Rowkin’s tiny earbuds aren’t perfect, but this occasional gymrat still loves them


San Francisco-based audio model Rowkin despatched me two pairs of earbuds to attempt a number of weeks in the past, claiming that they’re the world’s smallest true wi-fi earphones. That’s a tough declare to check, however I can say that these are really tiny, and smaller than every other buds I’ve ever used.

However dimension isn’t every part, so I spent a few weeks with each the $100 Bit Cost Contact, which encompasses a case that doubles as an influence financial institution, and the $90 Micro Contact, which comes with a compact Apple AirPods-style case. I’m reviewing each merchandise collectively as a result of they sound and match precisely the identical. Right here’s what you get in your cash.

Design and options

Rowkin isn’t kidding about its buds being small: there aren’t any exterior buttons or extraneous bits to safe them round your ear, simply little nubs which might be barely seen if you put on them. The outer case of every bud acts as a button for features like pausing playback, and skipping between songs. That makes for ridiculously gentle earphones, which implies these are nice for occurring a run or understanding.

The Micro Touch features a compact case that's identical in size and shape to that of the Apple AirPods
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