected and disconnected as my head came up above the water surface as I inhaled on each stroke. This is not a deficiency of the Shokz headphones, it is a fact of physics and of the existing Bluetooth low power protocols. Of course, playing music files stored in the 32GB built-into the headphones has no such limitation. When out of the water I used them to play a news stream on my Android smartphone and I was able to walk approximately 125 feet away and still heard the stream. The headphones are so lightweight that one will forget they are being worn. The headphones are re-charged using a small USB A cable which ends with a polarity charged magnetic end. It fits only one way using the built-in magnet to the OpenSwim Pro headphones; it fits onto the right ear side of the headphones where 4 waterproof and corrosion proof metal contacts are located. The cable then plugs into a USB port on any computer or into a plain USB phone charger to charge the headphones. The same cable also allows moving music files onto the headphones when plugged into a computer that has the music files. Shokz is compatible and will play MP3, WAV, AAC, WMA and FLAC format music files. Note: I also have a Shokz OpenRun Pro headphone and the charging cable for that model WILL NOT work with the OpenSwim Pro model; the contacts are slightly different and the shape wont fully dock together. Use the correct cable if you have other Shokz models See the attached images where the Swim Pro USB cable is on the left and the SwimPro headphone is also on the left. You can see that the charging ports are slightly different. They sound good and allow swimming with onboard music files as well as being used with bluetooth above water while perspiring or running or playing sports in the rain.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Waterproof headphones and so much more!

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    The Shokz OpenSwim Pro bone conduction sport headphones are by far the most interesting and innovative headphones I have tried, and as a music connoisseur I have owned dozens through the years. While the sound quality isn't at the top, it's the many other unique features that really excite me and as a result, these are going to get a ton of use, especially over the summer. Here are the highlights: 1) First, these are not over the ear headphones, these are bone conduction headphones where the drivers rest against the cheekbones in front of your ears and the vibrations emitted generate the sound you hear; and because they don't cover your ears, you can hear other noise around you just fine. I have to admit, when I first connected these to my phone and started listening to music on Sirius XM, I was originally underwhelmed by the sound quality, especially at high volumes, but it was fine overall, but the lower the volume the better they sound. Then again, superb sound quality isn't what these were made for; these are swimming/work-out headphone purpose built so you can hear things around you. 2) Because of the design, these go around the back of your head and then hook over your ears, these aren't going anywhere. You can run, swim, do any kind of workout; and heck I would even say wear these on an inverted roller coaster, and they aren't coming off. I even wore them to bed and fell asleep listening to a YouTube audio track of crashing waves, and they were still on and secure in the morning. While the band isn't adjustable and there's just one size offered, it fit me just fine with a little slack in the back, so they will fit any size head. 3) I love the MP3 player functionality! it holds 32gb of music in a variety of formats for hours upon hours of listening pleasure. No need to be within Bluetooth range of your phone, you can enjoy these headphones as a standalone unit. There is a universal button on the side of the headphones where you use a double or triple click to skip forward and backward through your songs; and then on the other side of the headphones are buttons for power, volume, and mode. 4) Once you get the OpenSwim Pro in the water, it really shines. I was absolutely blown away by the difference in sound quality when I was swimming, the bass response is significantly better and the sound in general is higher quality. With an IP-68 rating, you can stay in the water for hours without worry. 5) Charging is via a custom magnetic cable, which I see as both good and bad. You don't have to worry about water getting inside and fouling a USB-C connector, but if you break or lose the charger, it's going to be harder and more expensive to find a replacement. Wireless charging would have been a nice added feature. If you connect the cable to your PC, it sees the headphones as a hard drive and you simply drag your music files into it; no app or program needed. 6) There is a Shokz app you can download for controlling various features of the headphones. You can customize what the buttons do (Bluetooth/MP3 switching, Voice Assistant, EQ settings, and more). I have an Android phone, and the app works flawlessly. My final impression of the Shokz OpenSwim Pro is immensely positive. Besides the features reviewed above, these headphones come with a 2-year warranty which is a big selling point. Also included are some earplugs for when you're swimming, and a waterproof case; basically everything you'd need. So far, in the week I have owned them I have only had to recharge once, and have spent an hour in the pool; gone on a 2 mile walk; slept with them overnight (although they powered off at some point after the computer went into power saving mode) as well as just using them playing MP3s while surfing the web. I can strongly recommend these for anyone looking for waterproof headphones with all the additional features mentioned above. You can't go wrong!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Rock out while swimming!

