What’s additionally complicated are the fake buttons on the entrance of the masks. There are icons for “+,” “-” and Play, and although they seem like they’re constructed into the material, they’re truly extra like iron-on patches that don’t do something. It’s a must to make certain the headphone’s controller within the masks’s pocket strains up neatly below these symbols. Although you might additionally simply press the buttons below the material in the event that they’re misaligned — the graphics on the masks do actually nothing.
The mollifying information, I assume, is that the product works as promised. It was simple sufficient to pair the Bluetooth headphones to my cellphone and use the center “Play” button to pause and resume my music. Tapping the plus and minus indicators elevated and decreased the quantity respectively and I needed to maintain them down for 4 seconds to skip ahead and again. Double clicking the play button triggers an assistant (Google or Alexa), and I may additionally press it as soon as to reply incoming calls.
After some syncing hiccups that prevented me from listening to my caller, the Maskfone finally labored and I used to be capable of converse with my buddy. Regardless of the microphone being stuffed contained in the masks’s pocket, my buddy mentioned they might hear me clearly.
The primary good thing about Maskfone’s headphones being detachable is you could wash the masks and reuse it. The corporate additionally consists of 5 N95/FFP2 or PM2.5 filters you could insert, which makes it really feel like a barely higher worth. As a masks, too, this factor is snug and durable, with a stiff, bendable nostril bridge and adjustable ear loops. I don’t hate it.
Maskfone’s greatest difficulty is its total proposition. The primary drawback it solves is extraordinarily area of interest. It’s for individuals who don’t need to sound muffled whereas taking cellphone calls when sporting a masks. It’s a legitimate concern, however I’m unsure Maskfone is a sublime resolution. At $50, this factor prices the identical as true wi-fi earbuds just like the OnePlus Buds Z, Anker Soundcore Life P2 and JLab JBuds Air, that are way more handy and simpler to manage.
Alternatively, you might contemplate getting the brand new $50 Beats Flex, which can also be a neckband-style pair of wi-fi earbuds, or the Fitbit Flyer and even Motorola’s personal headphones and stitch them into an present facemask if you really want. Plus, I don’t take pleasure in jabbing at my face to manage my music, and even when I make peace with that, Maskfone’s setup is so low-tech it’s laughable.