What We Like
- An attractive, customizable design that is totally up to date.
- Inline remote and integrated mic are always a positive.
- The fit is comfortable and secure.
What We Don’t Like
- Bass-heavy sound won’t appeal to everyone.
Founded in Utah in 2003, Skullcandy has risen quickly in reputation by combining solid internals with a good eye for trendy design. Originally targeting the outdoor, sporty demographic, they have since branched out into a broader consumer offering.
Fortune magazine called Skullcandy’s products “the world’s coolest earbud” back in 2008. And they’ve done well to maintain this fashion conscious image which, it turns out, was to become a major feature of the consumer audio market with larger companies taking a whole lot longer to realize that, for many people, headphones had to look and sound good to be a worthy and acceptable investment option.
Available in six color options (ranging from the cool, understated street gray and black to the far more garish orange/navy combo), Skullcandy have done well to ensure that the Uproar Wireless can be as much of a statement as you want them to be whilst maintaining a base design that is simple, timeless, and very effective. The build quality is good—not excellent, but solidly good—and is mostly comprised of plastic and synthetic leather for the admittedly very comfortable ear ‘pillows’ themselves.
Shipping with just a charging cable, the Uproar Wireless is comparatively devoid of included accessories and extras, but this is hardly unreasonable at this price range. With a built in microphone and integrated remote control, there isn’t a whole lot else for which one is left wanting anyway although some will miss the lack of a carrying case.
The controls are a suitably simple affair: your standard, three button inline remote control. As you would expect, there are two buttons to control volume and track navigation, and a central button to manage playback, calls, power, and with which to pair the headphones with your device. This sounds more cumbersome than it is, and the chances of accidentally turning your headphones off when you actually just wanted to pause them are fairly minimal. If it happens once, you’ll know what to look for and it won’t happen again.
Let’s start with connectivity. Pairing is surprisingly speedy and easy to manage, and altogether a very painless process. Once paired for the first time, the headphones will automatically reconnect to your device when in range (and, you know, turned on—that bit’s important too). This is very handy, and makes for a seamless user experience.
Battery life is solid. The advertised 10 hours is good and seems, on the whole, an accurate estimation although this will depend somewhat on the volume level at which you listen during playback.
Much in keeping with Skullcandy’s self assigned remit for staying firmly on the current trend, the Uproar Wireless produce a notably bass heavy sound which is typical for headphones at the moment. If your primary listening material is going to be contemporary music (or otherwise especially bassy tracks), then this will be a positive; if you favor a more accurate response across the board, then this could become grating after a time. Despite this, the overall listening experience is thoroughly positive, and the sound does not distort when maxing out the volume levels (which we don’t recommend, but is always worth testing).
Skullcandy has done a great job with the Uproar Wireless to provide an entry level product that is both aesthetically appealing and performs well. The wireless experience is solid across the board, and the audio—although heavy on bass—also exceeds expectations.