Haylou PurFree BC01: Main specs
Headphone type: Open ear bone conduction
Battery life: 8 hours
Waterproof rating: IP67
Color options: Gray
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The Haylou PurFree BC01 are great value headphones worth considering over the market leaders Shokz Open Run Pro (opens in new tab) and Shokz OpenRun (opens in new tab). Like all examples in the niche, they’re designed for running and exercise, hence their water-resistant construction and behind-the-head strap that uses soft but non-slippery silicone that doesn’t move much when in contact with skin (or hair). ).
Capable of going as far north as eight hours, rivaling some of the best bone conduction headphones, they’re a little bigger than their rivals, but for practical reasons there’s almost no difference. They easily pair with Bluetooth devices, stay in place during exercise, and provide a well-balanced soundscape.
While some cheaper rivals deliver a booming, heavy sound that sends delicate vibrations across your cheekbones, the Haylou PurFree BC01’s sound is balanced and easily bold enough for use while out and about. Audiophile quality isn’t, but the balanced highs and bass detail offered here are at least equal to much cheaper bone conduction headphones.
Our only complaints are the use of a proprietary charging cable (pair for the bone conduction products course) and the lack of physical buttons, which requires learning a few double and triple taps to control music and track playback. However, nothing can take away from our great impressions of the Haylou PurFree BC01, which are the best value bone conduction headphones we’ve tried so far.
Haylou PurFree BC01 Bone Conduction Headphones: price and release date
- $85 (UK £72/AU$125)
- Available now
Launched in mid-2022, the Haylou PurFree BC01 Bone Conduction Headphones sell for all kinds of prices – most of them low thanks to introductory offers. Average prices are around US$85/UK£72/AU$125, although you can get around 25% off if you shop around.
Haylou PurFree BC01 Bone Conduction Headphones: Design
- open ear design
- Weighs 28g
- Proprietary magnetic charging cable
Project score: 4/5
The Haylou PurFree BC01 looks almost identical to the likes of the Shokz Open Run Pro, Shokz OpenRun, and Mojawa Mojo1. It has two transducers responsible for sending vibrations through the cheekbones, two ear hooks to keep them in place, and two areas for the electronics behind the ears. There is a flexible headband that sits on the back of the wearer’s head. However, there is a subtle difference that we noticed in the shape of the Haylou Purfree BC01’s multi-function button (MFB). As with most bone conduction headphones, it’s there to pause the music – likely to cross the street safely or talk to someone – but here it also controls music playback and a voice assistant wake up.
Other than that, the Haylou Purfree BC01 – while designed like any other bone conduction headset – certainly has the ideal combination of stability and strength. Overall build quality is excellent, despite weighing in at just 28g.
In fact, our only complaint is that the Haylou Purfree BC01 uses a proprietary charging cable. It’s black and measures 60cm long, with a USB 2.0 terminator on one end and a two-prong magnetic connector on the other. It is almost identical to the one used by Shokz OpenRun and Shokz OpenRun Pro.
The only difference is that the Haylou Purfree BC01’s battery and electronics are slightly larger. In any case, we wish the Haylou Purfree BC01 had innovated by using a proprietary charging cable. They’re easy to lose and make headphones annoying for traveling.
Of course, they’re more sweatproof than a USB-C slot, which can take water and dirt, but unless a pair of bone conduction headphones are designed for swimming, they shouldn’t use charging cables. owners. In our opinion, they should also come with some sort of protective pouch or box to keep them safe when packed in, say, a gym bag or backpack.
Haylou PurFree BC01 Bone Conduction Headphones: Performance
- excellent sound quality
- balanced sound stage
- Controls a little confusing
Performance Score: 4/5
The Haylou PurFree BC01 Bone Conduction Headphones are awesome – and not just because they’re going to a song. We tested it with many different types of content while running and got the same great results.
Although the treble is slightly cut off, there’s plenty of detail to please all but the most discerning music fans. It’s balanced too, with enough low-frequency action in the background. Unlike many bone conduction headphones, the Haylou PurFree BC01 bone conduction headphones do not overdo the bass and consequently avoid the awkward side effect of buzzing vibrations that “tickles” the wearer’s cheekbones.
This applies even when the Haylou PurFree BC01 Bone Conduction Headphones are used at their maximum volume, which we’ve found to be loud enough for an urban run (although if you’re on a very busy road, the in-ear design open means you struggle to hear everything).
We appreciate that a sweatproof headset that’s all about hygiene should have a minimalist design, but that means the few physical buttons on the Haylou PurFree BC01 bone conduction headphones carry a heavy load. Or rather, the user does it because a series of double and triple taps need to be learned to control the music. It’s actually not that hard to do, but a triple-click on the MFB button to skip a track isn’t exactly intuitive.
Haylou PurFree BC01 Bone Conduction Headphones: Features
- Bluetooth 5.2
- Connect to voice assistants
- IP67 waterproof
Resource score: 3/5
The Haylou Purfree BC01 has everything you could want from a pair of bone conduction headphones, plus tips for a few extra features. The most interesting thing is that the Haylou Purfree BC01 can pair with two Bluetooth devices simultaneously. At least that’s what it says on the package. In practice, we were unable to do this, with the Haylou Purfree BC01 allowing only one device at a time to connect via Bluetooth.
The Haylou Purfree BC01 also features dual mic noise cancellation for hands-free calling, which makes it an instant candidate for use in a home office and on the go for things other than running and exercising. It is also possible to call Siri or Google Assistant by long pressing this button on the transducer.
The 165mAh lithium-ion polymer battery inside the Haylou Purfree BC01 takes 90 minutes to fully charge, but there’s a handy quick-charge option where 10 minutes gives you two hours of battery life.
Haylou PurFree BC01 Bone Conduction Headphones Review: Value for money
- Great value compared to the competition
- Very slightly larger physical size
Value for money score: 5/5
When judged against the market leaders – the Shokz OpenRun Pro and Shokz OpenRun – the Haylou PurFree BC01 should be considered a great value. They are a little bigger, but we are talking about a few grams.
There’s no practical difference between them in terms of build, strength, or sound quality (and the Haylou PurFree BC01 actually uses a slightly newer Qualcomm chipset and Bluetooth 5.2 instead of Bluetooth 5.1).
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First review in July 2022