Review on Skullcandy Dime True Wireless Earbuds
- 24 Hours Total Battery + Rapid Charge
- Use Either Bud Solo
- Music, Movie and Podcast EQ Modes
- IP55 Sweat, Water and Dust Resistant
- Built-in Tile Technology. Impedance-32 Ohms
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Skullcandy is a headphone maker that dominated the market a few years ago, but has been a bit more in the background lately. They’re now making waves abroad with the Dime, which costs just $25, but at $70 in Australia, they’re harder to sell. Design Skullcandy Dime
Since it’s Skullcandy’s budget offering, it makes sense that the Dime feels a little cheap. It is extremely lightweight, lined with plastic and puts an end to all the bells and whistles. In the box, you get the earbuds in their case, a few sizes of earbuds to choose from, and a small micro USB cable. In case of permanent sin, these do indeed charge via micro-USB and not via USB C.
The case is nicely portable, about the size of a car key fob, and comes with a small lanyard for easy attachment. It clamps tight and is quite difficult to reopen – although that’s a plus for making sure it doesn’t accidentally pop open when they’re hanging on your keys. However, portability is somewhat compromised by cutouts on the lid. These expose the back of the earbuds when they’re in the case, but when they’re removed, the case’s charging contacts remain open to debris.
The bottom of the case, where the earbuds would rest, has a notch instead of a smooth curve. If you have particularly filthy earwax, it can result in a buildup of coarseness that is quite difficult to clean.
Buttons snap satisfactorily into the case and have a small LED to indicate they are charging. They are incredibly light, with the stem design providing a bit of balance to prevent them from pulling or putting pressure on the ear canal, making them more comfortable to wear. I generally have no issues with the fit of the earbuds, and this was no different with the standard tips nice work. However, I couldn’t tell you how they feel after extremely long use as the battery only lasts about 3 hours.
The case’s battery offers two full charges, with Skullcandy claiming a total of 12 hours of playtime up. The playing time of the earbuds is a bit on the low side, but if you really want to, you can use one side at a time, let the other charge and swap them out as needed.
They are quite subtle and easy to hide when worn. The dime has physical buttons, which I generally prefer over touch controls on true wireless earbuds. However, when you press them, you should try to keep the stem still to keep the button under the Skullcandy logo on the back of the button, or by pushing it in your ear because of the button resistance. Neither is a particularly comfortable solution.
Touching the earbuds creates quite a bit of noise, more than I’ve experienced with other true wireless earbuds. It’s not terrible, just a minor irritation and quality of experience.
The Dime is IPX4 rated, which means they can tolerate and survive a little sweat or rain. Soaking in a cup of water for 30 seconds had no effect on functionality or sound. They feel very durable and are more likely to lose them before you break them. Achievements Skullcandy Dime
In terms of connectivity and ease of use, the Dime is a painless experience. After the first pairing, they connect automatically when removed from the case. The earbuds can easily be used individually and each has a microphone. However, using the Dime for calls is not the only thing recommended as it handles noisy environments poorly. In quiet indoor environments it’s okay, but once a train or truck passes you outside, you’re completely drowned out.
While it feels a little weak to say, the Dime sounds fine. They are not terrible, they are certainly not good, but they are enough for commuting or sports. I don’t believe anyone chooses up true wireless earbuds to sit in a comfortable chair, close their eyes and have a whole listening experience. You have them to escape the wider world if you are forced to intervene.
Pretty much everything about the sound is as expected: the bass is pretty hyped, there’s virtually no soundstage, they lack detail and have poor instrument separation. It feels a bit muted and reserved. While that sounds bad (not intended as a pun), it’s perfectly acceptable for how these will be used for the most part, with fit and functionality being more important. The slightly rolled treble also helps reduce fatigue and harshness.
The control buttons work well despite the slight inconvenience of pressing them. Although you have to remember the speed and number of presses for each function, it is quite intuitive.
There’s no active noise cancellation, which I was fine with, as I generally find it makes me quite nauseous with earplugs. The seal created by deep insertion of the tip is sufficient to provide passive isolation.
Should you buy the Skullcandy Dime?
Buy it if you want simple, hassle-free all-round earbuds that won’t break the bank.
Don’t buy it if you want high quality sound, a premium feel or lots of hands-free calling.
Our score: 3 How we score our reviews
The Skullcandy Dime are fine true wireless earbuds. Any grievances feel small, and they certainly get the job done. Their real appeal is value for money, but with the Australian RRP, that appeal almost dissolves. There are many other true wireless buds on the market near this price point, or slightly higher, so they don’t stand out as much.
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