Fitbit gets into the headphone market with the Flyer


Fitbit is jumping headfirst into the smartwatch market with the newly announced Ionic. But alongside its new wearable, the fitness tracker company is also entering another new field today: headphones, with the new Fitbit Flyer.

The Flyers are a fairly ordinary pair of fitness-focused Bluetooth headphones. They’re designed to be sweat-proof and water resistant, so they’ll survive a serious workout or a sudden rain shower. Fitbit claims they’ll last around six hours of use off a single charge, with a 15-minute quick charge to get another hour of battery life. And despite being a device released in late 2017, they charge over Micro USB instead of the newer USB-C standard.

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Fitbit intends for the Flyer to go hand in hand with the Ionic — the headphones are able to connect to two devices at once, so you can keep it linked to both your phone and your smartwatch. There’s a quick pairing feature for the Ionic that lets the Flyer connect more easily.

I’ve been trying out the Flyer for a few days, and they’re more or less what they say on the can. Sound quality is ok — they’re certainly not the worst headphones I’ve ever used, but they’re nothing to write home about either. Fitbit includes a variety of fins and eartips to help make sure the Flyer fits properly, and I will commend them for being remarkably good at staying in my ears (something that I personally struggle with with most wireless headphones).

The Fitbit Flyer will release sometime in October for $129.95 in a gold / grey or black / blue color combinations.

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