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    Let’s start with the most important feature of this headset – if you want to be able to listen to music while doing laps, these do the trick! They make swimming for exercise and doing laps much more enjoyable which is their whole point. Now for the details - The sound quality is decent, but don’t expect great. These are bone conduction headphones that rest on your head near your ears, but not in them. So like all bone conduction style devices they won’t sound like “in or over ear” headphones. They leave your ears open to hear ambient sounds and are good for running/biking/skating etc. or any scenario where you want to be able to hear your surroundings in addition to music. Bonus though is those near you don’t hear them. There are multiple modes for listening to music – 1 is via Bluetooth and the other is via MP3 for listening to audio copied to the storage of the headset. The MP3 mode is what you use for Swimming. Bluetooth Mode: - Let you connect to up to 2 devices (multi-point pairing – say a phone/tablet/PC/etc.) - Has 2 EQ modes: Standard (better for music) and Vocal (better for calls/podcasts, etc.) MP3 Mode: - This is the mode for Swimming - Let you listen to downloaded audio that’s downloaded via the USB charging cable. It comes up as just a storage device (HD/USB stick etc.) and you simply copy audio files to it - Has 2 EQ modes: Standard and Swimming - Has 3 playback modes: Normal, Shuffle, Repeat. Personally I would use normal if I wanted a specific order to my songs like for a race or shuffle if I’d like to just mix it up while swimming. Comfort: These are quite comfortable both in and out of the water. They rest on top of your ears and against your head. While jogging or swimming they don’t really move at all which is great. The app is a must! Download that out of the gate. I couldn’t figure out the buttons at first, but as soon as I downloaded the app it walks you through it and you can customize a couple of them for different features. You can use the buttons to switch modes, etc. but the app is very easy and intuitive. The pause button is easy to tap for pause or move to the next track even in the water. Same for volume up/down. You definitely want to use the ear plugs while swimming (one pair included) – they greatly help improve the sound quality in swim mode. In addition to headset, ear plugs for swimming, charging/music copy cable, they also come with a water friendly silicone case that even has water drain holes for you to simply toss in there while wet when your done with your swim. Battery is easily charged with the included USB magnetic cable. Note that it is proprietary - so don’t lose it, but this is necessary to keep the unit sealed and waterproof. You can check battery status by tapping a volume button while music is paused and it will tell you High/Medium/Low, but I find the app is easier and it shows you the specific % of battery when connected to the headset via Bluetooth. I swam for about 30 mins and battery was still at 90%. Some general observations to be aware of: - You must have music downloaded to use MP3 mode/swimming mode. You can’t use a music service offline mode etc. as that would still require a Bluetooth connection. It doesn’t have to be just MP3 either, there are lots of audio formats supported. - There doesn’t appear to be a way to organize the order of the music, so I wouldn’t recommend audio books, etc. and plan on your music being mostly random that you track forward/back on. - There’s also no way to scroll forward / back to a point in time on a song – only Previous / Next track, Play / Pause. So if you download something that’s an hour long for example you have no way to scroll to a point in time. - They do not float. I only plan on using in a pool, so not an issue for me, but if you were planning on using in the ocean I’d highly recommend a swim cap over them. Looking forward to lots of swim exercise this summer while rocking out!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable and Allows Music-Ambient Sound Thru

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    I have had the opportunity to use these headphones while taking a quick swim and even in the shower. The open ear concept- bone conduction concept tech is something very foreign to me so i was very skeptical. DESIGN The actual design of the headphones and semi-flexible neck band is very comfortable. The actual bone conduction speaker sits on the outside of your ear-for guys right by the side-burn. It is very lightweight and sits securely around your ear to keep it from moving around while swimming or even running. I have used it to run because i like the open ear concept as i believe you should be listening to all the sounds around you for your safety. The controls are placed in very easy to get to places even for someone with fat fingers like me. SOUND The sound is a bit different if you are used to listening to earbuds or noise cancelling headphones. The sound is a bit more of an echo-ish feel while running because of the open ear concept and bone conduction technology. It does sound loud enough while listening to music or pod cast while not sacrificing the surrounding sounds. SWIMMING The bone conduction technology really is something else, while swimming and plugging your ear canal with ear plugs you can "hear" the sound even though it is resonating via the vibrations, it does not sound at all like typical earbuds but it is playing underwater. It does do a great job allowing you listen to your music or podcast while under the water. The biggest hassle is downloading mp3 format music or podcasts to the 32mb memory. I have music already in that format from my old days of buying music. I wouldn't even know where to download mp3 nowadays. It is something to be aware of, MP3 for swimming and bluetooth for running. POWER The power cable is easy to connect and charge and the battery lasts as long as i need to swim, about an hour or so, i don't spend more time than that in the water. I haven't had them die out on me when i need them. The biggest takeaway is the sound is very good and it is very hard for me to criticize it when i keep reminding myself they work while swimming. I definitely recommend these for those that want to enjoy sound while swimming or while running. I enjoy them more for running to be honest.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Shokz OpenSwim Pro Bone Conduction Sport Headphone

