Flytes are great headphones at an affordable price. Despite the plastic build reminiscent of Beats by Dre, and an easy-to-scratch surface, they provide a great experience. On the left ear you’ll find the volume up/down and the forward/rewind buttons, while on the right ear there’s just a play/pause button. These buttons are the typical ‘click’ ones, unlike most electronics today that use the touch buttons. The charging port is on the back left and is a typical micro USB Type B connector, like the ones on every phone nowadays (except Apple’s). So if you’re running out of juice, you can use your phone charger to get more time with your tunes. On the bottom left there’s a 3.5mm audio input and a microphone. The input should work great if you ever need to listen to music from your iPod or other mp3 player or want to save battery in a long trip. They don’t feel (or look) like expensive headphones, like say the Parrot Zik or Jaybird Bluebuds, but they provide great sound. The Flytes ear cups can rotate slightly to provide better comfort while wearing them for a long time. The cups have a silver plastic grill which give them a nice sleek look.
These headphones include a black and white fettuccini-looking aux cable that has the looks but not the quality. Slightly rotating the male end completely cuts off the signal to the headphones. This is probably caused by a short in the cable, and bad luck on my part (getting the faulty cable). The Flytes are not very heavy for mobile use (going at 290 grams) and the control buttons are well-integrated in the overall build. Somehow I could never get the play/pause button to work with any of my devices but weirdly the forward/rewind buttons always worked with any program I threw at it (Spotify, Google Music, iTunes, YouTube) on my iPad, computers, and phone.
Pros and Cons
The good: At a bargain price of $70, Flytes include a nice quality carrying case and have great sound for Bluetooth wireless headphones, nice cushiony feel when on, seamlessly connects with multiple devices, includes a microphone and in-headphone controls.
The bad: The plastic build is easy to scratch and the headphones muffle the very highs and lows. Play/Pause button doesn’t always work correctly and randomly disconnects. There’s no way to check battery power.
These headphones sound great for everyday use, but not more. The lows and highs seem to disappear, which (for audiophiles) may bother you. They don’t sound particularly clear either – a little muffled and tinny. I ran into some problems connecting to my iMac but were solved simply by turning them off and on. The Flyte seamlessly connected to my iMac at home, at school, on my iPad, and phone (Galaxy S II, if you really wanted to know). All I had to do is select the headphones from whichever device I wanted to connect them to. I also left the headphones on the “on” position all day (around 8 hours) and used them sporadically. To my surprise the battery lasted the whole day and still had some left for me to catch up on The Walking Dead on my iPad. You can get Flytes at Amazon for around $70 (Free Shipping!).