April 15, 2024
Skullcandy Grind Fuel Earbuds - in-ear headphones with nice features

In-ear headphones are now a dozen. It is all the more important to offer them at an attractive price and incorporate interesting features. At the moment I have the pleasure of testing the Skullcandy Grind Fuel True Wireless earphones. You can find out whether the headphones are convincing in our review here.

What’s inside the box?

The Skullcandy Grind Fuel True Wireless Earphones currently cost RRP £99.99 and come in plain packaging. Some of the headphones can also be found for around €80 to €90. The box contains the Skullcandy Grind Fuel earphones, a charging case, three pairs of silicone tips, a short USB-A to USB-C charging cable, a quick start guide and warranty card. As you can already guess from the price, the earphones are aimed at people who want to move in the middle price range.

The first impression

The Skullcandy Grind Fuel True Wireless earphones are made with a durable and lightweight material. The weight of the charging case is 57g which is slightly heavier than the competition. The dimensions are 68.7×27.5×51.6mm (W×H×D), and each earbud weighs about 5.5g individually. The LEDs, which indicate the battery status, are positioned inside and are only visible when the case is open. Another LED is placed on the back above the USB-C port, which shows us if the case is still charging. The earphones, with the matching silicone attachments, at least fit comfortably in my ear cups and are not annoying even after a long time wearing them. My wife, on the other hand, is completely different. Your ears are smaller and for this reason the earphones fall out periodically. While the modern, more rounded design is contemporary, some may find the fit a problem. The workmanship is solid and the pressure point of the integrated buttons is pleasant. The controls are easily accessible so you can quickly mute if needed. Before we move on to the hands-on test, there are a few key little technical data about the Skullcandy Grind Fuel. The diameter of the driver is 6mm, the impedance (the electrical resistance of the voice coils in the sound transducer) is 32Ω, the frequency range is 20Hz – 20KH, and the sensitivity is a sharp but nice 98 – 103dB. Pairing via Bluetooth 5 works quickly and easily. I experienced no disconnections during the trial period. For example, if you own a Nintendo Switch, you can also connect to it and play comfortably on the sofa.

On the go with Skullcandy Grind Fuel True Wireless earphones

What about headphones in everyday life? I tested Skullcandy Grind Fuel extensively over several weeks. When travelling, I use headphones as always to be able to listen to music or podcasts. Spotify’s bit rate is limited to a maximum of 320 kbit/s, but the sound is still convincing. There will also be a Spotify hi-fi subscription soon for those interested. The headphones also work very well with streaming providers such as Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+ or Sky X. Thanks to the wide frequency range of 20Hz – 20KHz, the sound sounds clean and non-metallic. The built-in microphone does a good job on the phone, and my counterpart understood me just fine. Bass is solid at all levels, but could have been a little louder for my taste. Unfortunately, the headphones lack active noise cancellation (ANC). In return, however, a transparency mode is offered, which can be very useful, especially during sports, in order to better perceive the environment. Due to the lack of ANC, the battery lasts up to 40 hours. Thanks to the fast charging technology, we can quickly recharge our headphones or consume another 2 hours in just 10 minutes. With the help of Tile technology, we are able to track the Skullcandy Grind Fuel via smartphone. Thanks to the Skull-IQ app, if we are not satisfied with the existing audio profiles, we can easily create our own. The headphones are protected against water jets and dust according to IP55. This means that they can also be worn during sports and in the rain without any problems. You shouldn’t just submerge them completely. The charging case has no dust or water protection. Voice control of Skullcandy Grind Fuel is another small feature of the overall package. With it we can manage Spotify, answer/reject calls, control active noise cancellation and so on. After a short time getting used to it, it works quite well and there have been no problems.

Skullcandy Grind Fuel Earbuds – in-ear headphones with nice features

Conclusion

The Skullcandy Grind Fuel True Wireless Earbuds are definitely in the middle price segment for an MSRP of €99.99. I have no complaints about the workmanship or sound quality. The other features like transparency mode, voice control, the Skull IQ app for creating your own audio profiles or the IP55 certification form a solid package. Missing features like active noise cancellation (ANC) are a pain, but they’re manageable in this price range. The fit, on the other hand, will be more of an issue for people with smaller earcups. Here it can happen that the earphones do not fit properly or become loose at regular intervals. This fact should be included and taken into account in the purchase decision. Bottom line, the Skullcandy Grind Fuel are good headphones at a decent price, but with a few caveats.

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Better

good mid-range headphones

under processing

three pairs of silicone tips

Solid ladecase

transparency mode

voice control

Pleasantly light

Bluetooth 5.0

Skull-IQ app

possible own sound profiles

handling

Fast charging technology with up to 40 hours of battery life

IP55 certification

Worse

no ANC present

relatively large charging case

Fit may be an issue for some

Bass could be stronger

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