A month ago I was fortunate enough to put my hands on Pace Headphones, brand new, just me me. For a long time I had been thinking about my migration to headphones from my iPhone earphones which mainly because of design and by this i mean either the earphones or my ears or both. If its my ears, I am not ready to blame God, I mean it is what it is. But if it’s the earphones than somebody at apple should be fired.
So then my most trusted team worried about the money, they discussed numbers in small tones on the same table I was sitting and all I needed to do was ditch my earphones with instructions to make the big package.
Many people don’t know what it means to own a new Porsche, and I mean brand new….myself included. But I have been privileged to be close to someone who does. When you buy a new Porsche from the dealership in Nairobi, you get a welcome letter, more like a certificate, or a thank you note from the Chairman welcoming you to the club just for blowing a few millions you know.
So there I was, after blowing $50 my wife needed for other important stuff and sure (women always have important stuff to buy other than headphones) I was standing with my package in my hands. A solid box with beautiful design…….giving apple a run for their money.
I opened the box, its not easy to open…..not the kind of box you just reap apart, this is different. Box aside I meet the case, black with a yellow zip and on top it just says Hallo Pace…….this reminded me the high days of Motorola. The first thing I saw after I opened the case was a letter from the Pace Designer, Givinalis Omachar.
I tell you, I have never owned a new Porsche, but at this point I felt like I was in the history of something great, maybe not like the Porser but something great. Then I figured how bluetooth works, you press a button and hold……..the headphones speak “welcome to the world of pace” holding on to the button it says “Pace is ready to pair”. And just like that I was in a different world.
First I must say, if you are trying your new place I recommend some of my favorite songs, Inner City Blues by Rodriguez, Concrete Jungle by Bob Marley and Mr Tambourine by Bob Dylan. The Pace Focus delivers sound details I previously did not hear with my normal earphones. In a well-produced song, you can hear all the vocals, the bass is just right, not too much to ruin the song, the instrumentals are clear and it does not sound like they are all fighting for your attention. I could only describe the sound coming off the Pace Focus as warm, loud and beautiful.
For those who do not fancy Bluetooth, Pace includes quite a long 3.5mm AUX cable to serve you, which is neat.
If you are like me, who is not employed by nobody to keep charging your gadgets every time then Pace is your baby. These things last forever on a single charge. Pace says that they should last you well around 35 hours of continuous use and I have no arguments with that, I have not used it for 35 straight hours. But still I have never been disappointed in the middle of a song and it decreard its death. I have noticed though the few times I am charging it, it takes a really short time.
Saving the best for last. The headphones are made out of hard plastic, but they still exhibit some quality. This might not sound well with you but, spending more than a month with my pair, I have no doubts. There’s a little flex when you bend the headphones, that’s expected of anything with this kind of material but it does not feel cheap at all.
The Pace Focus has two buttons both of which are on the right side. One button controls the on/off switch and the other controls the headphone’s volume. The volume rockers can be used to skip or go to the previous song when long pressed, double pressing the power button, pauses the playing song.
There’s also a tiny notification light between these two buttons, it’s easy to miss it, wish the size was a little bigger though. On the left side, there’s the 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB charging port. When put on, the headphones feel comfortable, not heavy on your head, easy to put on and remove.
The only downside on the design is that the headphones come in one colour, black. I do wish there were more colours to choose (maybe colors that would appeal to feminine) from but I guess black is the safest option since it goes with anything without looking hideous.
But hey, this is a good buy, maybe you will not like the same things that I liked, I must say for me…..I enjoy small pleasures, am always impressed with small things.