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    TL;DR: 1. SETUP: Turn on the Shokz OpenSwim Pro’s, make sure your phone is in Bluetooth Pairing Mode, tap on “OpenSwim Pro by Shokz” and you’re connected. 2. USE: At first, you can feel them “hug” your jaw. Within a few seconds, they’re not really noticeable. Within a couple minutes, I forgot they were on. 3. USABILITY: I’ve worn them in the pool and on walks. I have about 5 hours on them so far and haven’t needed to recharge them after the initial charge. They work well for sports, podcasts, music and phone calls. 4. OVERALL: They are light and functional. These will work for what I initially intended them for - which is for activities, including swimming, biking, hiking and walks at work - they have excellent weather resistance. 
A coworker uses the OpenRun Pro’s almost exclusively. He prefers them to buds, as he has lost more than one pair of those. He enjoys these, as he can loop them around his neck when not I use. I kept asking how the battery life and sound. He kept saying both were “excellent”. So, I’ve kept eyeing them for just over a year and have asked a bunch of questions. I liked the OpenRun Pro’s, but wanted something a little more weather resistant, as I have been in unexpected downpours, as well as wanting to be able to take them on the water (specifically kayaking). I wanted something that I could listen to a variety of different things for personal (podcasts, music, YouTube/Social Media) and professional (phone calls and conference calls) use. I also wanted to be able to stream media that the OpenRun Pro could do, but the OpenSwim could not ( you have to download what what you to them prior to using - so no streaming). Then came the OpenSwim Pro…it has everything that I wanted, so I ordered them. I just recently received them and have used them over the past few days. When I first put them on, they were a little awkward, mainly because I am used to earbuds, specifically Apple’s AirPods Pro 2. Within a short time, I didn’t even realize I had them on. I made and received a few calls and no one knew what I was using. When I asked, everyone thought I was inside my office or parked in my car. I haven’t used them in windy conditions, but I haven’t had any complaints in normal conditions. When it comes to sound quality, they are very clear - whether it is on dry land or in the water. Even with the equalizer function, they are not audiophile quality by any stretch of the imagination, but they are clear and distortion free; you can hear everything well. On my iPhone 15 Pro, I use voice isolation, which also aids in the call clarity. Most of the functions and navigation are on the left “ear bud”,” including the propriety charging port. There is a multifunction button for things like Siri and Hey Google on the right side. I am happy with these, especially for their sports functionality. I will continue using them complementing my earbuds, which offer a different set up options.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound while in the water

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    I was a little bit hesitant to try these Shokz because my first experience with a Shokz headset was not very good. I found them uncomfortable to wear for any period of time. Plus, it took some getting used to bone conduction sound. These SWIMPRO, however, are another story. They are indeed comfortable to wear. And the sound is great - rich sound, with all the benefits of one conduction (you do not have to put them in your dirty ears, you can still hear sounds around you for better situational awareness/safety reasons, and this model has the added benefit of being made to wear in the pool. The package contains a set of regular ear plugs which I found necessary to achieve the great sound while underwater. There are two modes for playing music: Bluetooth and MP3 (the headset has a folder with about 30GB of space for storing music MP3 files). What you want to do in the water will dictate which mode you want to use. When I first stuck my head underwater, I was surprised at the richness of the sound. I did find, however, that submersing my head more than about six inches underwater would break the Bluetooth connection. This could prove to be a challenge if the connection is lost for too long and does not automatically reconnect - you would have to swim to the phone/music source and restart your playlist. The same goes for talking on a phone call. However, thanks to the MP3 mode, you can download a playlist into the headset and not have to worry about connectivity. That would be my preferred mode if I were going to plan to be in the water for a long time. The specs clearly say that they are not meant to be submerged "up to two meters for up to two hours" thanks to the IP68 rating.These headphones are not made for snorkeling or SCUBA. Swimming is not the only time I might get wet - these can be used for exercising when I expect to be very sweaty and do not want to worry about damaging expensive headphones. Overall, these Shokz OPENSWIM headphones are a real find and I do not hesitate to recommend them.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Good headphones that protect your ears

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    The Shokz Open Swim Pro headphones are very good. These uniquely designed headphones sit on your temple and not in your ears. This design protects your ears from damage. The headphones look sporty and provide good sound quality. They are easily controlled by one hand controls on the earpieces. Volume controls, On and Off, Multifunction Button, and mode buttons are all easly learned on your earpieces. The headphones can store 32gb of MP3 data The headphones are lightweight and very comfortable on my ears. They are waterproof headphones and despite being rated IP68 waterproof I am not sure I would swim with them. Though you supposedly can. Sound quality on phone calls is also very good. I have used them for three phone calls and two people said that the calls were loud and clear. One person said he could not hear me speaking clearly. He said I was spotty sounding. I'll chalk that up to a bad connection on their end. The headphones quickly paired to bluetooth and then each time after they quickly automatically connected to bluetooth on start up. The headphones charge by way of a magnetic usb charging cable. Here is my one and only complaint. Shokz needs to use the same charging cable along all their headphones. They don't. Having to have different charging cables is simply not user friendly. Charging is fast and the charge lasted me more than 8 hours. The headphones come with a rubber case and your very own earplugs. Look, if you are looking for perfection in audio sound these are not for you. That is not what these headphones are for. They are excellent headphones providing very good sound quality providing you with a product that is good and safe for your ears. Shokz has a good product here and it is supported with a 2 year warranty.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    This is the update we needed!

