Let’s be real, Skullcandy isn’t really known for making top-tier audio products. Still, they do have a habit of making products that are popular for consumers at a price point that makes them extremely competitive. Just look at the Crusher Wireless that we recently reviewed as an example. While they don’t have a premium build or audiophile quality, they get the job done in basically every category. Sticking with that theme, Skullcandy now has these: the Skullcandy Push true wireless earbuds. This category is already full of crappy, cheap Amazon products with just a handful of quality contenders to take on the Apple AirPods. So which camp do the Push wireless fall into?
Who’s the Skullcandy Push True Wireless for?
- Anyone. If you’re someone that doesn’t feel like spending too much you should definitely consider these, seeing as they have amazing battery life and a great fit.
How well built are the Skullcandy Push True Wireless?
If you were hoping for a beautiful, premium feeling pair of ‘buds, these are going to disappoint. The charging case doesn’t try to be anything other than just a case. There are no magnets to keep the case shut and instead rely on simply clicking shut. They require you to push in a small button to pop open the lid and retrieve the earbuds which work fine, but it isn’t anything special. On the inside, there’s a perfect cutout for each earbud which holds them nicely and it even magnetically snaps the earbuds into place which is super satisfying as well as convenient as hell.
Unfortunately, the case is also pretty big and bulky by true wireless earbud standards. Easily not as pocketable as what you’ll get from something like the Jaybird Run or even the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air true wireless earbuds. In short, this isn’t a well-made case, but it is definitely well-designed. It’s more practical than it is sleek but at this price point, that’s exactly what I’m looking for. Plus, it functions perfectly for what it’s supposed to do. It never opened accidentally and there’s no fumbling around to get the earbuds to fit properly thanks to the magnets which also do a great job at making sure they don’t fall out.
The earbuds themselves are just as weird and bulky as the case. That said, after wearing them for a day or two I have basically no complaints about them. These fit amazingly well in my ears. The method of inserting them into your ears requires a small twist which helps the tiny wing tips lock these into place, and while they might not be great at isolating outside noise, they do a good enough job that I was able to work in peace at my local cafe with only occasional noises coming through like a loud laugh or the crash of plates. Each earbud also has a single large button on the side for playback controls and for turning each one on or off individually if you need to do that for whatever reason.
Most important of all, they stay in no matter I do thanks to Skullcandy’s FitFin wing tips. Whether I was just doing laundry, walking to the local burrito spot to grab some lunch (or going for a run to work off said burrito), these make a solid everyday companion. It’s worth mentioning that Skullcandy says these are water-resistant, but they don’t seem to have an official IP-rating which is a bummer so just be mindful of that if you plan on using these exclusively at the gym or during any kind of strenuous activity. Better still, I don’t really experience any ear fatigue with these. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t say these are the most comfortable pair of ‘buds you’ll ever wear and you’ll definitely notice them in your ears, but they don’t hurt at all and feel fine for everyday use.
The Skullcandy Push true wireless earbuds are rocking Bluetooth 4.2 and in my few days of using them, I didn’t experience a single skip when connected to my Pixel 3. Only when I was testing range did it stutter and skip, but that’s kind of the point of the test. Anywhere within roughly 20 feet was fine, and only once you add a wall or two will you encounter problems. Even when watching videos there weren’t any noticeable lag or lip sync issues.
Somehow, Skullcandy seems to have nailed one of the hardest things to get right: the connection. While they don’t have any of the convenient auto-connect features of W1/H1 products or the seamless switching between devices, they’re surprisingly on-par with general connectivity. They also don’t auto-pause when you take them out of your ear, but as I’m not a big fan of that feature to begin with so I don’t mind it.
Playback controls all work perfectly as well. A single push of either button pauses or plays music, while double taps on the right and left earbuds to raise and lower the volume, respectively. Then you can hold each one down for two seconds in order to skip between tracks and a triple tap on either ‘bud will access the personal assistant of your device. While they work fine, it’s not the most pleasant experience as you’ll clearly hear the loud, cheap plastic button being pushed right in your ear. But hey, as long as it works right?
How good is the battery life of the Skullcandy Push True Wireless?
Skullcandy claims a battery life of six hours of constant playback, which is great for true wireless ‘buds and towards the upper end of products we tested. In our objective testing, we were able to squeeze out 6 hours and 21 minutes of constant playback at a constant output of 75dB. So that’s pretty much spot on with what Skullcandy is claiming and one of the best true wireless earbuds you can get if you care about battery life.
Once you run them dry, you can pop them in the case which will give it one full charge before needing to be charged itself. Not great considering how big the case is, but better than nothing. On the bright side, these charge via USB-C so if you, like me, have been trying to only use one cable to charge all of your things then this is a great addition to your gear.
How do the Skullcandy Push True Wireless sound?
As far as sound quality is concerned, the Skullcandy Push true wireless earbuds weren’t bad at all. Of course, they have the characteristic low-end bump you’ll find in the frequency response of any consumer headphones but it’s not too overdone here and to be honest, if I didn’t have our frequency response testing rig I wouldn’t have known. The bass response is exactly what I look for in a pair of ‘buds. It isn’t too overbearing where it takes over, but it’s also noticeable.
Of course, it isn’t as precise as some higher end pairs of cans and depending on the song there is still some masking of the mids that goes on, but overall it’s better than I was expecting. A good example of this is in the song Far Nearer by Jamie xx where the bass hits are there, but some of the synths in the background can get a bit muffled at times.
On the flipside, I don’t have a single complaint about the highs. The fingerpicking squeaks and scratches throughout the song Dirty Paws by Of Monsters and Men have just the right amount of detail without ever making the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
As far as the microphone is concerned, it isn’t great with these. Microphone quality has a drop off at around 200Hz which means that if you have a lower voice it’s not going to come through as loud as it should be. For a sample of this, you can check the video up above where I have a voice sample but fair warning, it doesn’t sound great. So if you’re looking for a pair of ‘buds for phone calls these might not be for you.
Should you buy the Skullcandy Push True Wireless?
In the end, I was really impressed with what the Skullcandy Push. If you can overlook the cheap, plastic, bulky build then these might just be for you. They have a great connection strength to my device, have pretty good sound considering how small they are, and have one of the longest battery lives we’ve seen in a pair of true wireless ‘buds. Most importantly for me though, is that they fit amazingly well. So while they’re not the sleekest and prettiest of the true wireless ‘buds, they’re solid as hell, which is becoming a pattern for Skullcandy.