BioConnected HR+ Review: Aussie-made for fitness fanatics
BioConnected's headphones work well within a fitness context, although they're not likely to be your everyday pair of Bluetooth headphones, unless you run every day.
- Excellent app
- Solid fit for running
- Works with other fitness apps
- Audio is only ordinary
- iPhone-only at launch
- Low Bluetooth range.
The use of Bluetooth for audio purposes is absolutely nothing new, but it's a technology that has enjoyed a significant resurgence as newer mobiles, such as the iPhone X, Google Pixel 2, HTC U11 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro have all dropped traditional 3.5mm headphone jacks.
You can now get Bluetooth headphones to suit multiple styles, including those purpose-built for fitness tracking. BioConnected's HR+ headphones are Australian designed with a particular accent on tracking heart rate through your ears to a custom-built app for tracking your fitness.
- Shark-fin style ear clasps take a while to get used to
- Tight fit is good for exercise, less so for everyday listening
- Adequate audio quality befitting fitness-focused headphones
- Battery life is fine, but a dead battery means no more in-app fitness tracking
- BioConnected app tracks plenty of useful data
- Heart-rate sensor tracks both current levels and variability
Pricing and availability
The BioConnected HR+ headphones cost $299, available from BioConnected's web site.