Sunglasses are one of my favorite accessories, however I by no means actually received into good glasses till now. They aren’t new—WIRED wrote about Bluetooth sunglasses in 2009—however my common glasses do lots simply by serving to me see higher, and I positively didn’t need glasses that regarded like they have been out of a sci-fi film.
However, I’ve been listening to music, following GPS instructions, and answering calls with the Lucyd 2.0 frames for just a few weeks now, and I’m impressed by their incognito utility. You wouldn’t know primarily based on the frames that these are hiding audio system and microphones inside. I’ve tried different app-connected glasses earlier than, just like the Ampere Dusk, and so they simply jogged my memory an excessive amount of of the large plastic frames they hand out at 3D film theaters.
Lucyd’s eyewear connects to your cellphone or pc through Bluetooth, and every arm is provided with two tiny audio system and a microphone. They’re barely thicker than your typical sunglass arms, however you get used to that fairly shortly.
My common Pink Floyd and Machine Gun Kelly fare sounded surprisingly good, contemplating I used to be blasting it via sunglass arms. If I cranked it too loud, it might get somewhat tinny. Audiophiles will most likely disagree—and we’ve plenty of suggestions elsewhere should you don’t thoughts carrying one other accent—however for informal listening, it was all I wanted.
As with different Bluetooth headphones, you may management quantity, play, and pause, in addition to skipping songs, answering calls, and activating your system’s voice assistant with the buttons on the arms. I might additionally hear the world round me fairly simply.
These are principally quiet for these round you, however the sound isn’t undetectable. I might nonetheless keep away from utilizing them on full blast in public. Please don’t be that one who thinks everybody else on the practice desires to listen to their FaceTime dialog.
My private favourite use for them is listening to my GPS. I hate having to stare at my cellphone whereas strolling someplace new, particularly in an enormous metropolis, so I like that I can simply flip Bluetooth on and know the place I’m going. You can all the time join your cellphone to your automobile if it has Bluetooth capabilities, however I truthfully hate the way in which it cuts via the music to provide the subsequent route. Walking is extra peaceable.
Phone calls sounded OK to me, however I used to be advised I sounded very distant on the opposite finish. This has been an issue with each pair of Bluetooth headphones I’ve tried as of but, together with my Beats.
Lucyd says you may even use these to document podcasts. I didn’t attempt that, however voice memos (and a TikTok draft!) recorded with the on-board microphones sounded regular. I’d keep pretty near your cellphone although, because the connection began to interrupt up on the different finish of my condominium.
I attempted the model’s Moonshot, together with an older fashion that’s now not obtainable. While Lucyd presents a few different frames, they’re all related, and I want there have been extra enjoyable ones (and designs meant for giant heads like mine). Unfortunately, I just like the older model I’ve greater than any of the present kinds.
In my testing, I discovered that between listening to music and podcasts the battery delivered the claimed 12 hours. The glasses cost through a magnetic pogo-pin charger with pins that stick to every arm. Unlike opponents’ merchandise, these include a charging block (I’m glaring at you, Apple).