Fitness trackers in the wrist watch and band form are now quite common, and are often called a fitness wearable. But the less popular niche in this category is ‘Fitness Wearable’, an audio product with built-in fitness tracking functionality.
That’s what makes the Blink Plate special. This pair of wireless earphones comes from Blink, which previously worked with Timex to launch the Timex Blink fitness smartwatch.
BlinkPlay has been brought to market in collaboration with Flipkart-owned Mintra, and it has built a fitness tracker, making it very affordable. 1,799, and Mintra and its sister site are available online through Jang. We had the chance to try this fitness-centric wireless headset and our review is here.
Play play design and specifications
The Blink Play is, at first glance, a generic pair of wireless earphones just like the other underneath the money. The 2,000-price section se earbuds have metal outer casing and plastic inner casing, with a small cable connecting the left and right rings.
There are five color options – silver, black, pink, lime, and orange – and all have a clay matte finish that we love. Our orange review unit looked the best in our opinion and came with matching ear tips.
The Blink Play has a three-button inline remote module, with a microphone and a micro-USB charging port to protect the unit from entering the water. The headset contains a total of three tips for each ear tips and wing fittings. The winged tips helped us get a secure fit and the ear-to-ear instruments were comfortable to use in long-on-ear audition sessions. The design allows for a decent level of perfect sound isolation.
As we mentioned earlier, Blink Play is a ‘fitness listener‘ – it has a fitness tracking module attached to the wires connecting the two earbuds.
This tracker reviews the steps taken, calories burned and covers distance. The tracker is essentially a step counter, and calculates calorie and distance data based on the number of steps taken.
Fitness tracker pairs with the Blink Fit app – available for Android and iOS – and uses Bluetooth to synchronize data between the tracker and the app.
When reading your app needs to see your activity information, wireless audio functionality just needs to be paired with the headset on your phone.
The pairing process was easy enough for us, and we were able to quickly sync data and view updated updates in the app whenever we launched it.
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The app has also been developed with other Blink devices in mind and shows blank readings for features supported on Blink Play, such as heart rate, sleep tracking and activity sessions. In the app you can also include audio program programs that you can download and listen to on the headset or even through a phone speaker or any other audio product.
The sale package includes extra ear tips and wings, a small micro-USB cable for charging, and a carry pouch. The headset also has a Qualcomm CVC chip for voice canceling on voice calls. It supports APTX Bluetooth codecs and Bluetooth 4.1.
The remote’s main button can be used to request a voice assistant on your phone as well as play / pause music and answer calls. We’ve been able to use Blink Play for about five hours on a single charge, which is an average calculation for the battery not only audio performance but also the fitness tracker.
Blink Play Performance
While the features and specifications on the Finks Play can go a lot for this, it’s basically a budget wireless headset.
That said, from the priceless wireless earphones such as the Sound Quality X Sound One 160 and the Stuffcolor Monty, we are usually better and higher in experience. We used Blink Play with OnePlus 6 (Review), which let us use the Aptx Bluetooth codec for our music.
Blink Play earphones have an acceptable, consumer-friendly sonic signature that looks decent with most popular genres, but the lower-end is a bit biased, and it does carry a bit of a drone on the bass. While this does not bother us in the short sessions, it does increase the audience’s fatigue somewhat in the long run.
The heights and mids were a bit suppressed in comparison, but the sound was comfortable and easy going for the most part.
For the most part it was pleasant to hear about the Big Wild’s test, but the deep bass and aggressive beats often reinforced the flexible instruments on this lively relative track.
The use of the APTX Bluetooth Codec has made a big difference in sound quality and helped bring out the best in drivers.
The base seemed stronger, while the vocals and highs benefited the most in terms of sharpness. The sound felt a bit more exposed than heard with the SBC codec on the same device.
However, earphones have struggled with busy tracks like Woodkid’s Run Boy Run, and even the APTX codec can’t help Blink Play keep up with this track’s speed and aggression.
We tried various audio sources, including streaming services like Stotify, Apple Music and YouTube Music, as well as high-resolution audio tracks stored on smartphones.
The bass-heavy sound echoes the listener’s experience with some of our highest-quality tracks, taking advantage of any sound quality they give.
Our favorite high-resolution test track, Touch By Tango – started out well with Aster Piazzolla’s anxiety, with its penetrating double-bus hits, but the earphones simply couldn’t figure out any details and character on the track beyond that.
We also tested the fitness features of Blink Play. Step tracking was not as accurate as the Honor Band 3 against which we tested it, with deviations from our manual step count of 10 percent.
The headset works differently from wrist-based trackers that can calculate the speed of the user’s arm, but even then we felt that the 10 percent deviation is too much and calculates a step that wasn’t accurate enough.
The biggest problem with using the blink plate as a fitness tracker is that unlike the wrist-worn tracker which is practically not always used you can always have it on you constantly.
We were actually useful in tracking the steps taken when listening to music, but we must listen to something or at least put a headset in our throat so that there is always continuous action taken.
This device is useful only during workouts and is invalid as a health tracker for daily use.
Blink Play has a Qualcomm CVC chip to cancel out the sound on voice calls, and acting as a hands-free headset was great. The sound quality on both ends of the calls was good and the people we spoke to said they could hear us clearly even in noisy environments.
Blink Play is a unique product that combines the useful functions of wireless earphones and fitness trackers and is also affordable.
The sound quality is decent, thanks to the price support for the Aptech Bluetooth codec, and the fitness tracker as a hands-free headset (albeit with limited accuracy) and good performance make it a worthwhile proposition.
We will go so far as to say that this is one of the most featured and most featured pair of wireless earphones that you can buy in exchange for money. Today is 2,000.
Although BlinkPlay’s fitness tracking feature is, in our opinion, somewhat unreasonable, it can be useful to keep track of what steps have been taken while practicing without the need for multiple devices. This is not a perfect product by any means, but it is definitely worth considering what the price and offer are.
Price: Tk 2,5. 1,799
• Comfortable, good to look at
Cent decent sound quality, Aptech support
ভাল Better performance on voice calls
Average battery life
Avy heavy bass can increase audience fatigue
Rating (out of 5)
• Design / comfort: 4
• Audio Quality: 3
• Battery life: 3
Money Value: 4.5
• Overall: 3.5