AudioPED – a Review
When it comes to Bluetooth headsets, it is rare to have a device that packs a lot of functionality and great design features. Arranging that many sensors and chips inside a single piece headset is no mean task, and I was positively delighted to read about the new Audio PED (Personal Entertainment Device) and the quality it brings to the table. Currently, it is close to hitting the shelves and with the buzz being created about it, I thought it was a good idea to review the product from an independent perspective.
Now most Bluetooth headsets equipped with the camera available on Amazon are dubbed “spy headsets” and there is a whole variety of them available with price ranging from $30-90. But, AudioPED is a lot more than just a Spy cam or even a Bluetooth headset as it has basic health monitoring sensors as well. I managed to find one headset that came close to it; The Ctronics Hidden Wearable Spy Camera HD that costs $90. As you can easily predict, the price increases with an increase in memory size, functionality and the camera quality. Now there is no concrete price tag from the team right now, but it is widely reported to be around $109 which is a lot more than the other Bluetooth devices but let’s look at the specs of the new Bluetooth handset and see if it’s really worth the hefty number of dollars!
Since these are basically Bluetooth headsets, it is important to start off with the primary function: sound. The Audio PED offers a top-of-the-line quality sound to its users, and it can be streamed directly via the internet instead of storing it on the device itself. This feature is absent in the competitor as it relies on internal storage for all the songs and sounds. Its storage is also a notch above with a 32 GB card support compared to the maximum of 8 GB being offered by Ctronics Hidden Spy Camera that comes very close in cost.
Audio PED also has an intricate noise-cancelling system so that your calls aren’t interrupted by nearby noise. It is not currently on offer in any Bluetooth headset we could find so it is a big plus for the new device.
Video Recording and Battery
1080p HD video recording is offered by both Audio PED and the Ctronics device. Video recording capability is the prime feature of both devices, and there is nothing separating them on video quality. However, Ctronics device only offers up to 1.5 hours of video recording in a single charge while Audio PED has heavy-duty lipo batteries on both sides. They ensure you get extended hours of playback and video recording on the device with up to 16 hours of playback possible.
Audio PED has the unique function of being able to connect via to Bluetooth to several devices at once including your laptop, smartphone or even iPod. This feature is absent in the Ctronics device and any other Bluetooth headset I have come across under $200.
Now here is where Audio PED takes a definite edge over its rival. As part of its added functionality, it can act as a perfect health monitoring companion by measuring the intensity of UV rays when you are travelling in the Sun. This will help you avoid these dangerous rays and have less skin related problems later on. None of the headsets in the similar category offers UV sensing as they are more focused on the “Spy” side of things.
Audio PED comes with a touchscreen that shows the track name and displays the tracks. Ctronics device doesn’t have a touchscreen at all and relies on buttons all the time for navigation. Audio PED is also quite compact compared to the Ctronics one despite having a touchscreen.
Most of the competing headphones including the Ctronics device are a plug and play matter and connect via USB. A companion app for such a simple device makes sense, but Audio PED isn’t a simple Bluetooth headset; It has Wi-Fi connectivity, smart sensors, extended battery and even a touchscreen so it comes with its own killer app that is both fun to use and extremely useful and simple to boot.
It is clear that the functionality and quality from the Audio PED team are exceptional if the price range is indeed around the $109 figure. Follow the official website of the Audio PED as its release dates in North America and Western Europe are expected to be announced soon!