- Super rad retro design
- Custom EQ3 Sound setting options
- 12-hour battery life
- Mic is far away from face
- No volume controls
The JLab Rewinds have a cool retro design and you can’t beat the price.
JLab makes a huge range of headphones and earbuds [see on Amazon]. They have all sorts of styles and prices and continue to keep up with all the latest trends and tech. With their newest set of wireless headphones, though, they took a step back and aimed at the late ’80s in terms of design, while still maintaining all our modern conveniences, like Bluetooth and sound settings. But as far as looks go, the Rewind Wireless Headphones are very much old school Walkman-style inspired. Peter Quill would be beside himself with these JLabs.
Rewind Wireless Retro Headphones – Review
The Rewinds are definitely on the affordable end of the JLab price range at just $20. Seriously, you aren’t going to find any decent headphones or earbuds for a better price. Although, I do remember buying $19.99 Skull Candy earbuds in the 8th grade. #Quality.
These new JLab headphones run on a battery that you charge via microUSB. It’s nice that the charger is a standard one and not something specific to the Rewinds. You probably have five microUSBs around your house and two more in your car. You’ll get about 12 hours of playtime on a fully charged battery. That’s long enough to listen to Awesome Mix: Volume 1 like 17 times.
Being wireless headphones, the Rewinds use Bluetooth to play music from your phone. Specifically, Bluetooth 4.2, and we found the range to be about 40-50 feet. Although you can go a little farther if you turn your right ear to the Bluetooth source. But if you have to walk sideways or with your head turned over your shoulder all the time, just so you can go like maybe 60 feet, do the ends really justify the means? Anyway, the connection was good indoors even with walls and people and doors in the way.
The Rewinds do have a microphone, but it’s far away from your face and we weren’t stoked on that. We also wish the headphones had volume controls (but they don’t). They do have other basic controls, though. You can pause/play, use voice assistant, go through sound settings, skip tracks, and answer/end calls with the one button on the right ear cup.
When it comes to sound quality, you have the three options for custom EQ3 sound: Signature, Balanced, and Bass Boost. To select your desired setting or switch between the three, you just use that one button. (I mean, there’s only one button. It controls everything.) You can hear short samples of the three options in this video about the sound settings. It references the JLab Epic Sport, but it also applies to the Rewind.
In terms of design aspects other than the look (they look rad), the Rewinds are comfortable headphones. If you remember your old over-the-head style headphones that you plugged into your Discman, they probably had an adjustable headband. Same deal with the Rewinds, and the adjusting pieces seem to be less sticky and less prone to breaking than your old headphones. Things are just made better now and we’re all glad for it.
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While the headband does adjust for fit, the earpieces don’t. They’re stuck at the one angle, but we don’t think that’s a problem. They’re ergonomically designed for comfort and the ear cushions are nice, too.
Overall, these are cool headphones. They’re made by JLab, and this is not their first rodeo. They know their way around a decent pair of headphones. For the price, the Rewinds are totally worth it if you’re into that retro look. In fact, all three color options are already sold out after being released just two days ago as of this post (but you can pre-order from the next stock).