If you’ve read any of my posts in the last week, you’d know how much I love Amazon. It’s a treasure trove for finding gadgets at affordable prices that you won’t find at brick and mortar shops like Best Buy, Target or even Walmart. I look for gadgets that sport the #1 Best Seller tag because it’s something only one item can earn in a specific category. In a world of Beats by Dre, Jaybird, Ultimate Ears, Sony and the like, I never heard of a brand called Senso. If you look up Senso you’ll find a small company with just six products to its name, and they are all wireless sports headphones. However, Senso doesn’t need to make more than it’s #1 Best Seller, the wireless sport Bluetooth earbuds. At the time of writing this review, it has over 16,500 reviews on Amazon with an average rating of 4.3/5 stars.
If you look through the reviews, customers mostly rave about the Senso Bluetooth earbuds claiming they are worth every bit of its $36.97 price tag. Some like to compare them to similar looking and sounding Powerbeats which retail for $200. They love the Senso Bluetooth earbuds due to decent sound quality, above average battery life, and most importantly the incredible value at roughly $37.
Are the Senso Bluetooth earbuds as good as reviewers say they are? Let’s take a closer look.
The Senso Bluetooth earbuds are designed for active lifestyles, but can also serve a general purpose listening system for those who simply want to do away with the 3.5mm audio jack. Some users, like those on the most recent iPhone, don’t have much of a choice when it comes to wires since Apple decided to eliminate the audio jack altogether. Senso created reasonably priced Bluetooth earbuds that house the battery and internal circuits inside of the earpieces that are connected to the audio drivers that slide into your ears. The earpieces have soft silicone/rubber hooks that slide over your ears to hold them firmly in place. The ear hooks are an important feature to have, especially for those with small ear canals.
Wireless earbuds like the Bragi Dash, Samsung Gear IconX, and the SOL Republic Amps Air try to cram as every piece of the internals directly into the earpiece which is still too large for most people to wear comfortably. The Senso earbuds, on the other hand, have traditional sized earpieces that fit into your ear and extend out to the earpieces where the internals are housed. The Senso Bluetooth earbuds are also not truly wireless like the Apple AirPods, they have a single wire that connects both earpieces that wrap behind your neck. They are wireless in the sense that you do not need to plug them into your phone or tablet to get sound.
This build style might be a bit larger than the true wireless earbuds I listed above, but the fit of the earbuds is much more traditional. If you’ve worn the free Apple in-ear headphones that come with the iPhone and don’t have an issue with the fit, then you can rest easy knowing the Senso Bluetooth earbuds offer something very similar. Where the Senso earbuds differ from the stock Apple headphones are the silicone tips that mold to the shape of your ear canal to block out sound while providing additional support.
The Senso Bluetooth earbuds are rated to playback music for eight hours and can be recharged with a standard micro USB plug-in about an hour. Controls for turning on/off are found on the bottom of the right earpiece, with volume and track controls on the top. The earbuds also come with an IPX7 water resistance rating that can withstand immersion in one foot of water for up to 30 minutes. In real-world usage, this means it will resist any amount of sweat you can produce, but the earbuds aren’t built for swimming.
Senso also provides a few free gifts with the purchase of its earbuds: a dual port car charger, a short micro USB charging cable, a dual lightning/micro USB charging cable and a hard carrying case to keep the earbuds safe when not in use.
Do the Senso Bluetooth earbuds live up to the hype?
For the price of $37, the Senso Bluetooth earbuds absolutely live up to the hype. They earn every bit of their top rating on Amazon. Battery life is as advertised where I frequently averaged seven to eight hours on a single charge, and they withstood my daily workouts. Whether it was a few mile jog, a 20-mile bike ride, or a weightlifting session at the gym, the Senso Bluetooth earbuds performed and kept me jamming to my tunes without any issues. The inclusion of Bluetooth 4.1 allowed me to leave my phone in the corner of the gym when I lifted weights and I never had any issues with an interrupted connection that many wireless earbuds of this size suffer from.
When it comes to sound, the earbuds actually perform quite well. The lows are definitely forward, the highs are detailed but the mids underperform to my discerning ears. Keep in mind, I’ve listened to over a hundred earbuds/headphones in my time and regularly wear products that cost upwards of $300. Even though the mids are a bit muddled and lack detail found in higher end headphones, that didn’t change my overall satisfaction with the Senso earbuds. They get loud and block out background noise which is very important for active style earbuds. I never turned them up to maximum volume which is impressive with a full gym of people at 5:30 pm. They kept my rhythm going to rap, EDM, and rock when I was lifting, running or cycling. I even had to turn down the bass (with the built-in EQ on my Samsung Galaxy S8+) on songs that emphasized the low-end as it quickly became overwhelming. I did like having the option to pump out so much low-end sound and it reminded me of why I like to listen to Beats on occasion.
With a price tag of $37 at Amazon, the Senso Bluetooth earbuds are perfect for those who don’t want to spend a lot of money but want a lot of sound for their active lifestyles. The earhooks also provide stability and comfort where true wireless earbuds can loosen or fall out of your ears if you’re moving around making them some of the most comfortable wireless earbuds I’ve worn in a while. Battery life is superb for wireless earbuds of its size, and the inclusion of Bluetooth 4.1 means you won’t be interrupted with disconnections from your wireless device. Throw in a sweet lightning/micro USB cable, a nice carrying case and a dual port car charger, and you have a package that will hold its top spot on Amazon for a long time.
If you want to learn more about the Senso Bluetooth earbuds, head on over to Amazon.com.