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The Specifics

Who: Optoma - a company that "delivers engaging visual and audio experiences for a connected world."

The product: Optoma NuForce BE2 Wireless Earbuds.

What comes in the packaging: 3 pairs of silicone tips (S/M/L), 1 pair of SpinFit TwinBlade® ear tips, and a microUSB charging cable.

What are they selling us: Here's the rundown: "Stay connected with the BE2 Bluetooth in-ear headphones offering an incredible battery life of up to 10 hours. The lightweight, durable design and custom ear tips keep them securely in place. They are also IPX5 certified for greater protection from rain and sweat. In addition, wireless means compatibility with smartphones that don’t include an audio jack."

The Design

Optoma NuForce BE2 Wireless Earbuds

Featuring a black/slate grey or white/silver colourway, the NuForce BE2s are as generic as they come when it comes to design. However, as you've probably gathered from our previous headphone reviews, this isn't necessarily a bad thing - most people aren't looking for their headphones to standout in any way, they just want them to sound good and last longer than a few months. So let's move on to the build quality.

The Build

Considering the price, I was expecting the worst, but the NuForce BE2s seem to be pretty solid. I've seen cheaper models built just as well, but I've also seen the same from headphones two or three times more expensive, so it's hard to really judge them. File these under 'you'll break them if you're a clumsy person, otherwise they should last you pretty long'. If you're looking for a new pair of workout headphones, then you'll be happy to know that these are IPX5 water-resistant.

The Comfort

Like most modern in-ear headphones, the NuForce BE2s come with a selection of silicone tips to cater to a wide range of ear sizes - but perhaps the best addition is the SpinFit TwinBlade® ear tips, which shape to your ear canal, providing a deeper seal. And they work just as described. The weight of the headphones - specifically in the ears - is pretty even, meaning they stay in place quite nicely. So many companies put unnecessary weight in that area, which is frustrating unless you have a really tight fit.

The Sound

Optoma NuForce BE2 Wireless Earbuds

'Inoffensive' is probably the best way to describe the soundstage of the NuForce BE2s - meaning they perform well across the board, but add very little to the music-listening experience. You're not going to put these on and drift off into another world - there's not enough separation for that - but as a workhorse, they're solid. This is reflected in the 10 hours of playback you get off a full charge, which makes them ideal for people using them on their daily commute to work, or gym visits. Despite the relatively flat sound, you do get quite a nice warm presence in the bass and mids, which is surprising.

In terms of noise-cancellation, we suggest going for the SpinFit TwinBlade® ear tips as they provide pretty excellent isolation.

Is It Worth The Money?

For £49.99, we were left pretty impressed by what Optoma managed to pack into the NuForce BE2s. If you're a brand conscious person, you'd have to spend a lot more to get the same amount of features, and let's face it, why would you want to do that? Given the playback time, fit, and the IPX5 water-resistance, the NuForce BE2s could end up being a pretty great option for the gym.

You can purchase these headphones by heading here. They retail for £49.99.