The Trekz Titanium is the latest design by AfterShokz for an open ear bluetooth experience. The Trekz Titanium brings many of the features one enjoyed with their prior bone conduction headsets into a new package. The choice of titanium for the construction resolves issues of the flimsy plastic and other materials from prior generations, while bringing an overall better sound quality and snugger fit. The Trekz Titanium connects over Bluetooth 4.0, and boasts a 6 hour battery life.
Inside the Box
Inside the box one finds the Trekz Titanium, USB charger, ear plugs, storage case, and the user manual. The box is a nicely designed square box measuring about seven by seven by four. Opening it may require the handling of a sharp object to break the glue points holding the box together.
Wearing the Trekz Titanium
The Trekz Titanium fits a lot nicer on my head than previous versions of AfterShokz which seemed to slide off. There is a smaller size being developed, but details will not surface until sometime in 2017. The Bone conduction ear pieces slides nicely onto my cheek bones and ed stable while jumping and running.
While wearing the Trekz Titanium, we have three buttons to manipulate. On the left ear piece, one will find the standard action button. Pressing it once will allow one to pause and play their media or other corresponding actions as directed by the app. Pressing and holding the button will prompt Siri, but after you hear the announcement, "Voice Dial.. On the underside of the right arm immediately behind the right ear, we have a covered charging port, and two button. the button closest to the ear with a bump on it is the power and volume up button. The second button is the decrease volume button. These buttons only work as the volume buttons if media is playing or VoiceOver is talking. If no sound is coming through the Trekz Titanium, pressing either of the buttons will announce the battery status.
Turning on the Trekz Titanium, no lag time transpired between pressing on and hearing the welcome announcement. Immediately following the welcome message was the indication the Trekz Titanium was ready to pair. The entire process to pair with my iPhone only required a couple of seconds, and I probably spent more time swiping, than actually pairing.
As previously stated, the Trekz Titanium scores nicely in the comfort department. The sound quality greatly improved compared to previous versions, and definitely sounds better than cheap Amazon earbuds. While listening to Dr. Dre, voices are clear, but the bass and treble is present but not powerful. I was able to recognize VoiceOver with the rate set to 100% and mostly understand Voice Dream Reader set to 720 words per minute in a quiet office environment. Depending on how the Trekz Titanium is sitting on your cheeks will determine whether it sounds like a can or a decent cheap pair of earbuds. However, you are not purchasing these to obtain a crystal clear musical experience. Sound leakage has been contained, though still present. When using the Trekz Titanium for answering phone calls, your voice is understandable, but not clear. This limits its usability to answer regular calls and dictations.
Overall, I am happy with the purchase so far. After adopting the first couple generations of AfterShokz, the size, weight, balance, and sound quality drove me away. The Trekz Titanium resolves many of the issues, and I am looking forwards to wearing these in numerous situations. The 4 of 5 rating comes from the battery life. While 6 hours is doable, I prefer bluetooth headsets offers 12 hours for multi-day usage without charging. Secondly the issue with the Volume/battery buttons is not explained in user documentation, and required a bit of playing around to figure out.
Edit: I changed the voice quality while talk based on obtaining more feedback about voice quality. The first review came after talking to three individuals for about 5 to 15 minutes a piece, and this change reflects a few more conversations, dictation attempts, and a voice recording demonstrating my voice sounding as it in a can and a potential background sound needing to be explored a bit more. I am not changing the rating until I can verify from AfterShokz if this is a persistent problem or possibly a defect in my headset.