Bose Discontinues $250 Sleepbuds and Offers Full Refund for Existing Customers

It’s lights out for the Sleepbuds
Photograph: Patrick Lucas Austin (Gizmodo)

After simply over a yr available on the market, Bose has now discontinued its $250 Sleepbuds, citing points with the product’s built-in batteries and defective charging.

Earlier than discontinuing the Sleepbuds, Bose tried to deal with person complaints by means of a sequence of software program and firmware updates. Nevertheless, when points persevered, Bose lastly made the choice to discontinue the Sleepbuds, with a discover on Bose’s web site from basic supervisor John Roselli saying “that while the battery we chose functions safely, it doesn’t work as consistently or predictably as it should to meet our standards.”

Fortunately, for any Sleepbuds homeowners at the moment affected by a defective gadget, Bose will proceed to honor the product’s guarantee whereas additionally permitting prospects to return the product for a full refund till December 31st, 2019.

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This transfer by Bose is considerably disappointing, as Gizmodo reviewed the Sleepbuds at launch and praised them for making it simpler to go to sleep with out disturbing a companion with devices like a white noise speaker.

That mentioned, between its clunky controls, not having an actual Bluetooth connection, and being restricted to only a handful of white noise sounds (as a substitute of music or different audio sources), the ensuing product had restricted enchantment. And that’s earlier than you issue within the Sleepbuds’ $250 price ticket.

Whereas it’s unclear when Bose may launch a brand new model of the Sleepbuds with higher charging and up to date options, it appears the concept of sleep-friendly earbuds isn’t completely useless but, as Bose says “We’ll go back to research, because we are committed to making our vision a reality.”

However for now, it’s time for the Sleepbuds to say goodnight.

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