Tech Talk: BlueAnt Pump HD Sportsbuds: Just the ticket for a jock

Posted on May 2, 2014
The BlueAnt PUMP HD Sportsbuds

The BlueAnt PUMP HD Sportsbuds

I used to run every day – my knees forbid that now, but I remember how much I hated using earbuds that were attached to my iPod and eventually gave up on the all together. I wish the BlueAnt Pump HD Sportsbuds were available back then!

The Pump HD Sportsbuds are Bluetooth compatible wireless earbuds that are washable and water resistant, so you can sweat to your heart’s content and not worry about damaging them.

You can rinse your BlueAnt PUMP HD Sportsbuds off under the tap after a workout

You can rinse your BlueAnt PUMP HD Sportsbuds off under the tap after a workout

The earbuds have a very secure fit and the controls on the right earpiece are easily negotiated without having to see what you’re doing. There’s a play/pause button that acts as an answer/hang up button for phone calls, and the volume button doubles as controls to et you skip tracks forward and back. There’s also a microphone built into the Pump HS earbuds so you can use it as a stereo headset for sending and receiving calls.

The BlueAnt Pump HD Sportsbuds are designed for iOS devices, so if you’re a Samsung user you can still have some of the functionality but not all. The remote may not work, but the microphone will.

The sound is nice and bassy– something I really like in speakers of any kind. For me it’s always about the beat and the bassier the better as far as I’m concerned. Like all earbuds, the quality of the sound and the amount of noise cancellation depends greatly on the tightness of the fit and these earbuds fit my Dumbo ears very well, so there’s not a lot of extraneous noise.

The sound quality is pretty darn good – it seems bright and clear, and even when I cranked my test model up it didn’t distort until my eyeballs started bouncing around.

The earbuds come with lots of different tip sizes and two sets of snap on stabilizers to keep them in your ear canal.

I’d describe these earbuds as perfect for workouts or runs. I really like Bluetooth headphones – whether they’re over-ear or on-ear, and these earbuds fit right in as far as I’m concerned. I’d worry a bit about using them for running in traffic areas because you need to be aware of traffic and these earbuds keep sound out. BlueAnt thought of that though, with a pair of Awareness tips so you can hear ambient noise.

The BlueAnt PUMP HD Sportsbuds come with lots of different sizes of ear pads

The BlueAnt PUMP HD Sportsbuds come with lots of different sizes of ear pads

For your $130CAD you get a set of waterproof earbuds that stay in your ear canals while working out – no matter how hard you go at it. They’re classed as military grade – so they’re tough; really tough. Not only do they protect you from rain or dust or sweat, you can rinse them off under the tap after using them. How many earbuds can you say that about? They’re encased in Kevlar – a Canadian invention by the way – and coated with Teflon to repel water. You can drop these earbuds in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes – but having said that I don’t think I’d use them while swimming.

The onboard Lithium-ion battery offers up to eight hours on a full charge. The BlueAnt Pump Sportsbuds come in three colours: Black, Blue and Green Ice – which is kind of see through.

PROS: Bassy sound; easy to clean; great fit; Bluetooth compatible; rugged construction; waterproof; simple, easy to access controls.

CONS: A little bulky; if you play your music loud you may not get the advertised battery life.

TO SUM IT UP:  If you like to work out hard and have been looking for a set of earbuds that’ll stay in and be tough enough to take all you can throw at them, then take a look at the BlueAnt Pump HD Sportsbuds. The big bonus is Bluetooth, so no cable from your headset to your iOS device, so total freedom of movement. In Canada, the Pump Sportsbuds are available online through the Apple Store and BlueAnt’s website.

Murray Hill is lead tech writer at communicatto.com, a social media marketing agency where this article originated. You can reach Murray by email at murray@communicatto.com or on Twitter at @MurrayDHill

About Murray Hill

Murray Hill has been a freelance columnist appearing regularly in some of the most prominent Canadian newspapers since 1974. He began writing about technology over twenty-four years ago and he still maintains the belief that there's a gadget or gizmo for every situation and application. His fascination with technology and gadgets has endured for over fifty years, and has led to many familial discussions about the the difference between the words "need" and "want" when referring to tech. Based in Saskatoon, connect with Murray at: murray@communicatto.com Author's Note: I write a column on a single product, rather than comparing products. I do this because what I write is my personal opinion on a particular product. Sometimes I get something sent to me automatically, but mostly I ask manufacturers for a particular product to review. I usually have these products for a period of a few weeks to a few months, then they are returned. I get to keep some products - usually the ones that would cost more to ship back than they are worth - and most of those items get given away. I do get an honorarium from Communicatto for writing, but get no compensation from manufacturers or the firms representing them - so nobody buys my opinion! I also try to use photos and graphics provided, mostly because I'm a terrible photographer!

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  • Peter

    Everything works fine on my Samsung Galaxy S4, tracks, volume and calls can all be controlled from the buttons.

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