We all know the frustration of pulling your headphones out of your pocket and, no matter how carefully you stored them, they are inevitably tangled up. Wraps aims to solve this, having thought outside the box, and having incorporated style into their solution.
What we think
The Wraps headphones are fairly decent headphones. The audio quality isn’t breath taking, but it is pretty good. However, there are plenty of good sounding headphones on the market. The benefit which sets the Wraps apart is the wristband aspect, which is a clever, simple, and elegant way of avoiding the everyday aggravating problem of tangled wires.
- Good design
- Well made
- Some versions cost more
- Audio issue with computers
The Wraps headphones come with a “unique patented slider system” which lets the headphones be worn wrapped around the wrist.
A slider, which sits above the wire-split, can be used to draw the two ear buds together, and connect them to the jack plug. This keeps the wires from tangling, and connects the headphones into a loop.
With a few practiced movements, you can wind the headphones around your wrist and connect the wire together to form a wristband.
The website claims that the earbuds of the Wraps is made of a lightweight spherical alloy housing, which helps to deliver decent sound without being too heavy in the ear (or on the wrist), and holds a 10mm driver.
Unlike some more phone-oriented headphones on the market, the Wraps do not have a microphone or volume controls incorporated, something I’m glad of, as controls would have ruined the aesthetic while in bracelet mode, while making it less comfortable and less easy to wear.
Wraps are available in several different materials (leather, a ‘classic’ corded type of material, or wooden beads) and each gives the wire enough rigidity to prevent it from tangling, and each material type looks good on the wrist.
Just as any product designed to be worn should do, the Wraps look good. The material, be it the leather, wooden, or ‘classic’ style mentioned above, look great on the wrist. The design has obviously taken inspiration from the wristbands that have become popular in recent years, especially during the summer. I was pleasantly surprised when I first saw what the headphones looked like on the wrist, as they looked like something I not only would wear, but something I have worn in the past; they just have the added benefit of also being headphones!
There is a range of colour styles available, although most are fairly subdued, suiting most occasions, but if you fancy something more showy, there are bright blue, green or pink versions. Otherwise, you can get varying shades of blacks, browns and dark reds.
One thing I was especially glad for was that the slider holds the ear buds tight enough when on the wrist that they don’t flop or roll around while moving, something which would have annoyed me.
Unfortunately, when using the headphones with my computer, only one earbud would work at a time.
Depending on which style of Wraps you go for, the price varies.
The wooden bead and the leather versions are the most expensive, maybe a little bit out of the price range that I’d happily pay for, at £24.99.
But the ‘classic’ Wraps cost £14.99, which in my opinion is perfectly priced.
Wraps headphones are one of those products which make me wonder why they hadn’t been invented years earlier. The simple design is coupled with good quality manufacturing, and fairly good audio, making these a great set of headphones.
Whether you are looking to buy Wraps for yourself or as a present for someone else, you won’t go far wrong.