InCase Pivot On-Ear Headphones
Good looking; comfy, well-priced
Audio a bit thin; no clear Left/Right markings; flimsy construction
The Pivot on-ear headphones from InCase are all about minimalist design – a thin, light headband holding two smallish earpiece discs, each containing a 4cm driver.
It’s all covered in a rubberised plastic with felt-like ear cushions. Our review pair was all- grey (‘Ash’) with pink accents showing through the mesh of the ear cushions and a pink inline remote/mic, but the Pivots are also available in Black/Green, Primer/Apple Green, Dove/Blue and Flint Stone/Pop Pink combos.
The only trouble with the minimalist design is the lack of a strong indication of which earpiece is right and which is left. There’s a very small ‘R’ embossed on the right stalk, but it’s hard to see.
We found the Pivots very comfortable. They are a bit flimsy, however. Our review unit’s right earcup snapped off when we were taking them out of a bag.
The audio is a little thin, so while all the elements of good sound are here, it’s shifted towards the treble. This means that, while the sound is pleasant and very listenable, there’s no driving bass and the treble is a bit bright.
The coloration, or character, of headphones is always a personal thing, however, so if you don’t like the bassiness of the Beats By Dr Dre, for example, you’ll probably like the sound of the Pivots. In-call audio is fine, if a little tinny.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice.
A nice middle-of-the- road option for those who want very comfy, good- looking headphones with decent sound at a price that won’t break the bank.