Review: Crazybaby Air 1S Wireless Earphones Offer Decent Sound, but Cheaper Air Nano Model Disappoints

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As more and more smartphones ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack, the market for true wireless Bluetooth earphones has become increasingly flooded with numerous options for customers to buy. Apple has its own first-party earphones with the AirPods, which fit conveniently in the Apple ecosystem thanks to the W2 chip's simple device pairing and a straightforward charging solution with the included carrying case.


Sony, Jabra, Bang & Olufsen, Anker, and more all provide similar true wireless earphones (a term that means there is no wire at all between each earbud), usually priced anywhere between $80 to $200. Now, wireless accessory company Crazybaby -- which first made a splash with the introduction of a "levitating" Mars Bluetooth home speaker -- has introduced a few AirPods-like products of its own with the Air Nano ($79 for MacRumors readers using code RUMORSNANO, $99 normally) and Air 1S ($129 for MacRumors readers using code RUMORS1S, $159 normally).

Air Nano

Starting with the cheaper Air Nano model, Crazybaby sells this pair of earphones in 10 bright colors and the company sent me the Volt Green option. While I typically enjoy having an array of colors to choose from for most products, I personally prefer something a bit more subdued for headphones. Air Nano definitely stands out when in your ear, and they pulse with a white glow in a breathing rhythm (red when charging in the case), drawing more attention to them.


Overall, the Air Nano earphones lack a feel of quality in day-to-day use. While the pill-shaped charging case is svelte, when it's fully open the caps dangle off the sides. There is a helpful magnetic click once the case is closed, but it doesn't seem like the case will stay completely closed in a purse or backpack since it doesn't take much force to open it. On the outside of the charging case, you'll find a very minuscule charging status light and a USB-C port, which I definitely appreciated since I charge my MacBook nearby and could easily swap out the cable for the Air Nano without digging for another cord.


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DTECHQUE

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The case itself serves more than just a charging pod... ;)
[doublepost=1537990840][/doublepost]"Yeah what are those you wearing?" "Oh, it's called the CrazyBaby...." Awful name...
 
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Mushim

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Do not buy these headphones. I have a pair and the sound constantly drops out on the right earbud. I complained to the company and they blamed me stating that I’m creating interference.
The problem is that the left earbud is sending the sound to the right one. The only interference is my head! How else am I supposed to use them?
 

yaxomoxay

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Do not buy these headphones. I have a pair and the sound constantly drops out on the right earbud. I complained to the company and they blamed me stating that I’m creating interference.
The problem is that the left earbud is sending the sound to the right one. The only interference is my head! How else am I supposed to use them?
I told you not to use plutonium shampoo.
 
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VictorTango777

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You can't control volume directly from the buds, so you will have to ask Siri or pick up your iPhone/Apple Watch for that -- something that hindered the Air Nano's usefulness when working out.
Since Apple Airpods have the same issue, it should have been mentioned in this review. Otherwise it looks like you are dinging this product while giving Apple Airpods a free pass for the same issue.

Disclosure: I don't own this product, but I do own Airpods.
 

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Do not buy these headphones. I have a pair and the sound constantly drops out on the right earbud. I complained to the company and they blamed me stating that I’m creating interference.
The problem is that the left earbud is sending the sound to the right one. The only interference is my head! How else am I supposed to use them?
Same problem with the the Verve Ones ME from Motorola. Great sound, somewhat problematic concerning the usability in general and the constant dropouts on one of the earbuds as soon as both of them were put in the ears. Cheaper than the AirPods, but in general useless...

Never using plutonium shampoo :D
 

BlargKing

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Bleh. Bluetooth headphones will always be inferior to wired just on the basis of having to pair and charge them. I bought a nice expensive pair of Sony bluetooth headphones over a year ago and Im fed up with them. Going back to wired. Better audio quality for a lot less money.

If it aint broke dont fix it.
 

jasonsmith_88

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Bleh. Bluetooth headphones will always be inferior to wired just on the basis of having to pair and charge them. I bought a nice expensive pair of Sony bluetooth headphones over a year ago and Im fed up with them. Going back to wired. Better audio quality for a lot less money.

If it aint broke dont fix it.
Just like laptops are inferior to desktops just on the basis of having to charge them :rolleyes:.

There are many usage scenarios and what is “inferior” depends on the use case and personal preference.

Going cable-free has been the most liberating experience for me with my QC35’s and especially my Airpods. I will never use corded headphones again.
 
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mrkowalski

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I have a pair of NANOs, CKCOM Aliens, and a set of BeatsX.
This review is pretty spot-on, although I actually like the NANOs, and wear them most often of the three.
To improve the sound, I purchased foam tips, which improves seal and therefore bass. Unfortunately, the tips do not fit the charger, which is a little inconvenient.
The magnet in the NANO charger is much appreciated. The Aliens have a tendency to drop out of the sweet spot in the charger, and I find one side charged, and the other dead in 15 minutes
For sound quality, easy connection, and never a dropout, the BeatsX buds are the best - if only there wasn't a wire.
 
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