As more and more devices (mainly smartphones) start to shift towards having no headphone jack, users will have to rely on either using the included adapter or go wireless. That’s what products like the Bragi Dash Pro comes in, they’re a part of the new segment of wearables (also called hearables) which are truly wireless earbuds.
Meaning that there are no wires between each earbuds, so there’s nothing to tangle up. Truly wireless earbuds aren’t anything totally new, heck even Apple makes their own with the AirPods, which were introduced with the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus (along with no headphone jack).
I’ve been testing out the Bragi Dash Pro for the past couple of weeks, and they may not be the absolute best wireless earbuds out there, they’re still a good alternative to the AirPods.
Design & Hardware
The Bragi Dash Pro look great, with metal case and ergonomic shape and is very sleek. The earbuds come with three interchangeable foam FitTips and 4 silicone FitSleeves to help you get the best fit.
The earbuds charge over microUSB which is a bit disappointing since everyone is transitioning over to USB Type-C, even Samsung has with their Gear IconX 2018 but it gets the job done.
The Dash Pro can get up to five hours of battery life and the charging case holds 5 charges. For the most part, I didn’t ever find myself having to charge the Dash Pro, even when I stopped using them for a few days. One thing I didn’t like it that there is no real way to check the battery life of the Dash Pro from within the Bragi app, you have to rely on the multi-coloured LED as they shine different colours through the slit on the case.
The Dash Pro is also waterproof up to 1m (3.2ft) and rated at IPX7. On each earbud is a touch sensor, where you would use it for different gestures such as swipe up for volume up or double tap for next song. There was a few occasions, where the Dash Pro would think that a tap was a swipe and vice-versa.
Another thing to note is that, the Dash Pro don’t work well when wearing a beanie, especially if you have the Dash Pro in your ear and your beanie is covering your ears, the Dash Pro though the hat was my finger activating the touch sensors. The same also happened, when I had the Dash Pro in my ears and put my hood up. There’s no setting in the Dash Pro app that will allow you to adjust the touch sensors’ sensitivity.
The Dash Pro has an audio transparency feature, so you can still listen to your music, while also being aware of your surroundings. The earbuds also has a built-in heart rate sensor, so can track your heart rate while you’re working out.
The Dash Pro sound good, but they’re not amazing. It really lacks some oomph, the only real sound settings you get in the Bragi app is to adjust the volume, what would be helpful, is if Bragi added an equalizer option to the app. I found myself using the equalizer in the Spotify Android app to add more bass to my music.
The Dash Pro is available in Canada from BestBuy.ca and Bragi’s website for $399 CAD ($329 USD). That’s a lot, considering that comparable wireless earbuds such as the Samsung Gear IconX (2018) cost $299 CAD and the Apple AirPods cost $219 CAD.
To make any changes to the Dash Pro, you have to use the Bragi app for either Android or iOS. The app looks nice but it can be a bit confusing at first.
The Dash Pro also comes with something called a Virtual 4D menu, which allows for hands-free control of your earbuds. So for example, a head nod and shake has different functions like music playback or taking a call. It’s an interesting feature to have but I didn’t find myself using it all that often.
The Dash Pro also has the ability to talk to Alexa in addition to the Google Assistant or Siri (depending on if you’re using an Android phone or iPhone). You’re able to talk to Alexa just like with the Amazon Echo, so you can ask Alexa things like what’s the weather or to control your smart home devices. For some reason, I couldn’t get Alexa to work on the Dash Pro, especially since the only way to activate it by holding down the touch sensor for a certain amount of time.
You can also use bone-induction to control the Dash Pro. Meaning that if you tap your cheek, you can activate stuff like the Google Assistant or Siri. This feature did work, but I found it easier to hold down the touch sensor to activate the Google Assistant.
One other thing noting is that, to update firmware on the Bragi Dash Pro, you have to plug the earbuds in the case to your computer using Bragi’s updater software. This is what doesn’t make sense to me, especially since other Bluetooth headphones such as the Bose QuietComfort 35 allows you to update the headphones using their Android app. I’m not sure why Bragi couldn’t do the same.
The Dash Pro can be used to track all sorts of activities within the app such as running, cycling and swimming. You can also use the Dash Pro with iTranslate, so you can have conversations in over 40 different languages while you’re travelling to different countries. I didn’t find myself using this feature that often, especially since all the people I interact with, speak english.
Overall, I liked using the Dash Pro, but they’re very expensive considering that they don’t do a lot more than some of its competitors like the Gear IconX (2018) or AirPods, which are significantly cheaper. That plus that the Dash Pro is lacking in the sound department and could use some work in adjusting how sensitive the touch sensors are, then the Dash Pro could be even better.
- Nice, slim design
- Fits well
- Premium case
- Great battery life
- Sound is lacking
- Touch sensor issues
- Expensive compared to other wireless earbuds
- Smart features still need some work