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    The Shokz Open Swim Pro headphones are the perfect headphones for triathletes. They are a great upgrade from the originals. I have been using Shokz headphones since they were called AfterShokz and the originals came out. They are the best headphones for outdoor exercise because they are the safest type of headphones. You want your ears open so you can hear cars, other people, animals, trains, and whatever else you may encounter on an outdoor activity. -Sound I’ll get this out of the way. They are bone conduction headphones. You will not find deep heavy bass. The sound is great for what they are. Each iteration of the Shokz I’ve used has made the sound better. -Features This is where the Pro got so much better, the addition of Bluetooth. Why would the first model not have had Bluetooth? Because if you are swimming in open water or large pools, your phone may be out of Bluetooth range. The first version was MP3 only, these are much more versatile. If you are a triathlete, these are the open ear headphones for you. No worries about changing headphones because these will work on the swim, bike, and run! -Battery The battery life is great, just like the Open Run Pro, I only need to charge these about once every 10 days with usage 4-5 times per week. There is an audio prompt that will tell you the approximate battery level -high, medium, or low. I would absolutely recommend these to anyone who likes to listen to music, podcasts or books but still needs to be able to hear the world around them. They are great for people who don’t swim too since they are so waterproof.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Best Buy Employee

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Definitely buy!

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    Sounds great only bad thing is for me is the Bluetooth didn’t work underwater have to use the mp3 download

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    dual bluetooth and play list fantastic

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    Just what my husband was looking for it has Bluetooth as well as play list this is our 4th pair from shockz love these headphones

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good upgrade

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    Great item... Love the mps storage ans quick charging

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Doesn’t work

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    It doesn’t work under water. Not sure if songs have to be added to it in order to work but the minute you put your head under water, the Bluetooth disconnects

    I would recommend this to a friend
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      Hi Nicole- Shokz here! Bluetooth cannot travel through water. The MP3 setting is available to use during swimming. Once songs have been uploaded to your OpenSwim Pro, you'll be able to use the MP3 setting while swimming. Please reach out to our Customer Happiness Team if you'd like any more assistance. Thank you! AfterShokzCHT

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Expensive but worth every penny

