Skullcandy has been making a big push into true wireless headphones of late, and the company recently launched the latest pair in its lineup — the Skullcandy Push Ultra headphones.
The new headphones have a range of features, including a sporty design, a decent battery life, and Tile tracking built right into them. But at $100, there’s plenty of competition. Are the Skullcandy Push Ultra headphones worth buying? We put them to the test to find out.
The Skullcandy Push Ultra headphones come in a range of colors, have a different shape than many other true wireless headphones, and more — and as a result, they look a little different than other options.
As mentioned, the headphones come in a range of colors, including Yellow, Black, and Blue. We’re reviewing the Yello model, and it’s a fun look — though if you want something sleeker, you may want to go for the black model instead.
Each earbud is an oval, and while they’re relatively thick, the thickness does allow Skullcandy to include volume controls on the sides. Along with the buttons on the sides, there are also control buttons on the face of each bud. The buttons are relatively easy to press, but they still result in the user having to push the buds into their ears a little more — which can be frustrating.
The case is relatively large, but it’s still pocketable, plus it allows for a relatively high battery life. On the back of the case is a USB-C port, which is also nice to see — considering the fact that many companies are still using MicroUSB.
In the box, apart from the headphones themselves, you’ll get the charging case and a USB-C charging cable.
The Skullcandy Push Ultra headphones feature an over-the-ear hook design, which helps ensure that they stay safely in the ears during use. Not only that, but the hooks can also mold to your ear shape, which helps make sure they’re more comfortable than they otherwise would be.
While the earbuds themselves are a little big, because of the ear hook shape, it’s not too bad — and they’re not too heavy. As mentioned, we don’t love the buttons on the face, considering pushing them means pushing the ear buds into your ears, but they press relatively easily, unlike some other options.
Of course, the sound quality is ultimately the most important thing to consider — and it’s not bad at all. It’s not perfect, to be sure, but if you’re looking for a solid pair of workout headphones, the Skullcandy Push Ultra headphones do okay.
The bass response is perhaps the worst-tuned aspect of these headphones. There’s some bass there, but it’s a little weak, and seems to be emphasized in some weird frequency ranges. Kick drums don’t punch through a mix as well as they could have, and while bass guitars have a smooth tone to them, again, it could be more accented.
The mids are pretty well-tuned, with warm low mids, and slightly laid-back high mids. At times, the accented low mids can make the overall sound feel a little muddy, but it’s not too bad — and you’ll still get a solid sound-quality overall.
The highs are also slightly weak, but they’re not bad. We would have liked a little more high-end extension, plus a little more emphasis on the highs that are there, but most won’t mind the highs that are there.
The headphones connect to your listening device through Bluetooth 5.0, and while we had some trouble connecting them in the first place, after they were connected they retained a generally good connection. They also have a battery life of 6 hours, which isn’t bad, plus the battery case extends that battery life to a total of 40 hours.
These headphones also have Tile tracking built right into them, which is a nice touch — and means that you should be able to better find them when you’ve lost them. That’s especially handy if you already use Tile.
The Skullcandy Push Ultra headphones have a lot going for them. The customizable fit thanks to the ear hooks is a nice touch, and if you’re worried about losing the headphones, then the Tile integration is helpful too.
That said, if you want a solid pair of true wireless headphones for sports use, there are other options. For example, JLab Audio offers a range of awesome sports-focused true wireless buds, which are worth considering.
That said, these are still a solid option, and considering their low price, we’re awarding the headphones the Headphone Review Bronze Medal.
|Frequency response||20Hz – 20kHz||Active noise cancellation||No|
|Driver size||12.5mm||Noise attenuation||Unknown|
|Driver type||Dynamic||On-ear controls||Yes|
|Rated impedance||32Ω||Magnet material||Unknown|
|Total harmonic distortion||<3%||Water resistance||IP67|
|Rated input power||Unknown||Battery life||6 Hours (+34 Hours)|
|Maximum input power||Unknown||Wireless distance||10m (33ft)|
|Wireless connection||Bluetooth 5.0||Cable length||N/A|
|Wired connection||No||Case type||Charging case|
|Weight||139.5g||Colors||Yellow, Black, Blue|