If youre feeling AirPods envy but dont want/cant find/dont have ears that work ergonomically with Apples white tube option, theres a new top choice alternative provided youre willing to pay the price. Bragis Dash Pro is the latest set of fully wireless earbuds from the dedicated headset computing company, and its experience with its first two products really show the company has learned a lot.
The Dash Pro is $329, which is more than double the U.S. price of AirPods, but theyre designed to be more than just wireless earbuds. They include onboard storage for standalone use, and new to this generation, a four-dimension gesture control interface, as well as support for iTranslate, an iOS app that will give you in-ear translation of spoken words provided you have the app installed and sign up for a pro subscription.
Ive spent the last couple of weeks testing out one of the very first pairs of the Bragi Dash Pro, and Im impressed; like the Bragi Headphone, the Dash Pro nails the basics, including pairing, audio quality, avoiding dropouts and giving you a consistently good connection. That kind of solid performance is something most reviewers found wasnt nearly as good in the original Dash, so its very nice to see Bragi improve things on that front.
But thats not all you get with the Dash Pro, and its the extras that bump them up to my top recommendation for anyone who wants truly wireless audio freedom. The onboard storage and fitness tracking features work very well, and now passively, too, if you enable that feature, detecting workouts automatically using Bragis onboard sensors. Plus, that iTranslate feature, while a bit clunky (its not real-time translation as people speak, but rather a speak, pause, playback mechanic) is still effective enough to be very useful while traveling.
The motion controls for the Bragi Dash Pro are probably going to be less generally appealing to users, but theyre a nice addition, especially if youre motion is limited in your arms for touch-based controls. They also can come in handy during activities where touch-sensitive controls arent great, and need to be locked out, as when youre running in the rain (these are water-resistant, too, and can even be used for swimming) and your hood keeps brushing the earbuds and activating/deactivating features like audio transparency.
The Dash Pro also addresses another of the originals weaknesses, boosting usable battery life up to around five hours. Thats what I found I got out of mine under normal use, which was plenty for use throughout the day. They also include a charging case with up to five additional charges in the built-in battery, a big perk that the more basic Headphone doesnt include. This makes a dramatic difference for the better when using these while traveling.
Finally, Bragis audio transparency is a great feature that youll be surprised you ever did without once you experience it. It basically hands off audio from outside, and now includes a windscreen feature that does wonders while youre doing things like riding a bike. This means they never really have to come out of your ears as you run errands, chat with people and more, which is great with this type of device since you dont want to be keeping track of loose buds your pockets.
Bragi received due criticism for some aspects of the original Dashs performance, but its addressed the vast majority of those complaints here, and done so with admirable results. The Dash Pro is a great set of wireless earbuds and a nascent form of computing platform with tons of early promise. Provided youre okay with the higher-than-average price, these are definitely the fully wireless buds Id get right now.