Senso ActivBuds Wireless Headphones Review - AffordableThe ActivBuds is a great option for anyone looking for Bluetooth earbuds that are affordable. These headphones are great for everyday, commute and working out.

SENSO ActivBuds Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Senso ActivBuds Wireless Headphones Review

We like this

  • With moveable wings, a customizable fitting

  • Battery life of almost 10 hours

  • A satisfyingly deep bass response

The Things We Hate
  • A little heavy for the ears

  • Undefined sound, a muddy sound

  • There is little to distinguish yourself from your competitors

The Senso ActivBuds are the best Bluetooth headphones for those looking to save money and still have great sound quality.

This article explains
  • Design
  • Comfort
  • Connection & Setup
  • Sound Quality
  • Battery life
  • Prices
  • Concurrence
  • Final Verdict
  • Specifications

The Senso ActivBuds Wireless Headphones were purchased by us so that our expert reviewer could fully test it and evaluate it. Continue reading to see our complete product review.

The Senso ActiveBuds are the perfect set for you, whether you need a pair of shoes to take to work or to use as a commuter bag. The Senso ActivBuds are less than $30 and still offer features such as IPX7 water resistance, customizable fits and custom fit. The Senso ActivBuds can be a great choice for those with tight budgets.

For about one week we tested the pair in New York City. We used it for our commute as well as out and about to check out its build quality, sound and battery life.

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Design: Derivative but versatile

Senso aims to replicate the Beats Powerbeats 3 look with its over-ear wings that bend and extend backwards from your ear. There is also the possibility of red accents on a black body. A flat, substantial-feeling and nearly two-foot long cable connects the left and right earbuds. The cable comes equipped with an attachable crimping section that allows you to shorten it if necessary. The length of the cable was good and the tacky, flat nature made it difficult to tangle.

These same colors can be seen on the hardshell, textured and circular zipper case. Compared to other brands of headphones in the class, these look just okay — they are a little big, and because their aim is to emulate a more expensive brand, you'll only fool people from afar. The construction of these headphones is quite good, especially if you enjoy the feeling of the stabilizing wings above your ear.

It is also worth noting that Senso ActivBuds have an IPX7 rating. This allows them to withstand a rinsing in the sink, as well as exposure to rain or sweat. They shouldn't be immersed in water for prolonged periods.

Senso ActivBuds

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Comfort: It's a bit bulky, but it can be adapted

Over-ear wings serve one purpose. They attach the earbuds and reduce the weight of the eartips. The wings can be pulled straight, and they can been pulled straight. They measure four inches in length. This is sufficient to cover most ears. It was one of their most remarkable features. The wings have an inner wire bendable that keeps them in place no matter how you position them. This allows you to adjust the fit of your ears so they stay put.

The headphones were heavy while jogging at a hefty 0.7 oz., even though the headphones weigh the same as your outer ear. The ActivBuds have three sets of interchangeable tips. Three sizes of opaque rubber tips are available: the longest is about 1/2-inch, while the smallest measures about 1/3 of an in. The last set comes somewhere in between (the ones shipped with the headphones).

In case silicon feels too harsh, they come with a half-inch thicker foam set of tips. This makes them very customizable and should help you to forgive their weight. The downside is that there is no remote control to see, so the controls are not visible. And the entire 0.7-ounce of weight goes to the headphones themselves.

Senso ActivBuds Wireless Headphones

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Setup & Connectivity: Easy with no surprises

Setup was easy enough on the ActivBuds — a long hold on the logo button on the right earpiece puts it into pairing mode, allowing it to quickly show up on your device's Bluetooth list. It can be easily paired to another device. However, it will only allow us to play or pause music from one device. It is easy to switch between devices. The only problem is that pressing down on large buttons can be a bit uncomfortable when your earbuds have been in place. For this, we prefer to use the top- or remote-mounted buttons.

These headphones do not have a remote. It caused some issues with interacting our main device. To adjust volume, Play/Pause or play/pause a song, you need to reach for your ears. Senso claims that the earbuds have a microphone, but the calls we made on them were extremely muffled. While some fiddling around with the angle did help, we recommend getting a pair that has a remote-oriented microphone if you intend to use the earbuds as a phone call device.

