Great sound, lackluster build
Skullcandy has been around for ages and have released quite a few TWS earbuds at this point. Most noticeably, the Skullcandy Jib True. So, do we really need another pair of wireless earbuds from Skullcandy? They certainly seem to think so.
What the Push TWS earbuds seem to get the basics right, with decent sound and a comfortable fit, but Skullcandy seems to have taken a lot of shortcuts in the quality and build department.
So, let’s take a closer look in our in-depth Skullcandy Push True Wireless Review and find out exactly what they’ve done?
First off, these are not even close to being premium earbuds; the price says it all. But it seems that Skullcandy isn’t even trying to hide the fact.
The charging case has nothing special and is solely there for the purpose of charging. It’s large, bulky and plastic. There are no magnets keeping the case shut; it simply clicks shut with a button to open and close the case. At least the inside of the case has magnets to keep the earbuds in place.
However, carrying the large case around, we never had any issue with the case opening accidentally or the earbuds falling out by themselves, which is a positive.
Secure and comfortable…
The design of the earbuds is also a bit strange. They are large and bulky but actually fit decently in our ears. After using these as our main earbuds for the last two days, we never found them to be uncomfortable, even after wearing them for three hours straight at work.
The earbuds have a little wing that requires you to twist the earbuds into your ear, but once in, they are secure and won’t budge no matter how hard you try.
These have no official IP rating, although Skullcandy claims they are water-resistant. The earbuds are also made of plastic and don’t feel great. Both the earbuds and case have the same matte-like coating that doesn’t feel premium. The little bit of gloss on the top part of the earbuds helps a bit.
These glossy parts do have a function. These are large buttons that can be used for playback and turning each of the earbuds on or off.
How does the Skullcandy Push True Wireless sound?
Sound quality is really what these earbuds have going for them. Yes, they do have the Skullcandy heavy-handed bass boost, but to be honest, it’s not as bad as some other earbuds or headphones. It’s done more tastefully.
Depending on the song you listen to, you might or might not experience some auditory masking. This is when a certain frequency is much louder than the rest of the mix.
The result is either it muddles up the mix or makes some of the high-end frequencies become ear piercingly loud. In the case of a lot of Skullcandy headphones and earphones, it’s the bass that gets blown up into the stratosphere.
Great for some songs, but not for others…
An example of negative masking we found was with Charli XCX’s “Claws.” The bass is already loud in the mix, and the earbuds accentuated it to the point that most of the synths were incomprehensible.
But on the other hand, the extra bass on Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic”, the bassline was a bit more prominent, adding some extra bounce and energy. Yet, it never overpowered the rest of the song.
The high-end frequencies sound great on the earbuds. It’s detailed and crisp, as long as the bass isn’t too loud.
Focus on the music…
Sound isolation is also decent, which helps to keep the thump provided by the bass. Wearing these in the office, we only had an occasional voice or two slip in, mostly during quiet parts in the music. Other than that, we were never disturbed by any outside noises.
How does the microphone sound?
Microphones on earbuds have a horrible reputation, and these are no different. With so little space to place the drivers, chips, and microphones, it’s no surprise that earbud microphones never perform well. However, there were a few exceptions.
We put these to the test video calling some friends, and needless to say, there was a harsh drop around the 200Hz mark. This means any person with a deep voice will sound quiet and robotic. These also don’t do a great job of isolating your voice.
We tried to use them outside, but the wind had other plans. Unless you have no other choice, we don’t recommend using the microphone on these.
Battery Life and Connectivity
The earbuds themselves lasted us just over six hours before we needed to pop them back in the case for another charge. The case itself has one full charge in the can before you need to charge the case.
This means altogether; you get about 13 hours of playback before you need to charge the case. It is strange that the case is so large but can only provide a single charge. At least charging is done via USB-C, for a change.
Stable wireless connections…
The earbuds are rocking Bluetooth 4.2, and during our testing, we didn’t experience any drop-outs. We gave the connectivity a test and walked about 20-feet before the audio cut out. Likewise, watching Netflix on our phone, we didn’t get any noticeable audio lag, same for YouTube.
There aren’t any cool features like multi-connect, nor are there any fancy audio codecs like aptX or AAC. That said, connectivity was never an issue, which is a major plus.
Who is the Skullcandy Push True Wireless for?
Anyone looking for a great, budget pair of earbuds from a reputable and well-known brand. Especially if you want to do some casual listening. The extra bit of bass will appease bass heads but won’t make any audiophiles cringe in pain.
If you prefer something more neutral, the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 has a more neutral frequency response around the same price as these.
Skullcandy Push True Wireless Review Pros and Cons
- Great sound.
- Battery life is decent.
- Build quality.
- The case only charges earbuds once.
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With so many earbuds on the market around the same price as the Skullcandy Push, it is difficult to find a reason to recommend them. They do sound good and have decent battery life, but so many others as well, and some even do so better.
If you can get past the bad build quality and lack of features, you might be happy. But with better earbuds out there, like the Jaybird Run and the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air, these are left drowning in the ocean of forgettable budget TWS earbuds.
Until next time happy listening.