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    First impression: I am a big fan of the Shokz bone conduction headphones. I currently have the Shokz OpenRun Pro headphones and I love them. But I don’t always wear them because I live in Florida, and it gets very hot here in the summer. This week alone it has been hitting 100° with 95% humidity. They are IP67, so they should be OK. But when I really start sweating, or when it starts raining, I take them off. So, when I heard about the OpenSwim Pro, I jumped at the chance to get them and review them. The OpenSwim Pro is IP68 rated, so it can be submerged in water operating for 30 minutes. As bad as our weather is, it’s not that bad. These headphones are very well made, and have a 4 - pin, magnetic charging port. The metal connectors for the charger are polished and seem to be waterproof. In addition to the relatively similar specs to the OpenRun Pro, the OpenSwim Pro also has 32GB of internal memory and a built-in MP3 player. Also, the OpenSwim Pro comes with a neoprene carrying case with drain holes to safely transport the headphones. The OpenRun Pro come with a nice, fitted, fabric-covered hard case. Technical Specifications: • Battery Life (Bluetooth Mode): 9 Hours • Battery Life (MP3 Mode): 6 Hours • Technology: 8th Generation Bone Conduction Technology • Charge Time: 1.5 hours • Sweat & Water Resistant: IP68 Waterproof • Weight: 27.3 g • Materials: Silicone, Plastic, Nickel-titanium alloy • Quick Charge: 10-min Charging, 3 Hours of Usage • Charging Port: 4-Pin Magnetic Induction • Battery Capacity: 160 mAh • Maximum Charging Voltage: 5.0 V ± 5% • Bluetooth Version: BluetoothⓇ V5.4 with 32GB of MP3 Storage • Multipoint: Yes • Compatible Profiles: Bluetooth Mode: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP • MP3 Mode: MP3, WMA, FLAC, WAV, AAC, M4A, APE • Wireless Range: 33 feet • Compatible Codecs: AAC SBC • Command Controls: Multifunction Button, Volume Button • Frequency Response: 20Hz~20KHz • Sensitivity: 105 ± 3dB • EQ: 3+ • Microphone Type: Dual Noise-Canceling Mic • Microphone Sensitivity: -38 dB ±1dB What comes in the box: • OpenSwim Pro Headphones • OpenSwim Pro Carrying Bag • Magnetic Charging Cable • Swimming Earplugs • User Guide & warranty card Setup: There really isn’t any setup, they can be used right out of the box. But with the Shokz App, you can select things such as Bluetooth or MP3 mode, MultiPoint Pairing, customize the button controls, App language, and update the firmware. Performance: The audio quality of these headphones is amazing. This is where these headphones really shine. With bone conduction, I expected voice audio to sound good, but music audio flat and empty. It turns out that both sound great. Voice audio from cell phones sounds crisp and clear, like a good telephone headset. But the music sounds good too. The highs are crisp, the mids are full, but the bass isn’t deep. There is bass, which is more than I expected, but you can’t get the same deep thumping that regular earphones can give you. But, for bone conduction headphones, I am very happy with the sound. I really like the fit of these headphones. They are comfortable to wear for extended periods of time, and they hold in place and do not come loose no matter what I am doing. And most importantly, they do this without a hard or tight grip on the head. I regularly wear these for 8+ hours a day, and I have never gotten a headache from them. Additionally, they are also comfortable to wear when wearing my hearing aids and my glasses. The battery life is said to last 9 hours in Bluetooth mode. I put them on in the morning when I am leaving for work. Some days I don’t get back home for 9-10 hours, and I haven’t had them die on me yet. Now this is not at 100% duty cycle, but it is definitely at least at 75%, considering I listen to music and use them as my telephone Bluetooth headset. Conclusion: The OpenSwim Pro bone conduction headphones are excellent headphones and a pleasure to use. And while they are really a waterproof version of the OpenRun Pro with 32 GB and an MP3 player added, the waterproofing is very welcome here in Florida. The fit is secure and comfortable, they are lightweight, durable, and sound really good with any audio it’s reproducing. The only two cons would be the price and the proprietary charging cable. These headphones are expensive, but you also get a lot with them, and they are very well made. Whether they are worth it is a personal decision that you must make. As for the charging cable, it is a very good design, and I love the use of magnets to hold it in place. While a USB C charging port would be more universal, they would have never gotten an IP68 rating with a USB C charging port. I really like these headphones. These are the first portable headphones that I have had that I really like. If you are looking for a waterproof headset, not a water resistance pair (There is a big difference), that are well made, durable, that sound really good and have a comfortable, secure fit, then I highly recommend these headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A single bone conduction headset for land & water

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    I’m a big fan of Shokz headphones. I’ve had every model Shokz has produced since the Trekz Air, with the exceptions of the OpenSwim and OpenRun Pro models. My current bone conduction model is the OpenRun, and while they have an IPX67 rating, Bluetooth does not work underwater, so I jumped at the chance to pick up the new OpenSwim Pro bone conduction headphones. Why should you consider purchasing a pair of bone conduction headphones? As a runner, I’ve found nothing better to take tunes with me on a run, while still maintaining situational awareness, since they leave my ear canals open. There’s also nothing more comfortable for long-term usage. I can leave these on all day long and forget that I’m wearing them at times. Even if you’re not active, the comfort and convenience of being able to leave your headphones on while not being isolated from your surroundings make it worth getting some for yourself. What’s the tradeoff? The sound quality of bone conduction headphones can’t compare to in-ear monitors, but that’s the nature of bone conduction technology, so it’s a tradeoff worth making if you need situational awareness. With the OpenSwim Pro headphones, Shokz has addressed the biggest deficiency in the previous version: the lack of Bluetooth capability. The OpenSwim Pro expands onboard storage to 32 GB when in MP3 mode, but adds Bluetooth that can be used when you’re not underwater. If you have the OpenRun headphones, you’ll be hard-pressed to tell the difference between those and the OpenSwim Pro. The OpenSwim Pro is basically the OpenRun with the ability to listen underwater. Doing A/B testing between the two models, I struggled to tell the difference in sound quality between the two, with a possibly slightly fuller sound in the OpenSwim Pro. Two EQ modes are available, standard and vocal. Vocal mode removes a lot of the bass, allowing you to enjoy the spoken words without the extra vibrations that sometimes happen with a speaker who has a lower voice. MP3 mode relies on mp3 files that you put on the internal storage. Since you’ll be using these underwater where Bluetooth can’t reach, you’ll need to load up the audio files you want to take with you. On a Windows computer, this is almost trivial. To do so, simply connect the headphones to your computer using the supplied multiuse charging cable. Windows sees the OpenSwim Pro as an external drive, so all you need to do is to drag files from your computer to this drive. That’s it! While you can drag and drop entire folders, OpenSwim Pro does not recognize the folder structure, which makes sense, since there’s no screen. While I’m accustomed to using my OpenRun while running, I’ve never been able to listen while swimming, so I was anxious to find out how these would work. Switching to MP3 mode is easy, and the companion app allows you assign the mode toggle either to a long press on the button on the left earbud, or to a simultaneous press and hold on the volume up/down buttons. Surprisingly, pressing both buttons can be done with the thumb and works well. Once in MP3 mode, the music starts and you’re ready to swim. As soon as I went underwater, I was struck by how good the music sounded! The bass that is normally lacking was there in spades, and the music sounded full and loud. Upon leaving the water, it’s just as easy to switch back to Bluetooth mode and go back to streaming music and podcasts, and taking calls. By the way, call quality was excellent, so these can be your hands-free headset as well. If you already have a pair of OpenRun or OpenRun Pro headphones, you probably don’t need these unless you also have swimming as part of your exercise program. If you do, it’s great to have a single set of headphones able to meet your listening needs both in and out of the water. MP3 mode allows you to take your tunes with you without needing your phone, which is an added bonus. If you have a pair of the original OpenSwim headphones, you’ll want to get these for the sorely-needed Bluetooth mode and upgraded sound. For you, this is a worthy upgrade. If you’re a runner, biker or swimmer and looking for a way to take your tunes with you while remaining aware of your surroundings, bone conduction is the way to go. OpenSwim Pro brings together the best of the OpenRun and OpenSwim headphones while retaining best in class comfort and stability. These aren’t the headphones I pull out when I want to isolate myself and get lost in my music, but for everything else, these are my go-to. I’m giving them 5 stars, but not because they’re the overall best in all categories. I’m giving them 5 stars because they do such a great job at what they set out to do. Shokz advertises the OpenSwim Pro as headphones that are comfortable, stay in place, allow you to still hear your environment, deliver good quality sound and are not only waterproof, but work when fully submerged. They deliver on those goals and do so very well, so I give them top marks!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Another hit from Shokz!

