About Microbooms Earbuds
Even with true-to-life sound, the ability to pair with any Bluetooth enabled device, and key features like a built-in microphone, one-touch call answering, discreet design, and a flex cable that never tangles or breaks, MicroBooms earbuds promise to cost a fraction of the competitors’ price.
Despite its affordability, the manufacturer tells us these earbuds deliver “good” bass and high-fidelity sound, hours of playtime after only charging for minutes, water resistance, and the ability to play, stop, and control music volume with the touch of a button.
MicroBooms also features an innovative magnetic clasp that keeps them securely around your neck when not in use. This way, the site claims you can use these Android and iOS compatible earbuds around the house, in the office or car, on a bike, at the beach or gym, on a jog, or on the go.
Searching for other earbuds online and in local stores, it certainly seems like MicroBooms offers a lot of essential features at a competitive price. But will this deliver better value?
That’s what we’ll help you decide, starting with what you’ll pay.
How Much Does MicroBooms Cost?
Available in red or black, one pair of MicroBooms will cost you $29.99 plus $19.99 S&H. You can also purchase a second pair for an additional $9.99 fee.
On their ordering page, InvenTel indicates standard delivery time is 2-3 weeks and that you’ll have 30 days to request a refund, less S&H. This might be especially important to keep in mind if you plan on purchasing the BOGO offer.
To request a refund, customer support can be reached at 323-375-1042 or CustomerService@inventel.tv.
Important note: We contacted customer support three times to ask about battery life, recharge times, and if different sized silicone tips are available for a customized fit, and were told that the product isn’t available for sale.
We mentioned that the product is still active on the website and that orders could be processed, to which the rep responded, “I had someone call about the same thing yesterday, so I sent a request up to notify.” Be sure to keep this in mind before you place your order.
A Quick Note About MicroBooms’ Arbitration
Arbitration agreements are extraordinarily common in today’s marketplace, from cell phone contracts to ASOTV products. However, they stipulate that instead of going to court over a disagreement, you’ll attend binding third-party arbitration.
While there’s nothing necessarily wrong with this, it does mean you’ll waive legal rights such as a trial by jury or the ability to enter into a related class action lawsuit.
How is this relevant? As soon as you place your MicroBooms order, you’ll be bound by the company’s arbitration agreement.
Regardless, how does this price compare to the competition?
Are There Other Earbuds Like MicroBooms?
A quick online search for “Bluetooth earbuds” and “wireless earbuds” will quickly reveal that MicroBooms is competing against hundreds of options from third-party manufacturers. This includes household names like Sony, JBL, Bose, Beats, and Skullcandy.
Price-wise, Google shopping showed prices ranging from $10 to well over $150 at the time of our research.
How can you possibly slice through this sea of options and find the ones that match your needs? As it turns out, this is exactly where you should start.
When Buying Bluetooth Earbuds, Consider Must-Have Features First
Like pretty much every other purchase we make, regardless of the product category (in our experience reviewing thousands of different products), finding the right pair largely hinges on the features that are important to you, as well as where you’ll most often use your earbuds.
For example, are you planning to use them primarily at work or at the gym, while listening to music? Or, will you use them for interacting with clients or for social purposes? For the former, you might not need to pay extra for a built-in microphone; while for the latter, it would be a must-have.
Important note: The website indicates “MicroBooms is a safer option for phone communication while in the car,” and that they could be ideal for working out.
Just keep in mind that you’d never want to put both earbuds in place simultaneously while driving, biking, or running, as this could impede your situational awareness and potentially lead to safety concerns.
What about other features, like fitness statistics (number of steps taken, calories burned, heart rate, etc.)? App compatibility? Do you need ‘smart’ options?
As far as controls, are you OK using the small plastic piece hanging from MicroBooms’ cable? Or, would you prefer options that rest near your collarbone, which are blockier, but can offer larger buttons?
Is sound quality important? It’s no secret that in the consumer electronics world, you often get what you pay for. Is this the case here?
While we didn’t test MicroBooms firsthand, according to the manufacturer, their earbuds feature high-fidelity” sound. In other words, they claim you’ll experience close to the same quality as the original, with little-to-no distortion.
However, during our research, we found other hi-fi earbuds sold through third-party sites for as little as $10. So, if your number one feature is low price, then it appears MicroBooms isn’t the least expensive option in town.
Even if cost isn’t a huge concern, where does all of this leave you?
Our Final Thoughts About MicroBooms
Without testing MicroBooms ourselves, we can’t confirm if you really “won’t find better Bluetooth earbuds at this price,” as claimed on the product’s website.
However, based on what we learned in the buying guide section above, we can see that these earbuds offer a lot of essential features for an extremely competitive price. In fact, if you choose the BOGO option, you could purchase two pairs of MicroBooms for less than a single pair of a meaningful number of its competitors.
Even in their commercial, the company alludes that some of the competition can cost well over $150. Despite their much lower price, though, will MicroBooms deliver solid value? Are they comfortable? Will you enjoy using them?
Ultimately, the only way to know for certain whether or not MicroBooms is right for you is to give it a try. And if they don’t work out, the company seems to stand behind them with a 30-day refund policy.
Just keep in mind you’ll lose your initial S&H charges, plus whatever it will cost to ship the back. Also, according to the service representative we spoke with, the product might not be available any longer.
Did MicroBooms work for you? Whatever you experienced, tell us about it in your review below!