Skullcandy Dime True Wireless Review

Skullcandy Dime True Wireless Review

Great value for money, simply.
Skullcandy Dime True Wireless is cheap and good – as long as you can live with a few drawbacks.

It is not very often that we test cheap, wireless earplugs, but occasionally we find some gold nuggets in this category. For example, there were several good alternatives in this overall test, and recently 1More set a new standard in the segment with its Pistonbuds.

PROS:

  • Inexpensive
  • Audio performance that is surprisingly powerful.
  • Mic clarity is excellent.
  • Design that is resistant to water

CONS:

  • Poor battery life
  • Cheap plastic build
  • Cumbersome on-ear controls

Today, a new competitor is taking part in the race for cheap plug customers. Skullcandy promises in the promotional material that their Skullcandy Dime True Wireless Earbuds are more than the sum of their parts:

Little Earbuds. Big Attitude

Then it remains to be seen whether the attitude, “attitude,” is tenable – or whether it is an Attitude problem.

To take the exterior first, the Dime stands out strongly here compared to just about every other wireless plug we have seen. The case is unique in the sense that the plugs themselves are part of the case. In the lid of the case, there are, in fact, two elongated holes, where the signal pins of the plugs protrude along the long side. This is how the two together form a continuous surface when the case is closed:

When the case is open, however, you can see that there are clear holes in the lid, where the plugs cover when the unit is closed:

The holes make the case very compact. Yes, more compact than most of the plug cases the undersigned has seen and significantly more compact than, for example, 1More Pistonbuds’ case.

At the same time, we experienced during the test period that debris and hair fell through the holes when the case was carried around in the pocket, so there is a downside to this as well. Another thing worth mentioning is that the lid is both magnetic and fastened with clips and is very hard to open.

This may happen over time, but we now think that a fully magnetic solution would be better. Unfortunately, this is currently a case you must have two hands and simply a little strength to open.

The compact size of the total package also means that the battery life is not the most impressive; you get about three hours of listening on one plug charge and about eight to nine hours extra with the case.

This is not uncommon on these cheap products but would have been easier to swallow if there had been fast charging in place, but it is not. Here it’s slow, old-fashioned charging over Micro-USB.

Neither speakers, mobile phones, or other gadgets use anything other than USB Type-C these days, so it can be a little annoying to have an extra standard to deal with if you buy Skullcandy Dime True Wireless.

Surprisingly open and rich sound

Something that did not annoy us was the sound, though. It is very good for the price – with both openness and fullness well beyond what we would expect. Yes, we think the sound is more open than in Pistonbuds, but maybe without quite the same deep bass (to the extent you get this in plugs).

Still: it’s good with weight at the bottom here, and the soundscape is full and engaging. The volume is also good, so you do not have to have your mobile maxed out to listen to the plugs; around 80 percent hold in abundance. And we can not say that about all the cheap plugs.

The previously mentioned bass does not drown out the rest of the soundscape and allows for midrange and treble. As is often the case with plugs, we could have wished for a little more resolution at the top, but it is also a little tricky. Overall, these are plugs with very good sound for the price, especially given that they are also experienced as open and full. Kudos, Skullcandy!

It is also worth mentioning that the microphone sound is surprisingly good and that both plugs have microphones and a separate connection. This means that you can remove one of the plugs and let only one of them control a call without interrupting the sound or removing your sound. Not at all standard in the price segment, and very gratifying.

By the way, there is no support for any “high-res” standards here, only regular blue tooth and SBC. On the other hand, the Bluetooth version is Bluetooth 5.0, so you get a longer range and the capacity for this standard.

Simple and intuitive controls on the earplugs

Another thing Skullcandy must be praised for is how the controls are implemented on the plugs themselves. Each plug has a pressable button, and you have several different functions tied to each button separately or both in combination. They are as follows:

Start/stop the music – One click on either the right or left side
Pick up / hang up the phone – One click on either the right or left side
Volume – Two clicks on the right for higher volume, two clicks on the left for lower
Voice Assistant – Three clicks on either the right or left side
Next/previous song – Press and hold short on the right side of the next song. Press and hold short on the left side of the previous song

All in all, this was very easy for the undersigned to learn, and all you need of functionality is in place. Some plugs have vague and impractical touch controls, no volume control, no voice assistant, or just one side button. Here, on the other hand, it is simple and understandable.

With Skullcandy Dime True Wireless, you get easily and simply in both bag and sack on this front.

Conclusion – A set of very good plugs with some minor flaws

Skullcandy Dime True Wireless has impressed the undersigned greatly with what they can offer, especially given that the price at the time of writing is a whopping 399 kroner. Of course, it’s still a curly fiver more than the 349 kroner you have to pay for 1More Pistonbuds right now, but the percentage difference is quite negligible in this price segment.

There are many advantages of Dime True Wireless over the competition. Both the sound, the compact case, and the good controls speak for Skullcandy here, as well as the excellent microphone quality.

At the same time, it is not completely flawless. As mentioned, the battery life is only mediocre, and the Micro-USB port is not a plus. The somewhat uncooperative lid is also worth mentioning, but we also believe that some wear and tear will occur over time.

Overall, we do not think you can go wrong in this price range, whether you choose Pistonbuds or Skullcandy Dime True Wireless. Both are great, and both offer great value for money. Again, they only have slightly different defects and again different advantages. But both are great value for money.

However, if the compact case and a carrying strap that comes pre-assembled are important to you, we would take a closer look at Skullcandy. Otherwise, you can also take a look at the options below:

Skullcandy Dime True Wireless Review
Skullcandy Dime True Wireless Review

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