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    I have owned multiple variation of Shokz products, since before they rebranded from AfterShokz. They continue to periodically release new products and keep a small overall product line. What I appreciate about their brand specifically, is the meaningful upgrades they release in the new products. Each time I've upgraded, it has been worth it. Typically every 2-3 years, but the reality is that any of their headphones are sufficient to last me years. User background: Active, mixed environments (cold, wet, hot, dry), pool and open ocean swimming. Unboxing: Includes the usual, cord without charger, included ear plugs which was nice. I appreciate the included carrying case that is rugged. For first time Shokz customers, I think a second charging cord should be standard. Setup: Nothing fancy here. The MP3 feature took a little getting used to but if you have files already available it's a nice benefit to be able to leave your phone in a locker at the pool and have one less thing to worry about. 32gb isn't much, so frequent updates to your list maybe needed for higher resolution files. I am overall a big fan of this ability, but it is a throwback to the old days of MP3 players (for better or worse). Design: Fits really well in all situations for me. Not too heavy. I still find the last of adjustability/size of the back ring to be a bit annoying. When laying down it is in the way since it is not flush on my head. When swimming the fit and stability is good but not great. I haven't had it slip off but it sometimes feels like it's going to, which then makes me stop what I am doing to ensure its not about to slip off. This is a bigger problem with ocean swimming than the pool, course. Look is good but it could be sleeker. However, this is activewear and not a designer item. Features: I am a huge fan of the volume and multi-function button. I'm sure most people are, but it is a nice aspect they are able to incorporate. 6.5feet is the depth rating, which is by far enough for me. Battery life has never been an issue and I've easily used it over 6 hours. Re-charge time is quick and it has a quick re-charge built-in. Sound: It's as good and slightly better than any previous Shokz model. It is not as good and the very popular in-ear wireless airphones out on the market, but that is not an issue. I very well enjoy these headphones and what I am able to hear while swimming and other dry activities. I think it has excellent quality for what they are for. These are a totally different technology than mainstream earphones and are great for what they are. Who should buy this: Literally anyone who needs earphones for the active side of life. The ability to interact and hear your surroundings is immensely important and these are the headphones for that purpose. They are quite reasonably priced for what they offer and can be used exclusively for activities. Overall: Another great product from Shokz.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A Versatile Upgrade for Active Lifestyles

