BioConnected HR+ Review: Aussie-made for fitness fanatics

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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.

The good

  • Excellent app
  • Solid fit for running
  • Works with other fitness apps

The bad

  • 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.

Design

  • Shark-fin style ear clasps take a while to get used to
  • Tight fit is good for exercise, less so for everyday listening
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Performance

  • Adequate audio quality befitting fitness-focused headphones
  • Battery life is fine, but a dead battery means no more in-app fitness tracking
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Features

  • BioConnected app tracks plenty of useful data
  • Heart-rate sensor tracks both current levels and variability
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Verdict

BioConnected's marketing for the HR+ is unashamedly aimed at the fitness market, and that's the audience for whom these headphones will make the most sense. If you're after a general everyday pair of Bluetooth headphones they're not going to be ideal on audio quality or comfort grounds, but if you want a hard wearing and very smart pair of heart rate tracking headphones, they're a very good buy.
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Pricing and availability

The BioConnected HR+ headphones cost $299, available from BioConnected's web site.


Specifications

BioConnected HR+

Build

Category
In-ear Headphones
Colours
Black
Driver Diameter
8.6mm

Connectivity

Wired/Wireless
Wireless
Bluetooth
Yes

Features

Rechargeable Battery
Yes
Water Resistant
Yes
Battery Charging Time
2 hours

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