Skullcandy Hesh 3 Wireless
Competent bass heavy audio guaranteed
Mention of Skullcandy always elicits images of snazzy or outlandish (depending upon your POV) looking cans, so Hesh 3 might surprise even users of the older models. Available in black, red or blue, the headphone sports a single colour, camouflaging even the company logo.
Some may find it to be plain but others will appreciate the mature look. While they have been constructed primarily out of plastic, it seems to be pretty sturdy and doesn’t creak although that doesn’t mean you should become careless. There isn’t a carrying case or cloth bag which seems to be a glaring omission in light of the already sparse bundle consisting of just a micro USB to USB charging cable and a removable 3.5mm AUX cable. The latter is useful for listening in wired mode when the battery runs out. Thankfully, a 10 minute charge provides around 4 hours of playback.
Faux leather ear and headband pads provide adequate comfort, although they might seem somewhat tight for those with larger heads. The extendable headband does mitigate it but will be uncomfortable for extended sessions so we recommend taking a small break every now and then. The right ear cup houses the playback controls consisting of the volume up and down buttons surrounding a multi-purpose button for playback or calls. Double tapping it activates the voice assistant, which is a nice touch. Since they are foldable, they can be easily carried around without any problems.
The listening experience is as expected for those familiar with Skullcandy’s bass heavy approach. The bass is solid suiting genres like EDM, Rap, Rock etc. that are more biased towards it. Generally, the balance between the mids, highs and bass is handled well so most songs can be heard without offending musical sensibilities. Sadly it doesn’t have Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) but that gets mitigated if you can find a good fit. The one thing that goes against Hesh 3 is the pricing which could have been lower. Still, it’s a buy that definitely won’t disappoint.