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    As an avid swimmer and technology enthusiast, I had the pleasure of testing the new Shokz OpenSwim Pro headphones. These bone conduction headphones have been designed with the active user in mind, and I must say, they have significantly raised the bar from the previous OpenSwim model. The addition of Bluetooth 5.4 is a game-changer, allowing me to switch seamlessly between pool sessions and other activities without missing a beat. One of the standout features of the OpenSwim Pro is its impressive 32GB of onboard storage. Compared to the previous 4GB, this is a substantial upgrade, enabling me to store up to 8,000 songs. This is perfect for long swim sessions where connectivity might be an issue, as I never have to worry about running out of music. The variety of supported formats, including MP3, WMA, FLAC, and AAC, ensures that I can enjoy high-quality audio in different file types. Battery life is another area where the OpenSwim Pro shines. With approximately nine hours of usage on a single charge, these headphones easily last through a full day of activity. I particularly appreciate the fast charging feature, which provides about 3 hours of playtime with just a ten-minute charge. This is incredibly convenient for those last-minute swim sessions or workouts when you need a quick boost. The sound quality of the OpenSwim Pro has also seen significant improvements. Utilizing the 8th generation bone conduction technology with PremiumPitch 2.0+, the sound is clearer and more vibrant. The three EQ modes – Swimming, Vocal Booster, and Standard – offer tailored listening experiences for different environments. Whether I’m underwater or taking a call, the audio is consistently top-notch. Speaking of calls, the inclusion of two microphones with noise and echo cancellation is a welcome addition. This feature enhances the practicality of the OpenSwim Pro for everyday use beyond just swimming. I found the call quality to be excellent, with clear voice transmission and minimal background noise, making these headphones a great companion for both work and play. Comfort and durability are critical for any sports headphones, and the OpenSwim Pro does not disappoint. The flexible nickel-titanium alloy frame and soft silicone material make for a comfortable and secure fit, even with swimming gear like caps and goggles. The IP68 rating ensures that these headphones can withstand submersion in water up to two meters for two hours, making them reliable for various water activities. In my opinion, the Shokz OpenSwim Pro represents a significant step forward in bone conduction headphones. The combination of enhanced features, superior sound quality, and robust design make them a compelling choice for anyone with an active lifestyle. Whether you are a swimmer, runner, or simply someone who enjoys high-quality audio on the go, these headphones are worth considering. Overall, I highly recommend the Shokz OpenSwim Pro to anyone looking for versatile and reliable bone conduction headphones. The upgrades from the previous model are substantial, making these headphones a top contender in their category. With their impressive battery life, excellent sound quality, and durable build, they are well-suited for various activities and environments.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Impressive device. Great sound in the water.

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    • SUMMARY: The Shokz S710 Openswim pro headphones are definitely a game changer, and they easily surpassed my expectations for sound while swimming. It is great to be able to swim laps while listening to music that sounds amazing in the water. They produce sound in (and under) the water very well. They are very light and comfortable, and they stay in place well. However, there are a couple of things that preclude a perfect five rating. DETAILS as follows: • PACKAGING: There box was fine and everything was packaged well, but nothing special. Included with the headphones: - A small Users Guide pamphlet with a printed link to a URL where a full Users Guide (UG) can be downloaded. The full UG is pretty good. - A charging cable with a USB A connector for a PC on one end, and on the other a proprietary magnetic charging connector (probably necessary for waterproofing). - Blue swimming ear plugs in a small case. ○ Note there is no guidance in the UG that states what they do, but wearing them amplifies the sound while in the water and makes it sound "fuller". - A pretty decent carrying bag to hold the phones, earplugs, and charging cable (if desired). • GETTING STARTED / USE - Downloading the Shokz App and pairing with my Android phone was quick and easy. ○ I am weary of always having to use apps, but this one is important to manage multipoint pairing, upgrading firmware and changing EQ modes. - I was able to stream music files from my phone immediately in "Bluetooth" Mode. - Transferring music files from my PC was also quick and easy using the charging cable. ○ Windows recognized the Shokz Open Swim as a folder immediately, and I dragged and dropped folders and individuals music track files to the Openswim Pro folder. - Initially using the app, I was easily able play music and switch from Bluetooth Mode (streaming music from phone) to MP3 mode (playing music from files stored internally on the headphones). § It is also very easy to switch by pressing the Volume buttons for 2 seconds without the app. § You can also assign the multifunction button to switch modes as well (which is what I did) since I found it easier than the above. - You cannot select and play back tracks or folders of your choosing with or without the app: § Page 15 states of the UG states: "You can also use the Shokz App to easily switch the order of MP3 music playback." This is not the case. § The order of playback is by when you transferred the files to the headset. □ E.g. the order is the first track transferred gets played first. The second track is the second played and so on until the last track is played. § I emailed Shokz to ask them if I was missing something, but have not yet received a response. § I have owned many very inexpensive MP3 players over the years and they allow you to play music by artist/album/folder, etc. You would think that a fairly expensive device such as this that has 32 GB of storage would allow you to do the same. This definitely does not. § This should be a function that is available via the app, and the app should also show what track is being played. - On the positive side - I was able to play tracks in many formats such as MP3, WMA, FLAC and WAV. - Also, 32 GB of storage is decent, but still not enough to hold my music library. The previous model's 4 GB of storage was not adequate so it was good to see it upgrated to 32. - Checking battery status does not seem to work as stated on page 16 of the UG by pausing playback and pressing the volume button. ○ However, the app does show charge status and you hear it when you power on the headphones. - The comfort is excellent and the headphones stay in place very well. ○ The band simply wraps around the back of your head without really touching it. ○ The earhooks are great and keep the headphones in perfect position. ○ They headphones stay in place very well….even while swimming! ○ The headphones are also very light, and I really do not even realize they are being worn - again even while swimming! - Battery life seems to be very good. - Shokz requires setting up an account with a user name and password in order to register the product. Why? This was annoying, and anything is a cyber risk these days so I did not do it. • QUALITY - While swimming, the music quality easily surpassed my expectations for sounds in the water. Pretty amazing actually. ○ Are they as good as good quality in-ear or over-ear headphones on land? Of course not, but for swimming, they are fantastic! ○ As noted above, the earplugs enhance the quality and reinforced the sound. - Outside the pool is where there could be improvement: ○ Bluetooth mode sounds pretty darn good. Not as good as my reference buds, but still very good. ○ However, the MP3 mode is not very good. The difference between sound quality between the Bluetooth mode and MP3 modes was perplexing to say the least. § I did A/B comparisons using both modes on the same source material and in different formats (including lossless WAV files) and the results were consistent - the sound of the MP3 mode was not very good while the Bluetooth mode was good. § This is a shame because I could foresee using these while running or in a gym (which I did test) without having to use my phone. - The app lets you choose different EQ modes, but these are limited to Standard and Vocal in Bluetooth mode and Standard and Swimming in MP3 mode. ○ While those are adequate, it would great if Shokz would do a firmware upgrade to allow custom, five band (at least!) equalization. • BOTTOM LINE: These are phenomenal in the water. To be able to hear music well while swimming is fantastic and the sound quality in the water is much, much better than I could have imagined. The headphones are comfortable and stay in place in or out of the water. AWESOME! However, I could not justify giving this 5 stars given what is stated above. For that, Shokz needs to improve the ability to play back specific tracks/artists/albums/folders, and secondarily, the sound quality in MP3 mode out of the water. Nevertheless, even with that, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the Shokz Openswim Pro headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great not just for swimmers, but runners too!

