These wireless buds are more than a music player. They are your personal assistant. Meet The Dash by Bragi.
Proclaiming themselves as the world’s first wireless smart earphones, which remains questionable to my knowledge, The Dash is a pair of cable-free earbuds that posses a ton of features – like Bluetooth capability, song storage, and live workout feedback – that rival other smart buds in the market.
The buds are said to be comfy and light enough to stay in the wearer’s ears while running, jumping, and even swimming. They are of a plastic build with rubber tips and have built in biometric sensors.
Operating like the Parrot Zik over-ear headphones, The Dash uses smart swipe and tap controls to switch back and forth between tracks, adjust volume, as well as answer and end calls.
The Dash comes equipped with 4 GB of storage which holds up to 1000 songs all on its own. The German-made hearables can run for about 3 hours on a full charge. They ship with a hard-grade carry case that can recharge the battery for up to 5 times.
Using Bluetooth capability, users can stream music through their phones. To boot, an auditory voice gives live feedback of the user’s workout progress thanks to the biometric sensors. The feedback given is the wearer’s heart rate, duration of their workout, and number of steps taken once paired with The Dash cellphone app. Personally, I’d like a lot more out of a personal assistant – like the ability to purchase my groceries and pick up my dry cleaning. These hearables aren’t that close so I’d say they seem like more of a training coach than a PA. Regardless, The Dash sounds like the perfect workout companion – no cables, no hassle.
However, after watching and reading a few reviews it seems the initial release of the buds possessed a few bugs. Users found the microphone to sound muffled and the Bluetooth connection “very frustrating” as the music would constantly skip when merely placing the connected cellphone in a pocket. Soundwise, The Verge says The Dash delivers a good amount of bass, but the clarity of the mids and highs could be better.
Earlier this month, Bragi released an update (1.4) to their accompanying cell phone application that has reportedly helped resolve some of the initial complications. The Bluetooth connection between the earbuds and cellphone are said to be less choppy and the microphone clearer. YouTuber RocYe Productions says post update, the buds are worth their $299 price tag.
If you’re interested in giving The Dash a whirl, you can snag a pair on Bragi.com.