I do not usually like yoke style headsets too much and for exercise, I usually favour the True Wireless type but this new sports Bluetooth headset from LeftCafe has given a possible reason to change my mind.
The headset arrived nicely presented in a simple but stylish mid-market product box. Inside was the headset itself together with a USB to micro-USB charging cable, three sets of ear gels (one prefitted) and a well written and easy to read User Guide. I append the User Guide to my unboxing video.
The headset has a quality feel to it. Gloss black plastic used for the outer surface of the earpieces with a smooth silk surface for the yoke and body. The yoke is very flexible and should be able to mould to fit any head shape. All the controls are on the right earbud and these consist of a large button on one side which controls Power On/Off, Play/Pause and call acceptance or rejection. On the other are the usual dual function track and volume buttons together with a grommet protected micro-USB charging port. The single microphone can be found here also.
I found the headset simple and intuitive to use. Pairing was fast and easy and the connection seems stable and drop out free. Track controls and volume are pretty much standard with the usual long and short button presses. I was pleased to see the multi-function button positioned away from the rest, this makes it easier to find quickly when in a rush.
Sound quality is excellent and better than almost all the True Wireless and in-ear rivals I have tried due to the larger size of the earpieces allowed by the yoke format. Again the format and the elasticity of the yoke allows the headset to be securely draped around the neck when not use with little chance of it falling off. The claimed wind noise reduction does seem to work and I found making calls outside a less fraught process than usual.
Perhaps the main selling point of this headset is the integrated 8GB of flash memory built in. This allows you to store several hours of music in various formats including MP3 and APE. Just connect the headset to your computer using the charging cable and it is recognised as an external drive. You can then move your music onto the headset – remember to move the tracks in the order you wish to play them – and you can then access them using the headset controls and leave your phone at home.
This is not an inexpensive headset and there are many others available at a lower price and for the higher price, I would have like to see USB-C and Bluetooth 5 being used. However, these are by no means game-changing ommissions and even with that in mind the £39.99 price is really not bad at all considering the audio and build quality together with the convenience of phone free music.
Good Audio Quality
Good Build Quality
8GB Built-in Storage
Good Wind Noise Reduction
Flash Drive Option
Easy Access Power/Phone/Play button
No Carry case
Cheaper Rivals Available
No Bluetooth 5