Dashby Bragi

  • Dash
  • Dash
  • Dash
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Not recommended. This product is super problematic.
66%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Dash earbuds deliver a snug and secure fit for a good majority of ear sizes.
  • Overall sound quality is solid; music sounds clean and well balanced across the board.
  • The storage case doubles as a charging unit, thanks to the built-in battery; it offers roughly five full charges at a time.

CONS

  • Some reviewers reported problems during testing, which included connectivity issues and other software bugs.
  • The user interface is not entirely intuitive right off the bat. It might take a little time to get the hang of things.
  • To help with the fit, Bragi provides silicon skins it calls FitSleeves, which may look ugly depending on your aesthetic sense.
Lots of wireless headphone makers tout their products as truly wireless, and Bragi certainly has a stake in that claim--and then some. The Dash package gives you a pair of small sports-oriented and cord-free earbuds that can handle immersion in up to 3 feet of water. You can use the Dash as your phone headset, but this Bluetooth unit is also a stand-alone music player with 4GB of storage and a fitness tracker. Available in black or white, the Dash offers passive noise isolation, gesture recognition, and touch controls. The bundled USB charging case contains a 2200 mAh battery, and the buds snap into place magnetically. The Bragi app, which tracks your heart rate and steps, is available for iOS, Android, and Windows 10 Mobile.
NameDashX2Sport PulseiSport SuperSlim HeadphonesPowerbeats 2 Wireless
ManufacturerBragiJaybirdJabraMonsterBeats
Techwalla Score
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List Price$299$180$200$170$200
82%

Not at any point over a huff-and-puff five-miler (hey, Vegas will take it out of you) did I feel I was going to lose one of the 'buds. There…

Not at any point over a huff-and-puff five-miler (hey, Vegas will take it out of you) did I feel I was going to lose one of the 'buds. There's possibly a certain amount of luck here...[B]ut for me, they were a great fit out of the box.

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80%

In a package so small, Bragi had to make compromises, and battery life is always the first to go. The Dash will only last about three hours …

In a package so small, Bragi had to make compromises, and battery life is always the first to go. The Dash will only last about three hours on a single charge. Bragi solves this problem by including a charging case with an internal battery that can quickly charge the Dash up to five times on the go.

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50%

These Dashes are a tantalizing glimpse at a device from that future, proof that it’s possible to put all the sensors and chips in front of o…

These Dashes are a tantalizing glimpse at a device from that future, proof that it’s possible to put all the sensors and chips in front of our eyes into our ears. This kind of gadget could someday be amazing, but Bragi hasn’t made good on its promise yet, and it needs to.

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50%

Unfortunately, even putting aside the awkwardness of some of the touch controls, things just don’t work as planned on too many occasions, th…

Unfortunately, even putting aside the awkwardness of some of the touch controls, things just don’t work as planned on too many occasions, thanks in large part to shaky Bluetooth connection.

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The fit was snug but secure. They didn't feel at risk of falling out of my ear, which is critical, given the nature of these particular earb…

The fit was snug but secure. They didn't feel at risk of falling out of my ear, which is critical, given the nature of these particular earbuds.

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[O]n first impressions, I'd say they are on a par with the likes of the Jabra Sport Pulse - just clear and full enough to listen to your tun…

[O]n first impressions, I'd say they are on a par with the likes of the Jabra Sport Pulse - just clear and full enough to listen to your tunes while running but nothing to compete with the richer sound you get from wired in-ears.

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You control the pod via touches and swipes. It can be a bit confusing as first, since the touches and swipes are generally along the bottom …

You control the pod via touches and swipes. It can be a bit confusing as first, since the touches and swipes are generally along the bottom portion of the pod. [I]t's sorta like a continual DUI test in whether or not you can touch the correct portion of the pod straight away.

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The Dash...kept going even when I wore it in the shower...The audio...sounded fine for working out, although even a bit more compressed than…

The Dash...kept going even when I wore it in the shower...The audio...sounded fine for working out, although even a bit more compressed than the Earin buds.

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Bragi has tuned the gesture recognition in a really careful way. I tried to reject a phone call with a nod that I thought was too subtle for…

Bragi has tuned the gesture recognition in a really careful way. I tried to reject a phone call with a nod that I thought was too subtle for the Dash to pick up, but it worked.

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Sure, this “review” of sorts sounds like a lot of negatives, with limited positives, but when software updates don’t fix issues, and the fea…

Sure, this “review” of sorts sounds like a lot of negatives, with limited positives, but when software updates don’t fix issues, and the features the device is made to use don’t work, there’s not much that Bragi is actually getting right here.

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I love the freedom that The Dash provides. It's a lot less intrusive than any other Bluetooth headset I've used and a lot easier to manage t…

I love the freedom that The Dash provides. It's a lot less intrusive than any other Bluetooth headset I've used and a lot easier to manage thanks to the included case that doubles for charging. No more wires hitting the back of your neck as you run, or getting tangled in your clothes or with the equipment at the gym.

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Audio Transparency enables you to hear what is going on around you as well as engage in conversation without having to remove The Dash from …

Audio Transparency enables you to hear what is going on around you as well as engage in conversation without having to remove The Dash from your ears. You can even swim while wearing them.

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