UNBOXED: Reviewing the Trekz Titanium Headphones by Aftershokz
In our work for this little UNBOXED segment we do, headphones have been a popular feature item. We’ve seen a few different kinds—some designed specifically for working out, others that are aimed at being commuter friendly, and many, many more. They typically fall into the staple headphone categories: on-in, in-ear, over-ear, and Bluetooth.
Aftershokz’ Trekz Titanium device (available now, $130) breaks the mold, though. Refusing to fit into any of those standard headphone segments, Aftershokz developed a product that plays through the wearer’s cheekbones. These “on-face” headphones employ what the company describes as bone conduction technology. Rather than rest on (or in) the user’s ear, Trekz Titanium sits just in front of the ear, quite literally on the cheekbone. But the sound quality still comes through as clear as if you were wearing actual headphones.
I have to admit, trusting that the technology actually worked took a little bit of work. I found myself walking up to people around the office asking them if they could hear the music that was playing through my face. Personal space bubbles were burst in the process, so I’m not positive if their answers were genuine or if they were just looking to get the heck away from me. That said, wearing them on the train and having them turned up slightly past half volume, I didn’t notice the typical stares and side-eye glances that other passengers might give someone whose music is filtering out of their headphones and disrupting an otherwise silent morning commute.