Quite simply, the Urbanista Berlin Bluetooth earphones are good at what they do; wirelessly streaming music directly to your ears in a reliable and easy manner, without falling out or inconsiderately running out of battery.
While I use a separate pair of on-ear headphones at my desk to experience a greater sound quality, the Berlin earphones are the perfect partner for whenever I’m not in front of a computer.
- Small size
- Decent sound quality
- Quick to recharge
- Easy to use
- Cheaper options available
- Can fall out when running
- Heavy control hub
- Let in background noise
As I see it, wireless earphones need to be good at two things: staying securely in my ears and easily connecting to my phone. Obviously music quality is still very important, but if I can’t make convenient use of a pair of earphones, I’m never actually going to have them in my ears to hear the music.
The Urbanista Berlin earphones are a standard round-the-back-of-the-neck design, with a chunky ‘hub’ hanging below the right earbud, harbouring the controls and charging port.
The earbuds are not the kind that go deep down into the ear canal, but sit in your ear. This impacts the sound cancellation, letting in quite a lot of background noise; something to consider if you are after a pair of earphones to block out the rest of the world. However, while out and about, crossing busy roads and the like, I’d rather not be totally oblivious to everything around me.
The bulkiness of the control hub hanging from my right ear was almost enough to put me off these earphones though, I admit. The weight is enough to tug the loose wire from around your neck and make the earphones sit lopsided if you remove the included clip from the wire, or don’t use it.
This clip is small, inoffensive, sturdy and functions well. It is obvious that Urbanista were worried about how this clip would be received and so have put a lot of effort into designing it to fit in with the design and to make it easy to use. It takes just seconds to attach it to a collar and secure both the wire placement and the headphones themselves, should they somehow slip from your ears and try to make a getaway.
The earphones are available in several colours, with the one pictured being Dark Cloud (black). Also available is the usual range of Urbanista colours, Fluffy Cloud (white), Blue Petroleum (blue) and a Rose Gold (a white/metallic pink combination).
The Urbanista Berlin earphones connect wirelessly through Bluetooth, and connecting them to a device is standard. Once you’ve turned them on by holding the central button on the hub for five seconds, they will become visible on your device.
One of the reasons I was so eager to get my hands on the Berlin earphones was to replace the wired pair that I took to the gym, which can be inconvenient, especially on the treadmill. I was sceptical of how well they would stay anchored in my ears while exercising, but I was pleasantly surprised as they didn’t fall out much the entire time I was running.
The sound quality for these little earphones is understandably not on a par with most over-ear headphones (or more expensive wired earphones) but for the price and ease of use, they get the job done very well indeed.
Another important factor to consider with wireless headphones is the battery life. The Berlin earphones last for around four hours from one full charge, which is pretty sufficient, although I generally always hope for at least five hours of music. Thankfully they recharge quite quickly though, taking around 1.5 hours to go from 0 per cent to full charge.
The Urbanista Berlin earphones are available for £39.00 on the company’s website. While this price isn’t exactly cheap, I have seen them for around £30 on Amazon, so if you look around you may be able to buy them for a very reasonable price considering their decent quality.
Should you get the Urbanista Berlin earphones?
I really enjoyed using these great new earphones from Urbanista, a company which is quickly growing to be one of our favourites.
The minimalistic and smooth design appeals to us, and importantly the sound quality is of a good standard. Add this to the fact they are comfortable to wear and convenient to use, it’s hard for us to fault them.
For the very best sound quality you’ll need to look at more expensive headphones, but for those on more of a budget the Urbanista Berlin earphones are more than up to the task.