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    I am completely new to this Shokz brand. Before getting a chance to try these OpenSwim Pro, I had not heard of this headphones brand, and so I came in with an open mind. Having used these for the last two weeks my swimming sessions as well as around the house and on my runs, here are my thoughts and how I score these on a few areas that are important to me. Unboxing experience – 5/5 – although this has nothing to do with the actual sound and fit, I do appreciate when a brand takes the time to make the unboxing experience a good one. Shokz checks the box here for sure. Connectivity – 5/5 – right out of the box without even having to read the instruction manual, I was able to simply click a button to enable Bluetooth and in less than 10 seconds, I had these synced with my iPhone. Love how simple this was. No need to download an app to start listening to music right away.. Battery – 4/5 – with a full charge, I was able to get about 9 hours of listening music, both outside and including a couple of swimming sessions of about 20 minutes each. I do appreciate the quick charge feature just to make sure I have enough juice before putting these on for a quick run. Built Quality – 4.5/5 – the built quality feels top notch. Although is all mostly rubber, it feels rugged and long-lasting. I also appreciate the physical buttons for volume and on/off. This is a feature that is getting deleted nowadays, and I like my physical buttons, so this is a plus. The only thing I wish was different is the charging cable. Why not a USB-C charger? It’s a bummer because you must carry the charging cable when traveling instead of using a universal charger that works with everything else. Comfort – 4/5 – easy to put on and comfortable feel. I wish they were a little smaller. I don’t like the loop being so far away from my head because when running it moves a bit, but the headphones don’t fall out. They stay put, but if there were size options or a way to make them smaller, I know I would like a better snugged fit around the back of my head. Sound -5/5 – for open air sound it’s perfect. Underwater is a little less loud, but the fact that I can still listen to music while swimming, this is the first time I can even though that, so WIN for me! All in all, I highly recommend these for anyone who wants to listen to some chill music while swimming to make it even more relaxing or even as a runner, I use this to be able to listen to my surroundings and yet have some music during my run. I wouldn’t use these as my everyday day headphones, but they have become my headphones for my workouts, and they are perfect for this because I like to hear what’s going on around me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Digital TrendsPhil Nickinson on June 5, 2024

    Shokz OpenSwim Pro review: now great out of the water, tooThe Shokz OpenSwim Pro add Bluetooth for use on land and make these swimming headphones that much better.

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  • StuffConnor Jewiss on January 19, 2024

    Shokz will have you swimming while listening to music with its Bluetooth OpenSwim Pro headphonesShokz's OpenSwim Pro are the brand's first set to offer Bluetooth and on-board MP3 storage for up to 8000 songs.

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