Skullcandy Dime True wireless earbuds review: Comfortable and affordable earbuds
Skullcandy recently launched a pair of truly wireless earbuds called Dime. They are super light and claim to offer up to 12-hour battery life. They support Bluetooth 5.0 and have IPX4 resistance. Dime is priced at Rs 2,249, but are they worth it? We find out.
kullcandy launched a pair of compact and truly wireless earbuds called the Skullcandy Dime. The company touted the earbuds as user’s everyday audio companions that will “free users from the hassle of snagging, yanking, and tangling wires.” The earbuds is claimed to offer up to 12 hours of battery life, have an IPX4 rating that makes them sweat and water-resistant. The earbuds are available in India for Rs 2249, but are they worth buying? We find out.
Skullcandy Dime True wireless earbuds: Build and Design
The earbuds come in a plastic case which is very light in weight. However, the case is not very protective since it has a cut-through lid which shows users when the earbuds are in the case. Users will have to make sure that they place the case somewhere dry when the earbuds are not being charged, as the charging contacts are exposed when the earbuds are not charging. The case has a micro USB port on the back and comes along with a small micro-USB cable. The charging case also comes with a small thread-like loop. The lid on the case stayed in place as it closed with a click sound when closed. The back of the case and the earbuds feature the Skullcandy logo. Inside the case, the buds fit well into their charging and storage slots and are held snugly in place with magnets. The lid of the case is firm and stable. There are status LEDs on the outside that show how much the case is charged. The earbuds come with three earpieces made of Silicon with small, medium, and large sizes. The earbuds are available in three colour variants -- True Black, Dark Blue, Green, and Dark Grey. The earbuds are super light and have an LED light that shows when they are switched on or switched off.
I think the Dime True Wireless Earbuds are one of the most lightweight earbuds I have reviewed. But despite being so light, they fit nicely into my ears. The fact that they were so compact was a big plus for me as I like to listen to music even when I am on the move. I was able to go on walks while wearing the earbuds and a mask simultaneously. Owing to their small size, I could wear them while wearing a helmet and did not cause any discomfort. Also, the fit is fine enough while you are walking or using these buds as part of your daily office or home life. Further, the IPX 4 rating helped me use the earbuds even when I was sweating while exercising.
Skullcandy Dime True wireless earbuds: Fit and connectivity
The Skullcandy Dime earbuds work on Bluetooth 5.0 and are easily paired with any compatible device. The controls on the earbuds work pretty much as they do on other Skullcandy earbuds, but there are caveats. Using the controls on the wireless earbuds got annoying at times as the earbuds are small in size, and it was a task to change the controls as the earbuds were getting pushed further into my ears which made it a task, and I preferred managing the songs through my phone. Skullcandy promises a battery life of up to 12 hours along with the case and pretty much doesn't deliver that much, but I could not use it for long hours. After using it for some time, a voice prompt would say, “Battery low.” and I had to plug it in again. So, the marketed 12 hours of runtime, in my opinion, is just a gimmick, and you can expect a max of up to 6 hours if you want to use it daily for just music listening along with the charging case. But, if you consider the price point of the earbuds, it is decent.
To pair the earbuds, you will have to press either earpiece for four seconds. You can power the earphones up and down with a two-second hold and play or pause the music by pressing once. You can turn up the volume by tapping up twice on the right earbud and down on the left ear twice. This drill is similar to how other Skullcandy earbuds work. The tricky part comes when you want to forward a track or go back. You are required to hold the right earpiece down for one second to forward a track, and to skip a trackback, users will have to hold down the left earpiece. You can also access voice assistants with three taps and take calls with a single press.
Speaking about calls, I could take calls, however, I could not listen to what the other person was saying and had to switch to my phone's speaker every time I took a call. Maybe this problem was specific to my review unit, and you may experience something else.
Skullcandy Dime True wireless earbuds: Sound Quality
The earphones are compatible with Bluetooth 5.0, and there is no app for adjusting sounds as per your preference. So, you will have to make do with what comes out of the box, which in my opinion, was not bad. I listened to a lot of music using Dime, and the sound quality is not compromised despite its price. I listened to River from King Gizzard and could differentiate the different musical instruments in the song. I even listened to slow numbers like Tune Kaha from Prateek Kuhad, and the vocals came out nicely. I found the sound quality of the earbuds was excellent and balanced. The earbuds work well for different moods -- For days, you want to listen to music quietly in your room and even while going out for walks or runs. However, you will still be able to hear the external sound, which is acceptable given the earbuds' price and size.
Skullcandy Dime True wireless earbuds: Verdict
Should you buy Skullcandy Dime? For Rs 2,249, Skullcandy Dime is a convenient, hassle-free, light and portable pair of earbuds. Even though they are super light, and you can make out that the quality of the earbuds is not at par with Skullcandy’s other earbuds, it does not compromise on the sound quality. Moreover, the battery is decent as you get up to four hours on the earbuds and up to 6 hours when used with the charging case. But, then it's also a fact that you will be required to charge them more frequently. Moreover, the controls, other than the basic ones, can get tasking. But given the price of Rs 2249, Skullcandy Dime is a good pair of earbuds with decent sound quality that you can use every day.