Oakley THUMP 2 Music Sun Glasses Review
- Category: MP3 and Portable
Oakley claims the THUMP 2 has a battery life of 6 hours. 4-5 hours was typical in our tests. Maybe we play out music too loud. There's an indicator that shows battery life but it's not very useful given the thing is sitting on top of your head. Plan for nightly recharges with this one. Connected to the USB port on our Mac or PC it will take about 2-3 hours for a full charge. A wall wart costs extra. Oakley should just toss one of these puppies in with the glasses.
Sound quality is decent with the mini Mylar speakers. But to be honest we aren't much for sticking anything in our ears that isn't custom made. It's a bit ironic when you think obout what this product is designed to do. It features some of the best eyewear technology while inviting you to punish your ears. You can sort of hang the speakers near the ears for an ambient effect but that attenuates the bass to such a degree that it kind of defeats the purpose of the whole setup.
If you're one of those people that don't mind sticking iPod like little speakers into your ears you might enjoy the THUMP 2 way of doing things. It certainly is a sign of things to come in wearable electronics of the future and Oakley deserves some props for taking a bold first step.
Okay so what's next' I guess we'll have to add a cell phone, camera and blackberry with voice recognition to the mix. Oh, how about a camera that captures the day and automatically sends it to YouTube. Reminds me of the SNL skit where Al Franken was the self contained TV reporter wearing a satellite dish on his head. How quickly things spin out of control. Visit Oakley for more information.