The Coumi Freedom Dots earbuds connect really quickly to Bluetooth and have a lovely fit in the ear. These IPX7 rated waterproof buds are actually little sticks that sit forward in your ear. In the box they come in, there are five sets of silicone tips in different sizes -- in addition to the tips supplied on the earbuds. The sound quality is excellent across all ranges with no distortion -- even the bass quality is good. I had challenges with the controls to stop and start my music, at least until I read the instructions in the user guide.
These ear sticks have pressure-sensitive pads on the front of each stick. You need to squeeze the stick to start and stop your music, and you can navigate through the tracks by squeezing twice on one bud instead of pressing the earpiece directly. You can answer and reject calls by pressing on the the pad (and a long press to reject), and triple press for the voice assistant.
The only feature that seems to be missing is the volume control, which you need to adjust on your device itself. Active noise cancelling is on by default, but you can toggle it on and off, and switch to ambient sound by long-pressing the sensor pad. There is also an app for Android that you can download to get access to extra features such as voice app integration with brands.
These earbuds will give four to six hours of playtime, depending on whether you have ANC turned on or off, and the charging case will charge the buds up to four times. Charging time is about two hours for a full charge.
- Waterproof IPX7 rated
- Excellent sound across all ranges
- Pressure-sensitive pads take time to get used to
- No volume controls on ear sticks