Naenka Runner Diver Key Specifications
Waterproof standard: IPX8
Battery life: 10 hours
Audio formats: MP3 and FLAC
Two minute review
The Naenka Runner Diver waterproof headphones are unique among the best waterproof headphones and the best bone conduction headphones. Like most underwater audio gadgets, they can store a ton of MP3 files (remember?) so you can listen to music, podcasts, or audiobooks while you swim.
However, they have something that most rivals don’t in the form of a Bluetooth module. It doesn’t work underwater, so you can’t stream to it with a smartphone on your tanning bed, but you can switch to it on dry land. In the blink of an eye, these waterproof headphones turn from a one-trick gadget into a lifestyle accessory that’s good for use in the pool, gym, running and even the office.
However, based on bone conduction technology that sends vibrations directly to your inner ear, this means a heavy sound with few highs. That makes music a largely petty affair, although that probably isn’t a deal breaker for swimming when some kind of distraction is enough.
Capable of storing an impressive 16GB of MP3s, Naenka Runner Diver’s waterproof headphones are an ambitious product whose minimalist design means learning a few long button presses to switch between modes and tracks. Learn them well and with the waterproof Naenka Runner Diver headphones you can push yourself to the limit.
Naenka Runner Diver Waterproof Headphones Review: Price and Release Date
- $169.99 / £135 / AU$238
- Launched April 2022
Naenka is a challenger brand in the world of bone conduction headphones, and this unique product retails for $169.99/£135/AU$238. It is manufactured by Shenzhen Mengqu Life Technology Co. in Shenzhen, China and is resold naenka†s website (opens in new tab)†
Naenka Runner Diver Waterproof Headphones: Design
- Minimalist design
- Patented charging cable
- Teardrop transducers
Design Score: 4/5
You can get the waterproof headphones Naenka Runner Diver in any color you want. As long as it’s gray. It’s a smart, minimalist design that weighs just 34 grams and uses the same silicone plastic finish found on almost all bone conduction headsets. It’s there because it’s both smooth and doesn’t move when placed against wet skin.
It also uses an earhook design to hold the transducers in place. This is important because they rest against the top of the cheekbones to send sound vibrations directly to the inner ear. Here they are in the form of tears.
Like all new bone conduction headphones, the Naenka Runner Diver Waterproof Headphones use a patented charging cable that attaches magnetically to the battery via four gold connector points.
Naenka Runner Diver Waterproof Headphones: Performance
- Works well in and out of the water
- Lacks ultimate treble detailing
- Earplugs improve sound quality in the water
Performance Score: 4/5
The waterproof Naenka Runner Diver headphones are the last word in versatility. They are actually at their best when used in either ‘music mode’ (ie playing MP3 or FLAC files on the flash storage) or ‘Bluetooth mode’ out of the water. Use outdoors or in the office and you clearly get the signature ‘open ear’ design that lets you hear what’s going on around you. In practice, that can be just as useful around a home office (depending on whether you’re working alone or not) as it is on a run, but the design has obvious security benefits for the latter.
The sound quality when used outside of the water is good, although the maximum volume is a bit too low. At no point did we experience bassy ‘tickling’ in our cheekbones, but it came close. The sound quality is good at all times, but not excellent. There is a lot of bass, but not much detail in the treble. If you mainly listen to podcasts or audiobooks, it makes no difference.
However, for its headline act, the waterproof Naenka Runner Diver headphones need a little help. They come without a bag, but with a small box of earplugs. By blocking your ear canal while swimming, the transducers can do their bone-conducting work in auditory silence. The results are much better than if you don’t use the earbuds, but only in water. The sound quality underwater is a bit different than above, with more bass – helped by those earbuds – although the low volume is an issue here.
Naenka Runner Diver waterproof headphones: features
- IPX8 waterproof up to 5m
- Bluetooth 5.2 Mode
- 180mAh battery
The waterproof Naenka Runner Diver headphones have an IPX8 density of up to 5 meters, but that rating also means they’re sweat and dustproof. Inside is a 180mAh battery (which fully charges in 1.5 hours and lasts about 10 hours, but only when used at 60% volume, which is unlikely) and a flash drive that holds up to 16GB of MP3 and FLAC can save files.
The latter is a high-resolution lossless format, so tends to produce very large files. However, given the fairly basic sound quality of the waterproof Naenka Runner Diver headphones, we’re not sure why FLAC compatibility is needed. Either way, dragging and dropping files onto the flash drive is obviously tricky, and you do need a computer to do this.
The main other feature here is the Bluetooth module, which uses the new 5.2 specification. The result is that in practice the waterproof headphones Naenka Runner Diver always remain connected to a smartphone.
Naenka Runner Diver waterproof headphones: value for money
- Choice of high range
- Challenger brand in bone conduction headphones
Value for money score: 3/5
Naenka Runner Diver’s waterproof headphones are more expensive than the industry leader, whose Shokz OpenSwim retails for $149.95 / £139.95 / AU$219.95. However, they are cheaper than the Zygo Soloa premium pack of waterproof headphones and a coaching app, selling for $299 / £218 / AU$400.
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First reviewed in July 2022