Sound Quality - Full, bassy but without detail

The frequency range of these headphones is 20Hz to 22kHz. The entire frequency spectrum that an individual can hear is between 20Hz and 20kHz. These headphones, therefore, should cover everything that your ears can hear.

In our experience with the ActivBuds, there was a lot of bass response — far more than we would normally expect from earbuds with small drivers. It was pleasant to find this in NYC's noisy streets. Bass is often the first thing that gets buried under the traffic roar. However, you lose the clarity that comes with higher-priced earbuds as the bass and low-mid frequencies quickly eat up detail higher in this spectrum.

In our experience with the ActivBuds, there was a lot of bass response — far more than we would normally expect from earbuds with small drivers.

The other thing to consider is the codec — Senso doesn't clearly advertise the codec, but our tests showed that it was transmitting audio via our phones or computers using the lossiest SBC protocol, meaning a significant degradation in sound quality. This is to be expected given the price, but it is important to remember.

The passive noise reduction is a final point regarding sound quality. SENSO loaded Qualcomm's CVC 6.0. This is not the same thing as active noise cancellation, which requires that a sound be project to cancel out any noise. It's actually a protocol that uses proprietary algorithms to clarify sound and reduce external noise. The tech was designed to reduce noise during phone calls. We didn't see any reduction other than the usual suppression by plugging your ears. The sound quality is sufficient for casual commute use and workouts.

Senso ActivBuds Wireless Headphones

Battery life: Days of reliability

The best thing about the ActivBuds was the battery life. The reliance on wireless headphones following the demise of many smartphones' headphone jacks has meant that we have yet another device to charge. In our testing, Bluetooth headphones had a long battery life.

These headphones lasted us for three to four days, so we are confident that they will last a lot of time.

The 85 mAh batteries can be recharged with the included micro-USB cable. The Senso spec sheet lists how long the buds can be used for up to eight hours and how long they can last while in standby mode up to 240hrs. The headphones can be fully charged in less than two hours.

These headphones lasted us about 3-4 days. We can guarantee that they will last a lot of time. The 240 hour battery life is an excellent safety feature, and we were not surprised that they lasted a week after we turned them off. We were able to listen to music for 10 hours, according our estimations, even though we used high volumes.

Price: A great deal

SENSO ActivBuds are priced below $30 as of the writing. They aren't expensive, as you can see from a quick search. They are firmly at the lower end of Bluetooth headphones that are worthwhile to buy, with some features that go way beyond their weight. The ActivBuds come with a variety of mobile accessories such as a car mount or a stick-on card slot for your smartphone. Although the verdict is still out about how useful these accessories, this package can't be beat for value.

Competitor: is a lot of the same as , but with very little differentiation

Bluetooth headphones with exercise headphones have a weird, invisble border. Either you pay $20- $50, or $80- $150. The ActivBuds are the more affordable option. In that range you will find comparable offerings by brands such as Anker, Mpow and Zagg. Although the Senso's are not as special as the Mpow Flame, which is comparable in price and features, they're still very similar.

You might also be interested in other options. Check out our top picks for wireless earbuds.

Final Verdict

The Bluetooth headphones are sturdy and offer a good sound quality, a comfortable fit, and surprisingly low prices.

Senso ActivBuds are durable and do the job. They are not distinguished from other headphones within the same range. However, they have a great build quality and can be easily customized. The sound quality should also serve most music listeners.


  • Name of the Product ActivBuds Wireless Bluetooth Bluetooth Headphones
  • Product brand SENSO
  • Prices from $29.97
  • Publication Date: May 2016,
  • Weight 0.16 oz.
  • Color Black, Red
  • Model number 659257974666
  • Battery life 8 hours of playtime, 240 hours standingby
  • Wireless or wired
  • Warranty: 18 Months
  • Wireless range 30 feet
  • Audio Codecs SBC
  • Bluetooth Spec 4.1

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