You certainly get a lot for your money with this new headset from Senbowe and currently priced at £39.99, reduced we are told from £299, it makes a very good deal indeed. This headset is in fact the New Bee NB-6 which is often rebadged and can be found from a range of suppliers in various packages.
Inside the attractive and well designed display box aside from the headset itself was a hard Carrying Case, Headset Stand (to be assembled), hanging hook mount, USB Charging Cable, 3.5mm Audio Cable and User Guide.
The headphones feels solid, well made and robust and is of the on-ear rather than over-ear type.. The headset looks good with an attractive black silk finish to the body. The build quality seems OK to me with no sign of the padding on the band working loose, poor stitching, visible wires or weak joints – all elements that have failed on similar headsets I have owned in the past. There is nothing to make me suppose that the headset is not well made. Time will tell and if something fails in the future I will update the review accordingly. The User Guide is small but well printed in colour and concerns itself mainly with the operation of the iOS and Android app associated with these headphones.
The headset is comes with better than average audio and USB to micro-USB charging cables and both work perfectly adequately. The simple control buttons are on one earcup only and are easy to find and identify by touch and rather less so by sight. There are the usual track/volume and multifunction buttons but sadly no separate power Off/On button. The buttons are large and not recessed as they too often are and this makes them easy to use by feel and for me this is a big plus. The padding on both the earcups and headband is adequate but by no means luxurious.
Bluetooth Pairing simple enough and achieved in the usual way by depressing the Multifunction/Power button for several seconds. Once paired I found the connection to be stable and strong. The headset will also pair using NFC which is quicker and easier. The headset will also work with the supplied audio cable when the battery fails and there is little if any difference in quality when used in either mode.
This headset is lacking a few features often found even on cheaper units these days. The is no FM radio or SD card slot but it does have the newly developed and much trumpeted aptx technology although I am far from convinced that on anything but the highest end headsets it will make much difference to the sound quality.
Keeping in mind that this is not an expensive headset I was very happy indeed with the audio quality. The bass is good, clear, smooth and undistorted. Mid tones are clear and detailed and very easy to listen to. The sound quality of this headset has to be one of the main selling points.
It has a pedometer built in and you can download an app into which you put your stride length and other details used to calculate the distance travelled and calories burned. I suspect this is a technology carried over from a sports headset because this over ear non water resistant headset is really not suited for sports or outdoor use.
I like this headset. It is well made, comfortable and easy to wear even for extended listening sessions and with decent sound quality too. This is a good quality headset and although at a mid range prices nevertheless it was a pity there was no SD card or radio but I wonder how many people would actually use those missing features?. Nevertheless,the excellent audio reproduction and good built quality makes this a good buy for the price asked. I would not have been so happy at the original price.
Excellent sound quality
Easy touch controls
Good build quality
Folds flat for storage
Hard carry case
No SD card
Sports features not practical