Bose Frames: Alto and Rondo
Frames and wireless earbuds are cool. But you know what might be cooler? A frame that comes with personal speakers! Bose has come up with this new invention. You should have already heard the name of Bose because of their amazing musical electronics. Their soundbars, speakers, and earbuds have already set standards on the market. With the Bose frames, they totally created a new perspective of music in shades. They are definitely not smart sunglasses that come with camera and visuals. Even they don’t have extended earbuds that can get into ears. They have in-built speakers that play music over your ears. Both Bose Alto and Bose Rondo serve the same purpose. But, was this technology necessary? Do they really deserve the hype they have created? Let’s get through the details and find out the answers.
The Bose Frames Alto and Rondo come within a replica leather case. The case contains enough space for storing charging cables. After unboxing, you will observe the modern classic Ray-Ban designs. Bose Alto comes with a classic angular design. It is a representation of silhouette sunglasses from history. On the other hand, you can feel the retro with Bose Frame Rondo. The rounded shape of it is much more popular among the musicians and artists. Bose Rondo comes with two replacement lenses- Rose Gold and Gradient Blue.
The Rose Gold is polarized while the Gradient Blue is non-polarized. On the other hand, Bose Frame Alto has polarized Mirrored Silver and non-polarized Gradient blue replacement lenses. With an additional $29.95, you can change the outlook from those lenses. Both the frame’s weight around 1.58 oz. Both the designs are quite lightweight, comfy, and traditional. The multi-purpose buttons are on the right side of the device. They could have brought modern designs. Overall, the designs are impressive and comfortable.
The stainless steel frame with the finished gold finish is solid. Nylon rim bridges settle down comfortably on your nose. Along with that, Bose Frame Alto has gold buttons on the lower end of the right temple. It also contains metal charging plates inside. The lenses are quite shatter-resistant and scratch-proof. The glasses block up to almost 99% Ultraviolet A and B rays. Both of them come with IPX2 water resistance. You can wear it during rain or boating. Anyhow, don’t swim or wear them underwater. Overall, for the build quality, the sunglass as shade is quite perfect for $200.
The connection with your smartphone is done through Bluetooth. Bose company has also dedicated the Bose Connect app. Anyhow, it is not necessary. The initial setup is easy. According to Bose’s website, the range is around ninety meters. We hardly get so far away from our devices. So, you will hardly get disconnected from your device.
Both Bose Frame Alto and Bose Frame Rondo come with two wireless headphones. The speakers don’t sit on the ears. The arms have embedded speakers. Additionally, there is a microphone beside the temple of the right arm.
From the websites, Bose promises that they leak only 1% of the sound while the other 99% of the sound is directed towards the wearer’s ears. But anyhow the sound quality is pretty impressive. It doesn’t come with sufficient bass or treble but does quite well. The music is slightly louder than the necessary level. So, while you can hear them properly, others around you won’t be disturbed.
Background noise can be a concern. Bose didn’t offer their patented noise cancellation technology over here. So, you might have interruptions on heavy traffic and high noise area. In some cases, it might be impossible to listen to. So, you might consider it for soothing environments like the beach or during morning walks.
Bose did not only integrate headphones with sunglasses. They added the option to receive calls and talk hands-free. Well, as there are no earplugs, you can also call this device ears-free. The head motion sensor works in the nine-axis for tracking the users’ location. It also determines the direction of your looking through the Bose Connect app. The disconnection option is quite easy. You can simply disconnect by putting them upside down. However, this might also cause issues when you accidentally put them down for a short time.
Bose calls their Frames, ‘Audio Augmented Frames’. Though they didn’t come up with any ‘augmented vision’, there are some features that you need to know. As said earlier, the glasses have AR to track wearers’ vision. For golfers, it can tell you the way of the green along with the distance. It also comes with a game that is named ‘Komrad AR’. In a sentence, this game offers you chatting with 1985’s Soviet AI. Anyhow, the AR facilities add additional values to the device.
The major place where Bose Frame Alto and Bose Frame Rondo could use some development is their battery life. They only come with around 4 hours backup. Worse than that, you can’t see the remaining life. It only tells you the battery life during turning on or off. So, you’ll have to depend on luck for battery supports. Anyhow, the majority of us hardly listen to music for so long. So, it’s okay if you’ve charged your device properly.
Alto vs. Rondo
There are hardly any technological differences between Bose Alto and Bose Rondo. Rondo comes in narrower and rounder shape. On the other hand, Bose Alto is wider and squarer. Rondo comes with a larger and thicker frame. The lenses go across the nose in Rondo. The build quality is also similar in both cases.
Choosing between Bose Alto and Bose Rondo is totally on your taste choice. You will get similar audio quality and features.
For more Bose products, you can learn more about Bose Noise Canceling Headphones
Bose surely opened up a new World on audio augmented reality. Users have loved their devices. Both the sunglasses deserve the hype. With so many technologies in the music arena, such devices are highly appreciable. Hope our review of Bose Frames Alto and Rondo will help you to get the product you need!
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