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iDea Atomicx Bluetooth headphones: Classic design and great sound

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  • Editors' rating
    7.8 Very good

Pros

  • Comfortable over-ear fit
  • Great bass
  • Hard shell carrying case

Cons

  • Bulky outer travel case
Hands on with iDea Atomicx Bluetooth headphones: Classic design and great sound ZDNet

Eileen Brown

The product quality of the iDea Atomicx Bluetooth headphones was obvious as soon as I received the item. I liked the style and magnetic flap opening and the quality of the box.

The headphones and wires were encased in a hard shell, impact resistant, zipped travel case. The headphones fold at points just above the ear cuff and fit snugly in the case.

The build quality of the headphones is good. They are weighty, at 0.56lb, and well made. The zinc alloy headband is cushioned above and below the supporting headband.

Hands on with iDea Atomicx Bluetooth headphones: Classic design and great sound ZDNet

Eileen Brown

The soft ear cushions are very well padded and are about 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches. The ear cups fit over the whole ear. I did have to fiddle with the positioning of the ear cuff to stop my ear studs digging in to my head but the rotation of the cuffs made this easy.

The Bluetooth 4.0 controls are small, unobtrusive and are situated at the back of the right ear can.

Each of the three buttons have multiple functions.

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At the base of the right ear can are the USB and microphone jacks.

The headphones can be paired with two devices at once which means you can pair with both your business phone and a separate music device.

A built in microphone means you can answer or reject incoming calls or respond to texts with Siri or Cortana.

Controlling the music and incoming calls was surprisingly easy. I'm left-handed and I expected to have problems operating buttons on the rear edge of the right ear can. Usually I reverse the headphones to get around this problem but I did not have to with this device.

Hands on with iDea Atomicx Bluetooth headphones: Classic design and great sound ZDNet

Eileen Brown

To skip to the next music track, along press on the volume up button is all that is needed. To turn the volume up or down, a short tap is all that is required. To answer calls, simply press the call button, to reject calls press the volume up button.

The headphones lasted for over a week on a single charge. This included several sessions at the gym, running, and geeking out to loud music in peace.

Charging seems to be quick too.

Pairing with Bluetooth was easier than other devices I've tried recently.

The iDea S204 appeared quickly in my list of devices and paired quickly.

Pausing and re-starting music also seemed to be quicker than the Roverbeats FL headphones I tested the other week.

Hands on with iDea Atomicx Bluetooth headphones: Classic design and great sound ZDNet

Eileen Brown

The sound pressure level is 118dB +/- 3dB and the earphones have a range of 20Hz to 20KHz and an impedance of 32 Ohms.

These headphones give crystal clear sound across the range of notes. High notes do not sound tinny and the bass is very good indeed which I like.

If you have an iOS device you can see the battery level of the speaker in the status bar on the phone. You can also control the volume level of the iphone with one button.

Overall, for under $60, this set of headphones delivers a lot for your money - in sound quality, comfort, and looks.